Monday, December 2, 2013
2013 NFL Week 13 "Studs & Duds"
DeMarco Murray's contributions helped the Dallas Cowboys comeback and win on Thanksgiving day against the Oakland Raiders. Murray produced 102 total yards of offense with 17 carries going for 63 yards and 3 Rushing TD's and 39 receiving yards off 5 receptions. Murray's performance led him to be 1 of 3 recipients of the "CBS All Iron Award".
The Baltimore Ravens have a lot to be thankful for in Justin Tucker! Tucker who is becoming one of the more reliable placekickers in the league, went 5/5 in Baltimore's 22-20 win over division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. His contributions led him to being named 1 of 2 recipients of the "NBC Madden Player of the Game".
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Reggie Bush got off to a shaky start as he fumbled on the Detroit Lions first offensive possession deep in the Green Bay Packers territory. Bush would however shake it off and have an impressive outing producing 182 yards of total offense ( Rushing-117, Receiving- 65) and a (rushing) TD to go along with it. Bush's efforts earned him the "FOX Galloping Gobbler Award"
I think placekicker's dont get as much credit as they deserve sometimes, especially Adam Vinatieri (who had 2 game winning Field Goals to win the Super Bowl with the Patriots: Side Note- Vinatieri has 4 super bowl titles 3-Patriots 1-Indianapolis) Vinatieri has been stealing games for the Colts as of late and did so Sunday when he went 5 for 5 in Indianapolis' 22-14 win over the Tennessee Titans
With performances like he had on Sunday against the New England Patriots, Houston Texans Running Back Ben Tate may start making a case to be the full time starter in the absence of Arian Foster! Tate had 102 rushing yards on 22 carries and had 3 TD's to go along with it!
Could Josh Gordon be as good as Calvin Johnson and even make a claim as the league's best Wide Receiver (WR)? He's certainly making a case for himself as he became the 1st WR in NFL history to have back to back 200+ yd. receiving games (498 yds combined- Week 13- 237, Week 14- 261) Gordon also had 10 receptions and a TD against the Jaguars to go with his 261 receiving yards
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I did not know much about Alshon Jeffrey heading into this season, considering the fact the Chicago Bears top WR is/was arguably Brandon Marshall. But Jeffrey's performance has not gone unnoticed and ran all over the Minnesota Vikings secondary compiling 249 receiving yards off 12 receptions and 2 TD's!
Adrian Peterson has now made the Stud list in back to back weeks. His performance helped the Minnesota Vikings defeat the Chicago Bears in overtime 23-20. Peterson finished the day with 211 rushing yards and now has 10,000+ for his career! Congratulations certainly are in order for Adrian "All Day" Peterson!
From a Dud last week (1 reception 5 yards) to a Stud this week ( 8 receptions 174 yds 4 TD) Eric Decker was (essentially) the MVP of the huge division matchup between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. His performance helped the Broncos defeat the Chiefs for the 2nd time in three weeks as Denver sits atop the AFC West and hold the tiebreaker.
A career day for Justin Tuck as he registered 4.0 Sacks! Tuck had a total of 5 Tackles to go along with his 4.0 Sacks as he and the New York Giants went on to defeat the Washington Redskins 24-17.
The Seattle Seahawks are for real, and so is Russell Wilson! After their convincing win over the New Orleans Saints there is no question on who are the Super Bowl favorites! Wilson finished by going 22 of 30 for 310 Passing yds. 3 TD 0 INT (also rushed for 47 yards on 8 carries) en route to leading the Seahawks to an 11-1 record and a guaranteed spot in the playoffs!
My how things have changed. Matt Flynn was brought back by Green Bay in hopes of retaining some of the offensive production the Packers have. Flynn who took the (temporarily) starting job from Scott Tolzien, had a abysmal outing against the Detroit Lions. Flynn was just 10 of 20 with only 139 yards through the air and an INT, was sacked 7 times. Some of the results that lead to a sack were not always the offensive line's fault as they did give Flynn time in the pocket, but ultimately he still had issues making a play. The bleeding still continues in Green Bay and will do so until Aaron Rodgers comes back!
Eddie Lacy was also guilty of failure of production offensively for Green Bay. The Detroit Lions (who have one of the league's best Run Defenses) limited Lacy to just 16 yards on 10 carries.
Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to shoot he and the Titans in the foot. Fitzpatrick turned the ball over 4 times (3 INT, 1 Fumble) in Tennessee's loss to the Indianapolis Colts 22-14. Fitzpatrick 21 of 37 201 yds. 1 TD 3 INT. 1 Rushing TD 1 Lost Fumble.
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As much as I have been saying Geno Smith will get better with time, he certainly has not been shying away from displaying poor performances. Because of his lack of production, Smith was benched Sunday and finished the day 4 of 10 for 29 yds. 0 TD 1INT
Mike Glennon was already heading into a mismatch as the Carolina Panthers has one of the top defenses in the league. Glennon was very unproductive, 14 of 21 for 180 yds. 0 TD 1 INT and 1 Fumble. Both of his turnovers led to 10 points for Carolina.
Brandon Weeden had an interception in the redzone and the Jaguars would create a 14 point swing as they would capitalize off the turnover with a TD. Weeden followed up on the Browns next drive with another interception that led to a FG for Jacksoville. And just as time was ending in the 1st half, Weeden fumbled the ball and Jacksonville recovered and converted that turnover into another 3 points. Weeden's miscues were a critical part in the Browns close 33-28 loss to the Jaguars. Weeden finished the day 370 yards passing, 2 INT's and 2 fumbles (Jaguars scored 13 points off his turnovers) and the only reason he had as many passing yards as he did was because of Josh Gordon, who was the recipient of 261 of 370 of Weeden's yards through the air.
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