NFL Recap: 32 Thoughts from Week 13

December 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm Leave a comment

Eagles @ Seahawks

Seattle: Offensive line opened up Marshawn Lynch who has embraced his downhill physicality.  Okung handled Cole before the injury.

Philadelphia: So many interceptions, in the redzone and at critical times throughout the season.  Linebackers and safeties continue to struggle.

Falcons @ Texans

Atlanta: Completely shut down by Wade Phillips’ defense and blew an opportunity to make a statement.  Still clearly behind NO, GB, and possibly SF.

Houston: Yates was given time to throw and played with NFL talent at UNC.  Looked like enough to win the division.

Tennessee @ Buffalo

Titans: Chris Johnson has found his groove and is exploiting matchups, despite being sick all last week.  Future is bright, but where do you draft him next?

Bills: Spiller had a really good game, getting tons of touches, but they were forced to throw in the 2H…very tight short routes, disturbingly short.

NYJ @ Washington

Jets: Avoided somewhat of a trap game, although it was close.

Redskins: Helu put up big numbers again, has had 57 carries the last two weeks.  Moss should be featured with Davis out and has great matchups to help you win that championship.

Kansas City @ Chicago

Chiefs: Defense is playing at a very high level.  Hail mary answered before the half allowed them to tee off and Justin Houston to get 3 sacks.  Great first step is paying off.

Bears: No Forte, no Cutler…no chance.

Denver @ Minnesota

Broncos:  The 4th quarter kid came through again….luckily for most of the game is was the defense which was the star as it has been throughout their run.

Vikings: Percy exploding with the proper amount of touches, truly an explosive player.  Ponder has had success running but must learn to keep his eyes downfield.

Carolina @ Tampa Bay

Panthers: The running game is #1 and Cam is the ultimate finisher.  Interested to see how this offense ends the season, whether they go a little more conventional or stick to the read-option.

Buccaneers: Shame Blount did not exploit a soft defense.  Johnson forced to start and then play with an injured shoulder.

Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh

Bengals: Without their top two QBs and best pass rusher they were overwhelmed in a big game.  But there will be many more big games in years to come.

Steelers: Statement game.  Defense protecting its turf.  Running game getting hot at the right time.

Baltimore @ Cleveland

Ravens: Gameplan was run, run, run … found success yet struggled to put away opponent away.

Browns:  Down 14 with 3rd and 8 from your own territory and you throw a 2 yard route to the sideline?  Colt can’t be “the guy”.

St. Louis @ San Francisco

Rams: Defense fought hard, but outmatched.

49ers: Made it look too easy, both blitzing and rushing.

Dallas @ Arizona

Cowboys struggled with this trip again, especially without a running game…the conservative Romo wasn’t enough.

Cardinals strangely have had their best plays this season while Kolb is running and about to go down.

Green Bay @ NYG

Packers were close to going to overtime, but moved the ball effortlessly.  Exposed weaknesses in stopping the run…must get a lead on this team in the first half because once they are in rhythm…it’s over.

Giants: Nicks had a big game and Bradshaw showed strong in his return, but they’ve have to repeat it immediately in Dallas this week.

Detroit @ New Orleans

Lions continue to struggle in the first half and with Stafford’s accuracy.  Smith getting lots of looks with Calvin doubled.

Saints: Ingram shouldered most of the loaded with 16 carries compared to 4 and 2 for his mates. Meanwhile, Moore continues to kill it at home as he has always done.

Raiders @ Miami

Dolphins continue to be hot, with their defense turning around a lost season and Moore rebounded from a rough start in NYJ.

Raiders missing Run DMC and Moore finally caught up to them, but their inability to stop the run isn’t going away…

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