Titans running back Chris Johnson was able to find the end zone Week 14 against the Broncos.
Johnson struggled on the ground, rushing for 46 yards on 12 carries. After a big kick return brought the Titans down to the 3 yard line, Johnson was able to find the end zone on the next run. On the team's first drive, Shonn Greene replaced Johnson at the goal line, and scored on a 5 yard run. Greene also stole another touchdown from Johnson later in the game. After catching a 23 yard pass, Johnson took a breather, allowing Greene to score on a 28 yard run.
Johnson will look to score again Week 15 against the Cardinals.
Torrey Smith held to one catch for second time this season
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith had one of his worst performances of the season during a 29-26 win Week 14 vs. Minnesota. Smith was held to one catch for 12 yards on five targets -- his lowest output since recording one catch for 12 yards Week 6 against the Packers.
Smith's poor performance Sunday can't really be solely blamed on the poor weather conditions, which featured heavy snowfall. Plenty of credit goes to the Minnesota secondary and rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who is starting to emerge as a shutdown cornerback late in the season. Smith's low output could also be attributed to quarterback Joe Flacco targeting wide receiver Marlon Brown and tight end Dennis Pitta a total of 22 times.
Smith was targeted just twice in the first half and didn't record his first and only catch until 14:22 of the fourth quarter. Smith did record a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter, when Rhodes was out of the game with an ankle injury.
Smith will look to bounce back Week 15 at Detroit.
49ers cornerback Eric Wright, who left the game in the third quarter with a head injury, returned to action in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks in Week 14. He finished the game with two defended passes and no tackles in a 19-17 win.
Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was held in check Week 14 against Denver.
Fitzpatrick completed 13 of 24 passes, for 172 yards and a touchdown. Fitzpatrick started out hot, leading the Titans down the field on the team's first drive. Once the team was in the red zone, they gave the ball to Shonn Greene. A big kick return set up the team at the 3-yard-line on the next drive, but Chris Johnson punched it in. The team scored three rushing touchdowns before Fitzpatrick finally connected with Justin Hunter on a 41 yard touchdown.
Chris Polk comes out of nowhere to torch Lions with key touchdown
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
The Eagles wiped the mothballs off running back Chris Polk on Sunday and were glad they did. Polk had just five rushing attempts all season heading into the game against Detroit and had not carried the ball in seven weeks.
He certainly knew what to do with it against the Lions. Polk exploded for a 38-yard touchdown run with three minutes remaining to clinch the victory. He finished with a season-high four rushes for 50 yards as Philadelphia torched a tough Lions run defense for 299 yards.
Polk and his Eagles will play at Minnesota next Sunday.
Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery continues to be Ben Roethlisberger's favorite red-zone target, as he scored his ninth touchdown in six games Sunday, in a 34-28 loss to the Dolphins in Week 14.
Cotchery caught a 16-yard touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter, giving the Steelers a lead the defense was unable to hold on to. He finished the game with five catches for 63 yards, while being targeted nine times to match the team lead.
Cotchery doesn't have eye-popping numbers this season, with the exception of his red-zone proficiency. He enters Week 15 against the Bengals with 41 catches for 572 yards and nine touchdowns, all of which have come since Week 9.
Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones made his biggest impact Week 14 vs. Minnesota on special teams. Jones returned a kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown with 1:16 remaining, which was one of five lead changes in the last 2:05 of a 29-26 win for the Ravens.
Jones had very modest numbers offensively, totaling four catches for 37 yards on seven targets. In fact, you could argue Jones' biggest impact on offense came because of a miscue. The blame for Joe Flacco's third interception Sunday pretty much can be attributed to Jones, who allowed a deep pass to sail through his hands and was intercepted by Marcus Sherels on the deflection.
Several Panthers who were probable on the injury report are active for the game at New Orleans, including defensive end Charles Johnson (knee), offensive tackles Jordan Gross (non-injury related) and Nate Chandler (knee), defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (non-injury related), tight end Ben Hartsock (knee) and guard Travelle Wharton (non-injury related).
Looking to make better use of the short passing game with snow on the field and backup Matt Flynn at quarterback, the Packers got tight end Andrew Quarless more involved in the offense Week 14 against the Falcons.
The fourth-year player, who has been filling in for the injured Jermichael Finley since Week 7, set season highs with six catches and 66 receiving yards. His previous highs were five and 34.
Quarless led the Packers in both receptions and targets (seven). He also contributed the team's only touchdown, catching a 2-yard pass from Flynn to put the Packers up 22-21 early in the fourth quarter.
Quarless will look to build off the performance Week 15 at Dallas, but the Packers could have Aaron Rodgers back at quarterback for that game.
It took Mother Nature to do what NFL secondaries have not been able to do - slow down Calvin Johnson.
A wintery blast prevented any receiver from doing much Sunday in Philadelphia. Megatron was no exception - he finished with just three catches for 49 yards. His inability to hook up with Matthew Stafford in the second half proved critical to the defeat as he managed just one reception for 9 yards in the last three quarters.
Johnson, who hadn't produced such meager numbers since Oct. 13 against Cleveland, will seek to bounce back in Week 15, when the Lions host Baltimore on Monday Night Football.