There are injuries, and then there are injuries to superstars. One causes concern, the other causes panic. Guess which category Aaron Rodgers' hurt shoulder falls under?
The Mess in Miami is, well, messy. But the second-biggest story from this week is the hurt shoulder of Rodgers. It factors into everything across the sport. That's how impactful Rodgers is as a player.
Now, on to the grades. Don't hurt your shoulder reading them.
|Bears||A||Aaron Rodgers or not, this was a great win. Is there a quarterback controversy in Chicago? Just kidding. No, I'm not.|
|Bengals||D||I know, I know…"any given Sunday." Yada, yada, yada. But this was a bad loss for a number of reasons. Losing Geno Atkins is brutal. Perhaps almost as disturbing was the play of Andy Dalton.|
|Bills||B-||Quarterback Jeff Tuel played a hell of a lot better than almost anyone believed he would. Kansas City's defense still turned him over at a critical point in the contest. The K.C. defense has barely played anyone, but they sure do beat the heck out of the turnips put in front of them.|
|Browns||A||The Browns coaching staff deserves a kick in the teeth for waiting this long to start Jason Campbell. He was clearly the best quarterback on the roster. He tossed three TDs against the Ravens.|
|Buccaneers||F+||Inventing new and improved ways to make Bucs fans weep. Blew a 21-point lead. Two-team race to the first pick in the draft with the Jaguars. My money is on Greg Schiano.|
|Chargers||F||Why an F? The Chargers had the ball, 1st-and-goal, at the 1-yard line…and they ran the ball just once. Threw it twice. That's horrific play-calling. Just plow the damn football into the end zone.|
|Chiefs||A||Another methodical win. The Chiefs are like the Borg. Your team will be assimilated.|
|Colts||A||I think the quarterback rankings go like this now: Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and then Andrew Luck. He put on a show. Then again, he's been putting on a show since before he came into the league.|
|Cowboys||B+||I truly believe that despite being in such a craptacular division, the Cowboys saved their season. A loss after the Dez Bryant meltdown would have been disastrous. Tony Romo saved the day.|
|Dolphins||A||Beautiful, tough win. Followed by utter disaster.|
|Eagles||A+++||Eagles fans…you mad, bros?|
|Falcons||F---||Matt Ryan is putting in one of worst post-big-contract-signing performances of all time. He threw three interceptions against the Panthers in what was a must-win game. Matt Gabbert.|
|Jets||A+||The Jets are winning with old-school football: running and defense. It's what they're doing on the defensive side of the ball that's amazing. Mainly, they were able to generate an amazing pass rush against New Orleans using just the front four.|
|Packers||C||Nothing matters coming out of this game except the status of Rodgers. The Packers hold their breath.|
|Panthers||A||Cam Newton is right behind Luck right now in terms of his play. That Panthers defense crushed the Falcons' soul, but Newton's play remains a propellant.|
|Patriots||A++||Gronk score. Gronk spike. Gronk happy. Ugh.|
|Raiders||F---||A defense gives up seven TDs to a scrub. Unreal. Totally humiliating.|
|Rams||C-||Zac Stacy almost single-handedly kept it close with 127 yards and two scores on 27 carries. The rest of the team stunk.|
|Ravens||D||Baltimore is done.|
|Redskins||B||They're lucky the Chargers' play-calling at the end of the game was so bad.|
|Saints||C-||They were banged up, sure. But a horrible loss.|
|Seahawks||B||A win is a win.|
|Steelers||F---||It won't be Mike Tomlin's, but at end of the season, heads will roll. Many.|
|Texans||Inc.||They lost, but it truly is hard to say how things might have gone had Gary Kubiak not had that horrible incident. The Texans looked like a different team in the second half.|
|Titans||B||Chris Johnson's two TDs helped snap a three-game losing streak. The Titans aren't pretty, but they are factors.|
|Vikings||C||A loss, but a bump up in grade just for that AP run where he carried 28 Cowboys on his back.|
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