NFL Week 13 Round Up
Week 13 in the NFL featured another Tim Tebow win, a Raiders meltdown, a Cowboys stunning loss, and wild plays. I take you through all of the madness that was Week 13.
Denver (7-5) 35 @ Minnesota (2-10) 32
Christian Ponder had a rough start, lost a fumble and threw a pick six, but played well enough to keep the Vikings in the game. But it was the Denver Broncos who had contributions from both sides of the ball to win, yet again. Tebow had an impressive touchdown pass, scrambling outside the pocket, shaking off tackles to hit Demaryius Thomas for 41 yards. Thomas had a career day catching 4 passes for 144 yards. Percy Harvin also had a career day with 156 yards receiving. With the win, the Broncos are now tied with the Raiders for the lead in the AFC West.
Tebow’s Scrambling Play
Oakland (7-5) 14 @ Miami (4-8) 34
The Dolphins pretty much did whatever they wanted to on Sunday. The ‘Phins held the Raiders, the best rushing team in the league, to 46 rushing yards. Reggie Bush had his third 1oo-yard rushing game of his career. Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour was ejected for throwing a punch at Richie Incognito.
Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was active for the game, after being arrested this week for shooting a gun during a fight in Alabama. I asked former NFL player George Wrighster what he thought about it and he responded:
You have to let the legal system run it’s course with stuff like this, or people would just accuse people just to get them suspended.
Carolina (4-8) 38 @ Tampa Bay (4-8) 19
Another blackout for the Bucs and another great day for Cam Newton. Perhaps the fans saw the jerseys (orange throwback) Tampa was going to wear and decided to stay away. Newton added three more touchdowns on the ground and now has the most rushing touchdowns by a QB with 13. Newton almost had a receiving touchdown, but was stopped just short of the end zone after a 27 yard pickup.
New York Jets (7-5) 34 @ Washington (4-8) 19
Redskins RB Roy Helu had an early rushing TD, and finished with exactly 100 yards rushing, giving him back-to-back games with at least 100 yards. Jets QB Mark Sanchez had his 10th career fourth-quarter comeback, as the Jets trailed 16-13. The Jets took the lead for good when Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a 30-yard touchdown with 4:49 to play.
Cincinnati (7-5) 7 @ Pittsburgh (9-3) 35
The Bengals had a great start, but a false start negated a TD throw to tight end Jermaine Gresham, another penalty wiped out a FG, and the next FG attempt was blocked. Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall scored his third touchdown against the Bengals this year, a touchdown that was set up by a 45-yard pass to Antonio Brown. Bengals WR AJ Green continued his strong rookie season, adding 87 yards through the air and an 11-yard TD.
The Steelers accomplished some milestones during the win: Mendenhall tied Franco Harris for most touchdowns in their first 4 seasons by any Steelers RB; Ben Roethisberger broke Terry Bradshaw’s Steelers completion record with his 2,026th to tight end David Johnson; Hines Ward became the 19th NFL player to surpass 12,000 career yards.
Kansas City (5-7) 10 @ Chicago (7-5) 3
Bears RB Matt Forte left the game early with a knee injury, he was able to walk off on his own power. He told reporters after the game it was simply a knee sprain. Fantasy players look to pickup backup, Marion Barber, just in case. Newly-acquired Chiefs QB Kyle Orton got some early playing time as Chiefs starter, Tyler Palko, got benched. Just as quick as Orton came in, he also left the game — with a finger injury suffered on a flea flicker.
The Chiefs had a wild play to end the first half on a hail mary which ended up deflected by Brian Urlacher to Dexter McCluster for a touchdown catch. It was similar to a deflected hail mary pass that won the Jaguars a game versus the Texans last season. That was their first touchdown in 12 quarters. Bears WR Roy Williams did nothing to shed his dropped ball phobia, as he bobbled a catch in the end zone which led the pass to get picked off by Jon McGraw. Hopefully Orton’s injury doesn’t hurt our chances of seeing a Tim Tebow vs. Kyle Orton matchup in Week 17.
Palko’s 38-yard Touchdown to McCluster
Mike Thomas’s 50-yard Touchdown Catch
Tennessee (7-5) 23 @ Buffalo (5-7) 17
Chris Johnson seems to have finally found his way … in Week 13. CJ went over 100 yards in the first half alone, and added a touchdown. CJ finished with 153 yards and two touchdowns. Bills RB CJ Spiller had a career day, in the first half, with 80 yards rushing on 11 carries. Spiller had just three yards in the second half, finishing with 83. With the win the Titans are now in a four way tie for the AFC’s last Wild Card Playoff berth. The Bills have lost five straight.
Atlanta (7-5) 10 @ Houston (9-3) 17
It looks like the Texans decision to move forward with third string QB T.J. Yates is paying off as he connected for a 50-yard pass to Andre Johnson. Johnson left the game in the third quarter when he injured his left hamstring. He has missed 6 games already this season with an injury to his right hamstring.
Indianapolis (0-12) 24 @ New England (9-3) 31
My first look at this score read 24 to 3 early in the third quarter. Patriots WR Wes Welker is now over 90 catches for the fourth time in his career. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski set a new record today for touchdown catches in a season by a tight end, with 14. The Colts scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to bring the game to 31-24. Deion Branch recovered an onside kick to seal the win for the Patriots.
St. Louis (2-10) 0 @ San Francisco (10-2) 26
The 49ers dominated the Rams from start to finish and clinched a playoff berth during the win. They are the second NFC team to clinch, after the Packers. They also clinched the NFC West Division during the process. ‘9ers WR Kyle Williams finished with 66 yards receiving, including a 56-yard touchdown.
Baltimore (9-3) 24 @ Cleveland (4-8) 10
Ray Lewis missed another game but the Ravens won behind Ray Rice’s career-high 204 yards rushing. The Ravens out gained the Browns in yardage 448 to 233.
Green Bay (12-0) 38 @ New York Giants (6-6) 35
Eli Manning left 58 seconds too much for the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, as Rodgers led the Packers to a game-winning field goal as time expired. After an Eli Manning touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks, Rodgers completed a 24-yard pass to Jermichael Finley and then a 27-yarder to Jordy Nelson to put the team in field goal range. Mason Crosby hit the game-winner from 31 yards out.
Dallas (7-5) 13 @ Arizona (5-7) 19 – Final/OT
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett iced his own kicker at the closing seconds of the game and Dan Bailey missed the would be game-winning field goal. Cardinals
law firm WR LaRod Stephens-Howling made his only catch of the game a memorable one as he ran 52 yards for the game-winning touchdown in overtime.
Detroit (7-4) @ New Orleans (8-3) – Sunday Night Football, 8:20 pm
While Ndamukong Suh is spending his two week
vacation suspension crashing cars, the Lions got another primetime game. As of posting time, the game has yet to start. Despite the Lions desperate need for a win here, my pick to win is the Saints, obviously.
San Diego (4-7) @ Jacksonville (3-8) – Monday Night Football, 8:30 pm
My Jaguars have had one eventful week, firing head coach Jack Del Rio and selling the team. The team being sold has ignited rumors that new owner Shahid Khan will move the team, presumably to Los Angeles. These rumors are squashed in this nicely written piece by Yahoo! Sports writer Jason Cole, he explains how difficult it will be for the team to be moved. My pick to win this game is the Chargers, the Jaguars offense outside of Maurice Jones-Drew has been horrible.
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