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The Colts continue their spiral down without Peyton Manning. Will they continue to suck for Luck. And in the NFC, questionable decisions by the Falcons late in the game leave them wishing for more. Let's take a look at what went down in the south.
You know the Colts suck when they make Jacksonville look good. Jones-Drew rushes for 125 yards and 1 TD to spearhead the Jacksonville offense past the lame-duck Colts. The Colts fumble the ball twice and only manage to muster 12 first downs as their streak of losing and losing big continues.
Johnson can’t be stopped as he takes 27 carries to run for 130 yards and 1 TDs. Seventy-five of his yards come in the 4th quarter where he dominated. Newton goes for 212 yards in the air and 1 interception for Carolina, but falls way short of moving his offense anywhere but to the sideline quickly.
Tampa Bay 9
Foster goes for 102 total yards and 1 TD as Houston marches to their 7th win of the year. Tampa Bay helped out along the way fumbling the ball twice and throwing three interceptions. With 5 total turnovers for Tampa Bay, it’s nearly impossible to win again anyone in the league, let alone Houston.
New Orleans 26
This one goes to OT and is decided more by Atlanta’s horrible coaching than Kasay’s field goal, but nonetheless a great game. Both Brees and Ryan had solid performances going for over 230 yards in the air each and 2 TDs, but it was Brees’ ability to not throw any INTs and the Atlanta’s bone head call to go for it on 4th down deep in their own territory that made the difference.
Game of the Week
New Orleans 26
This one couldn’t be decided in regulation with both teams playing excellent football. Both Ryan and Brees put up solid numbers with over 230 passing yards from each and 2 TDs a piece. In the end it came down to both a Kasay field goal in OT and Atlanta’s horrible decision to go for it deep in their end of the field that cost them the game. New Orleans march on to their 7th win of the season and Atlanta is left to ponder poor coaching decisions.
Offensive Player of the Week
Chris Johnson- 130 yards, 1 TD: Johnson hasn’t been having the type of year we have come to expect from this powerful running back, but this Sunday he delivered dominating on the ground. The most impressive part was how he poured in on when it counted. Johnson not only went for 130 yards on 27 carries he also went for 75 yards in the 4th quarter. Hopefully this is a peak at what we can expect for the rest of the season from Johnson who had gotten off to a slow start averaging just 38 yards the last 3 games.
Defensive Player of the Week
The entire Houston defense which caused 5 turnovers with 3 interceptions and 2 fumbles this week against Tampa Bay. They didn’t just cause turnovers, they also crippled the Tampa Bay offense, holding them to 11 first downs, a third down conversion rate of 3 for 13, and 231 total yards on offense. The tackles, sacks, and fumble recoveries were spread around both the offensive line and secondary, so this week it’s the entire Houston defense that gets the nod.
New Orleans 7-3
Tampa Bay 4-5
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