Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson got hurt. Gore seriously, Peterson not so much. Brian Westbrook, Anthony Dixon, and Toby Gerhart were all good in relief. But some other stuff happened this week.
Tom Brady, Matt Cassel, and Jay Cutler all threw four touchdowns without interceptions. Sam Bradford played his best game of his young career with 308 yards and three scores. Peyton Manning threw a shocking FOUR interceptions. Chad Henne came off the bench to pass for over 300 yards. BREAKING NEWS: Brett Favre did not throw an interception. This was only the second time this season, and first time since week six that he only completed passes to his team. Then again, he only completed 15 passes for 172 yards so…… And he only had 118 yards in that week six game……. I TOLD you all he couldn’t be trusted!I said it so many times!
Moving on. Any more doubters that Peyton Hillis is a beast? 194 all purpose yards and three touchdowns with Jake Delhomme under center? Really? Only three other backs had multiple touchdowns and good luck guessing who. Maurice Morris, BenJarvis Green-Ellis, Chris Ivory… football is funny like that. The Chiefs continued to baffle us as Jamaal Charles had 173 yards on only 22 carries while Thomas Jones was still given 20 carries… for 68 yards.
Dwayne Bowe is finally living up to all the hype from the past two seasons. With 13 receptions for 170 yards and three scores, he is up to 14 touchdowns, and has at least one every week since week six. He also has 100+ yards and 2+ touchdowns in three straight weeks. Jacoby Ford went for over 100 yards and a touchdown again with Bruce Gradkowski back under center. He might be Gradkowski’s favorite deep target. Ben Obomanu was aided by one long score in catching five balls for 159 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Reggie Wayne, Chad Ochocinco, and Santana Moss were all held under 45 yards and without a score.
Surprisingly, it was long touchdowns that put Todd Heap and Kevin Boss near the top of tight end scoring for the week. Heap only had two receptions, but for 79 yards and a touchdown. Boss played a bigger role in a Giants’ passing game without Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks. Monitor their health closely when deciding to start Boss in week 13. Jason Witten had 10 catches for 99 yards, while Dez Bryant went blank on Thanksgiving. Jon Kitna might have rediscovered his All-Pro tight end.
It is time for playoff contenders to be making your last few adjustments before playoffs. Your team can ALWAYS get better.