New England Patriots 41 Baltimore Ravens 7
Top Performers: Patriots
QB Tom Brady 14-26 172 passing yards 1 TD
RB LeGarrette Blount 16 carries 76 rushing yards 2 TDs
WR Julian Edelman 7 receptions 77 receiving yards
CB Kyle Arrington 8 tackles 1 sack
Top Performers: Ravens
QB Joe Flacco 22-38 260 passing yards 2 into
LB Daryl Smith 11 tackles .5 sacks
LB Terrelle Suggs 5 tackles 1 sack
Cleveland Browns vs New England Patriots
Baltimore Ravens vs Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Miami Dolphins
-Colts RB Trent Richardson 119 Carries 355 Rushing Yards 3.0 Avg 2 TD
After being grossly over-drafted, Richardson showed some promise as a Cleveland Brown his rookie season. Despite being injury proned, he showed some playmaking ability. Enough playmaking ability that the Browns thought they had their “guy”. Well things didn’t go as planned to start the season. Somewhere in between the first two weeks, Browns brass decided Trent wasn’t the guy and shipped him to the Colts for a 1st round pick. Even with Andrew Luck at QB, hes only averaging 40 yards running a game. Let’s just say the Browns got away with highway robbery on the Colts.
-Buccaneers RB Doug Martin 127 Carries 456 Rushing Yards 3.6 Avg 1 Td
After setting the NFL world on fire as a rookie, rushing for 1,454 yards and 11 Tds. Expectations were as high as they can get for the former Boise State running back. Well, he failed miserably to live up to those lofty expectations. Before a torn labrum cut his season short, he had only rushed for 459 yards and 1 touchdown. Hardly looking like the running back we saw last year. Sophomore slump? Maybe, we are going to have to see what Martin does next year to redeem himself.
-Eagles QB Michael Vick 77-141 1,215 Passing Yards 54.6% 5 Td 3 Int
With the addition of new Coach Chip Kelly, everybody just knew Mike Vick would flourish under this fast paced system. Not exactly, still faced with his same accuracy and ball security issues, this match hasn’t really been a match at all. On top of that, he still can’t remain healthy. With back-up Nick Foles playing great right now, this could very well be Vicks last season with the Eagles
-Ravens QB Joe Flacco 204-346 2,307 Passing Yards 59.0 % 12 Tds 11 Int
After a super bowl win and 100 million dollar contract, Flacco has been pretty underwhelming this season. Plagued by accuracy and decision making issues, those Joe Flacco doubters are starting to rear their ugly head again. This time for good reason.
-Cardinals QB Carson Palmer 194-316 2,154 Passing Yards 61.4% 12 Tds 15 Int
Thought to be in a way better situation this year with Arizona, then he was with the Oakland Raiders last year, Palmer is still the same Palmer. Indecisive, inaccurate and a statue in the pocket. Yes, the Cardinals have a decent record this year, but if the quarterback play was better, they would be a top 5 team in the NFC. The fact that Larry Fitzgerald cannot get the ball is a crime in itself. This will be Carson’s only and last season with the Cards.
-Falcons QB Matt Ryan 248-368 2,614 Passing Yards 67.4% 16 Tds 10 Int
It hurts me to put Matty Ice on the list, but it has to be done. Yes, the Falcons have a ridiculously amount of injuries this year, but the most important player on the team is still healthy and playing. Atlanta is unraveling right now, and Matt Ryan isn’t doing much to stop it. Also worth noting, the Falcons defense is horrible. OK, back to Ryan. He hasn’t been playing to his standards at all. Throwing back breaking interceptions, it seems every game. After a NFC championship appearance in the playoffs last season, I expected much more from Ryan this year, so far he has flopped and flopped hard.
-Titans RB Chris Johnson 150 Carries 546 Rushing Yards 3.6 Avg 2 Tds
Lets be honest, Chris Johnson hasn’t been anywhere close to the back we seen rush for 2,000 yards, three years ago. With new talent on the offensive line, Johnson has still struggled. He was always a flash in a pan player to me, but I even expected him to have a great year this season. All that talking he does, guess he forgot to back it up.
-Free Agent (Texans) Ed Reed 16 Tackles
Reed is a sure fire Hall of Famer, but its time for him to retire. Thought to be the missing piece to this already stacked Texans defense, Reed hasn’t even been average for the team this year. He’s been awful. With injuries still a big factor for him, its time for him to just gracefully bow out, and look back on a outstanding career. I mean he doesn’t have a interception this year, not 1. That doesn’t even sound right. Time to hang it up, Reed.
-49ers QB Colin Kaepernick 124-220 1,675 Passing Yards 56.4% 9 Tds 6 Int
Does a first year start for Kaepernick get any better? Almost unstoppable both running and throwing the ball last year. And a super bowl appearance, I don’t think anybody had more pressure than the young QB coming into this year. On top of all that, ESPN‘s Ron Jaworski said Colin Kaepernick could be the best quarterback of All-Time at the end of his career. Colin was almost set up to disappoint this year. The 49ers have been winning games, but mostly because of smash mouth running and hard nosed defense. The passing game has almost been a non factor this year. Kaepernick went from winning games last year, to now being a game manager. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I just expected so much more from the QB this season.
-Vikings DE Jared Allen 25 Tackles 5 Sacks
Allen’s game has fallen off like the Minnesota Vikings defense this year. Usually a sack machine, Jared Allen has been very quiet this season. The effort is still there, but I think the mileage is catching up to him. He is the heart and soul of the Minnesota defense, and so far, his play has been very disappointing.
Ravens 20 Bengals 17 OT