That’s it, folks. The NFL regular season is
officially over and just five more weeks of football remain. It also means the
last MUT TOTW is about to release.
Week 17 saw the final playoff spots be
clinched, with the New England Patriots falling to the third seed, the
Tennessee Titans clinching their spot, the San Francisco 49ers clinch the
number one seed in the NFC, and the Philadelphia Eagles wrapping up their third
straight playoff appearance.
With the playoffs and future jobs on the line, it was down to the players to end the season with a bang, and many did just that.
Which players will make the final TOTW
before the TOTY reveals itself?
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (LTD) – 95
RUMBLING: Henry was on fire late this season to carry the Titans to the playoffs
It may be weird to see Henry here,
considering he led the NFL in rushing and deserves to be on the TOTY, but I
think he may have cards coming his way in the future, so will be honored in the
Henry sealed the Titans’ playoff spot
emphatically with a 53-yard touchdown run. The run also sealed the rushing
title for him. This week he ran for an incredible 211 yards and three
touchdowns on 32 carries.
Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (Hero) – 93
The Bengals had a horrible season. But, on
the bright side, towards the end of the season they unlocked Mixon’s ability
and they’ll get Joe Burrow in April.
Sunday was the exclamation point on Mixon’s
case for being one of the best running backs in the NFL. The do-it-all back
racked up 162 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, and added one catch for
14 yards for what it’s worth.
Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons (Hero) – 93
WALK-OFF: Jones was the late game hero for the Falcons
The Falcons completed one of the more remarkable turnarounds of the season thanks to Deion Jones’ late heroics. After a 1-7 start to the season, they finished 7-9 on a walk-off pick-six.
After a Falcons field goal tied the game at 22 as time expired, the Bucs won the toss, but on the very first play of OT, Jones read Jameis Winston, jumped the route and returned a pick 25-yards to win.
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers – 90 OVR
Deebo Samuel has improved week-by-week of
his rookie season and is now a key cog in the 49ers offense. He assured that in
their number-one-seed-clinching win over the Seahawks.
The receiver/offensive weapon hauled in
five passes for 102 yards, and added two carries for 33 yards and a touchdown.
After Kittle, he is arguably the 49ers number two offensive weapon, and this
performance deserves giving him a card to reflect that.
Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco 49ers – 89 OVR
Such was the 49ers performance on Sunday Night Football they deserve two players in TOTW 17. Greenlaw has filled in superbly since Kwon Alexander went down injured, and Sunday night was a continuation.
Not only did he fill up the stat sheet with
11 solo tackles, 13 total, with a tackle for loss and a QB hit, he came up huge
in the game’s biggest moment with one of the tackles of the season. On the
one-inch line he stonewalled Jacob Hollister to force the turnover on downs and
effectively win the game.
Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles – 88 OVR
The Eagles have been absolutely ravaged by
injury yet somehow still made the playoffs. Partly because the injuries paved
the way for Boston Scott to play, and he cashed in on that chance.
In a must-win game against the New York
Giants, Scott was the Eagles’ star. The 5’6” running back was an all-purpose
threat. He may have only had 54 yards on 19 carries, but he scored three
rushing touchdowns and added 84 yards on four receptions.
Eric Rowe, Miami Dolphins – 87 OVR
The Dolphins are another team to have had a season to forget, but Rowe produced one of the biggest plays of their season, and the Patriots', in his revenge game against the New England team.
The former Patriots corner intercepted a
wry pass from Tom Brady and scampered 35-yards for a touchdown. Rowe read the
play very well and made the Patriots pay with Brady’s first pick-six in two
years. He also had five tackles on the day.
Mike Boone, Minnesota Vikings – 86 OVR
The Vikings were down to their third running back, but it didn’t matter. Boone was great on the day even though his team didn’t get the result they needed.
On just 17 carries he ran for 148 yards and a touchdown, and added 12 yards on two catches. He started early with a 59 yard run and continued strong all game.
Darius Phillips, Cincinnati Bengals – 85 OVR
The Bengals have struggled for defensive
plays all year, as their 2-14 record would suggest, but Phillips performed against
their in-state rivals.
Baker Mayfield may have been throwing interceptions at a worrying rate all year, but one CB coming up with two is a big day that deserves recognition. Phillips, was that guy as the Bengals won a game without hurting their spot atop the draft order.