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NFL Week 11 Recaps – Division Matchups

November 20th 2012 02:08
NFL Week 11 Recaps – Division Matchups

The following is a recap of games played between teams from the same division

Green Bay Packers 24, Detroit Lions 20

Matthew Stafford’s inefficiency (54 passer rating) doomed Detroit to a costly loss while Aaron Rodger’s efficiency (106.4 rating) made the difference for the Packers. Both teams got decent efforts out of their running attack, but it was through the air that this game hinged on at the end. Calvin Johnson had a monster game (143 yards, TD) but in the last two Detroit drives, Stafford couldn’t connect.

Houston Texans 43, Jacksonville Jaguars 37

Houston jerked the quenching drink of victory away from the lowly Jaguars in record-setting fashion. Matt Schaub tied for the second most (Norm Van Brocklin) passing yards in a game with 527. Chad Henne subbed in for the injured Blaine Gabbert and jolted the offense. Rookie Justin Blackmon had a huge game with 236 yards and a TD. This was answered by veteran Andre Johnson with 273 yards and a TD. In an unlikely close game, both teams traded field goals in overtime, then Matt Schaub threw a floater that Andre Johnson took for a 48 yard touchdown to end the game.

Washington Redskins 31, Philadelphia Eagles 6

So it seems Nick Foles isn’t really the answer to the Eagles’ inconsistent and often poor passing game. His 40.5, 2 INT performance can be partially linked to the protection received from his offensive line, who allowed 4 sacks and many hits. Robert Griffin III, in contrast, threw a perfect game: 14 of 15, 200 yards, 4 touchdowns for a 158.3 quarterback rating (he added 84 rushing yards too). He kept the playoff dream alive and did what few other quarterbacks have done, let alone rookies. That was a performance of legend. LeSean McCoy went down after a good performance, which further dims the Eagles future.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27, Carolina Panthers 21

The Buccaneers are now on a 4 game win streak at a perfect time in the season. The Falcons seem vulnerable lately, so they even have an outside chance at the division. Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson brought the game to overtime. They received the first kick and used impressive rookie Doug Martin (138 yards) to matriculate down the field. Freeman finished off the drive and the comeback with a 15 yard touchdown pass to veteran tight end and free agent pickup (Indianapolis) Dallas Clark.

Denver Broncos 30, San Diego Chargers 23

Instead of running another play and take a long (from their own 17) stab at the endzone, Philip Rivers walked off the field, conceding victory. The look on Norv Turner’s face also portends that mass change could be coming next season in San Diego. The Broncos on the other hand have been stellar on both sides of the ball lately. Aside from a pick-six by Peyton Manning, he led the offense astutely as always, tossing 3 touchdowns. Von Miller continues his tear and records 3 sacks.

Baltimore Ravens 13, Pittsburgh Steelers 10

Where the injured Ben Roethisberger would have excelled, Byron Leftwich faltered. In the last minute drive the Steelers were down by three and Leftwich went 1 for 5 and a fumble, dashing hopes for the comeback. Now granted, he’s been on the bench all year and the drive did start on the Steelers’ own 16 yard line, but this shows just how valuable Big Ben can be. Neither team passed well, but it was the scintillating 63 yard punt return touchdown by Jacoby Jones that made the difference.

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