Monday, December 5, 2016

NFL - Week Thirteen Review

The Dallas Cowboys are the first NFL team to clinch a playoff spot after they defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 17-15 last Thursday night, coupled with the Washington Redskins 31-23 loss at Arizona on Sunday.
Despite gaining just 264 yards in offense, the Cowboys improved to 11-1 (eleven straight victories) as quarterback Dak Prescott threw a scoring pass to wide receiver Dez Bryant and running back Ezekiel Elliott scored a rushing touchdown.
The Redskins had a 20-17 lead entering the fourth quarter but could not maintain as Cardinals QB Carson Palmer had two of his three TD passes in the final quarter to pace the 31-23 victory.
The Detroit Lions served notice they are the real deal as they cruised to a 28-13 road win against the New Orleans Saints as QB Matthew Stafford (two TD passes) out dueled Drew Brees (three interceptions thrown) while kicker Matt Prater drilled five field goals to lead the way.
Joe Flacco led the Ravens to easy win.
The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers both had easy victories on Sunday. The Ravens steamrolled the Miami Dolphins, 38-6 behind four TD passes from Joe Flacco, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week.
In addition, Flacco passed for 381 yards while the Ravens piled up 496 yards in offense. The Dolphins (7-5) saw their six-game winning streak snapped.
The Steelers rolled the visiting New York Giants, 24-14 to snap the Giants six-game winning streak. Pittsburgh's defense limited the Giants to just 234 yards in offense while QB Ben Roethlisberger had two TD passes in the win.

                                                        Elsewhere Around the NFL  . . . . . .  

The Oakland Raiders (10-2) won their sixth consecutive game, rolling back the visiting Buffalo Bills, 38-24 by scoring 29 unanswered points in the second half. Raiders QB Derek Carr had a pair of scoring passes and RB Latavius Murray scored two rushing touchdowns to lead the way . . .  The Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) kept pace with Oakland by getting a 29-28 win on the road against the Atlanta Falcons (7-5) thanks to a pair of interceptions by Eric Berry, who took one back for a TD and the last one for a two-point play to make the difference in the outcome . . .   The New England Patriots (10-2) smashed the hapless Los Angeles Rams, 26-10 as LeGarrette Blount scored on a 43-yard run and the Pats' defense stymied the Rams by allowing just 162 yards in offense . . .  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5) took advantage of a huge break (13-yard INT TD off a deflected pass) to thwart the snake bitten San Diego Chargers, 28-21. The win was the fourth in a row for Tampa Bay . . .  Green Bay (6-6) won at home in a snow storm, 21-13 over Houston (6-6) as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had two TD passes . . .  The Denver Broncos won a yawner at Jacksonville, 20-10 as Bradley Roby took an interception back 51 yards for a score to make up for a putrid offense, which managed just 206 total yards . . .  The Chicago Bears snapped a three-game losing streak with a 26-6 trouncing of the visiting San Francisco 49ers as RB Jordan Howard (117 yards rushing) scored three touchdowns while the Chicago defense allowed just 147 yards in offense and registered six QB sacks . . .  Cincinnati also snapped a three-game losing streak with a 32-14 win against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles as Andy Dalton had a pair of scoring passes and kicker Mike Nugent made four field goals . . .  The Seattle Seahawks (8-3-1) blasted the visiting Carolina Panthers, 40-7 on Sunday night as the offense rolled up 534 total yards while the defense forced two turnovers. Running back Thomas Rawls had a pair of rushing touchdowns in the win. However, Seattle's All-Pro safety Earl Thomas was lost for the rest of the regular season (or longer) with a broken leg . . .  Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck threw for four touchdowns, including three to tight end Dwayne Allen as the Colts throttled the host New York Jets, 41-10 on Monday Night Football. The win propelled the Colts (6-6) in to a three-way tie for first place with Houston and Tennessee in the AFC South division.

Dallas 17, Minnesota 15
Chicago 26, San Francisco 6
Cincinnati 32, Philadelphia 14
Detroit 27, New Orleans 13
Denver 20, Jacksonville 10
Baltimore 38, Miami 6
Green Bay 21, Houston 13
New England 26, Los Angeles 10
Kansas City 29, Atlanta 28
Oakland 38, Buffalo 24
Tampa Bay 28, San Diego 21
Pittsburgh 24, NY Giants 14
Arizona 31, Washington 23
Seattle 40, Carolina 7
Indianapolis 41, NY Jets 10

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