NFL Week 13: News, Fantasy, Injury, Stats and Around-the-League Updates
Week 13 of the 2010 NFL season is here, and I'll be providing you with instant news and analysis all throughout the day including scores, stats and injury updates.
My name is Mihir Bhagat, and I'm an NFL Featured Columnist here at Bleacher Report.
I'll be reporting to you live, covering all things NFL Week 13 from 12:00 until 8:00 P.M. EDT, so be sure to stay tuned.
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Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant has suffered a broken ankle injury during a kick return in his team's 38-35 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
The Cowboys medical staff took him to the locker room, where further tests and evaluations were taken.
Bryant was already playing with nagging ailments involving his bruised back and sprained left ankle, so owner Jerry Jones declared that Bryant was done for the season. All in all, however, he's clearly demonstrated his overall toughness and ability to withstand pain.
Therefore, the team's 1st round selection in this year's draft will finish with 547 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Hopefully next season won't be filled with similar obstacles, and he can improve on his numbers.
The Atlanta Falcons (10-2) sealed the deal as they beat their NFC South rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5) with a final score of 28-24.
Matt Ryan struggled, but Roddy White assisted him with 7 receptions for 74 yards. Note, Ryan targeted him 16 times throughout the ball game.
Michael Turner, as usual, had another great outing as he compiled 111 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
The Buccaneers have had a good run, but I think this loss will practically end their playoff hopes. Yet of course, we've seen crazier things happen in the NFL before.
Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts made an impressive comeback, but it was to no avail as the Dallas Cowboys finished the deal with David Bueheler kicking the game-winning 38 yard field goal. The Cowboys would win 38-35.
Manning, who's had virtually no help lately, threw four interceptions. Note, he's thrown 11 of his 15 in the past five games and 8 in the last two.
Reggie Wayne imploded for 14 receptions and 200 yards along with a touchdown.
Yet the true determining factor was the difference in the ground game as the Cowboys outgained them 217-40.
The Cowboys have dine a nice job under interim head coach Jason Garrett and he's making a strong case as to why he should get the full-time nod.
The San Diego Chargers came into this game desperately needing a win to get back into the AFC West playoff race, but they fell short as the Oakland Raiders upset their chances and swept their division rivals on the season.
Jason Campbell redeemed himself by scoring two touchdowns. Also, running backs Michael Bush and Darren McFadden each scored once.
Note, Campbell was responsible for the three-game winning streak they had earlier this season.
Philip Rivers, who's faced an uphill battle all year long, couldn't get the job done and it seems as if the Chargers' playoff aspirations will come to an end.
The Seattle Seahawks seemed as if they may slip and let this one go, but they persevered and were able to beat the Carolina Panthers (1-11) with a final score of 31-14.
Running back Marshawn Lynch, who they traded for earlier this year, rushed for 83 yards and three touchdowns which ultimately made up for Hasselbeck's two interceptions.
This victory keeps the Seahawks in the running for the NFC West crown, which could take itself to the end of the season.
The St. Louis Rams (6-6) didn't get off to a great start but were able to close out in the end for the 19-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals (3-9).
Sam Bradford had a decent game, while Steven Jackson rushed for 102 yards.
However, the true hero was their defense, which registered four sacks and forced the Cardinals to bench Derek Anderson after an outing that featured a pathetic 29.8 passer rating.
The Cardinals have been an absolute disaster thus far this season as they've clearly felt the absence of those key offseason losses, particularly quarterback Kurt Warner.
It'll be interesting to see how they rebound from this one, and what moves they plan to make this time around.
Detroit Lions star rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was penalized by referee Ed Hocculi for what he called a "non-football act."
Suh planted a hard hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the fourth quarter of their game today. Hocculi called it an unnecessary roughness penalty, and it ultimately cost them the ball game.
It eventually set up a touchdown pass that sealed the deal, and gave the Bears the 24-20 victory.
The Denver Broncos game against the Kansas City Chiefs certainly wasn't the most exciting one of the season, and there was a particular reason why.
Dwayne Bowe, who's playing like the best receiver in football, was absolutely shut out by the Broncos defense today. Note, last week he erupted for a whopping 13 receptions for 170 yards and three touchdowns.
Moreover, Broncos wideout Brandon Lloyd was limited to only two receptions despite being targeted 11 times.
Both have surprisingly been some of the premier fantasy options this year, so it's a big disappointment for their owners.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has narrowed the gap for his team as they now only trail 17-14 to the Dallas Cowboys.
Even though he has virtually no help from his supporting cast, Manning continues to keep the Colts in contention.
However, their running game needs to be fixed on both sides of the ball as they're currently being outgained 119-21.
Nonetheless, I still predict the Colts to close out and win this game.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell is making a case as to why he should get his full-time starting role back as he's scored two touchdowns, and given his team the 21-3 halftime lead over the San Diego Chargers.
His first was a nine-yard run, and he followed it up with a four-yard pass to Jacoby Ford.
Note, Campbell was the quarterback during the Raiders' three-game winning streak.
The Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) took on the Denver Broncos (3-9) today, and while it certainly wasn't a flashy game, the Chiefs still came up on top with the 10-6 victory.
The only touchdown of the game came in the first quarter, a two-yard pass from Matt Cassel to tight end Leonard Pope. After that, the ground games dominated, yet both teams were limited to field goals.
Kyle Orton struggled, and only completed nine of his 28 pass attempts. He targeted Brandon Lloyd 11 times, but only connected twice, which ultimately led to their demise.
The Chiefs put themselves in an excellent position to close out and win the AFC West.
The Minnesota Vikings (5-7) suffered an early loss as quarterback Brett Favre injured his shoulder on the first pass attempt of the game. However, they rallied together and were able to beat the Buffalo Bills (2-10) with a final score of 38-14.
Tarvaris Jackson replaced Favre, and did a decent job as he threw a pair of touchdowns yet threw three interceptions as well, one of which was returned for a 40-yard touchdown.
However, Sidney Rice and Adrian Peterson made up for that and led the Vikings to a critical victory.
Head coach Leslie Frazier remains undefeated with a 2-0 record.
The New York Giants (8-4) ran their way to a 31-7 victory over the Washington Redskins (5-7) today.
Their ground game amassed 197 yards and their dynamic duo of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw dominated the entire game.
Even though Eli Manning didn't play particularly well, it didn't matter much because the Redskins committed six turnovers.
All in all, this was a critical win for the Giants and puts them in a good playoff position.
The New Orleans Saints (9-3) marched down into Cincinnati and defeated the Bengals (2-10) with a 34-30 victory.
After getting off to an early 20-6 lead, the Bengals came back and even took the lead with less than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter. However, Drew Brees orchestrated a clutch drive and threw a three-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marques Colston.
Brees threw for 313 yards and finished with a 120.3 passer rating.
The Bengals certainly played better than they have in the past weeks, but it wasn't enough.
Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers (8-4) to a 34-16 victory over the San Francisco 49ers (4-8) today as he threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns.
He connected with wide receiver Greg Jennings for six receptions and 122 yards along with two touchdowns.
As for the 49ers, they played well but simply didn't have the firewpower to keep up with the Packers' lethal offense.
It's quite obvious that the loss of Frank Gore is going to hurt them significantly.
Interestingly enough, the loss doesn't kill their playoff hopes. While it'll be tough, it's still possible.