#NFLMeanGreen: Week 16 Review
Robertson Leads Saints In Tackles As New Orleans Clinches Playoff Berth
DENTON – Week 16 of the National Football League season is in the books, and MeanGreenSports.com has you covered for 2017’s 16th regular-season installment of #NFLMeanGreen.
The week was highlighted by yet another strong performance from New Orleans Saints linebacker Craig Robertson, who recorded a team-high 10 total tackles in a 23-13 win at home over the Atlanta Falcons, helping the Saints clinch a playoff berth. Oakland Raiders fullback Jamize Olawale played in his team’s 19-10 loss at Philadelphia to the NFC-leading Eagles, but didn’t record any stats. Los Angeles Rams running back Lance Dunbar was inactive for his team’s 27-23 win at Tennessee that clinched the NFC West crown.
Robertson’s Saints (11-4), which are still tied for the NFC South lead with the Carolina Panthers, will wrap the regular season on the road against division foe Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have struggled through a frustrating season, entering the final game of the year at 4-11. The pair meet Sunday, New Year's Eve, at 3:25 p.m. CT on Fox.
With a win, the Saints could lock up the division title, regardless of what the Panthers do in their finale in Atlanta against the Falcons. New Orleans defeated the Panthers in both meetings this year, so they hold the head-to-head division tiebreaker. If the playoffs started today, New Orleans would host Carolina on wildcard weekend. The Rams are also 11-4, but hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Saints by virtue of a 26-20 win in Week 12 in Los Angeles.
Olawale’s Raiders (6-9), who were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss at Philadelphia, conclude the 2017 season in Los Angeles against the 8-7 Chargers at 3:25 p.m. on CBS. Dunbar’s Rams (11-4) host a suddenly red-hot San Francisco 49ers (5-10) team, who have won four straight, Sunday on Fox, also at 3:25.
Be sure to follow the former Mean Green players in the NFL throughout the close of the regular season next week, as well as the playoffs, here on MeanGreenSports.com each Tuesday.