December 8, 2013 by Ell and Mike Sports
Seattle 34 vs. Cards 22
The Seahawks win another big game against the division rival Cards on the road behind 3TDs by Russell Wilson. Wilson threw for 235yds and 3 tough TDs as he was under constant pressure all day, but still threw into tight windows making big plays. He also added 29 rushing yards, but did have 3 fumbles (2 fumbles loss); one that led to a short field for the Cards. RB Marshawn Lynch had 21 carries for 91yds and a TD on the day pounding the ball and showing his power once again with a strong run in the 2nd half. WR Golden Tate led the way with 4 catches for 77yds stretching the field and WR Sidney Rice added 3 catches for 50yds and a nice 31yd TD as the 1st score of the game. TE Zach Miller had 5 catches for 40yds and a TD by finding spots in the defense. The Seahawks D continues to dominate as they had 7 sacks, 2 INTs, and 2ffs (none recovered) against a poor Cards O-line led by their stout secondary. CB Brandon Browner tripped up before he could bring back a pick 6 late in the game. On the Cards side, Carson Palmer threw for 258yds, a TD, and 2INTs on the day under constant pressure as he continues to commit turnovers. RB Rashard Mendenhall ran for only 22yds on 13 carries which didn’t help the offensive effort. WR Michael Floyd led the receiving effort with 5 catches for 58yds and TE Rob Housler added 7 catches for 53yds on the day as Palmer had to get the ball out of his hands quickly. Star WR Larry Fitzgerald only had 2 catches for 17yds on the day with star CB Richard Sherman on him. The Cards D played well against the pass, but not the run as the defense had 3 sacks and 3 forced fumbles (2 recovered) led by DE John Abraham who had 3tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. However, the defense didn’t get much help as the offense couldn’t move the ball against the tough Seahawks D. The Seahawks improve to 6-1 on the season led by a good defensive effort, great power running by Lynch, and smart plays by Wilson when it counts. The Cards fall to 3-4 and have a ways to go in the NFC West, but they continue to play tough on defense. However, the offense must play a lot better especially the offensive line, the running game, and Palmer needs to cut-back on his turnovers.
Bucs 23 vs. Falcons 31
The Falcons pull off a much needed win against their divisional rival Bucs behind a good game by Matt Ryan. Ryan went 20/26 with 273yds and 3TDs, despite the running game continuing to struggle without RB Steven Jackson. RB Jacquizz Rodgers had only 8 carries for 16yds on the day, but 8 catches for 46yds and 2TDs receiving, while RB/FB Jason Snelling added 7 carries for 14yds in a horrible running effort. WR Harry Douglas was the star of the game with both WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White out he stepped up big with 7 catches for 149yds and a TD; stretching the field as the #1 WR. The Falcons D played well with 3 sacks, 2ffs (1 recovered), and a TD led by Safety William Moore who has played well this year while healthy with 6 tackles, a sack, and forced fumble which was scooped and scored by Safety Thomas DeCoud. For the Bucs, rookie QB Mike Glennon played well in his 3rd start with 256yds, 2TDs, and a fumble (loss), but he came up short. RB Doug Martin had 11 carries for 47yds before leaving with a shoulder injury in the 3rd quarter at the hands of Safety William Moore. Backup RB Mike James a rookie out of Miami had 14 carries for 45yds while filling in. Star WR Vincent Jackson led the receiving attack with 10 catches for 138yds and 2TDs including a nice one-handed 59yd grab as the Bucs 1st TD of the game. The Bucs Special Teams Unit forced a fumble on rookie CB/KR Robert Alford of the Falcons. The Bucs D didn’t make any game changing plays and were carved through the secondary, but they did do a good job against the run (or maybe the Falcon’s run game is just that bad) and OLB Lavonte David is continuing to impress in his 2nd season with 10 tackles in the game. The Falcons improve to 2-4 and have a long ways to go to improve off a bad start, but the running game must step up to help keep the other team off the field and keep the defense fresh. The Bucs fall to 0-6 in a game they could have won, but the defense needs to make impact plays despite the injuries. They Bucs played tough and a win should be coming soon as they continue to fight behind Glennon and Coach Schiano.
Rams 15 vs. Panthers 30
This game turned into a fiery matchup between the Panthers and Rams as DE Chris Long (Rams) got ejected in the 3rd quarter and WR Steve Smith (Panthers) jawed off with CB Janoris Jenkins (Rams) all game, but the Panthers had the lead all game leading to a win at home. QB Cam Newton went 15/17 with 204 yards, a TD, and 26 rushing yards playing efficiently on the day. The running game struggled as RB DeAngelo Williams had 40yds on 15 carries and 19 yards receiving and RB/FB Mike Tolbert had 13 carries for 36yds and TD. WR Steve Smith led the way in receiving with 5 catches for 69yds and a TD. TE Greg Olsen added 4 catches for 47 yards as a good receiver this year. The Panthers D played well with 4 sacks, an INT, a TD (pick 6 CB Captain Munnerlyn 45yds), and 3 forced fumbles led by FS Mike Mitchell who had 8 sacks, a sack, and 2ffs. For the Rams, QB Sam Braford was 21/30 with 255yds a TD and an INT before leaving with an injury late in the game. Backup QB Kellen Clemens went 2/4 with 19yds. RB Zac Stacy had 17 carries for 53yds 4 catches for 34yds and a TD on the day. 2nd year WR Brian Quick led the receiving attack with 2 catches for 97yds including a 73yd pass to stretch the field. Rookie WR Tavon Austin was 2nd on the team in receiving with 5 catches for 39yds, but he had fumbling issues on the day and a penalty negated a TD. The Rams D only produced 2 sacks and stopped the run well, but playing from behind it wasn’t enough. The Panthers improve to 3-3 on the season playing well on both sides of the ball and showing their toughness; this could be a good thing going forward. The Rams fall to 3-4 and lose their QB to a knee injury which is not good in a tough NFC West division.
Bengals 27 vs. Lions 24
The Bengals avoided a Lions comeback to get a big road win against a good Lions team as the punter had a short kick giving the Bengals position at midfield near K Mike Nugent’s range to setup the game winning field goal from 48yds. QB Andy Dalton had a good game with 372yds and 3TDs. RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis struggled with 10 carries for 24yds and RB Giovani Bernard had 7 carries for 27yds and 5 catches for 32yds. Star WR A.J. Green led the receiving effort with 6 catches for 155yds and an 82yd TD catch and WR Marvin Jones continues to impress with 4 catches for 57yds and TD. The TEs also got in on the action as TE Jermaine Gresham had 4 catches for 64yds and rookie TE Tyler Eifert had 3 catches for 45yds including a 32yd TD pass (1st TD of his career). The Bengals D had no real impact plays on the game, but did a decent job against the run; this game was basically a passing shootout. For the Lions, QB Matt Stafford threw for 357yds and 3TDs on the day. RB Reggie Bush struggled on the ground with 20 carries for 50yds, but he added 3 catches for 44yds. RB Joique Bell complemented Bush well with 5 carries for 27yds and 3 catches for 29yds. Star WR Calvin Johnson had 9 catches for 155yds and 2TDs in a good game. The Lions didn’t play much D either besides stopping the running game for the most part, but DT Ndamukong Suh did record the only sack in the game. The Bengals improve to 5-2 with the offense leading the way behind Dalton spreading the ball around which is a good sign going forward. With another quality win, the Bengals sit atop the AFC North and appear to be legit contenders to win the division. The Lions fall to 4-3 losing a tough one at home vs. a good Bengals team, but the defense must play better; especially, the secondary.
Chargers 24 vs. Jags 6
The Chargers win an easy one against the poor playing Jags as Philip Rivers makes it look easy and finally get help from RB Ryan Matthews. Rivers went 22/26 with 285yds and a TD on the day spreading the ball well. Matthews had 21 carries for 110yds and a TD pounding his way through the Jags defense. RB Danny Woodhead had only 29yds and a TD on the ground, but was 3rd in receiving with 4 catches for 47yds. WR Eddie Royal led the way with 4 catches for 69yds and a TD, while rookie WR Kennan Allen complemented him well with 3 catches for 67yds. The Chargers defense had 6sacks and an INT while also stuffing the run game, 3rd year players DE Corey Liuget and LB Thomas Keiser both had 2 sacks on the day. On the other side, QB Chad Henne threw for 318yds, but had an INT and no TDs. Maurice Jones-Drew and RB Justin Forsett both had limited carries as Jones-Drew had 9 carries for 37yds and Forsett had 2 carries for 19yds. Jones-Drew also had 19 receiving yards on 2 catches and Forsett had 1 catch for 10yds. 2nd year undrafted WR Mike Brown led the receiving attack with 5 catches for 120yds stretching the field. WR Cecil Shorts continues to show a good connection with Henne as he had 6 catches for 80yds and WR Justin Blackmon contributed 6 catches for 58yds. The Jags defense struggled against both the pass and the run and only had 1 sack on the game by DT Sen’Derrick Marks. The Chargers improve to 4-3 on the season as they win easily against the Jags, but still have an uphill battle in the AFC West. However, it was good to see the defense step up and Ryan Matthews finally make some noise; ditto for Eddie Royal. The Jags fall to 0-7 losing another one by double digits as they struggle defensively and negate the passing attack. Will this team ever play well on either side of the ball?
Bills 23 vs. Dolphins 21
The Bills win a close one versus their division rival Dolphins as the defense steps up big making plays. QB Thad Lewis gets the win in his 2nd start as he throws for 202yds and an INT. With RB C.J. Spiller out, RB Fred Jackson only ran for 36yds on 11 carries and a TD and 3rd stringer Tashard Choice only had 6 carries for 16yds. Jackson was 2nd in receiving with 4 catches for 49yds and WR Stevie Johnson led the receiving attack with 6 catches for 61yds. The Bills defense played well despite Tannehill getting hot mid game with 2 sacks, 2INTs, a TD, and a forced fumble led by DE Mario Williams with 3tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble. The sacks both came in the 4th quarter to end drives with the 2nd resulting in the forced fumble which helped K Dan Carpenter get in position to hit the game winning 31yd field goal going 3/3 on the day against his former team who cut him this season. On the Dolphins side, QB Ryan Tannehill had only 149yds on the day with 3TDs, 2INTs, and a fumble (loss). Tannehill started the game with a pick 6 on his 1st pass to undrafted rookie CB Nickell Robey out of USC, getting the team off to a bad start. RB Daniel Thomas had 12 carries for 60yds and Lamar Miller had 9 carries for 43yds, but the run game was neglected with the team down. WR Mike Wallace led the team with 5 catches for 76yds, WR Brian Hartline had 6 catches for 69yds, and Brandon Gibson had 5 catches for 40yds and 2 TDs. The Dolphins D played well with 4sacks, an INT, and a forced fumble on the day led by Safety Reshard Jones with 10tackles and a sack. KR/RB Marcus Thigpen setup the Dolphins with good field position after a 44yd return, but the Dolphins couldn’t score and just fell short on a Hail Mary to FB/TE Charles Clay. The Bills improve to 3-4 with a needed win against a division opponent and it builds confidence for this young team as they wait on the return of Spiller and their starting QB, rookie E.J. Manuel. The Dolphins fall to 3-3 and are in need of better play from the offensive line and Tannehill needs to cut down on his turnovers. The 3-0 start has been ruined by 3 straight losses and this team needs to run the ball more.
Pats 27 vs. Jets 30
The Jets get a big win at home against their divisional rival Pats in OT on a game winning 42yd field goal by K Nick Folk after a penalty on a 56yd kick. Rookie QB Geno Smith had a decent game with 233yds, a TD, an INT (pick 6), 6 carries for 32yds, and a nice rushing TD. RB Chris Ivory led the way with 34 carries for 104yds as the work horseback. WR Jeremy Kerley led the way in the receiving effort with 8 catches for 97yds and a TD as he continues to show a good connection with Geno Smith. WR David Nelson had a good game also with 4 catches for 80yds on the day and TE Jeff Cumberland continues to find holes in the defense with 3 catches for 41yds. The Jets D played well with 4 sacks, an INT, a TD (pick 6) and 2 forced fumbles (none recovered) led by 2nd year FS Antonio Allen who had 5 tackles and an INT (pick 6). On the other side, Tom Brady wasn’t really accurate on the day and mostly tried to force the ball to Gronkowski as he threw for 228yds and an INT on the day. RB Stevan Ridley had 11 carries for 50yds and a TD and backup RB Brandon Bolden had 8 carries for 36yds and a TD. TE Rob Gronkowski was target 17times and had 8 catches for 114yds on the day stretching the field, but he struggled with some drops. WR Julian Edelman led the way for receivers with 5 catches for 44 yards and rookie WR Aaron Dobson added 3 catches for 34yds. The Pats D played well with 4 sacks, an INT (pick 6 rookie CB Logan Ryan out of Rutgers) and a forced fumble (not recovered) led by OLB Chandler Jones with 8 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble. Rookie DT Chris Jones had a good game with 5 tackles and 2 sacks, but had the costly penalty to give the Jets the victory. The Jets improve to 4-3 moving one game behind the Pats for the AFC East lead with a tough home win. The Pats fall to 5-2 after losing a winnable game, but the defense is dealing with injuries and struggled and Brady was unusually inaccurate with no TDs. They will be fine going forward and it is good to see Gronk back on the field making plays.
Cowboys 17 vs. Eagles 3
The Cowboys win a big divisional game on the road against the Eagles to gain 1st place in the division as they are carried by the defense (or bad QB play) despite OLB DeMarcus Ware missing his 1st game of his career with a quad injury. QB Tony Romo had his 1st multiple interception game of the season, but still threw for 317 yards, a TD, and 2 INTs while spreading the ball well. Rookie RB Joseph Randle led the running attack with DeMarco Murray out, as he had 65 yards on 19 carries and 28 yards receiving on 3 catches. WR Dez Bryant led the way with 8 catches for 110 yards. Rookie WR Terrance Williams continues to impress as he had 6 catches for 71 yards and a TD. WR Cole Beasley finally made some noise with 6 catches for 53 yards; he was highly touted as a Wes Welker type. The Cowboys defense played well with 3sacks (including 2 nice sacks by DE George Selvie) and 3 INTs. On the Eagles side, QB Nick Foles was under constant pressure having to leave the game with a head injury. Foles made a lot of poor throws and ended with only 80 yards passing and 25 yards rushing. Rookie QB Matt Barkley relieved him and didn’t play well either with 129 yards and 3INTs. RB LeSean McCoy struggled with 55 yards on 18 carries and 6 catches for 26 yards. WR Riley Cooper led the team in receiving with 6 catches for 88 yards. The defense produced 2 sacks and 2INTs led by MLB DeMeco Ryans, but the offense could not help. The Cowboys improve to 4-3 with a much needed win, but must play a lot better going forward if they want to keep the divisional lead. The Eagles fall to 3-4 missing a chance to claim the division, but the effort of this offense needs to improve especially the QB play. It will be interesting to see if Vick reclaims the job, Foles gets the nod, or Barkley takes the helm; as all 3 QBs have struggled.
Bears 41 vs. Redskins 45
The Redskins get a big NFC win beating the Bears, however this game was a shootout despite QB Jay Cutler leaving with a groin injury replaced by Josh McCown. RGIII had 298yds, 2TDs, an INT, and 84yds rushing even taking big hits along the way from a physical Bears D. RB Alfred Morris pounded the ball for 95yds on 19carries, but backup RB Roy Helu complemented him well with 41yds on 11 carries and 3TDs. Rookie TE Jordan Reed led the way in the receiving game with 9 catches for 134yds and a TD. WR Aldrick Robinson led the way for receivers with 2 catches for 75yds including a 45yd TD in the 4th quarter and WR Pierre Garcon had 5 catches for 58yds. The Redskins D had 2sacks, an INT, and a TD (pick 6 OLB Brian Orakpo) on the day. For the Bears, Cutler was 3/8 for 28yds and INT, while McCown was 14/20 for 204yds and TD with 33 rushing yards. RB Matt Forte had a good game with 16 carries for 91yds and 3TDs. WR Alshon Jeffery led the way in receiving again with 4 catches for 105yds and 2 carries for 16yds, showing good improvement this season. WR Brandon Marshall had 6 catches for 75yds on the day.KR Devin Hester had an 81yd punt return for TD on the day tying Hall of Famer Deion Sanders for most in NFL history. The Bears D only had a sack and an INT on the game as defense appears to be the problem in the game for both teams. The Redskins improve to 2-4 on the season with a long way to go, but the offense played well finally. However, the Redskins defense can’t allow this kind of yardage or points and expect to win. The Bears fall to 4-3 losing momentum for the NFC North with the Lions and with Cutler going down games will be harder to win. Similar to the Redskins, the Bears D can’t give up big yardage and points like this on a regular basis either.
49ers 31 vs. Titans 17
The 49ers dominate the Titans on the road as the Titans couldn’t move the ball against the 49ers D besides scoring all 17pts in the 4th quarter in a desperate attempt. Colin Kaepernick only had 199yards passing no TD or INTs, but he did have 11 carries for 68yds and a TD helping his team move the chains. Gore pounded out the ball with 24 carries for 70yds and 2TDs displaying his usual power against a tough Titans D, while adding 34yds on 2 catches. WR Anquan Boldin led the team in receiving with 5 catches for 74yds and TE Vernon Davis had 4 catches for 62yds. The 49ers Special Teams forced a fumble which was recovered by Kassim Osgood for a TD putting the game away at 31-10 after a 10pt Titans scoring surge. The 49ers D played well with 3 sacks and an INT on the day while shutting down the running game led by DE Justin Smith with 3 tackles and 2 sacks. For the Titans, QB Jake Locker struggled in the 1st half, but ended with 326yds, 2TDs, and an INT with 29 rushing yards. RB Chris Johnson added only 9 carries for 39yds ground and had 4 catches for 71yds and a nice 66yd screen for a TD showing his explosion in the 4th quarter. WR Kendall Wright led the team in receiving with 9 catches for 98yds and WR Nate Washington added 3 catches for 62yds. TE Delani Walker had 3 catches for 52yds and a late 26yd TD from Locker. KR Darius Reynard’s fumble killed any chance at a comeback attempt, as that fumble for TD put the game away. The Titans defense had 2 sacks on the day, but the 49ers D dominated the offense and the running game did the rest. The 49ers improve to 5-2 on the season behind their dominant defense. Although Kaepernick shined today, he needs to do a better job in the passing game. The Titans fall to 3-4 and need to play better on offense mostly in the running game and the defense needs to stop the run.
Browns 13 vs. Packers 31
The Packers carve up the Browns behind QB Aaron Rodgers as the Browns and QB Brandon Weeden was not ready for a shootout. Rodgers had 3TDs on the day and 260 yards. Rookie RB Eddie Lacy continues to impress with 82 yards on 22 carries and a TD giving them a consistent run game and 26 receiving yards in the game. 2nd year WR Jarrett Boykins led the team in receiving with James Jones out as he had 8 catches for 103 yards and a TD stretching the field. TE Jermichael Finley had 5 catches for 72 yards and a 10yd TD where he displayed his power; he was injured in the 4th quarter on a clean hit leading to a neck injury and Finley being carted off the field. WR Jordy Nelson had 5 catches for 42yds and a TD. The Packers D had 3sacks and an INT on the day led by ILB Jamari Lattimore who had 9 tackles and a sack. For the Browns, Weeden struggled with 149yds, a TD, and an INT in a game where he was mostly in passing mode down double digits early. RB Willis McGahee continues to struggle on the ground with 11carries for 39yds. TE Jordan Cameron led the team in receiving with 5 catches for 73yds and the only Browns TD, while WR Greg Little led receivers with 4 catches for 49 yards. KR Travis Benjamin had a kick return for 86 yards giving the Browns good field position; his only return in the game. The Browns D struggled against both the pass and the run, but mostly the deep ball as they only produced 1 sack. The Packers improve to 4-2 on the season after a rough start they are living up to expectations, but the injury to Finley will be one to watch. The Browns fall to 3-4 and Weeden continues to prove he is not the answer and the defense needs to increase the pass rush. It’s not too late for this team to get a spark and win a few games.
Texans 16 vs. Chiefs 17
The Chiefs win a close one versus the Texans in a game most did not expect to be close as 2nd year undrafted QB Case Keenum started for the Texans, but in a game of defenses the Chiefs came out on top. QB Alex Smith had 240yds passing, 28rushing, 1 rushing TD, and an INT on the day. RB Jamaal Charles led the way with 86yds rushing on 21 carries and a TD and 37yds receiving, but he did lose a fumble in the game. WR Dexter McCluster led the receiving attack with 4 catches for 70yds and 2 rushes for 4yds. WR Dwayne Bowe finally made some plays with 5 catches for 66yds as he has been quiet this year. The Chiefs D continues to impress with 5sacks and 2 forced fumbles on Keenum (1 recovered) for the game closing play. The defense was led by OLB Tamba Hali who continues to be unstoppable as a pass rusher as he had 6 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles including the game closing play. For the Texans, Keenum had 271yds and 1TD, with 2 fumbles (1 loss) in the game. RB Ben Tate had 15 carries for 50yds and RB Arian Foster just returning had only 4 carries for 11yds. WR Andre Johnson had 4 catches for 89yds and rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins complemented him well with 3catches for 76yds and the only Texans TD of the game. The Texans D played well keeping the team in the game with 2sacks, an INT, and a forced fumble (recovered) on the game; DE/DT J.J. Watt led the way with 6tackles, 1sack, and the forced fumble. The Texans D suffered a big blow when they loss ILB Brian Cushing to a torn LCL and a broken leg and it appears he will be out for the season again. The Chiefs improve to 7-0 at the top of the AFC continuing to abuse teams with their defense, but this one was a close one. The Texans fall to 2-5 and may have found an offensive spark in Keenum, but the defense will greatly miss Cushing.
Ravens 16 vs. Steelers 19
The Steelers get a much needed win versus their divisional rival Ravens as the offense plays efficiently and the defense holds up well. Ben Roethlisberger went 17/23 for 160yds a TD and 25 rushing yards. Rookie RB Le’Veon Bell had a good game with 19 carries for 93yds against a Ravens team that normally plays well against the run. WR Antonio Brown led the way with 6catches for 50yds and WR Jerricho Cotchery had 4 catches for 41yds. TE Heath Miller had 2 catches for 17yds and a TD, but did lose a fumble in the game. Kicker Shaun Suisham went 4/4 on the day including a 42yd kick to win the game after a good last minute drive by the Steelers to avoid OT. The Steelers D had only 1 sack on the game, but held up well against the run and Safety Polamalu was flying all over the secondary to help the pass coverage. On the Ravens side, Joe Flacco had 215yds and a TD on the day, but the run game continued to struggle. RB Ray Rice had 15carries for 45yds and 27yds receiving, while RB Bernard Pierced had only 13yds on 6carries. WR Torrey Smith led the receiving attack with 3 catches for 61yds. TE Dallas Clark had the only TD for the Ravens on a one yard catch to tie it at 16. The Ravens D played well with 3sacks and a forced fumble (recovered) on the day, but couldn’t stop the run or short passes as the Steelers offense barely outplayed the Ravens. The Steelers improve 2-4 getting back to back wins as they finally play well on both sides of the ball which is a good improvement going forward. The Ravens fall to 3-4 adding a divisional loss on the road as the running game continues to struggle and the defense struggle to stop the Steelers late in the game.
Broncos 33 vs. Colts 39
The Colts hand the Broncos their 1st loss of the season behind a good day by Andrew Luck and the defense getting after Peyton Manning; however, the loss of WR Reggie Wayne to an ACL injury is the bigger story. The Broncos made a 4th quarter comeback attempt, but fell short. Luck had 228 yards and 3TDs and 29yds and a TD on the day doing most of his work in the 1st half. RB Trent Richardson struggled with 14 carries and 37yds and a fumble he loss, while RB Donald Brown had 11 carries for 23yds, but added 3 catches for 42yds. WR Reggie Wayne led the way with 5 catches for 50yds and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey had 4 catches for 44yds and a TD and 30yds rushing on 1 carry. TE Coby Fleener added 5 catches for 38yds and a TD. The Colts D played well against a good Broncos offense as they had 4 sacks, an INT, and a safety led by OLB Robert Mathis who had 5 tackles and 2 sacks. The Colts Special Teams unit also forced a fumble on exciting KR Trindon Holliday. On the other side, the Broncos offense struggled in the 1st half, but Manning had 386yds, 3TDs, and an INT on the day. RB Knowshon Moreno had only 40yds on 15 carries, a TD, and 9yds receiving. RB Ronnie Hillman had only 4 carries for 25yds, but he had a fumble (loss). WR Eric Decker led the receiving effort with 8 catches for 150yds and a TD, Wes Welker had 7 catches for 96yds, and Demaryius Thomas has 4 catches for 82yds and TD. TE Julian Thomas added 5 catches for 41yds and a TD. KR Trindon Holliday had 2 fumbles on the day and loss one which led to points by the Colts due to short field position. The Broncos D was carved in the secondary and did not get much pressure on Luck as they only had 2 sacks and a forced fumble (recovered). The Colts improve to 5-2 proving to be a tough team this season on both sides of the football behind Andrew Luck, but the running game is questionable and the loss of Wayne will definitely have an impact. The Broncos fall to 6-1 proving that the defense needs to play better against the pass and can’t always carry the team; the pass rush and the secondary needs to play better.
Vikings 7 vs. Giants 23
The Giants win big on a night where the Vikings start QB Josh Freeman despite just acquiring him and his struggles continued. Eli Manning threw for 200yds and 1TD; he finally did not throw an INT despite throwing one bad pass directly to a defender which bounced off. The running game struggles continue as RB Peyton Hillis had 18 carries for 36yds and an easy 1yd TD after another Vikings turnover, but he did have 5 catches for 45yds. WR Victor Cruz led the way with 5 catches for 50yds and WR Reuben Randle had 3 catches for 40yds and a nice 24yd TD, but he did also lose a fumble in the game. WR Hakeem Nicks struggled with 2 catches for 28yds and a lot of drops in the game. The Giants Special Teams unit had 2 forced fumbles on the day on rookie DT Sharrif Floyd, who decided to run with the ball on a kick return, and KR Marcus Sherels, but he did have a long return to start the game which was the only Vikings score. The Giants defense had 1sack by DT Justin Tuck and a nice INT by Safety Antrel Rolle who continues to be one of the only spotlights on this defense, but the Vikings offense was so ineffective they didn’t have to do much. On the Vikings side, Freeman struggled with 190yds and an INT on the day. RB Adrian Peterson couldn’t save the team this game as they were able to stack the box with Freeman at QB as Peterson only had 28yds on 13 carries. WR Greg Jennings led the receiving attack with 4 catches for 41yds. The special teams unit struggled with fumbles on the day as mentioned prior and the defense produced 2sacks and a forced fumble (recovered), despite not receiving help from the offense. The Giants improve to 1-6 on the year getting their 1st win against the struggling Vikings who can’t move the ball through the air. The Giants need to improve on offense as they could barely move the ball despite improved O-line play and the defense needs to provide more pressure. The Vikings fall to 1-5 and need to find another QB as Freeman is definitely not the answer either, miracle pending.