NFL Insider: A Look Back At Week 14
Week 14 had a great mix of exciting football and forgettable blowouts. We are going to look back at each game and give a brief take on each of the 32 teams.
Steelers 14, Browns 3
Pittsburgh- Injuries to Big Ben and Pouncey were the real story, and both must be 100 percent if the Steelers are going to make another Super Bowl run.
Cleveland- It’s time to cut bait on Colt McCoy and draft a quarterback in the first round. Trade up if you have to.
Texans 20, Bengals 19
Houston- T.J. Yates led the team 80 yards in two minutes against a good Bengals defense to win. They might not just be a one and done in the playoffs.
Cincinnati- It looks like the Bengals won’t make the playoffs and that’s better for everyone.
Lions 34, Vikings 28
Detroit- It took six Minnesota turnovers and a blown call for the Lions to hold on and win by six. That’s concerning.
Minnesota- It’s never fun to bench your first-round pick at QB. Especially when the backup plays better.
Saints 22, Titans 17
New Orleans- The Saints offense is a completely different animal outdoors on grass. They really need to overtake the 49ers to host a second round matchup.
Tennessee- Now that the Titans can’t win the AFC South it’s time for them to start Jake Locker.
Eagles 26, Dolphins 10
Philadelphia- I think it’s clear to everyone that Michael Vick is better than Vince Young. Hopefully a late season run can preserve Andy Reid’s job.
Miami- If they can finish the season the way they started it, Miami might be able to draft a franchise quarterback.
Jets 37, Chiefs 10
New York- The Jets are doing their usual late-season surge and Mark Sanchez is playing very good football. Looks like they’ll be a tough out in the playoffs again.
Kansas City- Todd Haley is fired now and the team will likely have nothing left to play for. Don’t worry, Romeo Crennel’s first game as head coach is against Green Bay.
Patriots 34, Redskins 27
New England- The Patriots defense is abysmal and that won’t make for a deep playoff run.
Washington- The Skins are another team that would benefit far more from losses than wins for the rest of the year.
Falcons 31, Panthers 23
Atlanta- Much needed comeback victory for the Falcons, now they can’t drop the ball Thursday night against a much lesser Jaguars team.
Carolina- Too many injuries to stay competitive for the Panthers. Cam needs to protect the ball better.
Jaguars 41, Buccaneers 14
Jacksonville- Blaine Gabbert looked more like an NFL quarterback on Sunday and he did it without their starting WR’s. They’ll be okay if they keep playing the best players, not the highest picks.
Tampa Bay- The house of cards is collapsing around Raheem Morris. Josh Freeman isn’t nearly a good enough quarterback to win with consistently.
Ravens 24, Colts 10
Baltimore- There’s not much you can take from a game against the Colts. The Ravens look the part of a legitimate contender.
Indianapolis- Now that the top pick in the draft is pretty much secured, the Colts need to play hard to avoid 0-16.
Broncos 13, Bears 10
Denver- Opponents keep making stupid mistakes and the Broncos are staying close enough to capitalize.
Chicago- The Bears unbelievable collection of stupidity in the game’s final minutes will likely keep them from the playoffs.
Cardinals 21, 49ers 19
Arizona- Kevin Kolb may be Wally Pipp, 2.0. It’s possible that he could lose his job to injury in two different cities.
San Francisco- This loss could keep the 49ers from securing a first-round bye.
Packers 46, Raiders 16
Green Bay- Only the Packers can stop the Packers….and an untimely injury to Greg Jennings.
Oakland- That Carson Palmer trade isn’t exactly working out the way Oakland had hoped. Maybe they can draft a QB next year? Oops.
Chargers 37, Bills 10
San Diego- The Chargers are an amazing 24-2 in December or later (regular season) since 2006. Why couldn’t they play better in October and November?
Buffalo- Will the Bills ever win again? Will Ryan Fitzpatrick ever play well again?
Giants 37, Cowboys 34
New York- Eli Manning is my number two pick for MVP. He’s amazing at the end of games and he saved the season and Tom Coughlin’s job temporarily.
Dallas- Who loses games they have won better than the Cowboys? In the grand scheme, this game will mean nothing if Dallas can beat the Giants on New Years Day.
Seahawks 30, Rams 13
Seattle- Credit to Pete Carroll for finding Doug Baldwin in free agency, who looks like a really nice player. A legitimate QB away from becoming a playoff contender.
St. Louis- Sam Bradford has really regressed since last season. Is offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels the reason for it?
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie