Monday Morning Quarterback: The Good, The Bad Of Week 13
New York GiantsWashington Redskins
The Giants won for the fifth time in six games. While Eli Manning threw another interception, he had one of his best games of the season as he completed 22-of-28 passes for 235 yards with a touchdown. Manning made the throws he needed to and helped bring the Giants back from an early 14-0 deficit.
Robert Griffin III looked sharp early as the Redskins took charge, but he couldn’t sustain the success. RGIII completed 24-of-32 passes for 207 yards with a touchdown, but he could not lead the Redskins back after the Giants took the lead in the second half.
Cincinnati BengalsSan Diego Chargers
The Bengals came up with a very tough road win. Andy Dalton threw one awful interception, but he completed 14-of-23 passes for 190 yards with a touchdown as the Bengals' quarterback did just enough to come up with the victory.
Philip Rivers had one job in this game, and that was to lead his team to an important win on its home field. Even though he completed 23-of-37 passes for 252 yards with a touchdown, he came up short. Rivers was charged with one interception when tight end Antonio Gates could not hold on to the ball and it was wrestled away by Cincinnati defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick.
Denver BroncosKansas City Chiefs
Another stellar game from Peyton Manning. All he did in this game was throw for 403 yards and five touchdowns on the road against a very solid Kansas City defense. Four of Manning’s TD passes were thrown to wide receiver Eric Decker.
There was nothing wrong with Alex Smith’s performance other than that the Chiefs didn’t win. Smith completed 26-of-42 passes for 293 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He needed to do just a little bit more.
San Francisco 49ersSt. Louis Rams
The 49ers are feeling a lot better because Colin Kaepernick had his second straight solid game. Kaepernick completed 19-of-28 passes for 275 yards with one TD and he did not throw an interception.
Kellen Clemens had a tough assignment in competing against the Niners’ physical defense and he could not handle it. Clemens threw for 218 yards and one touchdown, but he also threw an interception.
Atlanta FalconsBuffalo Bills
Matt Ryan finally led the Falcons to a victory as he threw for 311 yards with a touchdown and he did not throw an interception. Ryan was cool down the stretch, something that Falcons fans were used to last year but have rarely seen this year.
E.J. Manuel did nearly enough to lead the Bills to the victory, but his team could not close out the game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Manuel completed 18-of-32 passes for 210 yards with a touchdown.
New England PatriotsHouston Texans
The Patriots did not play their best game, but Tom Brady was not about to let his team lose to the slumping Texans. Brady completed 29-of-41 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns with just one interception. Brady was razor-sharp in the second half.
Case Keenum and the Texans went punch for punch with the Patriots, but they could not fire a decisive blow after New England took the lead late in the fourth quarter. Keenum completed 15-of-30 passes for 272 yards, but he could not throw a touchdown pass.
Philadelphia EaglesArizona Cardinals
Nick Foles had another sensational effort as he completed 21-of-34 passes for 237 yards with three TDs and no interceptions. Foles has thrown 19 TD passes and no interceptions since being named as the Eagles’ starter.
Carson Palmer nearly led the Cardinals to a key comeback victory, but he fell short. While Palmer threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns, he threw two interceptions that cost his team.
Miami DolphinsNew York Jets
Ryan Tannehill was sharp in this game and he had one of his best games of the year as he completed 28-of-43 passes for 331 yards with two TDs and just one interception. That’s an impressive showing against New York’s tough defense.
Geno Smith continues to get worse. He was relieved by Matt Sims after he completed just 4-of-10 passes for 29 yards. The performance was as ugly as it sounds.
Minnesota VikingsChicago Bears
Matt Cassel came on in relief of concussed Christian Ponder. Cassel completed 20-of-33 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown. He also led the Vikings to the game-winning drive in overtime.
The Bears and Josh McCown had an excellent chance to come away with the road win over their divisional opponent, but they could not finish the job. McCown threw 355 yards and two touchdowns, but he needed to do more in overtime. While McCown was operating under orders from his coach, the Bears lost the game they needed to win.
Indianapolis ColtsTennessee Titans
Andrew Luck did not have an impressive statistical game as he completed 17-of-32 passes for 200 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. However, when the Colts needed to control the clock on a fourth-quarter drive while protecting a one-point lead, Luck led the Colts to a touchdown.
Ryan Fitzpatrick played with heart in completing 21-of-37 passes for 201 yards with one touchdown, but he threw three interceptions that kept the Titans from coming away with the victory.
Jacksonville JaguarsCleveland Browns
A stellar performance by Chad Henne allowed the Jaguars to take this road game. He completed 22-of-40 passes for 195 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Henne threw the game-winning TD pass to Cecil Shorts with just 40 seconds left on the clock.
Brandon Weeden had a monster game as he threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns. He thought he threw the game-winning TD pass when he hit Josh Gordon with a 95-yard TD pass with less than four minutes remaining, but Henne ruined that for him.
Carolina PanthersTampa Bay Buccaneers
Cam Newton continues to play well and the Panthers now have an eight-game winning streak. Newton threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns and he also ran for 68 yards and a touchdown. He’s able to make big plays at key moments, and that’s why Carolina is winning.
Mike Glennon was overmatched against the Carolina defense. He completed 14-of-21 passes for 180 yards and he could not find the endzone and he threw one interception.
Baltimore RavensPittsburgh Steelers
Joe Flacco has been taking quite a bit of criticism this year, but he has the Ravens in position to secure another playoff spot. Flacco was strong against the Steelers, completing 24-of-35 passes for 251 yards with a touchdown. He did not throw an interception.
Ben Roethlisberger did everything he could to help the Steelers steal this game, but it wasn’t quite enough. Roethlisberger completed 28-of-44 passes for 257 yards with two TDs and he kept it clean on the interception side of the ledger.
Dallas CowboysOakland Raiders
There’s little doubt that Tony Romo can play excellent football in November. That’s been his signature throughout his career and he completed 23-of-32 passes for 225 yards with a touchdown. He did not throw an interception.
Matt McGloin had a decent game as he completed 18-of-30 passes for 255 yards. However, he did not throw a TD pass and he did not take advantage of the openings he had against the Dallas defense.
Detroit LionsGreen Bay Packers
Matthew Stafford did not have a great start, but he came on with a fervor as he completed 22-of-35 passes for 330 yards with three TDs as he led the Lions to a decisive win over their NFC North rivals.
Matt Flynn was not the answer for the Packers. He completed 10-of-20 passes for 139 yards and looked overwhelmed as the Packers could not mount any kind of offense. Aaron Rodgers should be back in Week 14, and that’s the lone piece of good news to emerge from this game.