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2014 NFL Week 14 Game Recaps

Dallas Cowboys 9-4-0
Chicago Bears 5-8-0

Game Recap: CHICAGO-The two most overpaid quarterbacks in the NFL met at Solder Field on Thursday Night to begin week 14. Tony Romo VS Jay Cutler who would throw more picks.

Willie Young sacked Tony Romo on third down to keep the Cowboys from scoring on the first drive. Both offenses struggled in the first quarter.

Dallas finally scored in the second quarter thanks to two 4th down conversions by DeMarco Murray that allowed the Cowboys to continue their drive.

Jay Cutler orchestrated a drive where he threw a touchdown to Martellus Bennett. That tied the game at 7.

Late in the second quarter, Romo threw his first touchdown of the game. Cole Beasley gave the Cowboys a 14-7 lead late in the first half before scoring again early in the third quarter to put Dallas ahead by 14. Romo connected with Dez Bryant early and often before firing a third touchdown to Gavin Escobar that made it 28 to 7 Cowboys. Once Dallas gained 28 to 7 lead with the passing game you knew this was their game.

Chicago certainly made it interesting after the Cowboys led 35 to 7 after 3 quarters. Chicago scored 3 touchdowns and only trailed by 10 late in the fourth quarter. Dallas got a field goal and won 41 to 28. Dallas did too much in the third quarter for Chicago to catch up. Cowboys are now 9-4 while the Bears fall to 5-8.

Pittsburgh Steelers 8-5-0
Cincinnati Bengals 8-4-1

Game Recap: CINCINNATI-The Bengals have a chance to bury the Pittsburgh Steelers odds of winning the AFC North with a home win. At the same time quarterback Andy Dalton is choking harder than ever down the stretch with poor play in the regular season showing flashes of Tony Romo in his 20’s.

Both defenses showed up in the first quarter as neither team converted a third down conversion in the opening act of the first half. Pittsburgh finally established some momentum in the second quarter as Ben Roethlisberger fired completions to Markus Wheaton, Heath Miller, and Lance Moore early in the second quarter.

Tight ends went touchdown crazy in the second quarter as Heath Miller and Jermaine Gresham both scored touchdowns. Miller scored first for the Steelers after Gresham tied the game following a huge reception by A.J. Green. Quarterback Andy Dalton began the game 9 for 10.

Andy Dalton runs to the end zone like Sonic The Hedgehog in the Green Hill Zone that is the Bengals end zone as the Bengals take a 14 to 7 lead. Pittsburgh had their hands full before entering Bengal territory late in the first half.

Pittsburgh had a 12 play drive that resulted in a field goal. Bengals led 14 to 10 at halftime.

Le’Veon Bell gets his first of many touchdowns this game. This one was through the air. Bell caught a 10 yard pass from Roethlisberger. Steelers led 17 to 14.

A.J. Green grabs an 81 yard pass for a touchdown giving the Bengals another lead in the game. Bengals regains the lead 21 to 17.

The Steelers began their shut out of the Bengals in the fourth quarter with a field goal by Shaun Suisham for 44 yards. Bengals lead 21 to 20.

Le’Veon Bell runs the ball in from 13 yards out. The Steelers get the 2 point conversion as well. Giving them their third lead of the game. Steelers led 28 to 21.

Pittsburgh scored 25 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Cincinnati played well, but the Steelers stepped up when it matters. Steelers win 42 to 21.

St. Louis Rams 6-7-0
Washington Redskins 3-10-0

Game Recap: WASHINGTON-It looks like the Rams won the RGIII trade. With DeSean Jackson out, Pierre Garcon had to step up.

First drive Pierre Garcon caught two 10 yard receptions for first downs. Later in the drive Colt McCoy threw a pick.

Next series, Shaun Hill connected with his tight ends early for a first down. A Ryan Clark penalty put the Rams within field goal range. Unfortunately, the Rams cost themselves easy points with two 10 yard penalties on back-to-back plays thanks to the idiocy of center Scott Wells and fullback Cory Harkey.

After throwing a 16 yard pass to Jared Cook Jr., Hill fired a 35-yard touchdown to Cook once again. The Rams missed an extra point and a 30 yard field goal which allowed the Redskins to remain in the game.

Cook caught a second receiving touchdown. Rams won 24 to 0.

New York Giants 4-9-0
Tennessee Titans 2-11-0

Game Recap: TENNESSEE-Zach Mettenberger is still winless as a starter. Maybe that would end today when the Giants came to Tennessee.

A man named Odell Beckham silenced the optimism surrounding a potential Tennessee Titans win. Beckham caught 6 of Eli Manning’s first 10 completions with 98 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.

Marcus Kuhn a fourth year guy out of North Carolina recovered a fumble for a touchdown. That put the Giants up 17 to 0. Talk about adding insult to injury.

Getting off to a strong start in the first quarter like the Giants did today can do wonders for your team.

New York led 23 to 7 at halftime before winning 36 to 7. The play by running back Andre Williams and wide receiver Odell Beckham made Eli Manning’s job a delicious piece of cake at the quarterback position.

Williams had 24 carries for 131 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. Odell Beckham caught 11 receptions and ran for 130 receiving yards while catching 5 more receptions after his fantastic start in the first quarter.

Carolina Panthers 4-8-1
New Orleans Saints 5-8-0

Game Recap: NEW ORLEANS-This is a window of opportunity for the Saints with the 5-7 Falcons having to travel to Green Bay for Monday Night Football. You have to assume the Saints would win.

Cam Newton made a killer first impression by throwing an 18 yard completion to running back Mike Tolbert on the first play of the game. The Panthers built on that momentum to gain a 7 to 0 lead. A 21-yard scramble by quarterback Cam Newton put the Panthers in field goal range. Panthers ended up with a touchdown off a pass where Cam Newton threw a touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin.

Carolina expanded their lead in the Super Dome with a Graham Gano field goal. Newton ran for a touchdown to put the Panthers up 17 to 0.

Jonathan Stewart ran for a 69 yard rushing touchdown and had 20 carries for 155 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown on Sunday.

New Orleans did not get a touchdown until the fourth quarter. Panthers devour the Saints in New Orleans 41 to 10.

New York Jets 2-11-0
Minnesota Vikings 6-7-0

Game Recap: MINNESOTA-This should be an easy win for the Vikings. A victory today means the Vikings are no longer in last place in the NFC North.

First play of the game, former Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges intercepted Geno Smith for a pick 6. Vikings led 7 to 0.

If at first you don’t succeed try again. Geno Smith tried to throw to Harvin after the pick 6 and it resulted in a 45 yard completion. Safety Harrison Smith sacked Geno Smith for a 12 yard loss to keep the Jets from scoring on their second series.

Minnesota hoped to build off that momentum. The Jets got 2 points off a safety. Then Geno Smith threw a 35 yard passing touchdown to Percy Harvin.

The Vikings regained the lead after Teddy Bridgewater threw a 56 yard touchdown. The Jets got two field goals before the Vikings capitalized off a Jerome Felton fumble recovery. Vikings ahead 21 to 15.

Bilal Powell recovered a fumble from Cordarrelle Patterson after the Vikings got the ball to start the second half. The Jets were only able to get a field goal still trailing the Vikings 21 to 18.

An idiotic unnecessary roughness penalty by middle linebacker DeMario Davis put the Vikings in fantastic field position as the Vikings were looking at another potential score. Blair Walsh missing a field goal helped the Jets remain in the game.

The Vikings won this game 30 to 24 after the Jets tied it at 21 in the fourth quarter only to watch both teams swap field goals. Both left tackles D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Matt Kalil have regressed a bit over the past two years. Still replacing both at this point would be foolish.

Baltimore Ravens 8-5-0
Miami Dolphins 7-6-0

Game Recap: MIAMI-Both 7-4 teams knew what was on the line in this game. Going 8-5 with 3 games left is huge for both squads.

Baltimore went the entire first quarter without a third down conversion. Miami scored on both of their first two possessions gaining a 10-0 lead which they maintained throughout the first half.

The Ravens did an amazing job recovering from this deficit. The momentum started in the second quarter when Terrell Suggs sacked Ryan Tannehill following an 17 yard completion to Mike Wallace on the first play of the second quarter. Flacco looked like he would finally lead the Ravens downfield for a score. His pass was intercepted by a backup free safety following an injury of free safety Louis Delmas.

Baltimore scored on their next possession. Miami led 10 to 7 at halftime.

Baltimore spent their first timeout after Joe Flacco threw an incompletion on 2nd and 7. On 4th and 1 head coach John Harbaugh made a gutsy call to go for it when backed up in Ravens territory. The risk paid off as the Ravens went 64 yards downfield to score a touchdown following the drive to keep the series alive.

Once Baltimore gained the lead the momentum went their way and the Ravens never looked back. Losing left tackle Branden Albert took its toll. Miami had to plug right tackle JuWuan James who has no remote experience at left tackle into the left tackle spot while bringing former Lions right tackle Jason Fox up to start at right tackle. James and Fox are amateurs compared to pass-rushing studs like Suggs and Dumervil. Suggs had 1.5 sacks and Dumervil had 3.5 sacks.

Both centers had different games. Center Jeremy Zuttah of the Baltimore Ravens was absolutely brilliant. Guys like Randy Starks, Jared Odrick, and Earl Mitchell had no chance when lining up against Zuttah in pass blocking, run blocking, or zone blocking situation. Zuttah pulled defensive tackles away from the running back to allow more yards per carry with ease. When left guard Kelechi Osmele or right guard Marshall Yanda got things going as well, it gave the Ravens openings for guys in the backfield like Justin Forsett to run right through.

Mike Pouncey of the Miami Dolphins was a completely different story. Terrence Cody got by Pouncey on some plays as both players played against each other when Florida and Alabama met in multiple SEC Championship games back in the day. Cody dominated once again despite the promise Pouncey displayed in his first two seasons with the Dolphins.

Baltimore controls their own destiny at this point. It will be interesting to see where Baltimore goes from here now that they are 8-5.

Indianapolis Colts 9-4-0
Cleveland Browns 7-6-0

Game Recap: CLEVELAND-With the Brian Hoyer VS Johnny Manziel quarterback controversy this was supposed to be an easy Colts win. Right?

This was an intense game. For much of the contest Cleveland made Andrew Luck look like Andy Dalton on Thursday Night Football when the defense showed up and absolutely dominated.

Cleveland kept settling for field goals while hoping the defense would keep playing at a high level. The Colts dealt with a lot of adversity and came back as they barely defeated the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns dominated this game until the final drive where Andrew Luck had a John Elway moment that was similar to the AFC Championship where Elway had the drive to beat the Browns in the AFC Title Game to get to the Super Bowl.

Luck’s first big play on the drive happened when he fired a 27-yard completion to Donte Moncrief on 3rd and 7. Moncrief got by rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert who was drafted 8th overall. Best part is Moncrief was not even drafted in the first round. On the next play Browns cornerback Buster Skrine was called for a defensive pass interference penalty. The penalty took the Colts from their own 40 yard line to the Browns 25 yard line. Joe Haden blew his assignment in coverage when T.Y. Hilton caught the game winning touchdown.

Hilton had a monster game for the Colts. His 10 receptions, 150 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns including the game-winner which made it 25 to 24 Colts put Indianapolis over the top while canceling the Browns chances of making the playoffs. That is not all. Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will likely get benched in favor of Johnny Manziel now.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-11-0
Detroit Lions 9-4-0

Game Recap: DETROIT-The 2-10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers came to Detroit to face the Lions at Ford Field. You knew this would be a long day for Tampa Bay before kickoff knowing it was win or be eliminated from the NFC South race with Atlanta and New Orleans both at 5-7.

Detroit nearly scored on the first drive before being stopped on 4th and 1. Tampa Bay did nothing on their first drive. Then the Lions stepped up with another strong drive on their second series which resulted in a 6 yard Calvin Johnson touchdown. Megatron finished the day with 8 receptions, 158 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.

Second quarter Lions up 7 to 3. Josh McCown threw a pick to Glover Quin. Detroit took 4 minutes off the clock to score a touchdown on the next drive following the interception. McCown endured more woes on the following series as the Lions recovered a fumble before setting up a field goal.

Detroit led 27 to 10 after 3 quarters before winning 34 to 14. Tampa Bay did a good job in the passing game thanks to the play of their wide receivers. Vincent Jackson has 10 receptions for 159 receiving yards. Mike Evans had 2 receiving touchdowns. The problem is Tampa Bay could not run the football.

Besides Johnson, other first round draft picks like Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh stepped up. Stafford went 26 for 34 with 311 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.

Suh led a Lions defense with tackles. He had 5 solo tackles and 1 assisted tackle to be precise. Suh also anchored a run defense which limited the Buccaneers to 26 total rushing yards. He got a sack and was assertive crediting his teammates in the postgame press conference. Outside of the roughing the passer penalty by Josh McCown I loved what I saw from him and the Lions defense.

Houston Texans 7-6-0
Jacksonville Jaguars 2-11-0

Game Recap: JACKSONVILLE-Jacksonville had a window of opportunity to get another home win even though they were eliminated from the playoffs. Houston really has nothing to lose at this point with a 6-6 record.

This game did not serve much purpose. It was pretty boring and the only star was Arian Foster.

Foster ran for 127 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in a 27 to 13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fosters Australian For Beer.

Buffalo Bills 7-6-0
Denver Broncos 10-3-0

Game Recap: DENVER-Jesse Lucas covered the afternoon games while I watched the MLS Cup which was simply epic. Manning’s touchdown streak was bound to continue as he would tie Brady in another record right?

C.J. Anderson runs for a 6 yard touchdown getting the Broncos off to an early lead. Broncos lead 7 – 0.

Dan Carpenter kicks a 44 yard field goal to put Buffalo on the board. Broncos lead 7 – 3.

C.J. Anderson runs another one in for 1 yard increasing the Broncos lead. Broncos lead 14 – 3.

C.J. Anderson runs in from 3 yards out. Broncos lead 21 – 3.

Connor Barth gets in on the scoring with a 50 yard field goal. Broncos lead 24 – 3.

Denver won by 7, 24 to 17. Kyle Orton made this game exciting with a passing touchdown to Chris Hogan and a rushing touchdown. Denver took care of business early thanks to C.J. Anderson.

Peyton Manning not only threw for a whopping 0 touchdowns, he was outplayed by Kyle Orton. The other mind boggling statistic was that the Broncos offensive line did not allow a single sack against one of the best pass rushing in this outing which really makes you wonder how much longer Manning can play at a high level.

Kansas City Chiefs 7-6-0
Arizona Cardinals 10-3-0

Game Recap: ARIZONA-The Chiefs traveled to Arizona. They needed a win to remain in the AFC Playoff race.

Every game is a huge game for the Chiefs now. They are still in the race for not only just the playoffs but still have a chance to win the division. The Cardinals are just trying to hold on to their division after losing a lot of players to injuries. It seemed like the injuries had finally caught up to them.

Chandler Catanzaro scores first for the Cardinals with a 44 yard field goal. Cardinals lead 3 – 0.

Jamaal Charles gets the Chiefs on the board with a 63 yard touchdown run. Chiefs lead 7 – 3.

Chandler Catanzaro kicks another field goal this time from 33 yards out. Chiefs lead 7 – 6.

Jamaal Charles scores again. He catches an 18 yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith. Chiefs lead 14 – 6.

Chandler Catanzaro gets his third field goal in the game. 39 yarder closing the gap for the Cardinals. Chiefs lead 14 – 9.

Jaron Brown grabs a 26 yard touchdown pass from Drew Stanton to give the Cardinals the lead and eventually the win. Cardinals won 17 - 14.

The one guy that stepped up was Patrick Peterson. Peterson had 8 solo tackles and 1 sack. Peterson also did a phenomenal job limiting Dwayne Bowe to 2 receptions for 29 receiving yards.

Seattle Seahawks 9-4-0
Philadelphia Eagles 9-4-0

Game Recap: PHILADELPHIA-Who won the battle of the birds? I have to say I actually thought this game would be higher scoring than it was. The Seahawks seemed to have found their groove again after a rough start to the season.

Eagles score first when Jeremy Maclin grabs a 1 yard pass from Mark Sanchez. Eagles lead 7 – 0.

Russell Wilson runs in from 26 yards away to tie the game up for the Seahawks. Tie game 7 – 7.

Steven Hauschka kicks a 44 yard field to give the Seahawks their first lead of the game. Seahawks lead 10 – 7.

Marshawn Lynch runs the ball in from 15 yards away increasing their lead over the Eagles. Seahawks lead 17 – 7.

Zach Ertz hauls in a 35 yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez closing the gap for the Eagles. Seahawks lead 17 -14.

Seahawks seal the deal with a 23 yard touchdown pass for Doug Baldwin from Russell Wilson. Seahawks win. 24 – 14.

The Seahawks managed to go into Philly this week and stop a red hot Eagles team. They are putting themselves in great position to get a 1 or 2 seed in the Playoffs. Especially since they still have to play their division leader before the end of the season. Russell Wilson threw 2 touchdowns and looked awesome. The Seahawks seem like they have a good chance of winning the NFC again if they draw the Packers in Seattle.

San Francisco 49ers 7-6-0
Oakland Raiders 2-11-0

Game Recap: OAKLAND-San Francisco had to win this game to win the playoffs. One had to wonder if Harbaugh tanked this game to get the Raiders head coaching job.

Simply put Derek Carr was phenomenal today. There was really nothing more to say. This was a tale of two quarterbacks where Carr showed up and Kaepernick didn’t.

You know the saying some have it and others don’t? Today Carr had it on Sunday December, 7, 2014. Carr threw 3 touchdowns in the Texans 24 to 13 victory over the 49ers.

New England Patriots 10-3-0
San Diego Chargers 8-5-0

Game Recap: SAN DIEGO-After the Revolution lost the MLS Cup in Los Angeles, Owner Rob Kraft traveled straight to San Diego in the Batmobile with Dan Fouts. In all seriousness this was one epic game that had thunder and suspense from the first snap to the final score.

San Diego outplayed New England for the first three quarters. A 69-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Julian Edelman is what allowed the Patriots to regain momentum in the game. Edelman put the Patriots ahead 23 to 14 following a Gostkowski field goal that gave the Patriots the lead when San Diego led 14 to 13 after 3 quarters.

Patriots win and go to 10-3 thanks to a heroic catch by Edelman along with some stout kicking by Gostkowski. The one thing they may need to find this offseason is a left tackle. Nate Soldier was horrible the last two weeks and I think it is time to find Brady a new blindside.

Atlanta Falcons 5-8-0
Green Bay Packers 10-3-0

Game Recap: GREEN BAY-The Packers were 6-0 heading into this game. A win here would make the Packers 7-0 at Lambeau Field.

Both teams scored touchdowns on their first possessions of the game. It was tied 7 to 7 after one quarter in what would be an offensive shootout.

The Packers got a touchdown on their second series. It was a long, intense, 13 play drive that took up 7 minutes and 5 seconds in the first half.

After stopping the Falcons, Green Bay got to the Atlanta 21 yard line before going 3 and out failing to gain a single yard after that. The Falcons defense deserved credit for limiting the damage that the Packers offense did at this point in the second quarter.

Next series, Matt Ryan threw an interception to Morgan Burnett. Packers failed to move the chains on the first two plays before the Packers spent their first timeout of the first half on third down. Next play Aaron Rodgers fired a touchdown pass to Eddie Lacy which put the Packers up 24 to 7.

After the Falcons failed to score again in the first half, Green Bay had one more series in the first half that was worth noting. Aaron Rodgers fired two big first downs to James Starks for 14 yards and Randall Cobb for 18 yards before the two minute warning. Those completions gave the Packers a lot of momentum before Jordy Nelson caught a receiving touchdown late in the first half.

Falcons were in position to kick a field goal at halftime. The field goal was blocked. Packers led 31 to 7 at halftime.

Matt Ryan began the second half with a bang by firing a 79-yard pass to Julio Jones which set up an Erik Weems receiving touchdown with the Packers still ahead 31 to 14. After the Packers failed to score it looked like the Falcons would get a touchdown. Clay Matthews got by his little brother to sack Matt Ryan on third down which forced the Falcons to settle for a field goal. Green Bay still led by two touchdowns having a very comfortable lead.

Atlanta had an 11 play drive that was 6 minutes and 24 seconds heading into the fourth quarter. It resulted in a Falcons touchdown and reduced the Packers lead to 10 points.

Green Bay secured this win once Jordy Nelson caught a 60 yard pass from Aaron Rodgers which put the Packers ahead 40 to 24 after the Packers extra point was blocked. Green Bay won 43 to 37 and survived a scare from the Atlanta Falcons.

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