NFL Wrap-Up: Week 15 East Divisions

Washington dominates the Giants and the Patriots bring Tebow back to earth.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

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AFC East
 
Miami Dolphins  30
Buffalo Bills  23

Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills continue to look very bad after starting the season off on a hot note.  The Bills have now lost seven straight games and Fitzpatrick is has just eight touchdown passes to twelve interceptions during that skid.

Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions….two of them were picked off by the same man, Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis.

Bills running back C.J. Spiller did rush 12 times for 91 yards, including a 24-yard score that was the longest run by anyone this season against the stout Dolphins defense.

For that Dolphins defense, linebacker/defensive end Cameron Wake was sensational and had a sack, two tackles-for-loss and four quarterback hits.

Meanwhile, things were going just fine for the Dolphins offense as well.  Quarterback Matt Moore threw for 217 yards and did not throw an interception.

Running back Reggie Bush has looked better than ever lately.  He finished the day with a career-high 203 yards rushing, including a 76-yard TD run that helped seal the victory for the Dolphins.

If the Dolphins do have an area of concern, it would be the fact that they lost three fumbles on the day….this could have been partially due to the fact that the conditions in Buffalo were not ideal – it was snowing.
 

New York Jets  19
Philadelphia  Eagles 45

The Philadelphia Eagles probably are not making the playoffs this year, but you wouldn’t know it by the way that they handed it to the New York Jets on Sunday.

The Eagles went up 28-0 to start the game and never looked back, gaining 420 total yards and pummeling the Jets by a score of 45-19.

The Eagles managed to win despite losing three fumbles, although LeSean McCoy did manage to score three more touchdowns, bringing his season total to an astounding 20 and setting a new team record.  Michael Vick also had a solid game, accounting for 306 total yards and two touchdowns.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez continued his inconsistent pace, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble, to boot.

This loss snaps New York’s three-game winning streak.

On a side note, Eagles defensive end Jason Babin continues his torrid pace as he sacked Mark Sanchez three times, bringing his season total to 18!
 

New England Patriots  41
Denver Broncos  23

Tim Tebow’s magic finally ran out on Sunday in a home loss to Tom Brady and the almighty New England Patriots.  The Patriots clinch yet another AFC East division title and a playoff berth with their sixth straight win while the Broncos have now lost for the first time in their last seven games.

Tom Brady threw for 320 yards and the Patriots offense had a completely clean sheet.  Brady once again bailed out a terrible effort by the Patriots defense.  The Pats allowed 218 yards in the first quarter alone and were outgained on the ground 167 to 4 in that same quarter.

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez finished with career highs of nine catches and 129 yards receiving with a touchdown and Chad Ochocinco scored his first touchdown since November 21, 2010 to put the Patriots on the board in the first quarter.

Whether Tom Brady and the Patriots can win with their current defense remains to be seen, but one thing is very clear – they may have the most powerful offense in the NFL and it’s being operated by one of the best QBs in this league’s history.  That is truly a scary thought, indeed.

 

NFC East
 
Dallas Cowboys  31
Tampa Bay Buccaneers  15

On Saturday, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was getting every involved on the act.  Romo threw one touchdown each to receivers Dez Bryant, Laurent Robinson and Miles Austin and the Cowboys walked away with an easy win over the struggling Buccaneers.

The Bucs now have fallen to 4-10 on the season and the Cowboys sit at 8-6 and still have a very realistic shot at winning the NFC East.

This was a huge win for the Cowboys who were coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the Giants last Sunday night.

The Cowboys defense played sensationally, allowing just 190 total yards against the Buccaneers anemic offense.

Cowboys running back Felix Jones had 108 yards rushing, making it the first time in his career to have back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts.
 

Washington Redskins  23
New York Giants  10

The New York “football” Giants are kicking themselves after a stunning home loss to the lowly Redskins on Sunday.  New York had a chance to hold sole position of first place in the NFC East with a win, but was unable to put together what seemed like an easy win.  The Giants are now just 3-4 at home this season.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw for 257 yards but threw three interceptions and no touchdowns.  Neither quarterback looked that good on this day, it turns out, as Redskins signal caller Rex Grossman threw two picks of his own and just 185 yards.

It was the Redskins defense that took control of the game as they allowed just 91 yards rushing and forced three Manning interceptions.

The Giants were forced to abandon the run and just couldn’t find a way to climb back into the game after falling into a 17-3 hole going into halftime.

The Redskins, surprisingly, looked as much like a playoff team as anyone as they held onto the ball for nearly 35 minutes in the game and won for just the second time in their last 10 games.


 
 
Offensive Performer of the Week
Reggie Bush (RB, Miami) – 25 carries, 203 yards, 1 TD… 6 receiving yards
 
Defensive Performer of the Week
Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, NY Giants) – 16 tackles, 2 TFL, sack, 3 QB hits
 
 
Division Standings
 
NFC East
Dallas Cowboys (8-6)
New York Giants (7-7)
Philadelphia Eagles (6-8)
Washington Redskins (5-9)
 
AFC East
New England Patriots (11-3)
New York Jets (8-6)
Miami Dolphins (5-9)
Buffalo Bills (5-9)
 

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