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2014 NFL Week 12 Game Recaps

Kansas City Chiefs 7-4-0
Oakland Raiders 1-10-0

Game Recap: OAKLAND-The winless Raiders were hoping to end the losing streak. It looked like the Chiefs were a lock to go to 8-3 with left guard Gabe Jackson injured.

Two guys stepped up on both sides of the ball in the first half. Those two guys were Charles Woodson and Latavius Murray.

Charles Woodson made some critical tackles for a loss at free safety. Woodson had 7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 8 total tackles, and 1 sack. Murray had 3 carries for 107 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns in the first half that gave the Raiders a 14-0 lead.

Kansas City got a field goal in the second quarter before the Raiders got a field goal in the third quarter. With less than 2 minutes left in the third quarter, Alex Smith threw a touchdown to Anthony Fasano.

The Chiefs had 3 big plays on their first possession in the fourth quarter. The first play was a 27 yard pass to tight end Travis Kelce. After that you had a Dwayne Bowe 24 yard reception. Then running back Jamaal Charles caught a pass from Alex Smith that resulted in a 30 yard touchdown to tie it up at 17.

Rookie Albert Wilson caught a 23 yard pass for the Chiefs following a poor series for the Raiders. The Chiefs took a 20-17 lead following a stop by the Raiders defense which held the Chiefs to a field goal.

Oakland posted their longest drive of the season. A 17 play 7 minute and 21 second drive. The drive resulted in a touchdown which put the Raiders back ahead 24 to 20.

Oakland went nearly the entire game without a penalty before committing 3 penalties on fourth down where two of those penalties were declined. Then Sio Moore sacked Alex Smith on third down only to celebrate from 20 yards back. Moore finished the game with 7 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 12 total tackles, and a sack. Good thing Justin Tuck called a timeout on fourth down. Raiders made the stop and won 24 to 20.

Cleveland Browns 7-4-0
Atlanta Falcons 4-7-0

Game Recap: ATLANTA-This time Josh Gordon returns for real when the Browns faced the Falcons pass defense that ranked 32nd in the NFL. Jesse Lucas covered this game.

The Falcons get on the board first with a 24 yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones. Falcons led 7 – 0.

The Browns answer back pretty quickly with a touchdown of their own. Isaiah Crowell rushes 11 yards for a touchdown. Game tied 7 – 7.

The Browns score first in the second quarter with a 33 yard field goal by Billy Cundiff giving the browns the first lead of the game. Browns lead 10 – 7.

The Browns came back again for another field goal by Billy Cundiff. Further pushing their lead over the Falcons. The Browns lead 13 – 10.

Before half time the Falcons manage to take the lead back. Matt Ryan passes to Jacquizz Rodgers for 8 yards and a touchdown. Falcons lead 14-13.

Browns get the first score of the second half. After a 66 yard drive Billy Cundiff nails a 32 yard field goal giving the Browns the lead yet again. Browns lead 16 – 14.

Isaiah Crowell gets another rushing touchdown. This time running for 26 yards to give the Browns an even bigger lead before the fourth quarter. Browns lead 23 – 14.

Stephen Jackson got the handoff for 1 yard touchdown run to narrow the gap even further for the Falcons. Browns led 23 – 21.

Falcons took the lead with only 44 seconds left in the game. Matt Bryant kicked a 53 yard field goal giving the Falcons the lead late. Falcons led 24 -23.

As time expires the Browns kicks a final 37 yard field goal to win the game. Browns win 26 - 24.

Josh Gordon says he is going to come out after being away from the game for 10 weeks and tear up the league. Says he is going to work harder than anyone in the league too. I personally don’t think Josh Gordon lived up to the hype surrounding his return, but it’s just one game. Gordon can definitely come back to his old form before the season is over. Given the Browns record and how they are playing Josh Gordon will be able to make an impact possibly deep into the playoffs.

The defensive player on this game with the most success was Paul Kruger. Kruger may be facing weak right tackles. That does not change the fact that he is making a sound case to be a defensive MVP candidate with his excellent season with Cleveland. In Atlanta on Sunday, Kruger had 2 sacks and a forced fumble which was essential in the Browns 26 - 24 edge over the Falcons.

Tennessee Titans 2-9-0
Philadelphia Eagles 8-3-0

Game Recap: PHILADELPHIA-Zach Mettenberger still looking for his first career win. Would he pull it off?

Josh Huff began the game with a 107 yard kickoff. That put the Eagles up 7 to 0. The Eagles ran the ball on their first offensive series. Excellent run blocking by offensive tackles Jason Peters and Lane Johnson. LeSean McCoy ran for two first downs. Sproles got a rushing touchdown which put the Eagles up 14-0.

Later in the first quarter, Eagles led 17-0. Philadelphia got 8 first downs in the first quarter before the Titans got a single first down. Tennessee went the entire first quarter without a first down before Mettenberger fired a 40 yard touchdown to Justin Hunter.

The Eagles took a 20 to 7 lead before Shonn Green and LeSean McCoy swapped rushing touchdowns. Eagles led 27 to 17 at halftime.

Third quarter Eagles Mark Sanchez to James Casey. Eagles led 34 to 17 after 3. Fourth quarter. Parkey puts two field goals into parallel parking. Eagles gain 40 to 17 lead. Eagles won 43 to 24.

Excellent run blocking by this offensive line. Peters and Johnson dominated up front at offensive tackle. Left guard Evan Mathis and center Jason Kelce performed at a high level as well. LeSean McCoy 21 carries, 130 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns.

Detroit Lions 7-4-0
New England Patriots 9-2-0

Game Recap: NEW ENGLAND-The 7-3 Detroit Lions have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Today the Lions travel to New England to face an 8-2 Patriots squad that is playing like one of the best teams in the NFL after losing to the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals. Jesse Lucas covers this game.

The Patriots came into the game as the favorite for the first time in a couple weeks. I expected this to be a really good game. Lions have a good defense plus the comments made by Suh this past week about how Brady was only an average QB. Plus the Lions have Megatron on the offensive side going up against Revis. There were just a lot of good story lines going into this game.

The Lions get the first score with a field goal from Matt Prater. Prater drills one in from 48 yards. Lions lead 3 – 0.

Tim Wright catches a 4 yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady giving the Patriots their first score of the Game. Patriots lead 7 – 3.

The Lions get the first score of the second quarter with another field goal by Matt Prater. This time it’s a 20 yard field goal. Patriots lead 7 – 6.

LeGarrette Blount scores his first touchdown in his return to New England. Finding the end zone after a 3 yard run. Patriots lead 14 – 6.

Tim Wright gets another touchdown pass from Tom Brady for 8 yards. Patriots lead 21 – 6.

After driving 40 yards on just 4 plays the Patriots get a field goal to increase their lead. Patriots lead 24 – 6.

The Patriots score the only points of the third quarter with a 43 yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. Patriots lead 27 – 6.

The Lions score first in the fourth quarter with another field goal by Prater. Prater kicks it in from 49 yards narrowing the gap a little bit for the Lions. Patriots lead 27 – 9.

The Patriots add insult to injury. The go for it on 4th and goal from the 1 yard line. LeGarrette Blount runs the ball in again for another touchdown. Patriots lead 34 - 9.

New England won because the offense clicked. All 11 guys stepped up to make things happen even when the chips were down. The secondary did a fantastic job. Revis kept Megatron in check. Browner had some issues with Golden Tate, but he kept him to under 100 receiving yards. Patrick Chung prevented a Joseph Fauria touchdown and free safety Devin McCourty was in position to make some picks. Excellent job by this secondary making Brady’s job easier on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers 8-3-0
Minnesota Vikings 4-7-0

Game Recap: MINNESOTA-There was some speculation that Adrian Peterson would return for this game that was not the case as Goodell chose to suspend Peterson by keeping him on the commissioners exempt list. Last time the Vikings had no Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, no Adrian Peterson in the backfield, no Kyle Rudolph at tight end, and no Brandon Fusco at right guard. Today the Vikings get two of the four back with Bridgewater at quarterback and Rudolph at tight end after Fusco was placed on IR. Last time these teams faced off the Packers won 42 to 10 in Green Bay on Thursday Night Football. With home field and a more lethal passing game, you have to think the Vikings would keep it closer.

Eddie Lacy put the Packers on the drive after a strong start by Aaron Rodgers in the passing game. Packers took a 7-0 lead.

Teddy Bridgewater began the game 4 for 12, but he did throw his first passing touchdown before Aaron Rodgers. Minnesota tied it at 7 before rookie Richard Rodgers got a receiving touchdown on his first reception of the first half.

Both the Packers and the Vikings got field goals in the third quarter. Packers led 17 to 13 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter Rodgers and Bridgewater each with 1 passing touchdown. This time it is Rodgers to Eddie Lacy 10 yard touchdown pass. Then Teddy Bridgewater threw a 5 yard touchdown to Greg Jennings. Green Bay won 24 to 20.

Green Bay won by playing turnover free football while using balance. Rodgers went 19 for 29 with 209 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Running back Eddie Lacy had 25 carries for 125 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown. No receiver got 100 receiving yards and clutch receiving touchdowns by Richard Rodgers and Lacy were paramount in the Packers victory.

Both offensive lines played better than expected in Minnesota. In the end avoiding turnovers and Lacy having the better running game made the difference. Green Bay was 6 for 11 on third down conversions while Minnesota was 5 for 13 on third down conversions.

Jacksonville Jaguars 1-10-0
Indianapolis Colts 7-4-0

Game Recap: INDIANAPOLIS-Last time these teams met in week 3, Blake Bortles made his debut as a relief quarterback playing the second half against the Colts in Jacksonville. This time Bortles gets the start heading to Lucas Oil Stadium. Bortles had better odds of getting drunk with Jim Irsay than beating the Colts prior to kickoff. Would he silence his critics or have another rookie struggle in Indianapolis?

Blake Bortles began 0 for 3 with 1 pick which resulted in an interception. Colts got a field goal on the drive before the Jaguars tied it.

Andrew Luck outplayed Blake Bortles in the first half with 118 passing yards to Blake Bortles 29. Penalties and 3 fumbles in the first half along with 2 fumbles lost kept the Jaguars in this contest. Luck had 135 passing yards in the second half performing better as the game progressed.

Trent Richardson ran the ball into the end zone. Colts took a 13-3 lead. Then Luck threw a 73 yard pass to T.Y. Hilton. Hilton finished the day with 4 receptions, 122 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.

Colts led 20 to 3. Later in the third Josh Cribbs is going to the end zone unnecessary roughness penalty. Colts settled for the field goal in the fourth quarter and led 23 to 3.

Colts defense made the the right stops in the fourth quarter. Now the Colts are 7-4 while the Jaguars fall to 1-10.

Cincinnati Bengals 7-3-1
Houston Texans 5-6-0

Game Recap: HOUSTON-Ryan Mallet won his first start in Cleveland last week. On the Sunday leading up to Thanksgiving Mallett faced the Cincinnati Bengals at Reliant Stadium. Jesse Lucas covers this game.

The only score in the first quarter comes in the form of a 6 yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Mohammed Sanu. Bengals led 7 – 0.

Geno Atkins tackles Ryan Mallett for the 2-pt safety. Bengals led 9 – 0.

The Texans finally get on the board via field goal from Randy Bullock. Bengals led 9 – 3.

Jeremy Hill rushes for a 2 yard touchdown further increasing the Bengals led. 16 – 3.

The Texans get their first touchdown of the game. And it comes from the defense. Johnathan Joseph picks off Andy Dalton and goes all the way back to the house for a 60 yard Interception touchdown. Bengals led 16 – 10.

The Texans narrow the gap a little more with another field goal. Randy Bullock kicks the ball 25 yards for another 3 points. Bengals led 16 - 13.

The Bengals score first in the fourth quarter with a 31 yard Mike Nugent goal. Increasing the Bengals lead over the Texans. Bengals led 19 – 13.

Mike Nugent nailed another field goal. This time from 49 yards out. Bengals lead 22 - 13 and that was the final score. Bengals won by 9.

Ryan Mallett is still trying to prove himself a legitimate starter in this league. After the Texans traded for him earlier in the season they waited to start him. I think Ryan Mallett is still learning the Texans system a little bit but he looked like he improved this week over last week. Andy Dalton had another good game this week. The Houston secondary isn’t great but Dalton made them look worse than they actually are. Which is saying something because Andy Dalton isn’t a great QB.

It feels like the Bengals were lucky to come away with this win. A.J. Green had a decent outing with 12 receptions for 121 receiving yards.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-9-0
Chicago Bears 5-6-0

Game Recap: CHICAGO-Josh McCown faced the quarterback he backup up for in the 2013 NFL Season down in the Windy City. McCown VS Cutler. Who would triumph? Brian Thornsburg recaps this game.

The Buccaneers started out hot with a 12 yard throw from McCown to Vincent Jackson on 3rd and nine, keeping their opening drive alive. The Buccaneers then hand the ball off twice to Doug Martin for a gain of 11 yards, before going back to the air with Luke Stocker for six yards.

Bobby Rainey saved the Buccaneers later on in the drive with a six yard run up the middle on third and four. Despite the great ground game played by the Buccaneers in the opening drive, McCown got intercepted by Chris Conte on third and long, ruining any chance of momentum early on in the game.

The Bears suffer a fumble on the opening drive of their possesion, when Cutler is sacked for a huge loss of nine yards by McCoy. Gerald McCoy recovered the ball for The Buccaneers, giving them the ball in Bears territory.

The Buccaneers used the turnover to their advantage, with a sweet spiral to Mike Evans in the endzone, for a 19 yard touchdown. Evans was later called for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play, but the referees deciced to acess the penalty during the next kick off.

With Buccaneers leading Lovie Smiths former team 7-0 and the Buccaneers sitting just two games out of first place in their division, you gotta wonder if Tampa will rise to the occasion and keep the lead, or crumble under the pressure after the first quarter.

The Bears are unable to do anything with kickoff penalty and field position, only gaining one yard during the entire drive with Matt Forte. The Bears are forced to kick it back to the charging Buccaneers, who have to be feeling pretty good after the three and out stop.

The Buccaneers got the ball back on their own their own two yard line, but were unable to move the ball, and went three and out. The drive was highlited by a scary looking injury to Javorske lane for the Buccaneers, who got his leg cuaght up in a teammates, forcing him to the ground.

Cutler and the Bears managed one first down on their next drive, when Cutler connected with Marquees Wilson for a ten yard gain. A penalty for illegal holding killed the drive, forcing The Bears to go for a 54 yard field goal, which hit the goal post and did not go in. The Buccaneers were still ahead 7-0.

Things looked bleak on The Buccanners next drive, when they were called for two penalties, backing them up to third and 23. McCown responded heroically under pressure, with a 27 yard pass down the side line to Vincent Jackson to keep the drive going.

McCown then connected with Brandon Myers for a gain of nine, before being sacked by Jeramiah Ratliff on the next play. The Buccaneers would later settle for a field goal by Patrick Murray, to put Tampa up 10-0 over the Bears at Halftime.

Josh Mccown goes into halftime with 14-25 complete, for 173, one touchdown and one interception. Cutler on the other hand, is 10-18 for 72 yards and one interception. If The Bears dont find their offense footing after halftime, The Bears are in serious danger of losing this game to The Buccanners, especially with the way Mccown is throwing today.

The Buccaneers go three and out on their first possesion of the half, after a a failed run by Doug Martin for one yard, and five yard penatly for a delay of game. The Buccaneers are forced to kick it back to The Bears for their opening drive of the half.

The Bears begin their drive with a quick pass to Brandon Marshall for 11 yards and a first down. Forte then destroys The Bucs defense with a 13 yard run up the middle for another first down, before Cutler connects on a monterous 26 yard pass to Martellus Bennet to put them at The Tampay Bay goal line.

Cutler caps off the drive with a two yard pass to Alshon Jeffrey, to make it 10-7 early in the second quarter. Cutler came out of the drive without a single dropped pass and only put his team in a third down situation once at the goal line. The Buccaneers need to respond with a score of their own to keep the game out of The Bears reach.

The Buccaneers are unable to get anything going on their next drive, going three and out, after a hellacious sack to Josh Mccown on third down. The score is still 10-7 as rain begins to fall on the field, giving The Buccaneers a huge disadvanatage on the new turf.

McCown is sacked for a loss of 12. A few drives later, Cutler fumbled the football. The ball is recovered by Christian Jones at the Tampa Bay 13 yard line. The Bears pound the ball in on the next play with a run by Matt Forte. The Bears now lead 14-10 late in the third quarter.

The Buccaneers get the ball back and McCown is intercepted only one play later by Ryan Mundy. This is McCowns second interception and third turnover of the game. The Bears waste no time punching it in at the goal line with Matt Forte, making the score 21-10 in favor of the Bears. Forte now has two rushing toudhowns in todays game and has been a tremendous assist on The Bears last two drives.

Later in the third, McCown throws a 26 yard pass but the reciver fumbles the ball and hands it over to the Bears. Despite the penalty, the Bears are unable to capitalize on the turnover and go three and out on their next possesion.

The Buccaneers respond a few possesions later, with a 17 yard pass from McCown to Louis Murphy. The Buccaneers continue the drive with a 40 yard pass to Vincent Jackson, to put them in Bears territory, with seven minutes to go in the game.

McCown is then sacked twice on his next two plays, before The Buccaneers finally settle on a field goal, to make it 21-13 with just over minutes to go in the game. The Bucaneers then stop the Bears from draining the clock, forcing them three and out and getting the ball back.

The Buccaneers are forced into a fourth down situation on their next drive by The Bears, and ultimatley fail to convert the crutial first down, after McCown tries a quarterback sneak up the middle. The Buccaneers challenge the ruling, but the officials reviewed the play and announced that the play would stand.

The Buccaneers would get the ball back with under 20 seconds to go in the game, but would fail to do anything with the ball. The final score is 21-13. Cutler was 17-27 for 130 yards one touchdown and no interceptions in the game. Matt Forte lead The Bears scoring effort with two touchdowns on 23 attempts for 89 yards.

The big story of the game was turnovers, with all of The Bears 21 points coming from McCowns two interceptions and one fumble in the game, creating short yardage for Forte and The Bears to punch it into the end zone.

The Buccaneers are now 2-9 and move on to face The Cincinati Bengals next week at 1pm. The back to back win Bears, now move on to face The Detroit Lions next Thursday at 11:30.

Arizona Cardinals 9-2-0
Seattle Seahawks 7-4-0

Game Recap: SEATTLE-The 9-1 Arizona Cardinals were the only team to beat the Super Bowl 48 Champion Seahawks on the road last season. Now the Cardinals have to beat Seattle on the road with backup Drew Stanton as their starting quarterback.

Steven Hauschka dominated early in this game with 3 field goals to put the Seahawks up 9-0 before ultimately winning 19-3 after the Cardinals scored in the second quarter.

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks defense deserve credit with todays win. Russell Wilson went 17 for 22 with 211 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions. Wilson also led the Seahawks with 73 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Seattle did everything on defense. Defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett constantly pressured Stanton. Avril recorded 2 sacks and second year defensive tackle Jordan Hill was the only other Seahawk to get to Stanton by sacking him. The Seahawks run defense limited the Arizona Cardinals to 64 total rushing yards which validates how overrated the Cardinals are without Carson Palmer.

You cannot really say the Cardinals are overrated compared to the Seahawks without Palmer yet. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was absent. Without Fitzgerald and Palmer, Floyd had a hard time stepping up as the #1 wide receiver. Cornerback Richard Sherman did a phenomenal job blanketing him the entire game. Strong safety Kam Chancellor did a phenomenal job mixing up zone coverage schemes with his uncanny ability to tackle players as Chancellor had 7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, and 8 total tackles on the day. Free safety Earl Thomas was phenomenal in coverage. Arizona had nobody that could stop Thomas from playing zone with Fitzgerald absent. Boundary cornerback Byron Maxwell recorded a pick and looks better in his first game back.

Seattle’s defense looks like the Super Bowl 48 defense. Still Seattle needs a statement win on Thanksgiving to go to 8-4 before they sell me on being the NFC West Champions or better yet the favorite to win the NFC again.

St. Louis Rams 4-7-0
San Diego Chargers 7-4-0

Game Recap: SAN DIEGO-St. Louis has one of the most lethal defenses in the NFL. The Rams defeated the 49ers, Seahawks, and Broncos by obtaining victories over three of the four teams that played during the 2014 Conference Championship week leading up to Super Bowl 48.

San Diego barely edged St. Louis 27 to 24. The biggest surprise had to be the return of running back Ryan Matthews who dominated with 12 carries for 105 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown.

Keenan Allen also did well with 6 receptions for 104 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Allen caught a 29 yard receiving touchdown that put the Chargers up 27 to 17.

San Diego won and St. Louis covered the points spread. Had it not been for the 99 yard interception return for a touchdown by Janoris Jenkins, San Diego would have won the game while covering the points spread.

Miami Dolphins 6-5-0
Denver Broncos 8-3-0

Game Recap: DENVER-Miami has a defense that is just as good as St. Louis. Not sure if the Dolphins can beat a quality opponent like the Denver Broncos. Jesse Lucas recaps this game after boldly believing in the Miami Dolphins when picking them to pull the upset.

The Dolphins got on the board first with a 3 yard touchdown run by Daniel Thomas. Dolphins lead 7 – 0.

The Broncos answer back a couple drives after that with a 38 yard field goal that gets the Broncos on the board. Dolphins lead 7 – 3.

Ryan Tannehill runs 1 yard for a touchdown to increase the Dolphins lead. Dolphins lead 14 -3.

Peyton Manning hits Demaryius Thomas in stride for a 5 yard touchdown pass. Dolphins lead 14 – 10.

Ryan Tannehill throws for his first touchdown of the game. Hits an open Mike Wallace for 10 yards and the score. Dolphins lead 21 – 10.

Peyton Manning to Demaryius Thomas again. This time for a 14 yard touchdown closing the gap for the Broncos. Dolphins lead 21 – 17.

The only points in the third quarter comes via a 5 yard pass from Ryan Tannehill to Jarvis Landry. Dolphins lead 28 - 17

Opening up the fourth quarter Peyton Manning throws again to Demaryius Thomas for a 5 yard touchdown. They also pick up the 2pt conversion. Dolphins lead 28 – 25.

C.J. Anderson runs the Ball 10 yards for a touchdown giving the Broncos their first lead of the game. Broncos lead 31 – 28.

Following an interception of Ryan Tannehill Peyton Manning hits an open Wes Welker for a 2 yard touchdown. Broncos lead 39 – 28.

The Dolphins get one final score in before the end of the game but it’s too late to matter. Jarvis Landry runs 1 yard for a touchdown. Dolphins convert the 2 points leading to the final score.

This game was possibly one of the biggest for the Broncos this season. After losing 2 of the last 3 game the Broncos desperately needed a win to get back on track. Kansas City lost this week so a win would not only help the overall record for the Broncos but it would help to create separation between them and the rest of the teams in their division. The Dolphins knew what they needed to be able to do in order to get the win though. The Patriots pressured Manning all game, The Rams pressured Manning all game, The Dolphins did a good job of it for most of the game. In fact if it wasn’t for the last interception thrown by Tannehill I think the Dolphins would’ve won this game. The Broncos won a very close game at home against a very physical Dolphins team.

Washington Redskins 3-8-0
San Francisco 49ers 7-4-0

Game Recap: SAN FRANCISCO-Robert Griffin III VS Colin Kaepernick. A battle of the dual threat quarterbacks without Super Bowl rings took place. Washington needs to win out just to save face by having a winning season. San Francisco needs to keep winning so they have a shot of going 8-4 when they play the Seahawks on Thanksgiving.

This game was a defensive contest as I expected. I had the 49ers winning 13 to 10, and they ended up winning 17-13. Anquan Boldin had an awesome game. Boldin had 9 receptions for 137 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. That one receiving touchdown was a 29 yard pass where Boldin caught Kaepernick’s only touchdown on Sunday in the slot.

Washington led 13 to 10 in the fourth quarter before Carlos Hyde ran it in for a rushing touchdown to give the 49ers a 17 to 13 lead. This game was not really exciting. The fact that Griffin only posted 106 passing yards was extremely disappointing. It makes you wonder if the Redskins should start Colt McCoy.

Dallas Cowboys 8-3-0
New York Giants 3-8-0

Game Recap: NEW YORK-Dallas faces the New York Giants in a rematch. Sweeping the Giants is always tough and usually the road team wins this rivalry. Brian Thornsburg covered this game.

The Cowboys start the run game early with a three yard run by Demarco Murray on the opening play of the game. Romo then goes for a deep throw to Dez Bryant, but it is thrown into triple coverage and falls incomplete, forcing the Cowboys three and out on their opening possession.

The Giants tried the run game as well on their opening drive handing the ball off to Jennings for a gain of five in two plays. Manning then goes to Odell Beckam for a 12 yard gain on third and five, giving the Giants a first down.

Manning goes back to the air on third and three, with a 21 yard pass to Rueben Randle, giving the Giants another fresh set of downs. The Giants then hand the ball off to Henry Hynoski on third and inches, for a four yard gain up the middle.

The Giants strike first in the endzone with a three yard throw to Odell Beckham, making it his second catch of the drive. Full credit should go to Henry Hynowski for keeping that drive alive on third and inches, with his four yard run up the middle.

The Giants now lead the Cowboys 7-0 in the first quarter, as the Cowboys will now try to do more then go three and out on their next possesion. Eli Manning finishes the drive with six of seven for 66 yards and one touchdown.

The Cowboys go back to the ground on their second possesion, handing the ball off to Demarco Murray for a gain of seven yards . Dallas then goes back to Murray on second down for a short gain of two yards. Romo takes it from their with a exellent pass to James Hanna for 27 yards.

The Cowboys momentum get slowed down a little, as Murray tries two runs on the ground for a short gain, bringing up third and four for the Cowboys. Romo then tries to drill one into the endzone for Jason Witten, but the pass falls incomplete. The Cowboys settle for a field to make it 7-3 Giants.

Andre Williams trys to get the ground game going for the Giants on their next drive, but gets stuffed in the backfield for a loss of one yard. The Giants are later backed up to third and three, when Manning connects with Daniel Fells for a 13 yard pass and another big first down to keep the Giants rolling.

Manning made the fresh set of downs count, when he connected on a 43 yard pass to Beckham, who caught the ball with only one hand and kept his feet inbounds. The Giants now lead 14-3 over the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas really needs to force Manning into mistakes and interceptions if they don't want this one to get away from them.

The Cowboys go back to the air on their next drive, connecting with Dez Bryant for a 12 yard gain as we begin the second quarter. Romo then hands the ball off to Murray a few plays later for a 13 yard run down the sideline and a first down for the Cowboys.

Romo goes for a short pass a few plays later to Lance Dubar, who carries deep into Giants territory. Cowboys finally score a few plays latter with a shovel pass to Jason Witten to tie the game up 10-7 in the second quarter, with the Giants still leading.

Romo is now 6-9, for 93 yards and one touchdown, while Manning is mistake free going 9-10 for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Demarco Murray has lead the running game so far in this game, with 47 yards off of 10 attempts. Hopefully the Cowboys can get some short yardage situations, so Murray can slip into the end zone.

Andre Williams gets The Giants back into the endzone with a three yard run to cap off a monsterous 80 yard drive, that lasted just over five minutes in the second quarter. The Giants now lead 21-10 with three minutes to go in the first half.

Murray starts the next drive with a two yard run for the Cowboys. Romo then gets sacked on the very next play, while struggling to find a available reciever. The Cowboys are now backed up to third and 17, with 2:38 to go in the half.

Romo goes to the air on third down, with a hail mairy pass intended for Dez Bryant, but the pass falls incomplete, setting up fourth and 17. The Giants dont fair well on their next drive either, with Manning taking a sack on third and 17, after being backed up by a false start penalty on the previous play.

The Cowboys commit their first turnover of the game with under a minute left in the half, when Romo was stripped of the ball, while going for a deep pass. The ball was recovered by Jason Pierre Pual, after being stripped by Mathias Kiwanuka for the Giants.

The Giants end the half up 21-10 over the rival Cowboys. Manning finishes the first half with 14-16, for 191 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants have also only failed to convert one third down in the entire first half of the game.

Romo goes into halftime with 9-14 for 118 yards one touchdown, and one fumble to end the half. Andre Williams has one rushing touchdown for the Giants, while Demarco Murray failed to reach 50 yards in the first half of the game.

The Giants come out of halftime with a handoff to Rashad Jennings for a five yard gain. The Giants go back to Jennings on second down for a three yard gain, setting up third and two. Manning goes to the air on third down, but the pass falls incomplete, intended for Preston Parker. This is The Giants second failed conversion of the game.

The Cowboys fail to get anything going on their first drive of the first half, failing to convert on third and 19, after a massive holding penalty agaisnt Dallas. The Cowboys really need to establish the running game in this half if they want any chance of winning this and moving into first place in their division.

The Giants go three and out again on their next drive, making it the third time they have failed to convert a third down in the game. If Dallas can get some yards on the kickoff, Romo may be able to lob a bomb into the endzone and get this game back within reach.

The Cowboys used Murray as a reciver on first down, as Romo connects with him for a 15 yard gain at about midfield The Cowboys light up the Giants defense a few plays later, when Romo connects with Beasley for a 45 yard touchown . The Giants now lead 21-17 and have been forced three and out on their last two possesions. Is this the beggining of a comeback?

Despite a great put together drive by Manning and The Giants, Manning is picked off by Berry Church, who carries the ball 45 yards to Their own 48 yard line. Murray follows up the interception with a 15 yard run and a fresh set of downs for Dallas.

Romo took his time in the pocket on the next play, hitting Dez Bryant for a 31 yard touchdown pass to give the Cowboys their first lead of the game. The Cowboys now lead The Giants 24-21 late in the third quarter. The touchdown is Romo's second of the night.

The Giants fail to convert on third down and 11 on their next drive, after Manning hits Beckham for only a eight yard gain. Beckham is later taken out of the game, with reports of him taking a hard elbow to the helmet on the third down drive.

The Cowboys hand the ball off on their next drive to Murray for a four yard gain on first down. The Cowboys then go to Murray again , this time for a nine yard gain down the sideline. Reports are now coming from the locker room that Beckham is questionable for the rest of the game with a suspected back injury.

Romo throws to Terrence williams on third and four, but Williams is unable to come up with the ball. The Giants will now get the ball back with just under ten minutes to go in the game, and without their star wide reciever, Beckham.

The Giants go to the ground game on first down, with a two yard run by Jennings. Manning follows that up with a 12 yard pass to Randle for a first down. Manning then complets pass to Parker, this time for a gain of 16 yards on the play.

Manning passes to Rashad Jennings on the next play, who rips apart the Cowboys defense with a 27 yard gain to put the Giants in the redzone late in the fourth quarter. Manning hits Jennings again for a screen pass and another Giants first down on the next play.

The Giants are stopped short of the goal line two straight times, before Manning rolls out and hits Andre Robinson for the one yard touchdown reception. The Giants now lead 28-24 with three minutes to go in the game.

Romo plays hero in the final minutes of the game, with a 13 yard pass to Dez Bryant in the endzone. Romo had astronomical levels of protection during the play, even achieving a pump fake, before the touchdown pass.

The Cowboys led 31-28 over the New York Giants with just over a minute to go. Romo finished 18-26, for 275 yards and four touchdowns in the game.

The Giants try for a comeback of their own in the final minute of the game, but a caught pass by Jennings is ruled short of the goalline on fourth down, giving The Cowboys the win 31-28 and the tie in their division with The Eagles.
The Cowboys face The Eagels next for control of The NFC East on Thanksgiving Thursday, while The Giants will go to face The Jaguars next Sunday at 1pm.

New York Jets 2-9-0
Buffalo Bills 6-5-0

Game Recap: DETROIT-Thanks to the snow in Buffalo this game got moved to Detroit. Jesse Lucas covered this game. After a huge snow storm in New York the Buffalo Bills were forced to move the location of their home game to Detroit. So looking at this game the Jets should have multiple different advantages over the Bills on this Monday night Matchup. The Jets got to practice all week like normal. Most of the Bills players not only missed practice but were sitting at home waiting to be able to get out of their house. The Jets were planning on a road game, the Bills were trying up until Friday afternoon to play the game at home. The jets were expecting to play in a hostile environment, the bills were expecting to play in a friendly environment. Instead the played in a neutral environment.

The Bills got on the board first with a 7 yard pass from Kyle Orton to Robert Woods. Bills lead 7 – 0.

The Jets got their only score at the end of the first quarter via a Nick Folk field goal. Bills ahead 7 – 3.

The Bills get the first score after half time. This time the Jets stopped them for only a field goal.

The Bills defense decided they weren’t going to let the offense have all the fun. Manny Lawson blocks a punt from the 1 yard line and recovers it in the end zone giving the Bills yet another touchdown. Buffalo now up by 3 touchdowns.

The Bills got the last score of the third quarter. Kyle Orton threw to Fred Jackson for 5 yards and a touchdown. Bills lead 31 – 3 after 3.

Anthony Dixon gets the last touchdown of the game. Runs the ball 30 yards for a touchdown. Bills won 38 to 3.

Robert Woods had a huge impact in this game. His 9 receptions, 118 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown that gave the Bills a 7-0 lead had a significant influence on the Bills victory in this game.

The Bills still blew out the Jets in this game. I can’t even imagine how the talk between Rex Ryan and upper management is going to go when they get back home. If Rex Ryan is still the head coach at the end of this season I will be greatly surprised.

Baltimore Ravens 7-4-0
New Orleans Saints 4-7-0

Game Recap: NEW ORLEANS-I think ESPN should have a Monday Night Football season DVD like how TV shows have season DVDS that you can buy in stores. You could include DVD commentaries of the Monday Night Games Gruden did not commentate like the Week 1 late game and the Jets VS Bills game in Detroit. Instead we get to see the former Buccaneers head coach kiss up to Drew Brees or we will see Trent Dilfer bash Drew Brees for losing three straight on Monday Night Football while Ray Lewis credits his former Raven teammates.

The Saints nearly scored on the first drive after a Joe Morgan 67 yard run. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees did a good job holding the Saints to 0 on the first series. Baltimore nearly recovered a fumble that was later overturned after the runner was ruled down by contact. New Orleans went for it on fourth down and the Ravens made the stop on 4th and goal.

Joe Flacco fired a touchdown pass to Steve Smith. That completion put the Ravens up 7 to 0. Baltimore 3-0 VS NFC South teams this year. Former Carolina Panther Steve Smith hates the other NFC South teams. That is probably why.

After Morgan’s 67-yard run, he caught a 62-yard pass from Drew Brees. Next play Brees fired a touchdown to tight end Jimmy Graham.

Both teams were tied at 7 at the end of the first quarter. Baltimore regained the lead when Flacco fired a 40 yard pass to Torrey Smith. That set up a Justin Forsett rushing touchdown.

It looked like New Orleans would struggle on the next drive. A roughing the passer penalty by Haloti Ngata on 3rd and 8 gave the Saints an automatic first down. That allowed the Saints to settle for a field goal.

Later in thee second quarter. Drew Brees fired a 26 yard pass to Marques Colton. The Saints took a 17 to 14 lead and led by 3 at halftime.

Third quarter, Ravens with a field goal. That tied the game at 17.

Drew Brees was optimistic about giving the Saints the lead. Brees threw a pick 6 to former Giants free safety Will Hill. That put the Ravens up 24 to 17. Bree got a chance to redeem himself following the kickoff.

Torrey Smith caught three first downs on a drive that resulted in a Ravens field goal. Baltimore had 2 six minute drives that resulted in points. Time of possession was a huge reason why the Ravens won.

The Saints made it a one score game before Justin Forsett sealed the Saints fate. Forsett had 22 carries, 182 rushing yards,and 2 rushing touchdowns.

Terrell Suggs recorded 100 career sacks for the Ravens in the same day that Marc Andre Fleury recorded his 300th career win. Now Baltimore and Pittsburgh will use that as an excuse to continue disliking each others fantasies.

Jimmy Graham scored again and the Saints kicked an onside kick with 40 seconds left and no timeouts. Once Baltimore recovered the ball, they took a knee and went to 7-4. New Orleans now sits at 4-7 yet is tied for first place in the NFC South.

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