Geno Smith ends offensive slump with two-TD performance
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
Jets quarterback Geno Smith put an end to his offensive slump Week 14, leading New York to a 37-27 win against the Raiders. Smith completed 16 of 25 passes for 219 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while rushing for another 50 yards and one touchdown.
Smith came into Sunday's game without a touchdown pass in five straight games and was looking to bounce back after being benched last week against the Dolphins. Smith didn't get off to a much better start Sunday. He led New York on a field-goal drive to open the game, but he missed Kellen Winslow on a 23-yard touchdown pass because of a bad throw. He then threw an interception on the team's second drive, which came one play after Oakland dropped an interception.
But Smith turned his luck around on the next drive, hitting Jeremy Kerley for a 25-yard touchdown. Smith then added an 8-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Out of shotgun formation, Smith executed a perfect read-option, ripping the football out of the belly of his running back at the last second and rushing left untouched into the end zone for the score.
Perhaps one of Smith's biggest plays in the second half came on a 3rd-and-5 with 10:01 remaining. Smith scrambled 32 yards to the Oakland 20-yard line to keep the driving alive. Two plays later, Chris Ivory had a 15-yard touchdown run.
You can't hit what you can't see - and Lions quarterack Matthew Stafford had trouble seeing his receivers through the blizzard Sunday at Philadelphia. He also had problems hanging on to the ball with five fumbles, including one lost.
Stafford had not thrown for fewer than 219 yards in any game this season, but managed just 148 in the loss to the Eagles. He was also blanked in the touchdown department for the first time in 2013.
He actually worsened when the heavy snowfall dissipated in the second half, but he complained following the game that the field conditions made passing more difficult. He was just 4 of 13 for 61 yards after intermission.
Stafford and his Lions will host Baltimore on Monday Night Football in Week 15.
On a snowy day in which the Chiefs attempted only 20 passes, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe set a season high with 69 yards on four catches Week 14 at Washington -- none bigger than a 21-yarder in which he plowed over two defenders on his way to the end zone in the first quarter.
It was his third touchdown in four games. He was targeted five times on the day.
With the Chiefs leading 38-10 at halftime, Bowe caught only one pass in the second half, but the Chiefs attempted only seven. Bowe led the team in receiving yards and tied for the team lead in targets and receptions.
Though Bowe has yet to go for 70 yards in a game this season, he has gone for at least 50 in five straight. He'll look to find the end zone again Week 15 at Oakland.
Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews continues to make little impact, as he was held to just one catch in a 34-28 win over the Steelers in Week 14. Matthews brought in one of the two passes thrown his way for 5 yards.
Matthews is now four games removed from his breakout, two-touchdown performance in Week 10 against the Buccaneers. In four games since, he has just 80 yards on 10 catches.
Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright was forced out of Sunday's contest against San Francisco in Week 14 with a foot injury.
Wright left the game in the second quarter with the injury and was taken back to the locker room for further tests. He was ruled questionable to return. He had three total tackles (two solo) before leaving the game.
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green caught six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-28 victory over the Colts. Green was targeted eight times.
It was the second straight game with a touchdown for Green, who also has two consecutive outings with 70 or more receiving yards. He now has has 1,175 receiving yards on the season, with eight touchdowns.
The Bengals face the Steelers in Week 15. Green caught six passes for 41 yards when the teams played in Week 2.
Tom Brady passes for 323 yards and two scores in second half
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
Another awful start for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his offense seemed destined to result in an awful finish until he rescued them Sunday against Cleveland.
Brady was just 1 of 6 for 5 yards and an interception in the first quarter and managed just 95 yards passing in the first half. New England was blanked before intermission and has scored just 10 point in first halves in the last four games combined.
But Brady loosened up the Browns defense with short throws in the third quarter before racking up big chunks on longer passes. He played hero again with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman with 1:04 left in the game and, after his team recovered an onside kick, a 1-yard game-winner to Danny Amendola.
Brady finished 32 of 52 for 418 yards - including 323 in the second half - two touchdowns and a pick despite losing tight end Rob Gronkowski to a knee injury in the third quarter. He will try to maintain the momentum next Sunday at Miami.
If Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace was looking to show his former team what they are missing, he probably had a better performance in mind than what he ended up with in Week 14 against the Steelers Sunday.
Wallace's run of solid play came to an end, as he was held to just two catches for 19 yards. His scoring streak came to an end at two games, leaving him with just three in his first season since joining the Dolphins on a big free agent contract.
Wallace was showing signs of coming around in recent weeks, and will try to get back on track in Week 15. The Dolphins face the Patriots next Sunday.