Week 14 Takeaways

By Euan (@dissy89)

The Cowboys crumble in the Windy City, 31-24. Thursday night football saw the Bears take their 4th win in their last 5 games. Mitchell Trubisky showed his wheels with 63 rushing yards and 244 through the air, providing 4 total touchdowns. Despite being the number one offence in total yards, the Cowboys are now 6-7 as their rollercoaster season continues.

Kareem Jackson showed the Houston Texans made a mistake in letting him go this offseason. Signing a $33million-three year deal with the Denver Broncos, tees up an “avalanche” of early scores to seal a road one, prior to half time. The Houston defence looks out of kilter and Drew Lock made easy work of getting the ball to 9 different receivers, Noah Fant had 120-yards on the day in a 38-24 win.

Dolphins head Coach Brian Flores was enraged with the officials at the Jubilant Jets rushed the field after a disputed call that lead to the field goal. It was a field goal fest as both teams kicked a total of 10-kicks for three, Miami kicker Jason Sanders, kicking 7 for his team. The Jets have now 4 games from five, after starting 1-7 after this 22-21 win.

The Vikings made easy work of David Blough in their 20-7 home win. Dannielle Hunter became the youngest player to reach over 50 sacks and Blough couldn’t escape the grasp of the Minnesota defence as Kurt Cousins and Dalvin Cook combined for a pair of TD’s, as little offence was needed to see out this one as the Vikes now sit at 9-4.

In their 10th win of the season, Green Bay failed to cover the points spread in their 20-15 win against Dwyane Haskins and the Redskins. Terry McLaurin continues to be a bright spot but the Green Bay defence was the real difference maker, forcing a three sacks, three fumbles and an interception in the game.

The Browns won the their second consecutive game since 2002. The return of Andy Dalton wasn’t enough to find a way despite being the more efficient quarterback in the tie. Throwing two picks and only 11 completions, the Cleveland offence found it’s success on the ground and Nick Chubb lead the team with 106 yards and a TD. A Denzel Ward Pick-6 was enough to edge out their 6th win of the season, a final of: 27-19.

The Panthers first game without Ron Rivera wasn’t a turning point as Kyle Allen turned the ball over three times as the Carolina late season slump continues to be a trend. Matt Ryan was effective, throwing for over 300 yards and a pair of TD’s. The Atlanta ground game came alive and Devonta Freeman and Brian Hill combined for 146 and a two scores, in a 40-20 win in the NFC South.

The Jaguars looked to be confined to be planning their off-season vacations for another consecutive year. The Chargers were able to turn round their recent struggles and late losses to file a commanding 45-10 road win. Austin Ekeler put up 213 yards and a receiving touchdown, one of three thrown by Phillip Rivers on the day. The return of Gardner Minshew wasn’t able to give the Jags a spark and may be headed for changes this off-season.

Tampa Bay and the Colts played out a 77 point thriller in Florida. The 38-35 win came at the cost of Mike Evans hamstring injury that looks to have ended his season. Despite throwing four touchdowns, another three interceptions by Winston, now see’s him lead the league with 28 turnovers. Two picks by star linebacker Darrius Leonard and two TD’s from Jacoby Brissett wasn’t enough, in game that saw a kicker not Name Adam Vinatieri kick a field goal, for the first time since 2009.

Ryan Tannehill is now 5-1 as the starter for the Titans, the lethal combination of rusher Derrick Henry appear to be playing at a high level and Tennessee are playing the play-action game expertly. Rookie AJ Brown had 153 yards and two touchdowns in a day that they were too strong for the Raiders in penultimate home game, winning 42-21.

The Steelers are able to still win games with Duck Hodges under centre. The Steelers defence are a fearsome unit, who now have 5 sacks and 2 takeaways in five games this season. Two interceptions by Cornerback, Joe Haden and one from TJ Watt were too much for Kyler Murray and the Cardinals. Pittsburgh were 23-17 winners despite Hodges only throwing for 153 and 57 of them came from the Dionte Johnson touchdown. The Steelers are in the play-off race and few teams would want to face this defence, come the post-season.

The 49ers visits to the Saints was a game for the neural, combining for a total of 94 points. Both defences couldn’t stop the clash of two high powered offences. It appeared the Saints had done enough to take a 1-point lead late on with another imperious Drew Bree’s game-winning drive but it was George Kittle who was to be the hero. By the way of a tugged face-mask, the former Iowa Tight-End set up a Robbie Gould chip shot to seal it at the buzzer.

Lamar Jackson and Baltimore Ravens continue to answer the bell at every occasion. Their defence has now allowed 25-points or fewer in their previous nine games. Limiting the Bills to 4 of 17 on third down on a day where their longest drive was seven plays. The Hayden Hurst 61-yard touchdown in the second half seem to swing the game and despite a late Cole Beasley score, the Ravens win 24-17, to get to 11-2 and look to have secured the no.1 AFC seeding.

The Patriots lost for the first time at Gillette stadium since 2017. The KC defensive front put Tom Brady under pressure and held the Patriots to 16 points and only 169 passing yards. Both Mahommes and Brady threw for a pair of touchdowns and an interception. But Travis Kelce ran in a direct snap and Mecole Hardman caught 48-yard touchdown for the Chiefs. As the Patriots were denied a late pass break-up in the end zone and N’Keal Harry was adjudged to have stepped out of bounds on a touchdown play, when the replay appear to show otherwise. A 22 home-game winning streak ended and the Chiefs appear to be in the chase for the 2nd seed in the AFC.

The Sunday Primetime game saw the the Rams find a way back to form with play action passes and receiver end-arounds. The return of tight-end Tyler Higbee has helped balance the passing attack, putting up 116 yards on the night. Jared Geoff looks comfortable, as the Seattle pass rush couldn’t fluster the LA quarterback and on his way to 293 yards and two TD’s. The Rams defence held Russell Wilson’s Seahawks to only two field goals and are now with a chance to reach the play-offs after looking like a premier team in the NFC, once more

Monday Night Football saw the Giants appear to roll back the years briefly with Eli Manning back in the fold, the Giants lead 17-3 at half time, after a pair of Darius Slayton Touchdowns. The Eagles were able to pass their way back into this despite Alshon Jeffery’s injury. A touchdown in the second half a further grab by tight-end Zack Ertz was enough to let Philldelphia keep pace with Dallas for first place in the NFC East, win a 20-17 over-time win.

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