Monday, December 12, 2016

NFL - Week Fourteen Review

The New York Giants knocked off the Dallas Cowboys 10-7 on Sunday night, marking the second win against them this season. The win improved the Giants to 9-4 for the season and prevented the Cowboys (11-2) from clinching the NFC East division. The Cowboys also saw their eleven game winning streak snapped.
The Giants defense limited Dallas to 260 yards in total offense and also intercepted quarterback Dak Prescott twice. Meanwhile Eli Manning hooked up with wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (pictured right) for a 61-yard touchdown and Robbie Gould kicked a 39-yard field goal to make the difference.
Last Thursday night, the Kansas City Chiefs raced out to a big lead and defeated the Oakland Raiders, 21-13 to take over first place in the AFC West. Chiefs QB Alex Smith threw a 36-yard scoring pass to Tyreek Hill, who also returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown to pace the win. Both teams are 10-3, but Kansas City swept Oakland in the head-to-head games.
The Houston Texans pulled off a mild upset as they beat the host Indianapolis Colts, 22-17 as the defense forced three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble) while kicker Nick Novak made five field goals. The win put Houston (7-6) into a first-place tie with Tennessee in the AFC South.
The Tennessee Titans held off the Denver Broncos, 13-10 to forge a first place tie with Houston in the AFC South division as running back DeMarco Murray scored a touchdown and kicker Ryan Succop kicked two field goals. The loss dropped Denver to 8-5 for the season.

                                                                 Elsewhere around the NFL  . . . . .      

The Detroit Lions (9-4) continued to roll as they beat the visiting Chicago Bears, 20-17 as QB Matthew Stafford scored on a seven yard run with three minutes remaining to play . . .   The Green Bay Packers smashed the visiting Seattle Seahawks, 38-10 as the defense intercepted five passes and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had three TD passes . . .   The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) beat the host Buffalo Bills, 27-20 behind a huge day from Le'Veon Bell, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week.
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was dominant in win.
Bell rushed for 236 yards (on 38 carries) and caught four passes for 62 yards while scoring three touchdowns to lead the way . . .   The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) won a nail biter against New Orleans, 16-11 behind stellar defense that held Saints QB Drew Brees without a TD pass. Bucs RB Doug Martin scored the game's only touchdown as Tampa Bay stayed in a first place tie with the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South . . .   The Atlanta Falcons blasted the host Los Angeles Rams, 42-14 behind two defensive scores and three TD passes from QB Matt Ryan to improve to 8-5 and remain in a first place tie with Tampa Bay. The Rams followed up the loss by firing Head Coach Jeff Fisher, who was in his fifth season with the team . . .  The Washington Redskins topped the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-22 to stay in the NFC playoff hunt. 'Skins RB Robert Kelley scored on a 22-yard run and QB Kirk Cousins had two touchdown passes to lead the way . . .  The Miami Dolphins improved to 8-5 with a 26-23 home victory against Arizona. Dolphins kicker Andrew Franks made a chip shot 21-yard field goal as time expired for the win . . .  The Minnesota Vikings rolled to a 25-16 win at Jacksonville as kicker Kai Forbath made four field goals to help make the difference that improved them to 7-6 and keep them in playoff contention in the NFC . . .  The Carolina Panthers drilled the visiting San Diego Chargers, 28-16 as they raced out to a 23-0 lead while intercepting Chargers QB Philip Rivers three times. Chargers RB Melvin Gordon and linebacker Joey Bosa left the game with injuries and were listed as day-to-day . . .  The Cincinnati Bengals won a yawner at Cleveland, 23-10 that kept the Browns winless. Bengals QB Andy Dalton hooked up with tight end Tyler Eifert for two touchdowns to lead the way . . .  The New York Jets roared back from a 14-point deficit to hand the host San Francisco 49ers their 12th consecutive loss in a 23-17 overtime game. Jets RB Bilal Powell (145 yards rushing) scored on a 19-yard run in  the OT to win it. San Francisco RB Carlos Hyde rushed for 193 yards in the loss . . .  New England Patriots QB Tom Brady carved up the NFL's best defense for 406 passing yards and three touchdowns as the host Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens, 30-23 on Monday Night Football. Ravens QB Joe Flacco passed for 324 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the loss.

Kansas City 21, Oakland 13
Detroit 20, Chicago 17
Cincinnati 23, Cleveland 10
Tennessee 13, Denver 10
Tampa Bay 16, New Orleans 11
Pittsburgh 27, Buffalo 20
Washington 27, Philadelphia 22
Minnesota 25, Jacksonville 16
Houston 22, Indianapolis 17
Carolina 28, San Diego 16
Miami 26, Arizona 23
NY Jets 23, San Francisco 17 (OT)
Green Bay 38, Seattle 10
Atlanta 42, Los Angeles 14
NY Giants 10, Dallas 7
New England 30, Baltimore 23

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