Monday Morning Quarterback: The Good, The Bad Of Week 11
Denver BroncosKansas City Chiefs
While Peyton Manning didn’t light up the scoreboard the way he has so many times this year, he operated the Broncos offense and handed the Chiefs their first loss of the season. Manning completed 24-of-40 passes for 323 yards with one touchdown and he did not throw an interception.
Alex Smith was quite competitive in defeat and while he completed just 21-of-45 passes for 230 yards and two TDs, he was done in by his receivers’ inability to make key plays when the game was on the line.
New York GiantsGreen Bay Packers
Suddenly, the Giants have won four games in a row and they may be putting themselves back in contention for the NFC East title after their miserable 0-6 start. Eli Manning is starting to cut down on his errors as he completed 25-of-35 passes for 279 yards with one TD and one interception.
Scott Tolzien is a game quarterback, but he makes too many mistakes. That’s not surprising for a third-string quarterback. Tolzien threw three interceptions, including one that was returned 24 yards for a touchdown by Jason Pierre-Paul that clinched the game for the Giants.
Seattle SeahawksMinnesota Vikings
Russell Wilson was more than up to the assignment of leading the Seahawks to a victory against an overmatched opponent. Wilson completed 13-of-18 passes for 230 yards and two TD passes. He did not thrown an interception.
Christian Ponder was in a battle for survival against the hard-hitting Seahawks, and he was benched in the fourth quarter of the blowout loss. Ponder completed 13-of-22 passes for 129 yards with one TD and two interceptions before head coach Leslie Frazier had Matt Cassel finish the game.
New Orleans SaintsSan Francisco 49ers
Drew Brees was once again precise in his passing as he completed 30-of-43 throws for 305 yards with one TD and an interception. Brees was at his best in the last three drives of the game that allowed the Saints to tie the score and then win it at the gun with a field goal.
Colin Kaepernick was much better against the Saints than he was in Week 10 against the Panthers as he completed 17-of-31 passes with two touchdowns. However, he threw for just 127 yards and he could not come through in the fourth quarter.
Miami DolphinsSan Diego Chargers
The Dolphins remain under the gun because of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin controversy, but they managed to put the distraction away for a few hours Sunday as Ryan Tannehill led them to a much-needed victory. Tannehill completed 22-of-35 passes for 268 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
Philip Rivers had plenty of chances to get the Chargers the lead in the second half, but he could never quite get his team over the hump. Rivers completed 22-of-34 passes for 298 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and that was not good enough. The Chargers have lost three games in a row.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersAtlanta Falcons
Mike Glennon had his second consecutive winning effort and he couldn’t have been better against the Falcons. Glennon completed 20-of-23 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. He appeared to do whatever he wanted from start to finish.
Matt Ryan was simply not good enough because his opposite number had a sensational night. Ryan completed 19-of-36 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Falcons made the bulk of their big plays long after the Bucs had built a big lead.
Pittsburgh SteelersDetroit Lions
Ben Roethlisberger is healthy and is playing very solid football right now. He was on top of his game against the Detroit defense, as he threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.
The Lions had an explosive second quarter as Matthew Stafford threw the ball with accuracy and velocity as Detroit built a 27-20 lead. However, the magic left in the second half. Stafford completed 19-of-46 passes for 362 yards with two TDs and one interception. The Lions were blanked in the second half.
Philadelphia EaglesWashington Redskins
Nick Foles didn’t throw any TD passes this week, but he kept it clean on the interception side of the ledger once again. Foles completed 17-of-26 passes for 298 yards and he also looked good in running for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Robert Griffin III had a slow start in the first half and that’s why the Redskins fell behind 24-0. While he rallied his team with 264 passing yards and two touchdowns, it was not enough to get the Redskins a much-needed road victory.
Arizona CardinalsJacksonville Jaguars
Carson Palmer has made plenty of mistakes this year, but he was on top of his game against the Jaguars. He completed 30-of-42 passes for 419 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He was on top of his game in the second half, when the Cardinals outscored the Jaguars 13-0.
Chad Henne got off to a good start as the Jaguars were competitive in the first half, but he could not sustain their offense in the second half. Henne completed 27-of-42 passes for 255 yards with one TD and two interceptions.
Cincinnati BengalsCleveland Browns
Andy Dalton did not have a memorable game as he passed for just 93 yards. On the positive side, he did throw three TD passes.
Dalton did not look like the quarterback of a first-place team as he threw two interceptions and looked unsure of himself. Jason Campbell could not match his previous sharp performances as he completed 27-of-56 passes for 248 yards with one TD and three interceptions.
Oakland RaidersHouston Texans
The Raiders went with rookie quarterback Matt McGloin on the road and he was not overly anxious to get the assignment. McGloin was cool under pressure and he completed 18-of-32 passes for 197 yards with three TDs and no interceptions. That’s the kind of performance that will keep him in the starting lineup.
Gary Kubiak returned to the Texans and coached the team from the coaching box upstairs and he split the quarterback duties between Case Keenum and Matt Schaub. While neither quarterback was awful, neither took charge when they had a chance to lead the team to a win. Schaub was once again disappointing in the fourth quarter.
Chicago BearsBaltimore Ravens
Josh McCown came out on top in what was one of the most difficult games in recent memory. The game was delayed by more than two hours as a result of horrific weather, and McCown completed 19-of-31 passes for 216 yards with one TD and he did not throw an interception. His sharp overtime pass to Martellus Bennett set up the game-winning field goal in overtime.
Joe Flacco had the game in his hands late in the fourth quarter and overtime, but he fell just short of coming through with the victory. Flacco was decent in difficult weather conditions as he completed 17-of-31 passes, but he wasn’t good enough.
Buffalo BillsNew York Jets
E.J. Manuel looked like a competent veteran in leading the Bills to a win that was never in doubt. Manuel completed 20-of-28 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns and he did not throw an interception.
Geno Smith had one of the worst quarterback performances of the year. He completed just 8-of-23 passes for 103 yards with three interceptions. He’s going to need to burn the videotape and put it out of his mind before the Jets play the Ravens in Week 12.
Indianapolis ColtsTennessee Titans
After a poor first half, Andrew Luck turned it on in the second half and completed 23-of-36 passes to lead the Colts to the victory. While Luck did not throw a TD pass, he completed key third-down passes that allowed the Colts to rally from a 17-6 deficit.
The Titans not only led through 30 minutes on the scoreboard, they were dominating the Colts. While backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 22-of-28 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown, he couldn’t secure the victory.