Monday, November 17, 2014

NFL - Week Eleven Review

The Arizona Cardinals continued to serve notice they have the best record in the NFL (at 9-1) following a 14-6 home win against the Detroit Lions as the defense dominated once again.
Reserve quarterback Drew Stanton hooked up with wide receiver Michael Floyd for a pair of touchdowns and the defense did the rest, limiting the Lions offense to just 262 yards for the game.
Houston defensive star J.J. Watt celebrates his TD catch in win at Cleveland.
The Green Bay Packers rung up 50-plus points for the second straight week as QB Aaron Rodgers had three TD passes and Micah Hyde took a punt back 75 yards for a score to lead the way to a 53-20 win against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.
Defensive end  J.J. Watt caught a touchdown pass and also recovered a fumble to garner Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week honors in a 23-7 road win for the Houston Texans against the Cleveland Browns.
The Kansas City Chiefs held on for a 24-20 home win against the Seattle Seahawks as Jamaal Charles rushed for 159 yards and also scored two touchdowns to help the Chiefs gain a share of first place in the AFC West.
The St. Louis Rams did their part for the AFC West deadlock at the top as they bested the visiting Denver Broncos, 22-7 as the defense suffocated Peyton Manning and company, limiting the high powered Broncos to their lowest point total since Manning joined them two years ago. Rams QB Shaun Hill threw a 63-yard scoring pass to Kenny Britt and kicker Greg Zuerlein made five field goals to help provide the difference in the outcome.
Last Thursday night, the Miami Dolphins won a battle against the visiting Buffalo Bills, 22-9 as the defense dominated and QB Ryan Tannehill threw a pair of scoring passes to lead the way.
The San Francisco 49ers rode three field goals by Phil Dawson and a 48-yard scoring pass from Colin Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree to knock off the host New York Giants, 16-10. The 49ers defense intercepted Giants QB Eli Manning five times in the win, including two by linebacker Chris Borland.
The New Orleans Saints lost their second straight home game, a 27-10 setback against Cincinnati as Bengals QB Andy Dalton had three TD passes and running back Jeremy Hill ran for 152 yards. Meanwhile, the Bengals defense stopped the Saints twice inside the red zone to help secure the victory.
Atlanta got a late 44-yard field goal from Matt Bryant and then watched as Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano missed twice in the final minutes on field goal attempts in a 19-17 road win. Falcons QB Matt Ryan had a touchdown pass to go with the four field goals in the win.
The San Diego Chargers defeated the Oakland Raiders, 13-6 in a lack luster win as QB Philip Rivers hooked up with WR Malcolm Floyd on a 22-yard scoring pass in the first quarter for the game's only touchdown. The loss was Oakland's 16th straight loss, dating back to last season.
The Chicago Bears snapped a three-game losing streak with a 21-13 home win against the Minnesota  Vikings as QB Jay Cutler had three TD passes to offset a pair of interceptions. Bears WR Brandon Marshall had two TD grabs and running back Matt Forte rushed for 117 yards and also caught six passes for another 58 yards in the win.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won at Washington, pounding the Redskins, 27-7 as rookie wideout Mike Evans (pictured right) had two touchdown receptions among his seven grabs for 209 yards. 'Skins QB Robert Griffin III threw two interceptions and was sacked six times in the loss.
The New England Patriots dominated the host Indianapolis Colts, 42-20 on Sunday night as running back Jonas Gray (38 carries for 201 yards) scored four rushing touchdowns and the Patriots ran for 244 yards in the game. Pats QB Tom Brady and Colts QB Andrew Luck each had two touchdown passes in the game.
The Monday Night Football game saw the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers rally past the Tennessee Titans for a 27-24 victory as running back Le'Veon Bell rushed for 204 yards and scored a touchdown in the final quarter that was followed by the game winner when QB Ben Roethlisberger threw a 12-yard scoring pass to WR Antonio Brown to provide the final score.
Titans QB Zach Mettenberger threw for two touchdowns and also threw a "pick six" interception (by Steelers DB William Gay) in the loss.

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