Andy Dalton completed 27-of-38 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Bengals' Week 17 loss to the Steelers.
Dalton checked down all game and didn't have a completion over 20 yards. His touchdowns came on a short passes to Gio Bernard and Jermaine Gresham in the red-zone. Both of Dalton's interceptions were bad overthrows into coverage. He'll finish the regular season with 3,398 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. The Bengals will take on the Colts in the Wild Card round.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 24-of-38 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Pittsburgh's 27-17, Week 17 win over the Bengals on Sunday night.
Roethlisberger missed pre-game warmups and briefly went to the locker room in the first quarter due to flu-like symptoms. He was able to take advantage of the Bengals secondary at the short and intermediate levels, with both of his touchdowns coming on impressive plays after the catch by Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. Roethlisberger had a career year in 2014, tying Drew Brees for a league-high 4,952 yards with a 32:9 TD/INT ratio. The Steelers clinched the AFC North and will play the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs.
A.J. Green left Sunday night's Week 17 game against the Steelers with a head injury.
Green is being evaluated for a concussion. He fumbled on big hit from Steelers S Mike Mitchell late in the fourth quarter and had to be helped off the field. Green managed to catch eight passes for 82 yards prior to going down, putting him over 1,000 yards for the fourth straight season. His status should be updated no later than Monday.
Le'Veon Bell suffered a hyperextended right knee in Sunday night's Week 17 game against the Bengals.
Bell was injured on a low tackle by Bengals S Reggie Nelson at the end of a 19-yard reception. He jogged off the field under his own power, but was noticeably limping. The Steelers have listed him as doubtful to return. Bell finished with 100 total yards on 14 touches before exiting. Dri Archer and Josh Harris will replace him at running back.
Julius Thomas had zero catches in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Raiders.
It was Thomas' third game since returning from an ankle sprain and it was more of the same. He was a rotational player, failing to be the first read on any pass plays and losing snaps to blocker Virgil Green. Julius has now totaled 3-63-0 in these three games. The only logical explanation is he's still hurt, something the bye should help with. Thomas's fourth NFL regular season ends with 43-489-12, with an incredible nine of those scores coming in the first five weeks.
By losing to the Saints in Week 17, the Buccaneers secured the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
It's incredibly early in the process to try predicting such things, but the general thinking among media members is Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and Florida State QB Jameis Winston will both be in play at No. 1 overall. The Titans will pick second, and the Jaguars third. These are picks Nos. 4-10: Raiders (4); Redskins (5); Jets (6); Bears (7); Falcons (8); Giants (9); Rams (10).
The New York Daily News believes Giants DC Perry Fewell's job is "certainly in danger."
The 2014 Giants ranked in the bottom five of the NFL's defensive rankings for the third time in Fewell's three seasons as coordinator. Fewell has generated head-coaching interest in recent seasons, but his performance as the Giants' DC never matched up with those inquiries. The Giants' coaching staff is otherwise expected to return intact, with Tom Coughlin at HC and Ben McAdoo at OC.
Titans OLB Kamerion Wimbley managed a career-low two sacks in 2014.
The Titans hoped that their conversion to a 3-4 defense would spark Wimbley at outside linebacker. He flopped instead, grading out poorly as both a run defender and pass rusher per Pro Football Focus. Wimbley is due nearly $3 million in 2015 and is 31 years old. His future in Nashville seems bleak.