Summary of “What bizarro timeline might have looked like”

A December loss to the Vikings opens up the race in the NFC North, but the Packers sweep the Lions in Week 17 to secure the 4-seed in the NFC. Josh Bellamy holds onto a Mike Glennon pass in the end zone in Week 1, giving the Bears an unexpected 24-23 victory over the Falcons.
Two weeks after their loss to the Bears, Atlanta’s season gets worse when Golden Tate’s catch is ruled a touchdown on the field and left unchanged on review, giving the Lions a 33-30 victory over the Falcons.
The Giants hold out Odell Beckham Jr. for the first two weeks of the season after he suffers a high ankle sprain during the preseason.
Sherman misses the first six weeks of the season, and the surging Rams take advantage of replacement Jeremy Lane in a Week 5 victory, but the future Hall of Famer comes back for the final three months and solidifies a defense missing Cliff Avril and with injury issues at linebacker.
Mannion does enough to pull out a narrow victory over the Titans, which sets up a winner-take-all game in Week 17 for the sixth seed in the NFC with …. The 49ers, who get a breakout season from Garoppolo.
Once Allen Robinson tears his left ACL in Week 1, the Jaguars are essentially dependent upon Leonard Fournette, and while they announce themselves as contenders by blowing out the Steelers, they fade as Fournette tires during the second half of the season.
A big win against the Titans in Week 4 buys Savage another week, but when he struggles in the first half against Kansas City, O’Brien makes the halftime change to Watson, who very nearly leads the Texans back to beat the undefeated Chiefs.
Koo proceeds to deliver a much-needed solid season for the Chargers at kicker, including a third game winner against the Raiders in Week 6.

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