Bennett Moehring narrowly missed a 48-yard field goal on the final play and Army held off Navy 14-13 on Saturday to win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the first time since 1996.
L.A. Rams (+14%): The Rams are currently predicted to be out of the playoffs by the narrowest of margins because they have tough games ahead against the Eagles, Seahawks and Titans. If they can pick up multiple wins in that stretch, however, the Rams would likely make the playoffs.
Miller should return to solid flex status in the Week 16 battle against Pittsburgh, but the lack of consistent run blocking by Houston’s offense will cap Miller’s upside in this matchup despite the seemingly favorable matchup.
The Texans have three top-flight defenders in Watt, Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney, who had two tackles — both for loss — and a sack on Monday, but have yet to have all three healthy and on the field at the same time.
Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern — Jackson, a 5-11, 200-pound senior who runs with power, trampled Illinois for 144 yards and a touchdown on just 18 carries in a 42-7 Northwestern win. Jackson went over 1,000 yards last week and became the school’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns Saturday.
Reason for pessimism: Matchups against the Giants and Eagles might not be as favorable as once projected. New York should receive a boost from this week’s firing of coach Ben McAdoo and the return of Eli Manning to the starting lineup following the quarterback’s unwarranted benching last Sunday against Oakland. The best-case scenario for the Cowboys would have the Eagles securing the top playoff spot before their meeting so Philadelphia would be more likely to rest its starters. That may not happen now with Philadelphia’s loss to Seattle last Sunday helping Minnesota (10-2) move into the NFC’s No. 1 seed.