Monday Morning Quarterback Week 16
Atlanta FalconsDetroit Lions
Another magnificent game for Matt Ryan. He completed 25-of-32 passes for 279 yards with four TDs and no interceptions. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw for 443 yards while attempting 56 passes.
Stafford was certainly busy and gave the Lions everything he could against the disciplined Falcons, but the Lions repeatedly failed in the red zone. Stafford did not throw one touchdown pass.
Carolina PanthersOakland Raiders
Cam Newton continues his second half of the season surge. He led the Panthers to their sixth win of the year by completing 18-of-29 passes 170 yards with a touchdown. Newton also ran for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Matt Leinart was pressed into his first extensive action of the season after Carson Palmer was forced out of the game with a rib injury. Leinart completed 16-of-32 passes for 115 yards. He did not throw a TD pass and he threw an interception.
New Orleans SaintsDallas Cowboys
Just a sensational game for both quarterbacks. Drew Brees threw for 446 yards and 3 TDs and he did not have an interception. Tony Romo was nearly as good for Dallas, throwing for 416 yards and 4 TDs while also keeping his interception side of the ledger clean.
Romo didn’t make any mistakes, but the Cowboys won the toss at the start of overtime and got the ball to start. They were forced to punt and did not take advantage of his opportunity to win the game.
Green Bay PackersTennessee Titans
Don’t sleep on the Packers in the postseason. They are playing their best football of the season and much of that is due to Aaron Rodgers’ scintillating play. He completed 27-of-38 passes for 342 yards and 3 TDs in the rout of the Titans.
Jake Locker has a long way to go before he will ever be considered a good quarterback. He was 13-of-30 vs. Green Bay. He threw 1 TD pass and 2 interceptions and lacked confidence throughout the game.
Minnesota VikingsHouston Texans
The Vikings came up with a major upset on the road over one of the AFC’s best teams. Much-maligned Christian Ponder threw for 174 yards and 1 touchdown while avoiding an interception. He also ran for 48 yards.
Matt Schaub lacked the spark that he has had for the majority of the season. He threw for just 178 yards and did not throw a touchdown pass.
New England PatriotsJacksonville Jaguars
Tom Brady did not have a particularly good game, but he knew how to recover from a bad start by throwing for 267 yards and 2 TDs in the comeback victory. Jaguar quarterback Chad Henne threw for 348 yards in the loss.
Brady and his teammates appeared disinterested throughout much of the game and he threw 2 interceptions. Henne was picked off 3 times.
Indianapolis ColtsKansas City Chiefs
Andrew Luck has not put the numbers on the board that fellow rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson have had. However, he has come through in the fourth quarter repeatedly. He did it again vs. the Chiefs as the Colts clinched a playoff berth.
Brady Quinn once again showed that he is not the answer. He completed 10-of-22 passes, did not throw a TD pass and tossed 2 interceptions.
Miami DolphinsBuffalo Bills
The Dolphins are within one game of the .500 mark and have exceeded expectations. Ryan Tannehill plays with know-how and he avoided mistakes. Tannehill threw for just 130 yards, but he had 2 TDs and did not thrown an interception.
Ryan Fitzpatrick played with great effort and threw for 240 yards. However, he only threw 1 TD pass and he was intercepted once and also lost a fumble.
Washington RedskinsPhiladelphia Eagles
RGIII returned to the lineup and he kept the Redskins on the winning track. After a slow start, RGIII threw for 198 yards and 2 TDs in leading the Skins to the important victory. His third-quarter TD pass to Santana Moss was perfectly thrown. Nick Foles looked much improved and threw for 345 yards.
Foles could not complete the comeback by leading the Eagles to a game-tying touchdown in the final moments. RGIII did not run the ball with enthusiasm.
Cincinnati BengalsPittsburgh Steelers
The numbers were not great for either quarterback, but both Andy Dalton and Ben Roethlisberger displayed their toughness. Dalton completed 24-of-41 passes for 278 yards.
Dalton did not throw a TD pass and he threw 2 interceptions. Roethlisberger threw for 220 yards with 1 TD and 2 interceptions. Roethlisberger also fumbled once.
St. Louis RamsTampa Bay Buccaneers
The Rams have become a very competitive team and that speaks well for the future. Sam Bradford makes the most out of his ability. He threw for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns in the road victory.
The Bucs continue their end-of-season collapse. Josh Freeman was one of the better stories in the league through the first two-thirds of the season, but he has fallen apart. He threw 4 interceptions against the Rams.
San Diego ChargersNew York Jets
The Chargers are just playing out the string, but they went across country and gave the Jets a beating. Philip Rivers threw for 165 yards, 2 touchdowns and he did not throw an interception.
Rex Ryan finally benched incompetent quarterback Mark Sanchez. However, former Alabama star Greg McElroy was not the answer either. He threw for 185 yards, but he did not throw a TD pass and he was picked off once and also lost a fumble.
Denver BroncosCleveland Browns
Can you say Most Valuable Player? Peyton Manning led the Broncos to their 10th straight win and was once again brilliant. He completed 30-of-43 passes for 339 yards with 3 TDs and just 1 interception.
Brandon Weeden was knocked out of the game after taking a big hit from Denver linebacker Von Miller. His status for the season finale at Pittsburgh has not been determined. Colt McCoy threw for 79 yards and a TD in relief.
Baltimore RavensNew York Giants
After going through a mind-numbing slump, Joe Flacco and the Raven offense found their stride against New York’s soft defense. Flacco completed 25-of-36 passes for 309 yards with 2 TDs and 0 interceptions.
Eli Manning was ordinary in the Giants biggest game of the year. He was vanilla, completing 14-of-28 passes for 150 yards with 1 touchdown.
Chicago BearsArizona Cardinals
Jay Cutler did not have a great statistical game, completing 12-of-26 passes for 141 yards with 1 TD. However, he led a key drive late in the second quarter that resulted in a TD pass to Brandon Marshall that gave the Bears control of the game. Chicago earned the win when it needed it most.
Ryan Lindley completed 17-of-30 passes for 141 yards. That may not sound awful, but he missed his open receivers and did not look like an NFL quarterback. He was replaced by Brian Hoyer when head coach Whisenhunt couldn’t take it any longer.
Seattle SeahawksSan Francisco 49ers
Russell Wilson may have bypassed RGIII and Andrew Luck as the best rookie quarterback in the NFL. The Seahawks dominated the Niners and clinched a playoff spot with the win. Wilson was masterful as he threw for 171 yards and 4 TDs.
Colin Kaepernick has been a find for the Niners, but he got outplayed badly by his opposite number Wilson in this game. Kaepernick threw for 236 yards and a meaningless TD in garbage time. He also threw an interception.