Week 14 in review

What a finish to week 14!

The Ravens couldn’t stop the Texans from coming back from 21 points down, but won the game in overtime, 34-26.

The Jets played well on defense, but couldn’t perform on offense, and lost their third home game of the season to the Dolphins, 10-6.

Another team with high hopes for the postseason, the Green Bay Packers, lost to the Lions, 7-3. They also lost their franchise QB Aaron Rodgers for most of the game, as he sustained his second concussion this season.

Tom Brady was Tom Brady. 27/40, 369 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. In the snow, at Chicago. That’s 268 pass attempts without an interception for Brady.

The NFL record for most pass attempts without an interception is 308 by Bernie Kosar (’90-’91). Brady and the Patriots host Green Bay (3rd ranked passing defense) on Sunday night.

Both the Patriots and the Falcons went on the road and got a lopsided win, to bring their overall records to 11-2. With three weeks left, they have both separated themselves as the favorite for the #1 seed in their respective conference playoffs.

Of course, the oddest part of week 14 was how the Metrodome’s roof collapsed because of snow accumulation. Furthermore, the Giants were stuck in Kansas City for a night, the Vikings were the home team even though the game was played in Detroit and Brett Favre was inactive.

You can’t make that up.

On to the picks and awards.

Both Rob and I went 4-1 this week, with both of our upsets losing.

  • Mike’s record: 4-1 (23-17 overall)
  • Rob’s record: 4-1 (20-15 overall)

Offensive Player of the Week: Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders

  • 16 carries, 123 yards (7.7 avg.), 2 TD; 3 receptions, 86 yards (28.6 avg.), 1 TD
  • Usually, I give the player of the week award to someone who won their game. McFadden’s team didn’t win, but he did all he could to make that happen.

Defensive Player of the Week: Josh Wilson, CB, Baltimore Ravens

  • 7 tackles (7 solo), 3 pd, 1 INT (12 yard, game-winning TD in overtime)
  • From the beginning of the game, until the end of the game, Wilson played tough and fought on every play. He was mostly matched up against Andre Johnson (the best receiver in football, other than Larry Fitzgerald).
  • Wilson’s 12-yard interception return for a touchdown win the game for the Ravens. But he was also on the field for the majority of the 86 offensive plays the Texans ran. Talk about perseverance.

Highlight of the Week: The other Reed takes it to the house
*this 103-yard kick return is now the longest kick return in Ravens history

I’m pretty sure Rob will not be satisfied with the Ravens winning last night. He will probably blame Cam Cameron, the offensive line and maybe even the trainers.

For what he really thinks, he is Rob’s take on what happened in week 14.

Week 14 was quite a week. There are a few things that need be discussed.

First and foremost, I need to discuss my Baltimore Ravens. What is going on? I said in my keys to victory they need to open the playbook up (first half they sort of did), but in the second half they shut everything down. They scored zero offensive points and totaled 81 yards.

I also said they need to contain Andre Johnson. Is allowing him to catch nine passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns containment? No, it is not.

The Ravens didn’t generate any pass rush as they were only rushing three for most of the night and they did NOT finish strong.

The only thing the Ravens did right (sort of) was limit Arian Foster to 100 yards rushing on 20 carries with no touchdowns.

The Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston said the Ravens are not playoff material, and I couldn’t agree more. The defending World Champion Saints travel to Baltimore this week, which will really put the Ravens to the test.

My Next gripe is with CBS. They aired the New England Patriots at Chicago Bears, which was a great match-up. It was what football is all about. Snow, two tough playoff-bound teams in prime time TV.

Sure, the game turned into a blow out but what I can’t understand is what happened next. The CBS announcers said “we’re going to switch you over to a more competitive game with the Miami Dolphins at the New York Jets.” At first I was okay with it but wow, that game was atrocious. It was an embarrassment to the NFL. It was terribly low scoring, three and outs and not one single moment of action.

The Jets who are supposed to be a tough team this year, lost 10-6 at home to the pathetic Dolphins. That was terrible, flat out garbage.

Moving on…Brody Croyle moves to 0-10 on his career as a starting QB in the NFL as the Chiefs get blown out by the Chargers, 31-0. The AFC West should be very interesting as the regular season comes to an end.

The “Bungles” are still the “Bungles” losing ten straight games now as the Pittsburgh Steelers easily move past Cincinnati, 23-10. Here’s your classic “from first to worst” in the AFC North.

Dallas gave Philadelphia a run for their money as interim head coach Jason Garrett continues to lobby for the Cowboys 2011 head coach spot. Philadelphia proves once again that this year, they want to win the NFC East more than anyone else, as they held on to win, 30-27.

Offensive Player of the Week: Desean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

  • 4 catches, 210 yards, 1 TD (52.5 average, 91 yard long)
  • Jackson helped the Eagles get a divisional win on the road and his 91 yard TD reception was on a quick out route with a busted up ankle. Plus he gets style points for his “dive” into the endzone.

Defensive Player of the Week: Troy Polamalu, SS, Pittsburgh Steelers

  • 2 assisted tackles, 2 pd, 2 INT (45-yard return TD)
  • Time and time again, Polamalu comes up with big plays. His stellar defensive game on Sunday helped the Steelers to a 23-7. Besides, the guy has the best hair in the NFL.

In case you missed it…

C’Mon Man

  • N.Y. Jets Strength & Condition coach, Sal Alosi, decided to stick out his knee and trip Miami Dolphins rookie CB Nolan Carroll while he was running down the field as a gunner on punt coverage. Not only did Alosi trip Carroll, he momentarily injured him as he made direct contact on Carroll’s leg near his knee. Alosi was suspend for the remainder of the season without pay and fined $25,000 by the NFL.
  • Alosi’s comments: “I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment. My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike and does not reflect what this organization stands for. I spoke to Coach Sparano and Nolan Carroll to apologize before they took off. I have also apologized to Woody Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan. I accept responsibility for my actions as well as any punishment that follows.”
  • Dolphins LB Channing Crowder has said “I wish they’d tripped me. I’d have broken that old man’s leg. I didn’t see anything. He stuck his leg out and tripped him? He should be ashamed of himself. A grown man from the coaching staff? That’s high character.”
  • Either way, what he did was dirty, inexcusable and just downright uncalled for. The season is a few weeks from being over, but this is by far the “C’Mon Man” of the Year.
  • So Sal Alosi…C’Mon Man!!!

We both hope week 15 can match the drama and excitement of week 14. Check out our picks on Friday, as the games of the week are setting up to be pivotal for every team involved.

Thanks for reading.

-Mike

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