Biggest Winners and Losers from Week 15 Monday Night Football Dolphins vs. Saints

Ian Book's first career NFL start didn't quite go as planned.
Ian Book's first career NFL start didn't quite go as planned. / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Just like that, we only have two weeks left of the NFL regular season.

It seems like just yesterday that the season was kicking off between the Buccaneers and Cowboys, but now, after the Saints and Dolphins capped things off on Monday night, Week 16 is officially in the books.

As always, let's take a look at the biggest winners and losers from tonight's edition of Monday Night Football. Any odds listed are via WynnBET Sportsbook.

Monday Night Football Week 16 Winners

The 49ers and Eagles

With the Saints loss tonight. the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles are the only 8-7 teams in the NFC with New Orleans dropping to 7-8. That leaves the two of them in the drivers seat to snag the final two playoff spots in the NFC.

The 49ers can all but clinch a spot with a Week 17 win in a favorable matchup against the Texans. They'll take on the Rams in Week 18. Philadelphia will need to make sure it wins its Week 17 game against the Washington Football Team, because if they don't they may need to upset the Dallas Cowboys in the final week of the season.

Dolphins and the History Books

With the win tonight, the Dolphins have taken one step closer to making the history books. No NFL team in history has made the postseason after starting 1-7. Miami has rattled off seven straight wins, and now sit at 8-7 and are the current. No. 7 seed in the conference.

In fact, they hold control of their own destiny. It's a tall order, but if the Dolphins defeat the Titans and Patriots in the final two weeks of the season, their playoff spot is guaranteed no matter the outcome of other team's games.

The Dolphins also became the first NFL team to have a 7-game win streak and a 7-game losing streak in the same season.

Monday Night Football Week 16 Losers

Ian Book

Hats off to Ian Book. He was put in a near-impossible situation tonight. A fourth string rookie quarterback making his NFL debut on Monday night is a tough ask for anyone.

With that being said, he underdelivered even compared to the low expectations. Tonight was his chance to secure a job in the league as a backup for the next few years, but he may struggle to find work after his performance.

His first throw of the night started with a pick six, and it never got better. He finished 12-for-20 for 135 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Morons Like Me

I've been leading a movement this season to underreact to injury news. I allowed that mindset to blind me tonight, as even though the Saints were down 20+ players due to COVID and started their fourth string quarterback, I still decided to bet actual dollars on them.

Oops. That was a bad call. Note to self, it's not always smart to zag when everyone else zigs.