After a fun-filled Week 14 of the 2014 NFL season, there are observations to be made as the playoffs draw closer.
Week 14 of the NFL was eventful like the entire 2014 season as the Oakland Raiders achieved their second win of the season with a home victory against the San Francisco 49ers.
The New England Patriots recovered from a loss to the Green Bay Packers with a road win against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday Night Football.
The Seattle Seahawks shut down the Philadelphia Eagles offense and beat them, 24-14. The Pittsburgh Steelers kept their AFC North title and playoff hopes alive with a road win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Here are five takeaways from an exciting Week 14.
5. The St. Louis Rams defense has reached its potential
The Rams have not been a playoff contender as some of their fans had hoped, but their defense has begun to look like the elite unit that they have been capable of being. They have won four of their last six games, and the defense has allowed 10 points or less in each of those victories. The last two have been complete shutouts, and they have come up with six sacks in each of those wins.
The defensive line was considered to be the best in the league after the Rams drafted defensive tackle Aaron Donald in the first round, and he has come on strong in recent games. The return of defensive end Chris Long has also made a major difference for the Rams, and fellow defensive end Robert Quinn is looking like a Defensive Player of the Year candidate once again.