In week 14 of the NFL, some Doubting Thomas’ were undone as rookie Raider quarterback Derek Carr proved how prolific he could be when given the proper pass protection; Russell Wilson showed that the Seahawks are still very much on the path to a Super Bowl repeat as they soared over the Eagles, and much to the Titans dismay, Eli Manning finally managed to end the Giants seven game skid.
After being taunted the past four weeks by magnificent play taking a holiday in the second half, it took a 33-7 lead going into the fourth quarter for me to believe that a NY victory was viable.
I’ll gladly take the win, but I’m not basking in any afterglow because reveling over the Giants routing the 2-11Titans is as worthless as trying to figure out how “Two Broke Girls” keeps getting renewed.
Tom Coughlin may be using this defeat as a Hail Mary pass to return as commander in chief, but with five of the last six years finding NY out of the playoffs, it’s uncertain if Coughlin, even if they ride off into the sunset 7-9, will have a Giants’ paycheck come next season.
So with three games left to their a day late and a dollar short 2014, I will look forward to more awe inspired performances by Andre Williams, Larry Donnell, Jason Pierre-Paul, and the man of the wide receiving hour, Odell Beckham, Jr. and hope there will some records to write home about in the remainder of the season.
In other notable outings today, Andrew Luck, luckily, led the Colts to a come from behind win over the quarterback deficient Cleveland Browns. Cleveland’s defense was unflappable in the first half only to morph into a mess of misplays in the third and fourth quarters, enabling Indianapolis to get in the end zone with a go ahead TD with 32 seconds to play. With Hoyer on the hot seat and the Brown’s season on the brink bottoming out, let’s see if the Browns have the balls to call Johnny Manziel to the rescue.
Ben Roethlisberger made the most of the Steelers Sunday match up with Cincinnati, passing for 350 yards, one of which, a 94 yard play action fake TD pass to rookie Martavis Bryant. Le’Veon Bell was brilliant with 26 carries for 185 YDS, and 2 TD’s, while Bengals WR A.J. Green had 11 catches for a career-high 224 yards in a losing cause. The Bengals kept it close for three quarters, until Pittsburgh piled on 25 points in the fourth, keeping their playoff hopes very much alive. Cincinnati’s once promising season now hangs in the balance, with remaining match-ups against the Broncos, Browns, and a final showdown with Big Ben at his Heinz Field home.