Shane Vereen goes wild through the air in defeat of Cleveland
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
The new go-to pass-catcher out of the backfield for the Patriots was gone to a lot Sunday against the Browns. The result for Shane Vereen was the shattering of personal records.
Vereen established new career marks with 12 receptions and 153 yards. But it was on the ground, where he had just three carries for 9 yards, where he scored a key 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter and added a two-point conversion in the fourth.
His huge production didn't begin in earnest until he sprinted by Browns linebacker Craig Robertson for a 50-yard reception that set up his touchdown. He was targeted a game-high 17 times.
Vereen, who has 40 catches for 373 yards in just five games this season, hopes to increase that output next Sunday at Miami.
Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings was quarterback Matt Cassel's favorite target for a second straight game Week 14 at Baltimore, but the veteran receiver was held to modest numbers during a 29-26 loss. Despite a team-high 10 targets, Jennings finished with five catches for 53 yards.
Sunday did mark the first time, however, Jennings was able to post at least 50 receiving yards in consecutive games this season. The Vikings are back in action Week 15 vs. Philadelphia.
Cordarrelle Patterson has 79-yard TD in Week 14 loss
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
Vikings rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had a career performance during a 29-26 loss Week 14 at Baltimore. Patterson totaled a career-high 141 receiving yards and one touchdown on five catches, while adding one carry for 6 yards.
Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel tried to get Patterson involved early, as the rookie had a team-high 58 receiving yards on three catches in the first half. Patterson was then held in check until breaking off one of the biggest plays of the afternoon late in the fourth quarter.
Amid the snowfall and with Minnesota trailing 22-19, Patterson took a short pass and turned it up the field 79 yards for a go-ahead score with 45 seconds remaining. Patterson received good blocking early in the play and then used his speed the rest of the way to outrun the defense in what turned into a crazy ending, as the lead changed five times over the final 2:05.
Patterson, who was targeted seven times, now has two receiving touchdowns in 2013 and an offensive touchdown in two straight games, as he tallied his first rushing touchdown last week. The Vikings are back in action Week 15 vs. Philadelphia.
Coming off a disastrous performance Week 13 at Detroit, quarterback Matt Flynn rewarded the Packers' faith in him by leading the team to a comeback win against the Falcons in Week 14. Granted, he got some help from the defense, but after trailing 21-10 at halftime, the Packers took a 22-21 lead on Flynn's 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Andrew Quarless early in the fourth quarter.
It was Flynn's only touchdown pass on the day, but he completed 24 of 32 passes for 258 yards and ran six times for 28. He did commit two turnovers that led the Falcons scores, but he was efficient in stretches, completing 10 of his first 11 passes and 10 of his final 11.
With Aaron Rodgers returning to practice Thursday, Flynn may not get another chance to spell the star quarterback, but if Rodgers suffers a setback in his recovery from a broken collarbone, Flynn will look to pick up where he left off Week 15 at Dallas.
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce wasn't able to get much traction in the snowy conditions during a 29-26 win Week 14 vs. Minnesota. Pierce finished with just 12 yards on seven carries, while adding one catch for 5 yards.
The Vikings picked off an underthrown pass intended for Pierce on the opening drive, amid heavy snowfall. A few drives later, the Ravens used Pierce on back-to-back carries from the 2-yard line, but Pierce couldn't punch it in for the score.
Ravens running back Ray Rice did his best to weather the snowy conditions Week 14 vs. Minnesota, rushing for 67 yards on 16 carries, which was his third-highest rushing output in 12 games this season. Rice added five catches for 42 yards, as he finished with 109 total yards.
Rice had trouble getting going in the first half when the snowfall was pretty heavy. He had just eight carries for 18 yards, but he performed much better in the second half when the weather improved.
Rice's best chance for a touchdown came late in the fourth quarter. He had a 6-yard carry down to the 1-yard line. Rice was then stuffed on the next carry for no gain. Two plays later, Dennis Pitta had a 1-yard touchdown catch.
Rice has gone three games without a touchdown. The Ravens are back in action Week 15 at Detroit.
Jordan Cameron had bounce-back game against Patriots
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
Browns tight end Jordan Cameron made the following reply to those who believed he would continue to fade away for the rest of the season: Not so fast.
After a long slump, Cameron managed the finest game of his career Sunday at New England. He remained a strong presence from the first possession to the last, tying a personal record with nine catches and shattering another with 121 yards. He also scored his first touchdown since Week 7, a 1-yarder with 2:43 remaining that appeared to have clinched victory.
It was an encouraging performance for Cameron, who had just 14 catches for 108 yards in his previous four games combined. He caught six passes for 85 yards in the second half alone against the Patriots.
Cameron will attempt to keep the ball rolling next Sunday against the visiting Bears.
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who broke out of a season-long funk with a team-leading 10 catches for 143 yards last week, once again led the way with eight catches for 74 yards Week 14 at Green Bay. His 10 targets also led the team.
The closest Falcon in terms of receiving yards was wide receiver Drew Davis, who picked up 36 yards on his touchdown catch in the first quarter. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers and tight end Tony Gonzalez tied for second in receptions with three.
Unlike last week, when he made a handful of acrobatic grabs, White stayed mostly underneath in this one. Only one of his catches went for more than 10 yards, and it was on the final drive, when the team was frantically trying to position itself for a field goal.