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Amid the Action: Week 13 Recap

December 13, 2015

There were some exciting games in week 13 such as the close shootout between the Panthers and Saints. But there were also some upsets like the struggling Eagles beating the Patriots. Here’s a recap of week 13’s matchups.

Giants fall to Jets, slip to 5-7

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the New York Giants fell to the New York Jets in overtime by a score of 23-20. The Giants have slipped to 5-7, and are in third place in NFC East. The Jets have improved their overall record to 7-5, and they are in second place in AFC East.

On Monday, Dec. 14, the Giants will travel to Miami to play Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins. The Dolphins are currently 5-7 and are in fourth place in NFC East.

The Jets will play their next game on Sunday, Dec. 13. They will face off against Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are 3-9 are currently fourth in AFC South.

Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 36 out of 50 passes that game for a total of 390 yards. He had two touchdowns that game.

Chris Ivory led the team in rushing. Ivory carried the ball for 10 times for 47 yards. His longest carry of the day was 20 yards.

Former Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall led the Jets in receiving against the Giants. Marshall caught 12 passes for a total of 131 yards. He had one touchdown on the day, and his longest reception was a 25-yard catch.

Eli Manning threw for 297 yards that game, completing 18 out of 34 passes. He had one touchdown and one interception.

Orleans Darkwa led the Big Blue in rushing. He ran the ball eight times for 23 yards. His longest run of the game was six yards.

Odell Beckham Jr. was the Giants’ main receiver that game. He caught six passes for a total of 149 yards. His longest reception was a 72 yard touchdown.

The New York Giants were so close, but yet again, they found another way to blow it. The whole game was up and up, but in the fourth quarter, the Giants defense started giving up big plays. Hopefully the defense doesn’t make the Dolphins look like All-Stars.

Packers stun Lions, improve to 8-4

On Thursday, Dec. 3, the Green Bay Packers shocked the Lions with a last minute Hail Mary. The Packers won 33-27. They have improved to 8-4 and are in first place in NFC North. The Lions have fallen to 4-8 and are now in fourth place in NFC North.

The Packers will play on Sunday, Dec. 13, against the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are 4-8 and are currently fourth in AFC East.

The Lions will play again on Dec. 13 against the St. Louis Rams. St. Louis has a record of 4-8 and they are in third place in NFC West.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers threw for 273 yards that game, completing 24 out of 36 passes. He had two touchdowns and one interception.

Aaron Rogers also led the team in rushing against Detroit. He ran times for a total of 27 yards. He had one rushing touchdown. His longest run was the 17-yard touchdown.

Richard Rogers led the team in receiving. Rogers caught eight passes for 146 yards. His longest reception was his 61-yard touchdown.

Matthew Stafford had 220 yards through the air that night. He completed 22 out of 35 passes and had two touchdowns on the night.

Ameer Abdullah led the team in rushing. He carried the ball 13 times for 67 yards. His longest run was 36 yards.

Detroit’s number one passer that game was Golden Tate. Tate caught eight passes for 63 yards. His longest reception was 13 yards.

I was honestly so surprised at this game. The entire first half of the game was just dominated by Detroit. They had this game in the bag! And then they became the Lions again. After this loss, their playoff chances are dim, and probably aren’t too likely. Green Bay is just grateful to be back on top, especially after Minnesota’s flop to Seattle.

Cardinals crush Rams, stay in first

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the Cardinals smashed the St. Louis Rams 27-3. The Cardinals have improved to 10-2, and remain first in NFC West. The Rams have fallen to 4-8 and are tied for third place in NFC West with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cardinals will play again on Thursday, Dec. 10, against the Vikings, who are currently 8-4. Minnesota is second in NFC North.

The Rams play their next game against the Lions on Sunday, Dec. 13, against the Detroit Lions. Detroit is 4-8 and is in fourth place in NFC North.

Carson threw for 356 yards that game, completing 26 out of 40 passes. He had two touchdowns on the night.

Rookie David Johnson led the team in rushing against the Rams. He carried the ball 22 times for 99 yards. His longest run was 23 yards.

John Brown was Arizona’s main receiver that game. Brown caught six passes for 113 yards. His longest reception was a 68-yard catch.

Nick Foles threw for just 146 yards against Arizona. He completed 15 out of 35 passes and had one interception on the night.

Rookie Todd Gurley led the rushing attack, but that’s not saying much. He was held down to 41 yards on nine carries that game. His longest run was 34 yards.

Kenny Britt led the Rams in receiving against Arizona. Britt caught just two passes for a total of 41 yards. His longest reception was a 30-yard catch.

The Rams looked awful in this matchup. I was expecting a lot more, especially from players like Britt, Gurley and Tavon Austin. They started out the season hot, but since then they’ve slumped down. Head Coach Jeff Fisher may be on the hot seat.

Winston and Tampa Bay overcome Falcons

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Atlanta Falcons 23-19 on Sunday, Dec. 6. The Buccaneers improved to a record of 6-6, and are in second place in NFC South. The Falcons have an overall record of 6-6 now and are in third place in NFC South.

The Buccaneers will play their next game on Sunday, Dec. 13, against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are 4-8, and are in fourth place in NFC South.

The Falcons will play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 13. Carolina is 12-0 and is in first place in NFC South.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 269 yard that game, completing 30 out of 45 passes. He had one touchdown on the night.

Devonta Freeman led the Falcons in rushing. He ran the ball 14 times for just 47 yards. His longest run was 14 yards.

Julio Jones was Atlanta’s main receiver against Tampa Bay. Jones caught eight passes for 93 yards. His longest reception of the night was 25 yards.

Rookie Jameis Winston completed 18 out of 27 passes for 227 yards. He had one touchdown and one interception that game.

Doug Martin was the leading rusher for Tampa Bay. Martin carried the ball 25 times for 95 yards. He had one touchdown, and his longest run was 14 yards.

Vincent Jackson was Winston’s main target. He caught three passes for 87 yards. His longest reception was 36 yards.

Jameis Winston has been looking great lately, and this is another victory under his belt. It’s pretty impressive for a rookie, to lead his team to second in a competitive conference. Winston should have a harder game though, against New Orleans, who gave the Panthers a hard time.

Seattle smashes Minnesota 38-7

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 on Sunday, Dec. 6. The Seahawks improved their record to 7-5 and are second in NFC West. Minnesota has fallen to 7-5 and they’re now second in NFC North.

Seattle plays their next game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Dec. 13. Baltimore is 4-8 and they’re in third place in NFC North.

Minnesota plays again on Thursday, Dec. 10, against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are 10-2, and are in first place in NFC West.

Russell Wilson completed 21 out of 27 passes for 274 yards. He had three touchdowns.

Thomas Rawls, who’s taking over for Marshawn Lynch, ran the ball 19 times for 101 yards. He had one touchdown and his longest run of the game was 20 yards.

Doug Baldwin led the team in receiving. He caught five passes for 94 yards and had two touchdowns. His longest reception was a 53-yard touchdown.

Teddy Bridgewater passed for 118 yards, completing 17 out of 28 passes. He had one interception.

Jerrick Mckinnion led the team in rushing. He ran the ball four times for only 18 yards. His longest run was 12 yards.

Mike Wallace was the team’s main receiver. Wallace caught just two passes for 43 yards. His longest reception was 25 yards.

The Vikings looked like trash. They had a total of 125 yard on offense the whole game. Why aren’t they giving Adrian Peterson the ball more? Nobody knows. Seattle, on the other hand, looks like they’re back to their 2013 team.

Mariota’s 87-yard TD lifts Titans over Jags

The Tennessee Titans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-39 on Sunday, Dec. 6. The Titans improved to 3-9, and are in fourth place in AFC South. Jacksonville fell to 4-8, and is third in AFC South.

Jacksonville plays their next game on Sunday, Dec. 13 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are 6-6 and are first in AFC South.

Tennessee plays again on Sunday, Dec. 13 against the New York Jets. The Jets are 7-5 and are second in AFC East.

Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles threw for 322 yards, completing 24 out of 36 passes. He had five touchdowns on the day.

T.J. Yeldon led the Jags in rushing. He ran the ball 15 times for 57 yards. He had one touchdown, and his longest run was nine yards.

Allen Robinson was the number one receiver on Jacksonville. Robinson caught 10 passes for 153 yards. He had three touchdowns and his longest reception was 44 yards.

Marcus Mariota had 268 yards passing; completing 20 out of 29 passes. He had three touchdowns and one interception.

He also led the team in rushing. On nine scrambles, he had 112 yards and one touchdown. His longest run was an 87-yard touchdown run.

Dorial Green-Beckham led the team in receiving. Green-Beckham caught five passes for 119 yards. His one touchdown was his longest reception, 44 yards.

Mariota was great this game, and he was playing like he did in week one. The Jaguars put up a good fight, but they fell short. The key is protecting Mariota. When the offensive line thrives, the whole Titans offense does.

Buffs come back late to beat Bills

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the Buffalo Bills beat the Houston Texans 30-21. The Bills have improved to 6-6 and they are third in AFC East. The Texans are 6-6 also, and are now second in AFC South.

On Sunday, Dec. 13, the Bills will play the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia is 5-7, and they are second in NFC East.

On Sunday, Dec. 13, the Texans will face off against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. New England is 10-2 and is in first place in AFC East.

Brian Hoyer threw for 293 yards, completing 26 out of 43 passes. He had three touchdowns and one interception.

The Texans were led in rushing by Chris Polk. Polk carried the ball 12 times for 61 yards. His longest run of the day was 20 yards.

Cecil Shorts III was the Texans’ main receiver. He caught six passes for 91 yards. His longest reception of the night was 23 yards.

Tyrod Taylor had 211 yards through the air, completing 11 out of 21 passes. He had three touchdowns that game.

Buffalo was led in rushing by LeSean McCoy. He ran the ball 21 times for 112 yards. McCoy’s longest run was 32 yards.

Sammy Watkins was the Bills’ number one receiver. He caught three passes for a total of 109 yards. Watkins had one touchdown on the night. His longest reception was 53 yards.

In this game, Tyrod Taylor came in clutch. The Bills were down the whole game, and it looked like the Texans would be going 7-5. However, Tyrod Taylor brought them home to a victory. Next week, the Bills need to start off strong if they want to beat Philadelphia.

Bengals steamroll Browns 37-3

Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals obliterated Austin Davis and the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals improved to 10-2, and are now in first place in AFC North. Cleveland has fallen to 2-10, and they are fourth in AFC North.

The Bengals will play on Sunday, Dec. 13, against the Pittsburg Steelers. Pittsburg is 7-5 and is currently in second place in AFC North.

Cleveland will play the San Francisco 49ers next on Sunday, Dec. 13. San Francisco is 4-8, and is tied for third in NFC West.

Andy Dalton threw for 220 yards, completing 14 out of 19 passes. Dalton had two touchdowns on the night.

Jeremy Hill, who’s been rather quiet this year, led the Bengals in rushing. Hill carried the ball 22 times for 98 yards. He had one touchdown, and his longest rush was 17 yards.

A.J. Green led the team in receiving. He caught five passes for 128 yards. Green had one touchdown on the night, and his longest reception was 57 yards.

Austin Davis, who filled in for Andy Dalton, had 230 yards through the air. He had one interception on the night.

Isaiah Crowell led Cleveland in rushing. He carried the ball 11 times for 62 yards. His longest rush of the game was 23 yards.

Brian Hartline led the Browns in receiving. Hartline caught eight passes for 83 yards. His longest reception of the game was 17 yards.

I expected the Bengals to win, but not by that much. With Austin Davis, I figured they’d get more than a field goal out of the game, like at least one touchdown. But the Browns are a mess right now, and Mike Pettine is definitely on the hot seat.

Chiefs top Oakland Raiders

Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders 34-20 on Sunday, Dec. 6. The Chiefs have improved to 7-5, and they are in second in AFC West. Oakland has fallen to 5-7, and they are in third place in AFC West.

The Chiefs will play the Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 13. The Chargers are 3-9 and are fourth in AFC West.

Oakland will play the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 13. Denver is 10-2 and they are in first place in AFC West.

Alex Smith threw for 162 yards, completing 16 out of 22 passes. He had two touchdowns on the day.

Charcandrick West led the team in rushing against Oakland. West carried the ball nine times for 35 yards. His longest carry was 18 yards.

Former Eagle Jeremy Maclin led the team in receiving that game. Maclin caught nine passes for a total of 95 yards. He had two touchdowns and his longest reception was 16 yards.

Derek Carr amassed 283 yards through the air, going 31 for 48 on passing attempts. Carr had three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Letavius Murray was Oakland’s lead rusher that game. Murray ran the ball 20 times for 86 yards on the ground. His longest run was a 35-yard scamper, and he had one touchdown.

Rookie Amari Cooper was the Raiders’ leading receiver, catching four passes for a total of 69 yards. His longest reception was 23 yards.

Overall, I really expected Oakland to win this game. The previous week, they beat the Titans on the road. Yes, I know it’s the Titans, but I figured that would be a confidence booster, and that success would rub off on their home game. But that wasn’t the case. They’ve flashed signs of hope, but not enough.

Broncos beat Chargers, remain in first

The Denver Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers 17-3 on Sunday, Dec. 6. Denver has improved to 10-2, and they are in first place in AFC West. San Diego has fallen to 3-9, and they are fourth in AFC East.

Denver plays their next game on Sunday, Dec. 13 against another division rival, the Oakland Raiders. Oakland is 5-7, and third in the division.

San Diego will also be playing a division rival. They’ll play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Dec. 13. Kansas City is 7-5, and second in the division.

Brock Osweiler, who came up big against the Patriots, threw for 166 yard against the Chargers. He completed 16 out of 26 passes. Osweiler had one touchdown and one interception during the game.

Ronnie Hillman led the rushing attack. Hillman ran the ball 19 times for 56 yards. His longest run of the game was 11 yards.

Demaryius Thomas was Denver’s main receiver. He caught six passes for 61 yards. Thomas had one touchdown, and his longest reception was 21 yards.

Philip Rivers had a total of 202 yards through the air. He completed 18 out of 35 passes and had one interception.

Rookie Melvin Gordon led the team in rushing. He carried the ball 12 times for 55 yards. His longest run was 21 yards.

Tight end Antonio Gates led San Diego in receiving. Gates had six catches for 50 yards. His longest reception was 15 yards.

San Diego looks awful right now, and it certainly helped Brock Osweiler. After upsetting the Patriots and shocking the world, it was a surprise that he defeated the Chargers. Against Oakland, he should get another win under his belt.

Eagles upset New England

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the Eagles shocked the world, and defeated the Patriots….at Gillette Stadium! The final score was 35-28. The Eagles have improved their record to 5-7, and they’re second in NFC East. New England has fallen to 10-2, and they remain in first place in AFC East.

Philadelphia plays their next game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Dec. 13. Buffalo is 6-6 and is third in AFC East.

New England plays the Houston Texans on Sunday, Dec. 13. Houston is 6-6 and is in second place in AFC South.

Sam Bradford threw for 120 yards against New England. He completed 14 out of 24 passes and had two touchdowns.

Darren Sproles led Philadelphia’s offense in rushing with 66 yards on 15 carries. His longest rush was 13 yards.

Jordan Matthews led the Eagles in receiving. He caught three passes for 36 yards. Matthews had one touchdown and his longest reception was 20 yards.

Tom Brady passed for 312 yards, going 29 for 56 on passing completions. Brady had three touchdowns and two interceptions.

LaGarrette Blount led the offense in rushing. He ran the ball 13 times for 54 yards. His longest run was 10 yards.

James White led New England in receiving. White caught 10 passes for 115 yards, and had one touchdown. His longest reception was 25 yards.

I know New England is missing some players…but the Eagles? Really? The Eagles only had 248 total yards compared to New England’s 427! Philadelphia’s defense really stepped up this game, and left New England deflated.

Panthers survive shootout with Saints

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers survived a shootout against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints by a score of 41-38. Carolina remains at 12-0, and is in first place in NFC South. The Saints are 4-8 and are in fourth in NFC South.

The Carolina Panthers will play the Atlanta Falcons next on Sunday, Dec.13. Atlanta is 6-6 and is in third place in NFC South.

New Orleans plays Tampa Bay this Sunday, on Dec. 13. The Buccaneers are 6-6 and are in second in NFC South.

Cam Newton passed for 331 yards, completing 28 out of 41 passes. Newton had five touchdowns and one interception.

Jonathan Stewart led Carolina’s offense in rushing. Stewart carried the ball 21 times for 82 yards. His longest run of the game was 22 yards and he had one touchdown.

Tight end Greg Olsen led the team in receiving. Olsen caught nine passes for 129 yards. His longest reception was 32 yards.

Drew Brees passed for 282 yards, completing 24 out of 42 passes. He had three touchdowns and one interception.

Mark Ingram led New Orleans in rushing. He ran the ball 12 times for 56 yards. His longest run was 14 yards, and he had one touchdown.

Brandin Cooks led the team in receiving. Cooks caught six passes for 104 yards and had one touchdown. His touchdown was his longest reception, 54 yards.

This game was close, and the Panthers made some painful mistakes. I was happy that they won, but they need to start off way stronger if they want to avoid situations like that. Atlanta is better than the Saints, and the Panthers can’t slip.

Steelers destroy Colts 45-10

The Pittsburg Steelers stomped on the Indianapolis Colts 45-10 on Sunday, Dec. 13. The Steelers are now 7-5 and are first in AFC North. Indianapolis Colts slipped to 6-6 and are first in AFC South.

The Steelers will play on Sunday, Dec. 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals, who are also in AFC North. Cincinnati is 10-2 and is in first place in the division.

Indianapolis will also play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville is 4-8, and is in third place in AFC South.

Indiana quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had 169 yards through the air, completing 16 out of 26 passes. He had one touchdown on the day and two interceptions.

Frank Gore led the team in rushing. Gore ran the ball 13 times for 45 yards. His longest carry of the game was 12 yards.

Gore also led the team in receiving. He caught three passes for 49 yards. His longest reception was 34 yards and he had one touchdown.

Ben Roethlisberger had 364 yards passing. He completed 24 out of 39 passes and had four touchdowns.

DeAngelo Williams led the offense in rushing with 134 yards on 26 carries. His longest run was 21 yards.

Antonio Brown led the team in receiving that game. He caught eight passes for 118 yards. His longest reception was 48 yards. Brown had three touchdowns that night. Two were catches and one was a 71-yard punt return.

I was expecting the Colts to put up more of a fight than that. They were missing Andrew Luck, but the defense looked awful. However, they should win next week against the Jaguars. The Steelers looked dangerous Sunday night, and the game between them and the Bengals should be good.

Cowboys upset Redskins

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 19-16 on Sunday, Dec. 6. The Cowboys overall record is now 4-8, and they are fourth in NFC East. The Redskins are 5-7, and are in first place in NFC East.

Dallas plays their next game on Sunday, Dec. 13 against the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay is 8-4, and first in NFC North.

The Redskins play the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Dec. 13. Chicago is 5-7 and is third place in NFC East.

Matt Cassel threw for 223 yards, completing 16 out of 29 passes.

Darren McFadden led the Dallas offense in rushing. He carried the ball 14 times for 53 yards. He had one touchdown and his longest run was nine yards.

Terrance Williams led the Cowboys in receiving. Williams caught two passes for 63 yards. His longest reception was 38 yards.

Washington’s Kirk Cousins completed 22 out of 31 passes, amassing 219 yards through the air. He had one touchdown.

Matt Jones led the Redskins in rushing. Jones ran the ball 18 times for 49 yards. His longest run was 10 yards.

DeSean Jackson led the Washington offense in receiving. That game he caught six passes for 80 yards. His touchdown was his longest reception. It was 28 yards.

I was shocked that the Redskins won. After beating the Giants, I figured that they’d be romping over other NFC East teams. The Cowboys aren’t going far this season, but a win is a win.

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