Monday Morning Quarterback Week 14
Denver BroncosOakland Raiders
It continues to get better for Peyton Manning as the Broncos have won eight straight games. Manning completed 26-of-36 passes for 310 yards with 1 touchdown and he was accurate with his passes and precise in his ability to read the Raider defense. Oakland’s Carson Palmer threw for 273 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Palmer put decent numbers on the board, but he was not able to sustain the Raiders’ offense in the second half when they lost touch with the visitors.
St. Louis RamsBuffalo Bills
Sam Bradford did not have a great statistical game, but he led the Rams on the game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter and he threw the game-winning TD pass to Brandon Gibson in the final minute. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 25-of-33 passes for 247 yards.
The Bills were at home against a struggling team and they had the lead late in the fourth quarter but couldn’t sustain it. If Fitzpatrick had done a better job of finishing off drives, the Bills would not have been in a position to lose late in the game.
Carolina PanthersAtlanta Falcons
Cam Newton put on a sensational show in leading the Panthers to the upset win over the Falcons. He threw for 287 yards and 2 TDs and he also ran for 116 yards and a touchdown. Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Ryan was fine, but it just seemed the Falcons did not have the urgency on offense that they have had for much of the season. It’s quite likely just a temporary problem.
Dallas CowboysCincinnati Bengals
The Cowboys are starting to play football like they want to win. Tony Romo did not have a stellar game, but he brought the Cowboys back from a 9-point deficit in the fourth quarter and they remain in contention for a playoff spot. Romo threw for 268 yards.
Andy Dalton had a decent statistical game as he completed 20-of-33 passes. However, the Bengals had a chance to open up a much bigger lead and that allowed the Cowboys to come back and put an end to the Bengals’ four-game winning streak.
Cleveland BrownsKansas City Chiefs
The Browns don’t have much talent but they are playing much better football. Quarterback Brandon Weeden took advantage of a struggling opponent and led the Browns to the easy win by completing 17-of-30 passes for 217 yards.
After leading the Chiefs to a win in Week 13 with a super performance against the Panthers, Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn reverted to type by completing 10-of-21 passes for 159 yards with one interception.
Indianapolis ColtsTennessee Titans
It was not a stellar game for rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, but the Colts rallied from a second-half deficit as the Colts outscored the Titans 20-3 in the second half to come back and get the victory. Jake Locker threw for 262 yards for the Titans.
While Luck has done more than his part in turning around the Colts this season, he can be quite reckless with his passes and he threw two more interceptions against the Titans.
New York JetsJacksonville Jaguars
The Jets have low standards when it comes to quarterback play this season, and based on what they have gotten so far this season, Mark Sanchez had a good game. Sanchez completed 12-of-19 passes for 111 yards and he did not throw an interception.
Ryan The Jaguars certainly had a chance to come up with the victory by playing a struggling team at home, but Chad Henne could not take advantage of the situation. He completed 21-of-43 passes, he did not throw a touchdown pass and he threw two interceptions.
Minnesota VikingsChicago Bears
Not much on the positive side of the ledger in this one. However, after Jay Cutler had to leave the game with an injured neck, Chicago backup quarterback Jason Campbell was 6-of-9 for 64 yards with a touchdown.
Even though the Vikings won the game, Christian Ponder continues to struggle. He threw for just 91 yards and an interception. Cutler threw for 260 yards and two interceptions before he got injured.
San Diego ChargersPittsburgh Steelers
It’s all over for the Chargers, but they came back to life for one week in building a big lead over the Steelers and registering a big win. Philip Rivers threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns and he did not throw an interception.
Ben Roethlisberger came back from his rib injury and put decent numbers on the board in throwing for 285 yards and three TDs, but he put most of the stats on the board after the game was out of hand and the Steelers were no longer competitive.
Philadelphia EaglesTampa Bay Buccaneers
After weeks of frustration the Eagles finally got back on the winning track as quarterback Nick Foles played a hard-nosed and sensational game. He completed 32-of-51 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. His touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin on the final play of the game gave the Eagles the victory.
Josh Freeman has been a solid quarterback most of the season, but he was lousy against the Eagles, completing just 14-of-34 passes.
Washington RedskinsBaltimore Ravens
Kirk Cousins came off the bench after RGIII suffered a knee injury and he led the Redskins to the tying touchdown and two-point conversion that allowed the Redskins to push the game into overtime. Joe Flacco threw for three touchdowns for the Ravens.
Griffin had another strong game before he was forced out of the lineup. His status for the Redskins’ Week 16 game against Cleveland is still to be determined.
San Francisco 49ersMiami Dolphins
Colin Kaepernick did not throw a touchdown pass, but he completed 18-of-23 passes for 185 yards and he did not throw an interception. Kaepernick clinched the game for the 49ers when he ran 50 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Ryan Tannehill is a hard-trying rookie who may be the right quarterback for the Dolphins in the future. However, he was in over his head against the overpowering 49ers defense, throwing for just 150 yards.
New York GiantsNew Orleans Saints
The Giants bounced back from their Week 13 one-point loss to the Redskins with an offensive explosion against the Saints. Eli Manning took advantage of the generous New Orleans secondary to throw for 259 yards and four TDs.
After a hot streak appeared to get the Saints back in contention, they have dropped three straight. Drew Brees is a big part of the problem as he has thrown nine interceptions in the last three games, including two against New York.
Seattle SeahawksArizona Cardinals
Russell Wilson didn’t have to rally the Seahawks this week as Seattle put on an overwhelming performances. Wilson did his part, throwing for 148 yards and a touchdown and keeping mistakes to a very few.
It’s hard to imagine any team playing worse than the Cardinals, who have dropped nine games in a row. John Skelton threw for 74 yards and four interceptions.
Green Bay PackersDetroit Lions
Aaron Rodgers did not have a great statistical game as he threw for just 173 yards and he did not throw a touchdown pass. However he did not throw an interception and he also ran for a touchdown.
The Lions have not won a game in Green Bay since 1991. Quarterback Matthew Stafford led them to a 14-0 lead, but his fumble in the second quarter was returned 43 yards for a touchdown by defensive end Mike Daniels and that turned the game around. The Lions were held to two second half field goals.