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NFL Week 16 takeaways: Josh Allen shines against Belichick, Chargers blow it in Houston

Welcome to the Week 16 version of the Sunday FreakOut, the place we react and overreact to the whole lot that occurred in the Sunday afternoon video games. For the complete Sunday roundup podcast-style, remember to subscribe to The MMQB Podcast, in your feed each Monday morning…

(*16*)Issues That Made Me Giddy

Josh Allen Vs. the Patriots: To not overstate this, however the Patriots’ wind-blown Monday evening victory over the Payments a couple of weeks in the past birthed a thousand horrible takes. It was a weird recreation with a singular field rating because of the climate circumstances, however basically it was a Patriots teaching employees that knew its quarterback didn’t have the arm expertise to succeed in these circumstances and known as the sport accordingly. The underside of the barrel of the aforementioned horrible takes went alongside the strains of: Belichick solely threw it 3 times as a result of he thinks so little of Josh Allen and Brian Daboll. It’s bonkers to argue that any coach—not to mention the best coach in the game’s historical past—put collectively a recreation plan that banked on a number of red-zone stops whereas defending a four-point lead. However extra absurd is failing to grasp that Belichick not solely respects Allen and Daboll, however in all probability sees this Payments offense in his darkest nightmares (solely in his darkest nightmares Belichick additionally is not sporting any pants). For the second straight matchup (in non-hurricane circumstances), Belichick couldn’t resolve Allen—in giant half as a result of Stefon Diggs obtained the higher of J.C. Jackson, Isaiah McKenzie did the whole lot however steal Myles Bryant’s lunch cash, and Allen could not be tackled in some big moments. And now the Payments management the AFC East.

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