Monday Morning Quarterback: The Good, The Bad Of Week 15
Pittsburgh SteelersCincinnati Bengals
The Steelers are not a playoff team this year, but they got off to a strong start and never let the Bengals back in the game. Ben Roethlisberger was very accurate with his passes, completing 20-of-25 for 191 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Andy Dalton had a good statistical game, but it wasn’t enough to help the Bengals get the win in this game. Dalton completed 25-of-44 passes for 230 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. However, he needed to be in the attack mode early, but he couldn’t overcome his team’s poor start.
St. Louis RamsNew Orleans Saints
The Rams shocked the Saints by taking charge early in this game and never letting up. Kellen Clemens got plenty of support from the running game and he had a sharp effort. Clemens completed 14-of-20 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception.
Drew Brees and the Saints needed this game but they fell behind early and were never able to come back. Brees ended up throwing for 393 yards, but he only had one TD pass and he was intercepted twice.
Green Bay PackersDallas Cowboys
The Packers scored a remarkable come-from-behind victory after getting outplayed badly in the first half. Matt Flynn appeared to be in over his head, but he came out firing in the second half and helped the Packers secure the win. Flynn completed 26-of-39 passes for 299 yards with four TDs and one interception.
Tony Romo was once again in the familiar position of watching his team blow a lead in a key game. While he completed 29-of-48 passes for 358 yards with two touchdowns, he also threw two interceptions late in the fourth quarter that keyed this overwhelming loss for the Cowboys.
Arizona CardinalsTennessee Titans
Carson Palmer was not at his best and he completed 20-of-30 passes for 231 yards with one TD and no interceptions. He led the Cardinals to the game-winning drive in overtime and did not make any major errors.
Ryan Fitzpatrick brought the Titans back from a 17-point deficit and helped push the game into overtime. Fitzpatrick completed 36-of-58 passes for 402 yards with four TDs and two interceptions. One of those interceptions came in overtime and helped the Cardinals earn their victory.
Kansas City ChiefsOakland Raiders
It’s hard to imagine a sharper performance than the one that Alex Smith put on against the Raiders. He completed 17-of-20 passes for 287 yards and he threw five TD passes without any interceptions. Not bad for a supposed game manager.
Matt McGloin tried to keep the Raiders in the game, but it was impossible to keep up with the explosive Chiefs. McGloin threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns, but he was done in by four interceptions.
Carolina PanthersNew York Jets
Cam Newton made sure the Panthers got back on the winning track prior to their showdown with the New Orleans Saints in Week 16 for what likely will decide the NFC South title. Newton completed 16-of-24 passes for 273 yards with a touchdown and he did not throw an interception.
Geno Smith was up against it as the Jets went on the road to face the Panthers. While he played a courageous game in completing 15-of-28 passes for 167 yards with a touchdown and an interception, he couldn’t do enough to help the Jets come up with the upset.
San Francisco 49ersTampa Bay Buccaneers
It was not a spectacular game, but Colin Kaepernick kept things on track for the 49ers and led them to their fourth straight victory. Kaepernick completed 19-of-29 passes for 203 yards with two TDs and he did not throw an interception.
Mike Glennon did a decent job considering he was facing the formidable 49ers defense. He completed 18-of-34 passes for 179 yards with two TDs and one interception.
Seattle SeahawksNew York Giants
Russell Wilson did what he had to in order to get the Seahawks back on track. He completed 18-of-27 passes for 206 yards with one TD and one interception. Wilson also ran for 50 yards on eight carries.
The season can’t end soon enough for Eli Manning, who had another miserable game. Manning threw five interceptions before he was replaced by Curtis Painter after the game was out of hand.
Minnesota VikingsPhiladelphia Eagles
Matt Cassel got the job done for the Vikings as they won even though Adrian Peterson could not play. Cassel completed 26-of-35 passes for 382 yards with two TDs and just one interception.
Nick Foles had another stellar game, but he could not lead the Eagles to a victory over the Vikings. Foles completed 30-of-48 passes for 428 yards with three TDs and just one interception.
Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots
The Dolphins started the game in a sluggish manner, but Ryan Tannehill lit the fuse when he threw a TD pass to Mike Wallace late in the first half. He finished the comeback when he threw a game-winning TD pass late in the fourth quarter to Marcus Thigpen. Tannehill completed 25-of-37 passes for 312 yards with three TDs and no interceptions.
Tom Brady nearly led the Patriots to a last-second victory, but his final pass was intercepted by Michael Thomas in the endzone to give the Dolphins the win. Brady completed 34-of-55 passes for 364 yards and he threw two TD passes.
Buffalo BillsJacksonville Jaguars
While a road win over the Jaguars doesn’t sound like much, the Bills will take it. Rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel did a solid job as he completed 17-of-24 passes for 193 yards with two TDs and one interception. Manuel also ran for a touchdown.
Chad Henne did a decent job, but he could not lead the Jaguars to their fourth straight win. Henne completed 21-of-36 passes for 237 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Indianapolis ColtsHouston Texans
The Colts didn’t have an overpowering offensive game, but they did enough to roll past the Texans. Andrew Luck completed 19-of-32 passes for 180 yards with two TDs and just one interception.
Case Keenum was unable to put an end to the Texans’ 12-game losing streak. He was ineffective in completing 18-of-34 passes for 168 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Chicago BearsCleveland Browns
Jay Cutler returned to the lineup and he overcame two first-half interceptions as the Bears came through with the much-needed victory. Cutler completed 22-of-31 passes for 265 yards and he threw three TD passes, including two in the fourth quarter that allowed the Bears to gain control of the game.
Jason Campbell had the Browns on the verge of victory when they had a seven-point lead in the second half, but he was unable to take his team home. He threw for 273 yards and had a late TD pass to Josh Gordon, but his two interceptions were costly.
Atlanta FalconsWashington Redskins
After a miserable season, the Falcons won for the second time in the last three games. Matt Ryan completed 29-of-38 passes for 210 yards with one TD and one interception. It wasn’t a special performance, but it was enough to get the Falcons a home victory.
Kirk Cousins did an excellent job in leading the Redskins in place of benched starter Robert Griffin III. Cousins completed 29-of-45 passes for 381 yards with three TDs, but he also had two interceptions. Cousins had a chance to win the game but he threw an incomplete pass on the two-point conversion attempt that could have given Washington the victory.
San Diego ChargersDenver Broncos
Philip Rivers and the Chargers were big underdogs at Denver, but the quarterback avoided mistakes and completed 12-of-20 passes for 166 yards with two touchdowns in leading the Chargers to the victory. Rivers did not throw any interceptions, and that allowed the Chargers to hang on to the victory.
The Broncos are playing for homefield advantage in the AFC, and this loss opened the doors for the Patriots to take the top position. Peyton Manning was not at his best. He threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns, but he could not complete the comeback.