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Alex Smith and the 49'ers are 8-1 after an impressive win
against the New York Giants on Sunday.
Raiders vs. Chargers: 24-17 Raiders
Raiders Player of the Week: Michael Bush- 157 rush yards, 85 receiving yards, touchdown
Chargers Player of the Week: Vincent Brown- 5 receptions, 97 receiving yards, touchdown
The Chargers lost their fourth consecutive game, and lead in the AFC West after losing to the Raiders on Thursday night. The Raiders were able to get the win without starting running back Darren McFadden, thanks to a big game by backup Michael Bush.
Saints vs. Falcons: 26-23 (OT) Saints
Saints Player of the Week: Drew Brees- 322 pass yards, 2 pass touchdowns, 106.9 passer rating
Falcons Player of the Week: Harry Douglas- 8 receptions, 133 receiving yards
The Saints defeated the Falcons in the Georgia Dome, and now solely lead the NFC South. Drew Brees had a quality game, throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Saints won the game on a game winning field goal in overtime, after Falcons' coach Mike Smith decided to go for it on 4th down on their own 29 yard line.
Steelers vs. Bengals: 24-17 Steelers
Steelers Player of the Week: 44 rush yards, 26 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Bengals Player of the Week: Cedric Benson- 57 rush yards
The Bengals kept close with the Steelers all game until the Steelers scored with under two minutes to play to take a seven-point lead. Bengals rookie wide receiver, AJ Green, left the game with an apparent leg injury after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter. With the win, the Steelers now lead the AFC North.
Bills vs. Cowboys: 44-7 Cowboys
Bills Player of the Week: Fred Jackson- 114 rush yards
Cowboys Player of the Week: Tony Romo- 270 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 148.4 passer rating
The Cowboys blew-out the Bills at home on Sunday, and are now just one game behind the New York Giants. The Cowboys had a great day overall, scoring four offensive touchdowns, and one defensive touchdown. The Cowboys also forced the Bills to turn the ball over four times in the game, intercepting Ryan Fitzpatrick three times, and forcing a rare fumble out of Fred Jackson.
Jaguars vs. Colts: 17-3 Jaguars
Jaguars Player of the Week: Maurice Jones-Drew- 114 rush yards, 23 receiving yards, touchdown
Colts Player of the Week: Jerraud Powers- 5 tackles, one tackle for a loss, interception
The Jaguars were able to defeat the Colts on the road, handing them their 10th loss of the season. The winless Colts are also two games behind the Dolphins, Rams, Vikings and Panthers and lead the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
Broncos vs. Chiefs: 17-10 Broncos
Broncos Player of the Week: Lance Ball- 96 rush yards
Chiefs Player of the Week: Dexter McCluster- 45 rush yards, 48 receiving yards
God must watch over Tim Tebow's games. Tebow started off the game 0-5 passing, and didn't complete his first pass of the game until late in the third quarter. Tebow was able to rush for 43 and a touchdown, as well as throwing for a mere 69 yards and a touchdown. The Broncos are 2-1 with Tebow starting, and are only one game behind first place in the AFC wild wild West.
Redskins vs. Dolphins: 20-9 Dolphins
Redskins Player of the Week: Leonard Hankerson- 8 receptions, 106 receiving yards
Dolphins Player of the Week: Reggie Bush- 47 rush yards, 2 touchdowns
The Dolphins have won two straight games, after realizing the Colts are by far the worst team in the league. The Dolphins' offense has been somewhat impressive over the last two games, but the defense has been phenomenal, giving up on average six points per game.
Cardinals vs. Eagles: 21-17 Cardinals
Cardinals Player of the Week: Larry Fitzgerald- 7 receptions, 146 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Eagles Player of the Week: LeSean McCoy- 81 rush yards, touchdown
Going into the season, the Eagles were one of the most feared teams in the league, and a definite title contender. Now, a little bit past the halfway point of the season, playoffs odds for the Eagles are slim to none. The 3-6 Eagles lost to the Cardinals, as backup quarterback John Skelton led his team to a game winning drive with less than two minutes on the clock.
Texans vs. Bucs- 37-9 Texans
Texans Player of the Week: Arian Foster- 84 rush yards, 102 receiving yards, 2 total touchdowns
Bucs Player of the Week: Preston Parker- 2 receptions, 17 receiving yards, touchdown
The Texans crushed the Bucs last week, but also lost quarterback Matt Schaub for the year after he hurt his foot in the game. The good news is that Andre Johnson should be returning from his injury, which should give Matt Leinart a little more help.
Titans vs. Panthers: 30-3 Titans
Titans Player of the Week: Chris Johnson- 130 rush yards, 44 receiving yards, touchdown
Panthers Player of the Week: Legedu Naanee- 8 receptions, 75 receiving yards
Not only did the Titans find a way to shut down Cam Newton and the Panthers, but they also found out how to get Chris Johnson to finally produce. Johnson had the best game of his season, rushing for over 100 yards for just the second time this season, and also rushing for his second touchdown of the season.
Ravens vs. Seahawks: 22-17 Seahawks
Ravens Player of the Week: Ed Dickson- 10 receptions, 79 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Seahawks Player of the Week: Marshawn Lynch- 109 rush yards, touchdown
What is wrong wit the Ravens! After sweeping the Steelers and taking over first place in the AFC North, the Ravens lost to the Seahawks (not a typo). The Ravens have had the most embarrassing losses this season, to teams like the Jaguars, Titans, and now the Seahawks.
Lions vs. Bears: 37-13 Bears
Lions Player of the Week: Nate Burleson- 8 receptions, 83 receiving yards
Bears Player of the Week: Bears Defense- 2 sacks, 4 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 2 fumble recoveries
The Bears demolished the Lions, thanks in part to a big performance from the defense. The defense and special teams combined for three touchdowns of their own, while only allowing one Lions touchdown. That being said, Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, and Earl Bennett all could have sat out, and the Bears would have still won.
Giants vs. Niners: 27-20 Niners
Giants Player of the Week: Mario Manningham- 6 receptions, 77 receiving yards, touchdown
Niners Player of the Week: Vernon Davis- 3 receptions, 40 receiving yards, touchdown
The Niners defeated the Giants at home, extending their winning streak to seven games. The game started off in a kicking duel between David Akers and Lawrence Tynes, until Eli Manning connected with Mario Manningham for a touchdown. The Niners would answer back with two touchdowns to take a 14 point lead. The Giants would go onto score, and then have a chance to tie the game with a minute left. The Giants marched all the way down into the Niners endzone, but couldn't convert a third- fourth down attempt.
Patriots vs. Jets: 37-16 Patriots
Patriots Player of the Week: Tom Brady- 329 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 118.4 passer rating
Jets Player of the Week: Santonio Holmes- 6 receptions, 93 receiving yards
The Patriots completed a regular season sweep of the Jets after beating them on the road in New Jersey. Tom Brady had a flawless game, throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions. With the loss, the Jets are now 5-4 and are most likely fighting for a wild card spot, with the AFC East out of reach.
Vikings vs. Packers: 45-7 Packers
Vikings Player of the Week: Adrian Peterson- 51 rush yards, touchdown
Packers Player of the Week: Aaron Rodgers- 250 pass yards, 4 touchdowns, 140.3 passer rating
The Packers embarrassed the Vikings on Monday night, as Aaron Rodgers showcased his MVP talents. Rodgers and the Packers have yet to lose a a game this season, and are showing no signs of slowing down.