Up until now, Newton and company had not faced any great teams this year. Yes, the Seahawks are struggling, but they are still a tough out for anyone. After overcoming some early turnovers, Newton was able to hit Greg Olson for the game winning touchdown. This is just further proof of Cam’s maturity and improved decision making on the field. Still undefeated, the Panthers are looking very formidable after their latest win.
The Pittsburgh Steelers
Michael Vick was not getting it done for the Steelers. So when he was forced off the field due to injury, it really was a blessing in disguise. Landry Jones came in and completed 8 of 12 passes for 168 yards, and two touchdowns. The Steelers were able to beat the Cardinals because of Landry’s spectacular play, and the return of Martavis Bryant. Jones should be able to hold down the fort in Pittsburgh until Big Ben is able to return.
The New York Jets
With each week that goes by, the Jets impress me more and more. In their most recent victory against the Redskins, Chris Ivory rushed for 146 yards and a score, and Brandon Marshall had 111 receiving yards and a touchdown. Fitzpatrick threw two touchdowns and rushed for another one. Everyone figured their defense would be good, but their high powered offense has been a pleasant surprise.
The Indianapolis Colts
Ummmmmmmmmmm, what was that? Against the New England Patriots, the Colts attempted what can only be described as the worst fake punt ever. No exaggeration at all. On top of that they lost the game. Brady threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns, while LeGarrette Blount rushed for 93 yards and a score. The Colts kept it close, but were just outclassed by the Patriots. The bright side is that the AFC South is extremely weak, so these teams could meet again in the playoffs.
After making a big deal about wanting to be traded or cut from the 49ers, the corner back was released and picked up by the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens played the 49ers over the weekend, and it became obvious why Wright never saw playing time in San Francisco. The Ravens would lose the game 20-25, and Wright had a horrible showing. First he was burned by Torrey Smith for a 76 yard touchdown, then he fell down on a touchdown pass to Quinton Patton. Sorry Wright, sometimes the grass ISN’T greener on the other side.
The New York Giants
After having the perfect opportunity to gain a lead in the division, the Giants lost to the Eagles. Now the Eagles lead the NFC East, and the Giants are in second place. This game was an absolute mess. Both quarterbacks threw multiple interceptions with only one touchdown. The Giants had a chance to but some distance between themselves and the rest of the NFC East, and they failed to pick up a win that they needed badly.
Best Performance in a Losing Effort:
Rivers completed 43 of 65 passes for 503 yards and two touchdowns in a loss against the Packers. Those numbers are ridiculous, and they become even more ridiculous when you take into account that the Chargers lost the game. Rivers is obviously not the problem with this team. The Chargers are now 2-4, which must be extremely frustrating for Rivers. When you put up numbers like that, you expect your team to win. Something needs to change in San Diego, and it’s not the quarterback.