NFL Wrap-Up: Week 16 South Divisions

Brees sets records as the Colts shock again.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

AFC South

Tennessee 23

Jacksonville 17

Hasselbeck goes 24 for 40 with 350 yards in the air and 1 TD to lead Tennessee to victory. Helping on the other end of those throws was Cook pulling in 8 receptions for 169 yards and 1 TD. The real story in this game though was Jacksonville’s inability to capitalize on the Titans 3 turnovers. It’s not too often you can turnover the ball 3 times and win in the NFL, but the Jaguars impotent offense is one that rarely makes you pay.

 

Indianapolis 19

Texans 16

Orlovsky goes 23 for 41 for 244 yards and 1 TD as the Colts stun the Texans. That’s right the 10 and 5 Texans lost to the one win Colts. This is the reason we play the games. Yes, the Texans are pretty beat-up with injuries, but still I don’t think anyone anticipated the Colts going on a two game winning streak against the Texans. Wayne came up big with 8 rec for 106 yards as the Colts simply found a way to get it done with 10 points in the 4th quarter. 

 

NFC South

Carolina 48

Tampa Bay  16

Tampa Bay turns over the ball 4 times which pretty much sealed their loss right there. Newton only goes for 171 yards, but still gets 3 TDs as Carolina played with a short field most of the afternoon due to the Buccaneers inability to hold onto the ball. Even with Freeman going 28 of 38 for Tampa Bay, the game was never really in doubt after the Panthers got 10 in the first quarter and later poured on 21 points in the 3rd.

 

New Orleans 45

Atlanta  16

Brees goes 29 for 39 for 307 yeards and 4 TDs to lead the Saints easily over the Falcons. Even with Atlanta holding the ball for 33:19 and causing 2 New Orleans’ turnovers, the Saints dominate when it counts and toss up 24 second half points as the Falcons sputter in the second half with only two fieldgoals.

 

Game of the Week

Indianapolis 27

Texans 13

How can the 1 win Colts upsetting the 10 win Texans not be the game of the week in the South. Yes, Houston is pretty beat up on defense and offense, but still we’re talking about the Colts here. This is an offense that can hardly muster 1 touchdown in four quarters. Oops, they only mustered 1 touchdown in this victory, but hey when you’re adding on 3 fieldgoals, who needs touchdowns. Yes, that’s right a meager 19 points was enough to beat the Texans Sunday. Even with Houston’s Foster running for 158 yards on 23 carries, the ground and pound wasn’t enough with Orlovsky tossing for 244 in the air. This was a surprising good game to watch even though it was definitely one of the ugliest games of the week. Here’s to the Colts 2 game winning streak.

Offensive Player of the Week

Drew Brees- 32-40 completions, 412 yards, 5TDs – Drew Brees is the Offensive Player of the Week as he sets the single season NFL passing record with 5, 087 yards against Atlanta Sunday. Oh, he also tossed 4 TDs as he went for 307 yards on 29 for 39 passing attempts. Brees has literally been unstoppable this season picking apart secondaries with ease and humility as he leads New Orleans to their 12th victory. His effectiveness is nowhere more visible than in his 3rd down conversion stats of 10 for 13 this week. This is the down that counts and when it counts Brees delivers. Even though he tossed 2 INTs and showed he was human, his 96.8 NFL rating and ability to get the job done when it counted make him the South’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Defensive Player of the Week

Jordan Senn 10 Tackles, 8 Solo – This Carolina linebacker has been putting up impressive numbers all year and recorded his 60th tackle of the season. He actually went 14 tackles and an INT last week too, just showing what a consistently dominant player he is for Carolina.  This week his 10 tackles with 8 being solo were good enough for Defensive Player of the Week. Carolina isn’t known as a defensively powerful team, but with key players like Senn, that could be changing.
 

Division Standings

AFC South
Houston 10-5
Tennessee 8-7
Jacksonville 4-10
Indianapolis 2-13

NFC South
New Orleans 12-3
Atlanta 9-7
Tampa Bay 4-9
Carolina 5-9

 

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