NFL Nation: 2011 Week 14 Wrap-ups

Wrap-up: Ravens 24, Colts 10

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
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Thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank Stadium:

What it means: The Colts forge on towards 0-16 with their 13th loss of the season, never really threatening the Ravens. A week after Dan Orlovsky provided some encouragement in his work bringing the Colts back from a large deficit in New England, he was terrible. He threw 20 incomplete passes, connecting on 17 for 136 yards, while taking four sacks and throwing an interception. He hit Jacob Tamme for a touchdown on the last play of the game, fumbled three times (though Indy recovered them all), hit on nothing longer than 13 yards and posted a 53.4 passer rating. The Colts have made it through their toughest stretch of schedule and could face rookie quarterbacks in their next three games.

What I didn’t like: How many tackles did the Colts miss on Ray Rice alone? A lot. Also, how does a team get beat by a throw back across the middle like the one Joe Flacco found Dennis Pitta on for a 7-yard touchdown?

A bit of credit: The Colts went for it on fourth down four times and they converted three times. It makes sense when there is nothing to lose. It’s also made necessary when you go two-for-14 on third down.

Illustrating ugliness: The Colts had 12 first downs to the Ravens’ 24. The Colts averages 2.9 yards per pass play. The Colts held the ball for only 23 minutes and 52 seconds. Seven of the Colts’ 11 possessions were four plays or fewer.

What’s next: The Colts host the Titans on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tennessee won the first matchup, 27-10 on Oct. 30 in Nashville.

Wrap-up: Packers 46, Raiders 16

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
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What it means: It’s been a terrible two weeks for the Oakland Raiders who skipped into December with a lead in the AFC West and on a three-game winning streak. This 46-16 debacle followed up a 34-14 loss at the Miami Dolphins last week. Neither of these two games was close. Now, Oakland is a game behind the 8-5 Denver Broncos with three games to go. Is it panic time? No, but panic is trying to kick in the doors in Oakland.

A long way to go: The 13-0 Packers showed Oakland how far it is from being the game’s elite. The Raiders simply couldn’t complete with Green Bay. The Packers led 31-0 at halftime. It was the Raiders’ worst halftime deficit in team history.

Palmer was dreadful: Oakland traded two premium picks to the Cincinnati Bengals for quarterback Carson Palmer in order for him to perform in games like this. He was terrible. After making strides in Oakland, Palmer has taken a step back and threw four interceptions Sunday. Palmer has thrown 13 interceptions and nine touchdown passes for the Raiders. He had one great game at San Diego, but otherwise has not looked like the difference maker Oakland expected him to be.

Need the speed back: The Raiders were missing running backs Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones and receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore. Palmer needs to get that world-class speed back as soon as possible if Oakland is going to make a playoff run.

What’s next: The Raiders host the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The Raiders are not out of this race -- a win over the Lions and a Denver home loss to the New England Patriots next week ties this baby back up. Oakland has to start playing better in all aspects.

Wrap-up: Chargers 37, Bills 10

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
8:26
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A look at the San Diego Chargers' solid 37-10 win over the Buffalo Bills.

What it means: The Chargers won their second straight game after losing six in a row. San Diego is now 6-7 but is two games behind Denver with three games to go. The Chargers have outscored their past two opponents (they won at Jacksonville last week) 75-24. But it might be too late.

Too late for Turner and Smith: Coach Norv Turner probably has to find a way into the playoffs to save his job. General manager A.J. Smith is reportedly on the hot seat as well, but he likely has a better chance to stay in San Diego than Turner does.

Rivers is back: San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers continued to play well. He completed 24 of 33 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, Rivers has now gone three games without an interception. He threw 17 interceptions in the first 10 games of the season.

Smothering defense: San Diego had three interceptions and were all over Buffalo all game long.

What’s next: The Chargers have their final home game of the season in Week 15 when they host the tough Baltimore Ravens. San Diego has to find a way to beat the Ravens to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. Will the home fans come out for what may be Turner’s last hoorah in San Diego?

Wrap-up: Chargers 37, Bills 10

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
7:42
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Here are some thoughts on the San Diego Chargers' 37-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills:

What it means: The Bills continue to fall apart after suffering their sixth straight defeat. Buffalo is 5-8 and needs this season to end soon. The Bills had a chance to finish with a winning record after their fast start. But the team secured its seventh straight non-winning season with Sunday's blowout loss to San Diego.

What I liked: Buffalo receiver Steve Johnson had a big game. He caught four passes for 116 yards. It was Johnson's first 100-yard receiving game this season, but it didn't make much of an impact. Buffalo's offense was held scoreless in the first half and never had a chance in this game.

What I didn't like: Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had an awful performance. Fitzpatrick is very streaky and was 13 of 34 for 176 yards and an interception. Buffalo's franchise quarterback has failed to lift the Bills out of their funk. The defense didn't do much better. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns, and Buffalo allowed Chargers tailback Ryan Mathews to rush for 114 yards.

Road woes: Buffalo is now 1-6 on the road. The Bills' only win away from Ralph Wilson Stadium was in Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

What’s next: The Bills will host the Miami Dolphins in a rematch from Week 11. Miami won the first meeting, 35-8.

Wrap-up: Cardinals 21, 49ers 19

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
7:28
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Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals after the Cardinals' 21-19 victory Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium:

What it means: The Cardinals improved to 6-7 with their fifth victory in a six-game period, keeping alive their long-shot playoff hopes while ending a five-game losing streak to San Francisco. They lost quarterback Kevin Kolb to a concussion in the first quarter, but John Skelton made big plays in the passing game to keep the Cardinals rolling. The 49ers fell to 10-3 and into a tie with New Orleans in the race for the NFC's second seed. San Francisco has a better conference record, which could help in a tiebreaker.

What I liked (49ers): The 49ers continued to demonstrate their excellence in establishing superior field position. They controlled the game early and took a 19-7 lead. Ted Ginn Jr.'s early 52-yard punt return contributed, as did the Andy Lee punt that C.J. Spillman and Blake Costanzo downed at the Arizona 1-yard line. Lee and the 49ers' punt coverage team won its battle with Cardinals returner Patrick Peterson. Alex Smith completed passes for first downs on third-and-8 and third-and-12. The 49ers got Vernon Davis free for a 32-yard gain. They did a good job setting up Frank Gore's 37-yard scoring run up the middle with a fake fly sweep. Rookie Aldon Smith collected another sack, giving him 10.5 for the season. Defensive end Justin Smith provided a fumble-forcing sack on Kolb. Tarell Brown and Dashon Goldson picked off passes.

What I liked (Cardinals): There was no panic for the Cardinals when they fell behind without their starting quarterback. Skelton broke tackles, ran effectively and made big plays through the air. His 60-yard scoring pass to Early Doucet and 46-yarder to Larry Fitzgerald made the game competitive. Skelton also found Fitzgerald over the middle for a 53-yard gain. Arizona had great success exploiting the middle of the field. Patrick Willis' absence from the 49ers' defense played a role. Arizona also beat the 49ers' safeties a few times. Skelton completed 19 of 28 passes for 282 yards with three touchdowns, two interceptions and a 106.5 NFL passer rating. The Cardinals' defense continued to build on recent strong efforts despite playing on short fields. Arizona had five sacks for the second week in a row after collecting 15 in its previous eight games combined. Calais Campbell batted down a third-and-1 pass late in the game.

What I didn't like (49ers): The 49ers appeared out of sorts at times, forcing them to use timeouts. They continued to sputter in the red zone, settling for field goals. Their defense missed too many tackles and gave up big gains down the middle of the field. Skelton and the Cardinals proved the 49ers' defense can be vulnerable to long pass plays, a problem for San Francisco against Dallas and the New York Giants previously. The 49ers lost starting left tackle Joe Staley to injury early in the game, forcing the newly re-signed Alex Boone into the game. Smith completed 18 of 37 passes for 175 yards with no touchdowns, no interceptions and a 62.3 NFL passer rating. He kept alive the 49ers' final drive with a wild fourth-down scramble and throw, only to have Kendall Hunter drop what would have been a tough pass to handle.

What I didn't like (Cardinals): The early field-position struggles proved costly, as did a penalty against Adrian Wilson for a face mask on a near sack. The Cardinals arguably should have opted for a two-point conversion after taking a 20-19 lead with 11:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. A successful two-point conversion would have given them a three-point lead. Skelton did not take many reps during the week, however, so that could have factored into the Cardinals' thinking. The victory was great for Arizona, but achieving it without Kolb did nothing to advance where the Cardinals stand at the quarterback position. Beanie Wells averaged only 1.8 yards per carry and never came close to ending the 49ers' season-long streak of zero rushing touchdowns allowed.

Coaching moxie: Both teams' head coaches came out ahead on replay challenges that seemed a bit questionable on the merits. Jim Harbaugh's challenge for San Francisco produced a 9-yard gain in field position, enabling an eventual 46-yard field goal. Ken Whisenhunt's challenge for Arizona came just as the 49ers were snapping the ball for what likely would have been a successful long pass on a fake field goal. The Cardinals took over and completed a 60-yard touchdown pass right away.

Someone call the IT department: For Whisenhunt, initiating the challenge was more successful than what came next. Throwing the flag led officials to stop play just as the 49ers were pulling off the fake field goal. But when referee Al Riveron went to review the play, technology let him down. As Riveron announced to the crowd, "There is a problem with the equipment of replay. Therefore, there was no replay. Arizona will get their timeout back, and we will replay fourth down."

1,000-yard club: Gore passed 1,000 yards rushing. Fitzgerald passed 1,000 yards receiving.

Hustling receivers: Fitzgerald and the 49ers' Michael Crabtree both hustled downfield to make physical blocks, freeing teammates for long gains.

What's next: The 49ers are home against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. The Cardinals are home against the Cleveland Browns.

Wrap-up: Jaguars 41, Buccaneers 14

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
7:08
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Thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 41-14 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday:

What it means: Last week, we found out the Buccaneers are the worst team in the NFC South when they lost to the Carolina Panthers. This week, we found out the Bucs are the third-worst team in Florida. Wait, I’m going to put them fifth, behind Tampa Plant High and Seffner’s Armwood High. Seriously, this might represent rock bottom. The Bucs have lost seven straight games. The first five came against decent teams. The last two have come against Carolina and Jacksonville. For the record, the Bucs jumped out to a 14-0 lead and then lost to rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

Morris watch: More than ever, coach Raheem Morris is on the hot seat. It’s kind of amazing how quickly his stock has fallen and how badly this season has spun out of control. At the end of last season, when the Bucs finished 10-6, Morris was considered one of the league’s rising stars. Now, his future with the Bucs appears to be very much in doubt. The team is losing and not selling tickets. Morris is in a unique situation. The Bucs picked up options on his contract for this season and 2012. I seriously doubt the fan base would be very excited if Morris gets a contract extension. Another option would be to let him go into next season as a lame duck and that never works. Just ask the Panthers how things went when John Fox was a lame duck in 2010. The other option, perhaps the most likely now, is pulling the play on Morris.

Unlucky Seven: Despite Jacksonville’s record, the Jaguars have a decent defense. But the Bucs made them look even better than decent. With seven turnovers (has that happened since the days of Steve DeBerg?), the Bucs made Jacksonville look like the 1985 Chicago Bears. Gabbert threw for two touchdowns and Maurice Jones-Drew had two rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns.

What’s next: The Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night.

Wrap-up: Texans 20, Bengals 19

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
6:35
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Thoughts on the Texans’ 20-19 win over the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium:

What it means: The first division title, the first playoff berth and the first home playoff game for a franchise that debuted in 2002. It also should mean long-term job security for Gary Kubiak and his staff. A team that’s shown great resilience all season long fought back and won on the final play from scrimmage, as rookie quarterback T.J. Yates hit Kevin Walter over the middle for a touchdown with two seconds left. That got the Texans to 10-3. They had to wait a little while, until Jake Locker was sacked on the last play of the game between the Titans and Saints, to know Tennessee lost and the division crown belonged to Houston.

What I liked: Yates threw a bad pick to Reggie Nelson. Yates, Ben Tate and Arian Foster each lost a fumble. And the Texans gave up a 14-yard gain on a third-and-15 shovel pass (although the Bengals then false-started on the fourth down). The Texans were down nine points in the third quarter. But even after all that, as has become their MO, there was no panic. They got a giant forced fumble from Connor Barwin that was recovered by Brooks Reed, a fantastic 17-yard run from Yates on a third-and-15 and a favorable pass interference call against Adam Jones during the comeback.

Rookie quarterback watch: The Texans said they wouldn’t be scaling back for Yates, and they didn’t -- he threw 44 passes, connecting on 26 for 300 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Yates got the win and posted an 85.4 passer rating, outperforming Cincinnati’s rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, who’s been a starter since the season began and had 189 yards and one TD. Yates absorbed five sacks along the way and was helped by 144 rushing yards.

What I want to know: What exactly Kubiak told this team after clinching the division and how he intends to pull everyone back to Earth after 24 hours pass.

What’s next: The Texans host the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, then have a quick turnaround for a game against the Colts in Indianapolis on Thursday Night Football Dec. 22.

Wrap-up: Ravens 24, Colts 10

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
5:31
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Thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 24-10 win against the visiting Indianapolis Colts:

What it means: The Ravens kept pace with the Patriots and Texans for a top-two seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs by defeating the winless and Peyton Manning-less Colts. Baltimore also stayed in first place in the AFC North (the Ravens own the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh) by winning its fourth straight game and improving its record to 10-3. A dominant team at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens set a franchise record with their ninth straight home win.

Not letting down: The Ravens didn't play down to their competition this time, ambushing Indianapolis in the first half. Baltimore scored on its first three drives (two touchdowns and a field goal) to take a 17-3 halftime lead. The Ravens gave up 47 yards in the first half, their fewest this season and the third-fewest in the John Harbaugh era.

Ending the drought: This didn't just end an eight-game losing streak to the Colts. It ended a three-game touchdown drought against Indianapolis under Harbaugh. The Ravens surpassed their point total in their past three losses to the Colts by three points today.

Flacco finds his groove: Joe Flacco was efficient, completing 23 of 31 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He had previously struggled against the Colts, throwing six interceptions and no touchdowns in his first three games against Indianapolis.

Dominant defense: The Ravens threatened to set a franchise record for fewest yards allowed in a game, holding Indianapolis to 53 total yards through three quarters. But the Colts finished with 167 total yards and reached the end zone on the final play of the game.

What's next: The Ravens take their second cross-country trip of the season when they play at San Diego on Sunday Night Football.

Wrap-up: Eagles 26, Dolphins 10

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
5:08
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Here are some thoughts on the Philadelphia Eagles' 26-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins:

What it means: There wasn't anything at stake in terms of playoff implications. But with the loss, the Dolphins (4-9) are guaranteed their third consecutive losing season under embattled head coach Tony Sparano. The Dolphins were playing well under Sparano for the past month. But laying an egg at home doesn't help his already slim chances of returning next season.

What I liked: Dolphins veteran defensive end Jason Taylor did have his best game of the season with a pair of sacks. Miami starting tailback Reggie Bush also rushed for 103 yards on 14 carries. Other than that, there wasn't much to like from Miami's perspective.

What I didn’t like: This looked like the 0-7 Miami team from the first half of the season. The defense suddenly lost its way against Philadelphia and the offense turned over the football. Miami was playing too well to get blown out at home by a team with a similar record. The effort just wasn't there. The Dolphins didn't show up and fell behind to Philadelphia, 24-7, at halftime. I expected more from the Dolphins, especially at home.

Injuries galore: The Dolphins suffered some big injuries. Starting quarterback Matt Moore (head), left tackle Jake Long (back) and cornerback Vontae Davis (neck) were all knocked out of the game. Miami will have a tough time winning without these players going forward. We will keep an eye on these injuries next week.

What’s next: The Dolphins will travel to play the Buffalo Bills in an AFC East battle. Miami won the first meeting convincingly, 35-8, in Week 11 at Sun Life Stadium.

Wrap-up: Eagles 26, Dolphins 10

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
4:53
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Some thoughts on the Philadelphia' Eagles impressive 26-10 victory against the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday afternoon:

What it means: Well, I mean, I guess, technically you've got to say the Eagles are still alive. The victory moves them to 5-8 for the season, and if they can somehow find a way to play this well on defense the rest of the way and win their final three games, they could theoretically still win the NFC East at 8-8. It's a long shot, and it would require the Giants and the Cowboys to do a lot of losing. But this year in the NFC East, no one's very good. And as bad as the Eagles have been, you just can't put that little "x" next to them in the standings just yet.

Defensive clinic: It looked bad early for the defense, as Matt Moore and the Dolphins went right down the field and Moore beat Nnamdi Asomugha with a perfectly thrown 16-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall. But the Eagles' defense locked in after that. It got to Moore and eventually knocked him out of the game. Linebackers Casey Matthews and Brian Rolle made plays. Asante Samuel made a tackle and forced a fumble. It looked a lot like the way the Eagles had hoped they'd be able to play defense all season. And jeez, they went into the fourth quarter with a lead and never even looked as though they'd give it up. The defense had nine sacks, allowed 204 total yards, held the Dolphins to 3-for-15 on third downs and forced three turnovers.

Hoping it was rust, not ribs: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick played after missing three games with broken ribs, and he didn't look great. He hooked up with DeSean Jackson for a long touchdown, but ended the day 15-for-30 for 208 yards and an interception to go with the touchdown. It's possible he was rusty, and the Dolphins' defense has played very well lately, but if the ribs are still hurting Vick when he throws, you have to wonder what the Eagles will or even can do about that.

Weird day for Shady: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy entered the day ranked second in the league in rushing yards, but had just 38 yards on 27 carries against that tough Dolphins front. He did get two touchdowns to take him to 17 for the season (14 rushing, three receiving), but he wasn't his usual explosive self, and he lost ground to Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew in the race for the rushing title.

What's next: The Eagles have a tough home game Sunday against the New York Jets, who are 8-5 and making their own playoff push. New York's once-feared defense isn't quite what it used to be, and the Jets' lack of big-time pass-rushers could allow Vick a little bit more time to throw than he often gets, so it's not an impossible game. They'll just need to protect the ball, and they'll have a chance to outscore Mark Sanchez and the Jets' offense.

Wrap up: Patriots 34, Redskins 27

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
4:32
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A few thoughts on the Washington Redskins' hard-fought loss to the Patriots at FedEx Field on Sunday:

What it means: Pure heartbreak! The Redskins got as far as the New England 5-yard line in the final minute with a chance to tie it. But veteran receiver Santana Moss made two costly mistakes that prevented it from happening. Moss was flagged for an offensive pass interference penalty that moved the Redskins back to the 15, and then a Rex Grossman pass bounced off of Moss' hands and into those of Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo for the game-clinching interception. The Redskins fall to 4-9 and ensure their third consecutive season with a losing record.

Offense shows heart: Clearly, the New England defense is abominable. But the number of personnel losses the Redskins have suffered this season should have rendered their offense incapable of moving the ball against almost anyone. This was not the case Sunday, as Grossman consistently found receivers when he needed to. No Fred Davis? No problem. Grossman completed passes to seven different receivers. Donte' Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney each went over 90 yards receiving, and Moss was over 80. Roy Helu racked up a manly 126 yards on 27 carries. The balance on offense was remarkable -- 34 run plays and 35 pass plays. It was the fifth game this year in which the Redskins ran the ball on at least 40 percent of their offensive plays and the first such game that they lost. But considering they were playing without both starting tackles after Jammal Brown got hurt in warm-ups, it was probably the best the offense has looked all year. They outgained the Patriots 463 yards to 431.

Streak continues: The interception wasn't his fault, but it did extend Grossman's streak to nine straight games with at least one interception. He also lost a fumble in the end zone earlier in the game, and the Patriots recovered it for a touchdown.

Defense holds its own: The Redskins' defense gave up 27 points, but it held Tom Brady and the Patriots to 5-for-11 on third downs (while the Redskins' offense went 7-for-14 on third downs), and Josh Wilson's interception in the end zone set the Redskins up for their chance to tie the game. Brady looked to be at least a little bit off his game in the second half (for him, at least), and I imagine the Redskins were able to put some real defensive positives on film.

What's next: The Redskins travel to New Jersey on Sunday to play the New York Giants with a chance to mess up the Giants' season. They got New York's season off to a rotten start by beating them Week 1 in Washington, and a victory next Sunday at the Meadowlands could severely damage, if not end, the Giants' playoff hopes.

Wrap-up: Lions 34, Vikings 28

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
4:32
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The visiting team came thiiiiiiiiiis close Sunday at Ford Field:

What it means: The Detroit Lions improved to 8-5, giving them their first non-losing season since 2000 and keeping them in the mix of the NFC playoff race. Although they were one play away from a dramatic comeback victory, the Vikings fell to 2-11 and are 0-5 in the NFC North this season.

Final play chaos: The Lions have gotten their fair share of questionable calls against them this season, but they certainly seemed to benefit from an uncalled face mask penalty on the final play of the game. As he moved in to sack and force a fumble on Vikings quarterback Joe Webb, linebacker DeAndre Levy got a piece of Webb's face mask. No call was made, preventing the Lions the embarrassment of losing a game they led 21-0 and 31-14.

What I thought was interesting: The Lions got nice contributions from all three of the players who drew fire for personal-foul penalties in Week 13 at the New Orleans Saints. Receiver Titus Young had a 57-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew caught a team-high six passes, including a 12-yard touchdown. And returner Stefan Logan had a 42-yard kickoff return and a 28-yard punt return. None of the three received substantial playing time cuts Sunday after a week of speculation that they could be benched.

PonderWatch: Did the Vikings make a mistake by playing rookie quarterback Christian Ponder after a hip injury limited his practice time this week? Or did Ponder just have a horrendous game? How about both? Ponder committed four turnovers, three interceptions and a fumble, in 2.5 quarters before the Vikings replaced him with Webb. Two of the turnovers led to Lions defensive touchdowns, and the Vikings trailed 31-14 when he departed. It wasn't immediately clear if Ponder was benched or if the Vikings made a health-related decision. Regardless, he now has 13 turnovers in seven starts this season.

WebbWatch: Webb had the perfect skill set to come into a game fresh in the second half. The Lions' defense couldn't keep up with him, and he finished with 109 yards rushing -- including a 65-yard touchdown run. He also threw a three-yard touchdown pass, the first of his career, to running back Toby Gerhart and later had the Vikings at the Lions' 1-yard line with under 20 seconds remaining. Let the quarterback controversy begin!

AllenWatch: Defensive end Jared Allen had three sacks in the first half, giving him six against the Lions this season and bringing his season total to 17.5 through 13 games. He'll need 5.5 sacks over the Vikings' final three games to break Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5.

Injury report: The Lions finished the game without cornerback Aaron Berry (shoulder), linebacker Justin Durant (hamstring) and cornerback Eric Wright (hamstring). Cornerback Alphonso Smith helped mitigate the injuries with two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

What's next: The Lions will travel to take on the Oakland Raiders next Sunday. The Vikings will host the New Orleans Saints.

Wrap-up: Jets 37, Chiefs 10

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
4:25
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Some quick thoughts following the Kansas City Chiefs' 37-10 loss to the New York Jets.

What it means: The Chiefs’ are virtually out of the playoff discussion. They are now 5-8. After going 10-6 and winning the AFC West last year, Kansas City is now looking forward to 2012.

Another blowout: This was Kansas City’s fifth loss of at least 27 points this season. For those looking for Todd Haley to lose his job, that is ammunition. However, the undermanned Chiefs had been playing fairly tough in recent games.

Palko is just OK: In his fourth NFL start, Kansas City quarterback Tyler Palko completed 16-of-32 passes for 195 yards. He threw a late touchdown and he was intercepted once.

Defense slides: Kansas City's defense had been playing very well but it had a tough time Sunday. The Jets ran the ball down the Chiefs’ throats with 159 yards on the ground.

What’s next: It does not get any easier. The Chiefs host Green Bay in Week 15. Kansas City has the toughest remaining schedule in the NFL.

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