Wednesday, November 7, 2012

NFL Week 9 Recap

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
RG3 or Andrew Luck for Rookie of the year? What about Doug Martin?
Martin is third among all running backs in rushing yards and is second in touchdowns.

Last Week's Record: 10-4
Overall Record: 84-48

Chiefs vs. Chargers: 31-13 Chargers
Chiefs Player of the Week: Dwayne Bowe- 8 receptions, 79 receiving yards
Chargers Player of the Week: Philip Rivers- 220 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 125.0 passer rating

These two teams played an all-around ugly and boring game last Thursday night. Philip Rivers was nearly perfect, completing 18 of his 20 passing attempts. The Chargers scored two defensive touchdowns due to the Chiefs' lack of offensive competence.

Broncos vs. Bengals: 31-23 Broncos
Broncos Player of the Week: Eric Decker- 8 receptions, 99 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Bengals Player of the Week: AJ Green- 7 receptions, 99 receiving yards, touchdown

This game was tight for the full 60 minutes, but the Broncos held on in the end. The Bengals cut the lead down to just eight points with under a minute left, but failed to convert the onside kick. With the win, Peyton Manning and the Broncos advanced to 5-3, which puts them in sole leadership of the AFC West.

Ravens vs. Browns: 25-15 Ravens
Ravens Player of the Week: Ray Rice- 98 rushing yards, touchdown
Browns Player of the Week: Trent Richardson- 105 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards

The Ravens might have won this game, but they do not look like an impressive division leader. It's sad that the Browns once held a lead in the fourth quarter against the 6-2 Ravens. On the positive for Baltimore, Joe Flacco played turnover-free football and the team is still in first place in the AFC North.

Cardinals vs. Packers: 31-17 Packers
Cardinals Player of the Week: Larry Fitzgerald- 6 receptions, 74 receiving yards, touchdown
Packers Player of the Week: Aaron Rodgers- 218 pass yards, 4 touchdowns, 96.9 passer rating

The Packers cruised to another easy victory this week, defeating the Cardinals by two scores. Rodgers continues to look like he can contend for another MVP this season after throwing four touchdowns against a pretty good Arizona defense.

Bears vs. Titans: 51-20 Bears
Bears Player of the Week: Jay Cutler- 229 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 138.1 passer rating
Titans Player of the Week: Chris Johnson- 141 rush  yards, touchdown

If I gave out "Player of the Week" to defenses, then the Bears would be worthy almost every week. Because I didn't give the defensive unit the honor, I just want to point out that Charles "Peanut" Tillman forced four fumbles, while the overall defense scored two touchdowns. If the Bears can continue to play at this high of a level, they will be playing in the Super Bowl come February.

Dolphins vs. Colts: 23-20 Colts
Dolphins Player of the Week: Ryan Tannehill- 290 pass yards, touchdown, 90.9 passer rating
Colts Player of the Week: Andrew Luck- 433 yards, 2 touchdowns, 105.6 passer rating

The Colts went all in and were able to win with Chuck Pagano watching at the stadium. Andrew Luck threw for a rookie record 433 yards in the win against the Dolphins. The Colts are now 5-3 and have a good chance at making  the playoffs with the AFC so weak.

Panthers vs. Redskins: 21-13 Panthers
Panthers Player of the Week: Cam Newton- 201 pass yards, 37 rush yards, touchdown,100.1 passer rating
Redskins Player of the Week: Alfred Morris- 76 rush yards

In this battle of the dual-threat quarterbacks, Cam Newton out-shined his supposed 2.0 version of himself, RG3. Cam played interception-free football, which helped the Panthers win their second game of the season.

Lions vs. Jaguars: 31-14 Jaguars
Lions Player of the Week: Mikel Leshoure- 70 rush yards, 3 touchdowns
Jaguars Player of the Week: Rashad Jennings- 45 pass yards

The Lions have put together a few wins in a row after starting off the season poorly. Calvin Johnson got more action this week, but again was tackled inside the five yard-line and unable to score. As for the Jaguars, they just stink. Their offense has no threats with MJD sidelined and their defense can only be on the field for so long.

Bills vs. Texans: 21-9 Texans
Bills Player of the Week: N/A
Texans Player of the Week: Arian Foster- 111 rush yards, touchdown

The Texans had no trouble beating the Bills this past weekend. JJ Watt continued to terrorize opposing offensive lines and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, while Arian Foster and Matt Schaub took care of business on offense.

Bucs vs. Raiders: 42-32 Bucs
Bucs Player of the Week: Doug Martin- 251 rush yards, 4 touchdowns
Raiders Player of the Week: Carson Palmer- 414 pass yards, 4 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 85.0 passer rating

Muscle Hamster broke out for another record performance this week. Martin scored the fourth most points in the internet era of fantasy football, scoring 51 points in standard leagues. Carson Palmer did his best with Darren McFadden sidelined with an injury, but ended up throwing an inconvenient interception to end the Raiders' chances of winning.

Vikings vs. Seahawks: 30-20 Seahawks
Vikings Player of the Week: Adrian Peterson 182 rush yards, 2 touchdowns
Seahawks Player of the Week: Marshawn Lynch- 124 rush yards, touchdown

The Seahawks continue to dominate at home, this time defeating Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns and no interceptions, continuing his stellar play at CenturyLink Field.

Steelers vs. Giants: 24-20
Steelers Player of the Week: Isaac Redman- 147 rush yards, touchdown
Giants Player of the Week: Andre Brown- 20 rush yards, touchdown

The Giants didn't show up at home following a rough week of Hurricane Sandy. It took a while for the Steelers to break out offensively, but by the start of the fourth quarter, Big Ben had the Giants' defense figured out. Pittsburgh outscored New York 14-0 in the final quarter, which was enough to beat Big Blue at home.

Cowboys vs. Falcons: 19-13 Falcons
Cowboys Player of the Week: Tony Romo- 321 pass yards, touchdown, 109.3 passer rating
Falcons Player of the Week: Matt Ryan- 341 pass yards, 102.8 passer rating

The Falcons remain undefeated after defeating the Cowboys in a field-goal dominated game. The first four scores of the game were from field goals, while a touchdown wasn't scored until the fourth quarter. The Falcons might be undefeated, but let me just say for the record, their last few games have been extremely unimpressive.

Eagles vs. Saints: 28-13 Saints
Eagles Player of the Week: LeSean McCoy- 119 rush yards
Saints Player of the Week: Jimmy Graham- 8 receptions, 72 receiving yards, touchdown

The Saints are 8-0 in their last eight games on Monday Night Football following a win against the Eagles in the Superdome. Drew Brees was flawless once again, leading the Saints to back to back victories. Both teams are 3-5. but can't be counted out of the playoff hunt just yet.

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