NFL Wrap-Up: Week 14 West Divisions

Denver stuns again, Cardinals still on life support with win.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

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This week was mostly blow-outs, but there were a couple of big surprises out west. Let’s begin with you guessed it, Tim Tebow. You tired of hearing that name yet?? Better get used to it.


AFC West

Buffalo Bills 10

San Diego Chargers 37

This game was all Bolts. The Chargers had the momentum the entire game, scoring on their first three possessions.

Philip Rivers actually played like his old self, throwing for 240 yards and a few touchdowns, two to Antonio Gates. Ryan Mathews added 114 yards on the ground.

Both teams were in desperation mode in this one, and the loss from Buffalo now forces them officially out of playoff contention.


Oakland Raiders 16

Green Bay Packers 46

OK. Now we are officially getting into the talk of, “Is this the best team ever?” The Packers are now 13-0, and have won 19 straight dating back to last season. This is another game that was never close.

Aaron Rodgers didn’t even play a full three quarters and still had impressive numbers. More importantly, however, was the impressive running from Ryan Grant. Grant rushed with authority on Sunday, looking like a force that Green Bay hasn’t seen all season, scoring 2 TD’s, one being a 47-yard run.

Nothing to brag about on the Oakland end of things. Carson Palmer was pretty awful, throwing four picks.

The big story line in this one is finding out the eventual status on Greg Jenning’s knee, which he injured during the 3rd quarter. Team personnel are hoping it’s only a sprain.


Kansas City Chiefs 10

New York Jets 37

Will the real Mark Sanchez please stand up?! The same guy who was booed last week, had praise and cheers circumventing from the stands this Sunday.

Sanchez became the first Jet to pass for two TD’s and run for two more scores in this route. Shonn Greene was also a total boss, rushing for 129 yards and a score to go along with 58 yards receiving.

Kansas City played pitiful all around. It didn’t help matters that quarterback Tyler Palko was sacked five times, but the Chiefs also had 11 penalties. Hard to win when you give up that many yards.


NFC West

San Francisco 49ers 19

Arizona Cardinals 21

Are the 49ers letting up after sealing the division? Or is Arizona just playing really good football right now. It may be the latter.

The Cardinals have won 5 of their last 6 contests, and John Skelton had a lot to say about continuing that hot streak this Sunday after starter Kevin Kolb was injured on the third play of the game.

Skelton threw for three TD’s and 282 yards, connecting with Larry Fitzgerald on 149 of those yards. Fitzy also had a score and a huge block that set up an Early Doucet 60-yard TD.

49ers quarterback Alex Smith didn’t have the protection he needed, being sacked five times. No Patrick Willis also spelled out trouble for San Francisco, who gave up the most points since week 4 at Philly.


Monday Night Football: St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahwaks – 8:30 EST


Game of the Week

Chicago Bears 10                  OT

Denver Broncos 13

If you watched this game, I’m sure you were like most of the country in that you were caught with your jaw dropped opened, followed by a, “You’ve got to be kidding me. Again? – type moment.” Whether you’re a Bears fan or part of the Bronco faithful, it didn’t matter today. All were taken a gasp with yet another late comeback by Tebow and the gang.

The kicker of the whole story is (no pun intended), the entire thing could have been prevented if Bears running back, Marion Barber, would have simply ran out of bounds. By failing to do so with only :53 seconds remaining, (following a Denver touchdown by Demaryius Thomas) it gave the ball back to the Broncos, which after a couple Tebow-led plays, set up a Matt Prater 59 yard bomb of a field goal with :3 seconds left to force the game into overtime.

After another Barber mishap in overtime by fumbling the ball near their red zone, the Broncos took it opposite side of the field for Matt Prater, again, who would then nail a 51- yard winner.

Barber had 108 yards rushing in this one, but yet cost his team the game in more ways than one.

Denver had a big fat egg on the board and was without a single point as late as 2:08 to play in regulation. The Broncos have now won six straight and are 7-1 under Tebow. Da’ Bears are now 0-3 since losing Jay Cutler, and it doesn’t help of course that running back Matt Forte is out indefinitely.


Offensive Player Of The Week
Larry Fitzgerald (WR) Arizona– 149 yards, TD

Defensive Player Of The Week
D.J. Williams (LB) Denver– 7 Tackles, 2 Sacks


Division Standings

AFC West

Denver Broncos 8-5

Oakland Raiders 7-6

San Diego Chargers 6-7

Kansas City Chiefs 5-8


NFC West

San Francisco 49ers 10-3

Arizona Cardinals 6-7

Seattle Seahawks 5-7

St. Louis Rams 2-10


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