Overreaction Monday: Biggest Takeaways From NFL Week 15

  • Tom Brady was held scoreless for the first time in 15 years on Sunday night.
  • Jonathan Taylor has +1200 betting odds to be named MVP.
  • The Arizona Cardinals have now lost two out of three games.

TAMPA, Fla. - Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as Jonathan Taylor and the Arizona Cardinals headline Week 15’s biggest overreactions.

Tampa Bay Should Worry About Their Shutout Loss

The Buccaneers were shutout in their loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 15, making it the first time since 2006 a Brady-led team was held to no points. In response to the loss, NFL betting sites have dropped Tampa Bay from the Super Bowl favorites.

Super Bowl 56 Odds

  • Kansas City Chiefs +450
  • Green Bay Packers +450
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +600

Considering that they were favored prior to the week, sportsbooks also believe there is ample reason to worry about the performance.

The last time Brady was shutout, the team finished the season 12-4 but did not make the Super Bowl and a similar result could come from this occasion. The blueprint has been established on how to stop the Buccaneers’ offense and there are defenses better than the Saints out there that Tampa will have to play in the postseason.

Jonathan Taylor Is The Most Valuable Player

While Brady was being held scoreless, Taylor was rushing for 170 yards against the top defense in the NFL. Taylor has had 100+ scrimmage yards in 10 of his last 11 games with the only time falling short having gained 97 total yards.

Yet, those betting on the NFL can find him as a relative longshot in the MVP odds.

NFL 2021-2022 MVP Odds

  • Tom Brady EVEN
  • Aaron Rodgers +200
  • Patrick Mahomes +800
  • Jonathan Taylor +1200

Taylor leads the league in rushing yards, touchdowns attempts and is first among starting running backs in yards per carry (5.6). He’s scored at least one touchdown in each of the last 11 weeks and has averaged 1.7 touchdowns per game over the same span.

The Indianapolis Colts have won five of their last six and are 8-3 over the last 11, showing just how important he is to the team’s success.

Arizona Cardinals Panic Button

The Cardinals have now lost two straight games following their embarrassing loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 15. The schedule moving forward isn’t too easy as they have to play the Colts, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks before the regular-season ends.

The team that started 7-0 could very well end the season on a 4-6 run entering the postseason.

NFC West Division Odds

  • Arizona Cardinals -250
  • Los Angeles Rams +180

If the Los Angeles Rams win their game on Tuesday, they will be tied with Arizona at 10-4 atop the NFC West. If the Cardinals don’t turn things around they could go from having the best record in the NFL to losing home-field advantage in the playoffs rather quickly.

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