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NFL Wrap-Up: Week 13 East Divisions

Miami extends their win-streak, and the Cowboys prove that they still know how to choke.

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AFC East

Tennessee Titans 23

Buffalo Bills 17

The Buffalo Bills (5-7) have suddenly lost five straight games and could be headed from first place to last place in the AFC East in the matter of a month.

C.J. Spiller did have 83 yards rushing for the Bills which is a career-high for him…..still, once again, the Bills seemed to have trouble running the ball without Fred Jackson around.

Bills receiver Stevie Johnson was a much-talked about player this past week due to his heavily criticized touchdown celebration against the Jets.  Johnson gained 52 yards and a touchdown in this game and needless to say his celebration was minimal.

Titans running back Chris Johnson has been hot lately, rushing for over 100 yards three times in his last four games, including 153 in this one….in his first eight games this season, Johnson had exactly one such game.

Indianapolis Colts 24

New England Patriots 31

Two things are becoming clear:  the Patriots defense could use some upgrades and the Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski combination is working at full capacity.  Gronkowski had three touchdowns against the Colts and the Patriots were able to escape with a win despite a furious 3-TD rally by the Colts in the fourth quarter.

Despite their offensive success, the Patriots defense gave up 437 yards (353 through the air) on Sunday.

Tom Brady once again looked brilliant and is now tied with Warren Moon for sixth in NFL history with 291 regular season touchdown passes.

Gronkowski’s big day was also record-setting.  He became just the third player in NFL history at the tight end position to record 13 touchdown receptions in one season.  The previous other two were Antonio Gates in 2004 for the San Diego Chargers and Vernon Davis in 2009 for the San Francisco 49ers.

Colts receiver Pierre Garcon had nine catches for 150 yards and three touchdowns for the game.

Oakland Raiders 14

Miami Dolphins 34

The running back duo of Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas for the Dolphins is proving to be both dangerous and effective.  The two backs combined on Sunday for 173 yards rushing and a touchdown in the Dolphins 34-14 route of the previously hot Raiders.

Miami had over 200 team rushing yards and dominated time of possession to give the Raiders basically no shot at the win, holding a 38:20 to 21:40 advantage.

Conversely, the Raiders managed just 46 yards rushing for the game and converted just 2 of 11 third-down opportunities.

This all should be no big surprise as the Raiders came into this game dead last in the league in yards allowed per run and were dominated in that area yet again.

The Dolphins (4-8) have won 4 of 5 games after their 0-7 start to the season and are outscoring opponents 139-54 in that span.

 

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles 14

Seattle Seahawks 31

The Philadelphia Eagles were never really in it in this one.  Starting quarterback Vince Young looked much rustier in his second start for the Eagles than he did in his first as he threw four interceptions to the opposing Seahawks.

LeSean McCoy, however, was once again a bright spot for the Eagles on a dark day.  He accumulated 133 total yards of offense (84 rushing) and two touchdowns.

The Eagles defensive line continued to look impressive with three sacks on Tarvaris Jackson, but it wasn’t enough to keep Marshawn Lynch from running wild on them.  Lynch finished the game with 148 yards rushing and two touchdowns in what is becoming somewhat of a revival year for the former Bills back.  The Seahawks offense was efficient against the Eagles and committed zero turnovers.

Philadelphia now sits at 4-8 and are virtually out of the playoff picture in what initially looked like a possible Super Bowl season for the formerly deemed “Dream Team”.

New York Jets 34

Washington Redskins 19

The Redskins continue to reel and have now lost seven of their last eight games after starting the season 3-1.

Not on a much better note, the New York Jets somehow came away with yet another mistake-filled victory as their putrid offense managed just 168 yards through the first three quarters of play.

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes was once again clutch, however, bailing out Mark Sanchez with 4:49 to go in the fourth quarter as he hauled in the go-ahead touchdown grab.  Shonn Greene had 88 rushing yards and three touchdowns for the Jets, but neither team really could seem to find any offensive rhythm.

Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman threw for 221 yards on the game, but failed to throw a touchdown pass and completed just 41% of his passes.

Rookie running back Roy Helu looked good for the ‘Skins compiling his second straight 100-yard effort, but it was marred by a costly fumble.

Green Bay Packers 38

New York Giants 35

Clay Matthews had another interception return for a touchdown and the Green Bay Packers escaped with a close win in what was their stiffest challenge yet to date in New York against the full-of-heart New York Giants.

Green Bay’s quest continues to become just the second team in NFL history to ever finish undefeated in the regular season.  They are now 12-0 with some of their toughest competition now behind them.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was once again superb, throwing for 369 yards and four touchdowns for the game.  Rodgers also engineered a clutch drive towards the end of the game to set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal.

Spreading the ball around was key for Green Bay’s offense as they made it tough for the Giants to focus on any one receiver in particular.  Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley all had over 80 receiving yards for the Packers.

Down 28-17 late in the third quarter the Giants staged a mini comeback with two touchdown receptions, both by Hakeem Nicks.  Nicks finished the game with 88 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

The New York Giants defensive line continues to be very effective and showed a lot of heart in this game, but they just could not match the superior talent of the Packers, in the end.

Dallas Cowboys 13

Arizona Cardinals 19

The Arizona Cardinals snapped the Dallas Cowboys four-game winning streak courtesy of Beanie Wells’ 4-yard touchdown run with 13:08 to go in the fourth quarter.  The Cardinals then scored in overtime to keep their very slim playoff chances alive.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, slip to 7-5 and just 2-4 away from Dallas.

Both Kevin Kolb and Tony Romo played efficiently in this game as neither team turned the ball over.

Running the ball, however, was a problem as both defenses were stifling against the run and each quarterback was sacked five times.

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey snapped a streak of 26 consecutive field goals made and went just 2 of 4 on the day.  One of the missed field goals was originally made and then called back because the Cowboys had called  a timeout previous to the field goal being kicked…..Bailey then missed the attempt on the next try.

 

Offensive Player of the Week

Rob Gronkowski (TE Patriots) – 64 receiving yards, 1 TD….1 rushing TD

Defensive Player of the Week

New York Jets team – 2 sacks, 5 TFLs, 15 pass deflections, 2 fumbles forced, 1 INT
 

Division Standings

AFC East

New England Patriots (9-3)

New York Jets (7-5)

Buffalo Bills (5-7)

Miami Dolphins (4-8) 

 

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys (7-5)

New York Giants (6-6)

Philadelphia Eagles (4-8)

Washington Redskins (4-8)

 

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