Week 16 Review: The Final Countdown

By: Dominick Petrillo

We have finally made it. The end of the fantasy season is here for those of you who won championships, congratulations.

To those who did not, there is always next season. And for those who had Alvin Kamara this week and still lost because you did not realize you had James Robinson starting and did not switch him out for James Conner. I feel you.

What else can we talk about this week? Alvin Kamara had a monster game.

He gained over 100 yards rushing for only the fourth time in his career. This is incredible to think he is one of the best RB in the NFL and has only four 100-yard games in his entire career. It shows you what everyone says. Receptions are more critical than carries out of the backfield.

Kamara had a career-high 155 yards against a Vikings defense who let up the most first-half rushing yards since 1991. Six TD tying the record was awesome as well. He could have had seven, but Sean Peyton removed him on the last drive at the goal line. It is alright. They won the game. They got the jinx of the Vikings sort of off their shoulders and won the division.

After a forgettable season in 2019 in which through 15 games he only had two TD, Kamara has come back strong in 2020. The scores Sunday raised his total on the season to 21. With Michael Thomas missing most of the season and Drew Brees missing time, Kamara was the Lynchpin that allowed New Orleans to go 11-4 thus far. With a win this week against the Panthers, the Saints will secure the number 2 seed and guarantee them home playoff games until a possible conference championship matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

Before closing out this column for the season, I want to state one more time. Aaron Rodgers, not Patrick Mahomes, is the MVP. He has been incredible all season. Even in his bad games, he was still good enough to win. He just clarified this fact again Sunday. Against a tough Tennessee offense, he was able to stay on the field and throw for four TD in the Packers 40-14 onslaught. A win that almost certainly wrapped up the number one seed in the NFC.

Many people wrote him off. Said he was past his prime and could not do it anymore. You never count out elite players. Whether it be Rodgers, Tom Brady, or Drew Brees, these players are historically good. They know what to do. Most of the time, they get it done. You should not expect otherwise. Give him the MVP right now. And I hope he does not get even better next season. He just might.