Cowboys – 41 (9-4), Bears – 28 (5-8)
Heroes – Tony Romo (205 PaYd, 3 TD), DeMarco Murray (179 RuYd, 49 ReYd, 1 TD), Cole Beasley (42 ReYd, 2 TD), Gavin Escobar (6 ReYd, 1 TD), Dez Bryant (82 ReYd), Jay Cutler (341 PaYd, 3 TD, 1 INT), Matt Forte (26 RuYd, 74 ReYd, 1 TD), Alshon Jeffery (95 ReYd, 1 TD), Martellus Bennett (84 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Jason Witten (26 ReYd)
DeMarco Murray carried the ball 32 times on Thursday for a 5.6 YPC average to help push the Cowboys to victory, as the Bears had a difficult time staying on pace as they fell behind 35-7 after the third quarter. Most of Murray’s 172 rushing yards rushing (166) came between the tackles. The Cowboys scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter, as Tony Romo was 9-for-10 and 114 yards and one TD pass when being blitzed by the Bears. Romo was also able to make the most of his success by keeping his passes under the 10-yard mark, as he was 21-of-26 in 10 yards or less attempts. Jay Cutler tried to keep the Bears in the game as he generated 21 fourth quarter points, but they couldn’t overcome the minus-two turnover ratio.
Interesting Game Fact: Murray rushed over the 100-yard mark for the 11th time in 2014.
Steelers – 42 (8-5), Bengals – 21 (8-4-1)
Heroes – Ben Roethlisberger (350 PaYd, 3 TD), Le’Veon Bell (185 RuYd, 50 ReYd, 3 TD), Martavis Bryant (109 ReYd, 1 TD), Antonio Brown (117 ReYd), Andy Dalton (302 PaYd, 22 RuYd, 3 TD), A.J. Green (224 ReYd, 1 TD), Jermaine Gresham (23 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Giovani Bernard (17 RuYd, 19 ReYd), Mohamed Sanu (16 ReYd)
The Bengals held a 21-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter, that was before the Steelers scored 25 points as Big Ben Roethlisberger threw his seventh 300-yard game of the season. Big Ben did get some fantastic help from Le’Veon Bell, as Bell tore apart the Bengals defense for 235 combined yards. Bell has averaged almost 27 carries and 161 yards per game over his last three games, while positioning himself as arguably the best all-around back in the NFL. Andy Dalton played solid football, but a costly fumble in the fourth quarter helped the Steelers towards their 25-point fourth quarter binge.
Interesting Game Fact: Le’Veon Bell and Walter Payton are the only two players in NFL history to rack up 200 yards from scrimmage in three straight games.
Rams – 24 (6-7), Redskins – 0 (3-10)
Heroes – Shaun Hill (213 PaYd, 2 TD), Jared Cook (61 ReYd, 2 TD), Rams D/ST (Shutout, Punt Return TD), Tavon Austin (46 RuYd, 14 ReYd, 78-yard Punt Return TD), Pierre Garcon (95 ReYd)
Zeroes – Stedman Bailey (47 ReYd), Kenny Britt (52 ReYd), Jordan Reed (25 ReYd), Alfred Morris (6 RuYd, 11 ReYd), Colt McCoy (199 PaYd, 2 INT)
The Rams defense did it again as they racked up their second consecutive shutout. They held the Redskins to 27 yards rushing, which kept Alfred Morris in check while forcing Colt McCoy to throw the ball most of the day. On his last seven rushing attempts, Morris could only muster minus-6 yards as he couldn’t get past the line of scrimmage on any of the attempts. DeSean Jackson didn’t play due to a shin injury, so the Skins chances at pulling out a victory were minimal at best. Quarterback Shaun Hill did another admirable job for the Rams limiting mistakes and playing turnover-free football.
Interesting Game Fact: Before today’s game, the Redskins haven’t been shut out since Week 8 of the 2011 season.
Giants – 36 (4-9), Titans – 7 (2-11)
Heroes – Andre Williams (131 RuYd, 16 ReYd, 1 TD), Odell Beckham, Jr. (130 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Rashad Jennings (5 RuYd, 17 ReYd), Larry Donnell (28 ReYd), Zach Mettenberger (125 PaYd, 1 INT), Bishop Sankey (25 RuYd, 2 ReYd), Delanie Walker (27 ReYd)
The Giants have always had the offensive weapons to win games. They just haven’t been able to avoid timely injuries, form any consistent production and stay focused on overall game plans; however, they were able to stop their seven-game losing streak with excellent rushing from Andre Williams and wonderful defensive play. Odell Beckham, Jr. was targeted 15 times by Eli Manning, catching 11 balls, nine of which were caught in the first half. The only touchdown the Titans could score was an interception return by Manning. Most of the Titans woes this week was due to the offensive line missing three starters.
Interesting Game Fact: Beckham, Jr. leads the NFL in receiving yards (437) since Week 10.
Panthers – 41 (4-8-1), Saints – 10 (5-8)
Heroes – Cam Newton (226 PaYd, 83 RuYd, 4 TD), Jonathan Stewart (155 RuYd, 1 TD), Greg Olsen (72 ReYd, 1 TD), Fozzy Whittaker (26 ReYd, 1 TD), Kelvin Benjamin (26 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Drew Brees (235 PaYd, 1 TD, 1 INT), Mark Ingram (43 RuYd, 13 ReYd), Kenny Stills (23 ReYd), Jimmy Graham (25 ReYd)
It was the Cam Newton-show as the Panthers were able to score almost willingly on the Saints. Newton used his rushing ability, as 10 plays were designed for him exclusively to run the football. He rushed for 72 yards on the day, while picking up a score on the ground. Drew Brees, who had his worst game of the season, and the Saints were never able to get things going as they could only muster 10 points on the day as Jimmy Graham was targeted 10 times but only able to catch three balls. The Saints also turned the ball over twice in the first quarter, which set the immediate tone for the game. The Saints defense allowed a total of 497 combined yards to the Panthers.
Interesting Game Fact: Drew Brees is only 252 yards short of 4,000 passing yards on the season.
Vikings – 30 (6-7), Jets – 24 (2-11)
Heroes – Vikings D/ST (2 TD), Teddy Bridgewater (309 PaYd, 2 TD, 1 INT), Jarius Wright (123 ReYd, 1 TD), Charles Johnson (103 ReYd, 1 TD), Nick Folk (5 FG), Chris Ivory (73 RuYd), Percy Harvin (124 ReYd, 1 TD), Eric Decker (89 ReYd)
Zeroes – Matt Asiata (54 RuYd), Greg Jennings (52 ReYd)
Things just get worse and worse for Rex Ryan and the Jets as rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater destroyed their defense in overtime for the game-winning score. The Vikings pulled out the victory on Jarius Wright’s 87-yard TD catch from Bridgewater, whose maturity level continues to shine through. Bridgewater audibled for the game-winning score, checking down for a bubble screen pass. The Jets got solid offensive contributions from the likes of Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson and Percy Harvin, while Nick Folk tied the game in regulation with a late fourth quarter field goal. The key for the Vikings, however, was their defensive play as they recovered a fumble in the end zone for a TD as well as intercepting a first quarter Geno Smith pass and running it back for a 27-yard TD score.
Interesting Game Fact: Before today’s game, Percy Harvin’s last scoring reception was in October of 2012.
Ravens – 28 (8-5), Dolphins – 13 (7-6)
Heroes – Justin Forsett (71 RuYd, 7 ReYd, 1 TD), Joe Flacco (269 PaYd, 16 RuYd, 3 TD), Steve Smith (70 ReYd, 1 TD), Kamar Aiken (65 ReYd, 1 TD), Lamar Miller (53 RuYd, 36 ReYd)
Zeroes – Owen Daniels (27 ReYd), Mike Wallace (39 ReYd), Jarvis Landry (55 ReYd), Charles Clay (41 ReYd), Ryan Tannehill (227 PaYd, 1 TD)
The Dolphins opened up a quick 10-0 lead in the game, but couldn’t hold it as the Ravens took a 14-10 lead into the fourth quarter towards the victory. The Dolphins had their heads stuck in the sand from the second quarter on, as the Ravens put up 425 yards to the Dolphins 161 yards over in the final three quarters of play. The Ravens defense really held the Fins offensive in check as they only could only manage 249 total yards in offense. Over the second half, Ryan Tannehill was pressured on 8-of-23 passes with four sacks.
Interesting Game Fact: Only Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have more red zone TD passes than Tannehill.
Colts- 25 (9-4), Browns – 24 (7-6)
Heroes- Andrew Luck (294 PaYd, 37 RuYd, 3 TD, 2 INT), T.Y. Hilton (150 ReYd, 2 TD), Isaiah Crowell (54 RuYd), Browns D/ST (2 TD)
Zeroes – Reggie Wayne (5 ReYd), Dwayne Allen (5 ReYd), Trent Richardson (30 RuYd), Brian Hoyer (140 PaYd, 2 INT), Josh Gordon (15 ReYd), Jordan Cameron (41 ReYd), Andrew Hawkins (38 ReYd)
It was a crazy game where the Johnny Manziel-less Browns showed their defensive dominance, but it wasn’t enough to keep Andrew Luck from his fourth quarter magic as he rallied for another come-from-behind win for the Colts. The Browns capitalized on Colts errors quickly, scoring two TDs on the defensive side. Luck’s 42-yard TD pass to T.Y. Hilton got the Colts in line to make a run for the win. Somehow, Luck overcame four turnovers for the victory.
Interesting Game Fact: Colts receivers dropped six passes, three of them by veteran receiver Reggie Wayne.
Lions – 34 (9-4), Buccaneers – 17 (2-11)
Heroes – Matthew Stafford (311 PaYd, 3 TD), Joique Bell (83 RuYd, 50 ReYd, 2 TD), Calvin Johnson (158 ReYd, 1 TD), Vincent Jackson (159 ReYd), Mike Evans (45 ReYd, 2 TD)
Zeroes – Golden Tate (50 ReYd), Reggie Bush (26 RuYd, 8 ReYd), Doug Martin (22 RuYd)
Matthew Stafford bounced back for his second consecutive excellent statistical performance as he threw for over 300 yards and three TD scores. Stafford made the most of his weapons, utilizing Calvin Johnson and Joique Bell when necessary. Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown found Mike Evans twice in the end zone, although it wasn’t nearly enough to keep the game from a blowout status. The Lions defense kept the pressure on most of the game as they only allowed 233 total yards to the Bucs.
Interesting Game Fact: Mike Evans now has 10 TD receptions on the season
Texans – 27 (7-6), Jaguars – 13 (2-11)
Heroes – Arian Foster (127 RuYd, 21 ReYd, 1 TD), Allen Hurns (36 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Ryan Fitzpatrick (135 PaYd, 19 RuYd, 1TD), DeAndre Hopkins (49 ReYd), Andre Johnson (17 ReYd), Blake Bortles (205 PaYd, 1 TD, 1 INT), Denard Robinson (30 RuYd)
The Texans try to keep their playoff hopes alive as they drubbed the Jaguars all game long. Arian Foster ran for over 100 yards, which is now his seventh of the season. Rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, who threw his 16th INT of the season, couldn’t get his receivers in the game as he was only able to connect with Allen Hurns for a first quarter score. The Texans defense played a big part as they lead the NFL in takeaways and are currently tied for the lead in the NFL in turning in converting turnovers to points.
Interesting Game Fact: J.J. Watts disrupted four drop back pass attempts by Bortles, three of which were sacks.
Broncos – 24 (10-3), Bills – 17 (7-6)
Heroes – C.J. Anderson (58 RuYd, 3 TD), Wes Welker (82 ReYd), Chris Hogan (54 ReYd, 1 TD), Sammy Watkins (127 ReYd), Scott Chandler (81 ReYd)
Zeroes – Peyton Manning (173 PaYd, 2 INT), Demaryius Thomas (11 ReYd), Emmanuel Sanders (56 ReYd)
Peyton Manning’s consecutive TD pass streak of 51 games was broken as the Broncos relied on rookie C.J. Anderson’s ability to find the end zone. It was nice to see that Manning doesn’t always have to do it all for a Broncos win, although the Bills defense really played a heavy part in that as they kept Manning under the 200-yard passing mark for the second consecutive week. Although the Bills lead the NFL in sacks with 48, the Broncos did enough to keep the game out of reach even with superstar receiver Demaryius Thomas only gaining 11 reception yards on the day.
Interesting Game Fact: Kyle Orton had 57 pass attempts, which tied a franchise record.
Cardinals – 17 (10-3), Chiefs – 14 (7-6)
Heroes – Kerwynn Williams (100 RuYd), Michael Floyd (85 ReYd), Jaron Brown (48 ReYd, 1 TD), Jamaal Charles (91 RuYd, 20 ReYd, 2 TD), Travis Kelce (110 ReYd)
Zeroes – Larry Fitzgerald (34 ReYd), Dwayne Bowe (29 ReYd)
The Cardinals are the first team in the NFL to pick up 10 wins this season, relying in the past on Carson Palmer and Andre Ellington’s excellent play. But, this is a different Cardinals club now with Palmer out for the season due to injury and Ellington missing the Week 14 matchup. Quarterback Drew Stanton didn’t put up great numbers as he was only 15-of-30 in the game, but he made throws count when necessary. The Cards also relied on youngster Kerwynn Williams, who debuted with a 100-yard game. Jamaal Charles, who suffered slight back spasms and an ankle sprain, had an excellent showing as he scored from the ground and through the air. The Chiefs will now have a very difficult time making the playoffs.
Interesting Game Fact: The Chiefs wide receivers still have not scored a TD this season.
Seahawks – 24 (9-4), Eagles – 14 (9-4)
Heroes – Russell Wilson (263 PaYd, 48 RuYd, 3 TD), Marshawn Lynch (86 RuYd, 27 ReYd, 1 TD), Doug Baldwin (97 ReYd, 1 TD), Zach Ertz (39 ReYd, 1 TD), Jeremy Maclin (21 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – Mark Sanchez (96 PaYd, 2 TD, 1 INT), LeSean McCoy (50 RuYd), Jordan Matthews (23 ReYd)
It’s obvious that the Seahawks still have the best defense in the league as they limited the Eagles to only nine first downs and a measly 139 total yards from scrimmage. They were only able to run 45 plays for the entire game. Russell Wilson dominated with his play as he took advantage of a weak Philly pass defense, although Wilson was able to do damage on the ground too as he picked up 48 rushing yards and a TD score. The most important piece of Wilson’s play, however, was getting receiver Doug Baldwin worked into the game.
Interesting Game Fact: Doug Baldwin only scored his third TD of the season.
Raiders – 24 (2-11), 49ers – 13 (7-6)
Heroes – Derek Carr (254 PaYd, 3 TD), Latavius Murray (76 RuYd, 9 ReYd), Mychal Rivera (109 ReYd, 1 TD), Marcel Reece (64 ReYd, 1 TD)
Zeroes – James Jones (11 ReYd), Colin Kaepernick (174 PaYd, 26 RuYd, 1 TD, 2 INT), Anquan Boldin (54 ReYd), Vernon Davis (26 ReYd), Michael Crabtree (56 ReYd)
There hasn’t been much for the Raiders to be proud of in a very forgetful 2014 season, but chalk this Bay Area victory up as arguably their best highlight of the season. The 49ers chances of making the playoffs now are likely nil, thanks to the Raiders playing spoiler. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the game in good fashion as he connected with Bruce Miller on an 8-yard TD pass at the end of he first quarter, but wasn’t able to keep the momentum going facing an improving Raiders defense. Derek Carr, who has the skills and leadership to be one of the best in the game in a very short period of time, played mistake-free football as he was 22-of-28 for 254 yards and three TD passes. Carr was only sacked once in the game, showing the protection that the Raiders offensive line gave.
Interesting Game Fact: Kaepernick was only 1-of-7 with an INT on passes that went 15 yards or more downfield.
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