Monday Morning Quarterback Week 13
Atlanta FalconsNew Orleans Saints
Matt Ryan keeps pressing hard and he is doing an excellent job of leading his team. With an 11-1 record, Ryan is doing all he can in the regular season. He threw for 165 yards and a touchdown in the 10-point win over the Saints.
Drew Brees saw his record streak of 54 straight games with a TD pass come to an end. He also threw five interceptions in the worst game of his career.
Buffalo BillsJacksonville Jaguars
While Ryan Fitzpatrick did not have a spectacular passing performance, he managed the game extremely well. He threw for two TD passes and ran for another as the Bills cruised to a relatively easy win.
Chad Henne had been a hot quarterback for the last two weeks, but he couldn’t mount a consistent attack against the Bills. He lacked accuracy and he was just 18-of-41 for 208 yards with an interception.
Seattle SeahawksChicago Bears
Russell Wilson continues his roll of impressive performances. Not only did he throw for 293 yards and two touchdowns while avoiding an interception against Chicago, he led fourth-quarter and overtime drives that allows the Seahawks to come away with the important road win.
Jay Cutler was not bad by any stretch. He threw for 233 yards and two TDs while not throwing an interception, but he was not able to help the Bears open a sizable advantage against a team they should have found a way to beat.
Indianapolis ColtsDetroit Lions
Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck appeared to have a hopeless situation on his hands but he turned an almost sure defeat into victory by leading the Colts to two touchdowns in the last 2:39 to get the victory. Luck threw for 391 yards and four TDs. Matthew Stafford threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns in the heartbreaking defeat.
Luck struggled badly up until his dramatic rally. He completed just 24-of-54 passes and he also threw three interceptions. Stafford was unable to take advantage of all of his opportunities and the game slipped away from the Lions.
Green Bay PackersMinnesota Vikings
Aaron Rodgers was not able to open up a big margin against the Vikings, but he did complete 27-of-35 passes for 286 yards with a touchdown and excelled at keeping plays alive with his feet and throwing on the run.
Christian Ponder continues to struggle when it comes to accurate passing. Ponder connected on just 12-of-25 passes for 119 yards and threw two interceptions. He lacks confidence and is not a solid NFL quarterback.
Kansas City ChiefsCarolina Panthers
The Chiefs’ disastrous season turned tragic this weekend when linebacker Jovan Belcher reportedly killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide. However, Brady Quinn shocked the football world by completing 19-of-23 passes for 201 yards and two TDs in leading the Chiefs to the victory.
Cam Newton had a very productive game as he threw for 232 yards and three TDs without throwing an interception. However, he could not lead the Panthers on a game-winning drive in the final minutes.
New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins
The Patriots clinched the AFC East title with the win. Tom Brady threw for 240 yards and a touchdown. While he did not have a great statistical performance, the Pats were in control throughout the game.
Ryan Tannehill ran for a touchdown late in the second quarter and that helped the Dolphins stay close. However, his passes lacked accuracy and he was just 13-of-29 against the Patriots’ leaky pass defense.
New York JetsArizona Cardinals
Jets head coach Rex Ryan turned the Jets’ quarterback chores over to Greg McElroy and he led the Jets on their only touchdown drive of the game. He completed 5-of-7 passes and threw a scoring pass to Jeff Cumberland in the fourth quarter.
Mark Sanchez had another horrendous game, throwing three interceptions before he was replace. Arizona quarterback Ryan Lindley was 10-of-31 for 72 yards. He may need to think about another line of work.
St. Louis RamsSan Francisco 49ers
Sam Bradford may not have the strongest arm in the league, but he is an excellent leader and an accurate short passer. He completed 26-of-39 passes for 221 yards and he did not throw an interception.
Colin Kaepernick has been a huge story for head coach Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers, but he could not get the Niners’ offense firing. He completed 21-of-32 passes but he did not throw a touchdown pass.
Houston TexansTennessee Titans
Matt Schaub continues to keep the Texans on track. He completed 21-of-35 passes for 207 yards with a pair of touchdown passes. He did not throw an interception.
Jake Locker plays with plenty of effort but he was in over his head against the Texans. He threw for 309 yards and a touchdown, but he was careless with the ball and he threw three interceptions that kept the Jaguars from making a serious run in the game.
Denver BroncosTampa Bay Buccaneers
Peyton Manning rallied the Broncos from a halftime deficit to another win. Manning completed 27-of-38 passes for 242 yards with three touchdowns and just one interception.
Josh Freeman has been on his game for most of the season, but he completed just 18-of-39 passes against the Broncos. His only interception was returned 26 yards for a touchdown by Denver linebacker Von Miller.
Pittsburgh SteelersBaltimore Ravens
Few quarterbacks had a better day than Pittsburgh’s Charlie Batch. After a disastrous Week 12 performance in the loss to Cleveland, Batch was inspired. He completed 25-of-36 passes for 276 yards with a touchdown in rallying the Steelers to the win over the Ravens.
Joe Flacco did not show much killer instinct against an undermanned Steelers’ team. He completed just 16-of-34 passes for 188 yards.
Cleveland BrownsOakland Raiders
The Browns went west and picked up a huge road win. Quarterback Brandon Weeden completed 25-of-36 passes for 364 yards and a touchdown pass. Carson Palmer threw for 354 yards and completed 34-of-54 passes.
Weeden threw two interceptions that kept the Browns from building a lead early in the game. Palmer was unable to finish drives for the Raiders.
Cincinnati BengalsSan Diego Chargers
Andy Dalton did not have a sharp game, but he led the Bengals to a come-from-behind victory on the west coast by running for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Dalton also threw for 211 yards and tossed two TD passes.
Philip Rivers continued his string of inefficient performances. While he threw for 280 yards and only one interception, he did not throw a touchdown and the Chargers lost for the seventh time in the last eight games.
Dallas CowboysPhiladelphia Eagles
Tony Romo was razor sharp in helping the Cowboys come up with a much-needed win. He completed 22-of-27 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception. Romo is now the Cowboys’ all-time leader in touchdown passes. Mick Foles had a solid game for the Eagles, throwing for 251 yards and a score.
While Foles had his best game as a professional, he wasn’t up to competing with Romo when he was in his best form. The loss was the Eagles’ eighth in a row.