Monday Morning Quarterback: The Good, The Bad Of Week 10
New Orleans SaintsDallas Cowboys
A spectacular game from Drew Brees as he completed 34-of-41 passes for 392 yards with four TDs. Not only did the Saints eviscerate the Dallas defense with their huge point explosion, they had a record 40 first downs.
Former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan had the answer for Tony Romo. The suffocating Saints defense held Romo to 10-of-24 and 128 yards. Romo was under pressure and he could not respond to Brees’ sensational game.
Denver BroncosSan Diego Chargers
Peyton Manning got off to another brilliant start and that was enough for the powerful Broncos to emerge with the victory. He threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns, and he kept it clean on the interception side of the ledger.
While the Broncos were running out the clock, Manning took a hit on his ankle and said it was sore after the game and that an MRI was scheduled. Philip Rivers kept his cool after the Chargers fell behind by three touchdowns, but he could not lead the Chargers all the way back as he was held to 218 yards and one TD.
Arizona CardinalsHouston Texans
The Cardinals have played quite competitively at home this season, and Carson Palmer was solid against the Texans as he completed 20-of-32 passes for 241 yards with two TDs and just one interception. There was a relentlessness to his game that said the Cardinals were going to find a way to win.
Case Keenum had a solid statistical game – 22-of-43 for 201 yards with three TDs and no interceptions -- but he couldn’t lead the Texans to a win. Their season has turned into an unmitigated disaster as they fell to 2-7 with the loss.
Carolina PanthersSan Francisco 49ers
This was an old-fashioned slugfest between two defensive behemoths. While Cam Newton did not shine, he did not lose his cool as he completed 16-of-32 passes for 169 yards. He completed a number of key throws to wide receiver Steve Smith.
Colin Kaepernick couldn’t get anything going against Carolina’s ferocious defense. Kaepernick was just 11-of-22 for 91 yards and he couldn’t come close to leading the 49ers to any points once the Panthers took the lead.
Jacksonville JaguarsTennessee Titans
While the Jaguars were playing hard, they couldn’t find their way into the win column until this game when they outlasted the Titans. Chad Henne was not spectacular, but he managed to complete 14-of-23 passes for 180 yards.
The Titans not only let an opportunity for an expected win to slip through their grasp, they lost starting quarterback Jake Locker for the rest of the season when he suffered a foot injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 22-of-33 passes for 264 yards and two TDs, but Will Blackmon wrestled the ball away from him in the fourth quarter and returned it 21 yards for the game-clinching touchdown.
Pittsburgh SteelersBuffalo Bills
Ben Roethlisberger may not be able to rally the Steelers to a playoff appearance this year, but he was good enough against the Buffalo Bills as he threw for 204 yards and a touchdown.
E.J. Manuel was not terrible as he returned to the lineup, but he was not good enough to overcome Pittsburgh’s resurgent defense. Manuel completed 22-of-39 passes for 155 yards with a touchdown and one interception.
New York GiantsOakland Raiders
Eli Manning is still a long way from sharp, but he did just enough to lead the Giants to their third straight win. He completed 12-of-22 passes for 140 yards with a touchdown and an interception that was returned for a score in the first half.
Terrelle Pryor has been struggling the last couple of weeks. He completed 11-of-26 passes against New York’s weak defense and the Raiders have reason to question whether he can be a legitimate NFL quarterback.
St. Louis RamsIndianapolis Colts
Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens led the Rams to one of the most shocking wins of the season as he completed 9-of-16 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Rams to the huge upset on the road.
The Colts never got going in the right direction and Andrew Luck struggled mightily as the Colts tried to come from behind. While he threw for 353 yards, he had just one TD pass and threw three interceptions.
Philadelphia EaglesGreen Bay Packers
Nick Foles couldn’t match his seven-TD performance from Week Nine, but he was quite sharp in leading the Eagles to this important road win. He threw for 228 yards and three TDs and he did not have an interception.
A week after losing starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, backup Seneca Wallace went down with a groin injury after completing his first five passes. Scott Tolzien was somewhat heroic in picking up the pieces for the Packers. He completed 24 of 39 passes for 280 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Detroit LionsChicago Bears
The Lions almost always lose on the road against divisional opponents, but that didn’t happen here because Matthew Stafford took advantage of his opportunities and threw for 219 yards and three TDs.
After Josh McCown led the Bears to an important Monday night road win at Green Bay, starter Jay Cutler was quick to reclaim his job. Perhaps he should have allowed his groin to continue healing because he looked somewhat limited in completing 21-of-40 passes for 250 yards with one TD and an interception. The Bears nearly tied the game when McCown came in to relieve him.
Baltimore RavensCincinnati Bengals
Joe Flacco started the game well as the Ravens built an early lead. He only threw for 140 yards, but he did throw two TD passes. Overall, Flacco was disappointing but his team did get the victory.
Andy Dalton appeared to be a hero when he completed a TD pass to A.J. Green that allowed the Bengals to tie the game on the final play of regulation and send it to overtime. However, Dalton threw three interceptions and was quite shoddy until well into the second half.
Seattle SeahawksAtlanta Falcons
The powerful Seahawks have rarely dominated on the road, but they took the Falcons apart in this game and quarterback Russell Wilson was quite sharp as he completed 19-of-26 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns.
It has been miserable for Matt Ryan this year and there doesn’t seem to be much he can do to turn the season around. Ryan had a decent statistical day as he completed 23-of-36 passes for 172 yards and a score without throwing an interception, but he was not able to keep his team in the game.
Minnesota VikingsWashington Redskins
Christian Ponder had one of the best games of his career as he completed 17-of-21 passes and keyed Minnesota’s come-from-behind victory over the Redskins. Ponder threw for two touchdowns and had just one interception. Robert Griffin III was also on his game, completing 24-of-37 passes for 281 yards with three TDs and no interceptions.
When it looked like Ponder had found his game, he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the late going and he had to be replaced by Matt Cassel. Ponder will be sidelined, and head coach Leslie Frazier is not sure when he will return.