Last week’s NFL games – recapped…
Tennessee 47, Detroit 10
There hasn’t been much to be thankful for if you’re a Lions fan, but the end of Week 13 meant that the season is closer to coming to an end. The Titans scored early and often in Thursday’s rout. Chris Johnson and LenDale White each went over 100 yards rushing while scoring 2 touchdowns.
Dallas 34, Seattle 9
Tony Romo threw for 5 touchdowns last Thanksgiving Day and he was poised to repeat against a terrible Seahawks team. The game was never in doubt as the Cowboys defense was on fire and the passing game was on point. Romo finished the game with 331 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was definitely on the same page with Jason Witten and T.O.
Philadelphia 48, Arizona 20
Everyone knew that this game was going to be a blow out. Kurt Warner and the Cardinals have been hot and Donovan McNabb was benched just last week. When the game was over, the game had indeed been a blow out. McNabb silenced his critics by throwing 4 TD. Brian Westbrook was on the receiving end of 2 of those scores and ran in 2 more.
San Francisco 10, Buffalo 3
After leading the Bills to a 54-point explosion last week, Trent Edwards barely looked like an NFL quarterback. He struggled before leaving early with a groin injury. JP Losman was also ineffective. Shaun Hill was the best of the 3, but not by much. He hooked up with Isaac Bruce for the game’s only touchdown.
Baltimore 34, Cincinnati 3
This was a mismatch on paper and that carried over to the field of play. Joe Flacco looked great and finished with 280 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mark Clayton rubbed salt in the wound by tossing a TD to Mason on a trick play. The Ravens defense made their mark with their 6th INT returned for a touchdown.
Tampa Bay 23, New Orleans 20
In another key divisional matchup, the Bucs were able to take care of the Saints. It was clearly a battle of offense vs. defense and the defense won. Drew Brees wasn’t stopped, but he was at least slowed down. The Bucs were able to intercept him on multiple occasions and Jeff Garcia came out on top despite having just 3 completions. Reggie Bush was a non-factor.
New York 23, Washington 7
If there were any questions about how the Giants would react given the Burress situation, they’ve been answered. The Giants looked like the best team in the NFC when they defeated their divisional rivals. The running game wasn’t up to its usual standards, but Eli Manning threw for over 300 yards. The Redskins clearly struggle when Clinton Portis is at less than full strength.
Miami 16, St. Louis 12
Miami was in need of a win to stay in contention in the AFC East and luckily for them, the Rams were next on the schedule. Steven Jackson returned for the Rams and played well, but he couldn’t overcome the interceptions that Bulger threw all day long. Despite how bad they played, the Rams had a chance to win in the final minute. Bulger cocked his arm back and went for the game-winning touchdown, but Miami came away with their 3rd takeaway of the day.
Indianapolis 10, Cleveland 6
This could have been the worst game of the weekend. Peyton Manning has had the Colts offense clicking and the Browns haven’t been able to stop anyone. The Colts needed a late defensive touchdown to put them ahead. Manning threw for just 125 yards and 2 interceptions. Joseph Addai followed up a decent first half by doing nothing in the 2nd and Indianapolis looked awful as a result.
Carolina 35, Green Bay 31
In a must win game for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers did not disappoint. Rodgers threw for nearly 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. He went drive for drive with DeAngelo Williams. In the end, Williams plunged over the stripe for his 4th touchdown of the day and Rodgers answered with an interception to end the Packers hopes.
Atlanta 22, San Diego 16
Atlanta continues to show that they are legit. Matt Ryan was a roller coaster early in the season, but he’s matured into a steady signal caller and threw for 2 more touchdowns this week. Philip Rivers was outplayed by Ryan and failed to break 200 yards or throw a touchdown. The Chargers aren’t going anywhere this year.
Denver 34, New York 17
New York hosted a matchup of the original gunslinger and a rising gunslinger. It was all Cutler in this game, as he threw for 357 yards and 2 touchdowns. Favre could only counter with 247 yards. Thomas Jones stayed hot and kept the Jets in the game. He rushed for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Pittsburgh 33, New England 10
The Steelers took on the Pats and each team had a lot to prove, but the Steelers are the only ones that proved anything. New England looked pretty good in the beginning of the game, but quickly fell apart. Their struggles were no more apparent than watching Randy Moss drop multiple touchdowns. Roethlisberger wasn’t overly impressive, but the Steelers backfield and defense played well.
Kansas City 20, Oakland 13
This game doesn’t even deserve a recap. The Chiefs entered the game with a 9-game road losing streak and the Raiders made sure that they were gracious hosts. In the day’s biggest head scratcher, Oakland tried a fake field goal with a toss to Sebastian Janikowski. As awesome as the idea sounds, it failed miserably and Kansas City returned the fumble for a touchdown. That score ended up being the difference in the game.
Minnesota 34, Chicago 14
It was a battle of division leaders at the Metrodome, but it wasn’t much of a battle. The game’s turning point came when the Bears failed to convert on 4 attempts at the goal line. After the Vikings defense held, Gus Frerotte found a wide open Bernard Berrian for a 99-yard touchdown. Matt Forte continues to be one of the lone bright spots for the Bears as he turned in another solid performance. Adrian Peterson racked up 131 yards and a TD.
Houston 30, Jacksonville 17
Houston took the early lead on a Rosenfels to Johnson hook up and they never looked back. The game was fairly uneventful and most of the scoring came in the 4th quarter. It was 16-3 through 45 minutes before the 2 teams combined for 4 touchdowns in the final stanza. Steve Slaton finished the game with 182 total yards and 2 touchdowns.