Sunday, December 13, 2009
Week 14: Houston duo on target
Andre Johnson/Matt Schaub: Johnson caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from Schaub on the first play from scrimmage against Seattle. The Texans' duo did a lot more after that. Johnson had a season-high 193 yards receiving and two touchdowns, and Schaub passed for 365 yards (336 before halftime) and two touchdowns to lead Houston to a 34-7 win over the Seahawks.
Brandon Marshall: The Colts made history by winning their 22nd straight regular-season game -- a 28-16 victory over Denver -- but they couldn't corral Marshall. The Broncos' star wideout broke Terrell Owens' single-game record with 21 receptions. Marshall tied the record on a 5-yard TD catch with 9:44 left in the game and broke the record on the Broncos' final play. He finished with 200 receiving yards and two TDs.
The Ravens' running game: Led by Ray Rice, the Ravens ran through the Lions en route to a 48-3 victory. Rice rushed for a career-high 166 yards and a touchdown, a 59-yarder in the second quarter, as Baltimore finished with 308 yards on the ground. Rice has 1,041 yards rushing this year and 69 catches for 652 yards. As a rookie last season, he had a combined 727 yards.
The Dolphins' defense: Miami had one of its best defensive efforts of the season in a 14-10 victory at Jacksonville. The Dolphins held Maurice Jones-Drew to 59 rushing yards and a touchdown, sacked QB David Garrard three times, and forced six three-and-outs on Jacksonville's first eight possessions. Miami stopped Garrard on a fourth-and-3 with 1:20 remaining and then sacked Garrard on the final play to seal the victory.
Jonathan Vilma: Vilma came up with two huge defensive plays to help New Orleans remain undefeated with a 26-23 victory at Atlanta. Late in the fourth quarter, the veteran linebacker dropped into coverage to pick off a Chris Redman pass. Then Vilma stuffed the Falcons on their last drive. Approaching field goal range, Atlanta faced fourth-and-2 at the New Orleans 46-yard line with just over a minute remaining. Redman threw short to Jason Snelling, but Vilma plastered the running back for only a 1-yard gain.
DeSean Jackson: Jackson was a true game-changer in the Eagles' 45-38 victory over the Giants. Jackson caught six passes for 178 yards, including a 60-yard TD in the third quarter. He also returned a punt 72 yards for a score in the second quarter. Jackson, who finished with 261 all-purpose yards, now has eight TDs of 50 yards or more, tying an NFL record.
Adrian Peterson: Peterson, a dud in Week 13, bounced back nicely against Cincinnati. Peterson had 97 yards and two touchdowns on 26 rushes without a turnover, pushing the Vikings past the Bengals 30-10. Peterson, who set the Vikings' single-season record with 14 rushing TDs, added 40 yards receiving.
Randy Moss: The Patriots beat Carolina, but Moss didn't contribute much to New England's effort. Moss, one of four Patriots who were sent home by coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday after arriving late for an 8 a.m. meeting, had just one catch for 16 yards in the 20-10 victory. Moss has only 11 receptions in his last four games.
Matt Cassel: The Chiefs got a career-high 143 yards and a touchdown from RB Jamaal Charles, but they couldn't overcome another shaky game from Cassel. A week after being benched in the fourth quarter against Denver, Cassel threw four interceptions (three in the fourth quarter), overthrew Mark Bradley twice on potential long touchdowns and was sacked four times in Kansas City's 16-10 loss. Cassel has seven picks and only one TD pass in his last three games.
Josh Freeman: Freeman had another dreadful outing in Week 14. Freeman threw for only 93 yards and was picked off three times in the Buccaneers' 26-3 loss to the Jets. Freeman, who was 14-of-33, has eight interceptions against zero TD passes in Tampa Bay's last two games.
Keith Null: After a promising start (he completed seven of his first eight passes for 42 yards), Null's NFL debut turned sour. Null, pressed into action because of injuries to Marc Bulger and Kyle Boller, threw five interceptions in the Rams' 47-7 loss at Tennessee. The rookie from West Texas A&M finished 27-of-43 for 157 yards and one TD.
The Bengals: The Bengals are a near lock to make the playoffs, but their offense isn't performing at a playoff level. Carson Palmer passed for a season-low 94 yards in Cincinnati's loss to the Vikings. The Bengals also committed 11 penalties for 85 yards, failing in their first chance to clinch the AFC North.