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NFL Week 14 has been marked by teams reasserting themselves into the playoff conversation after stumbling last week (Colts, Chargers and Bucs) and by the absolute dominance of the New England Patriots.  The two other big stories concern the New York teams.  The Jets fell on their face in a loss to the Dolphins.  And the Giants escaped getting buried by snow and will play the Vikings in Detroit tomorrow night.

Here are the Average Guy NFL Week 14 Awards:

Most Impressive Win

New England Patriots – 36-7 at Chicago Bears

Larry English

Larry English was one of the Chargers turning in impressive performances in Week 14.

Most Important Win

San Diego Chargers – 31-0 over their division rival Kansas City Chiefs

Worst Loss

Green Bay Packers – 3-7 at Detroit Lions

Biggest Surprise

San Francisco 49ers

Biggest Disappointment

New York Jets

Offensive MVP

Tom Brady, New England Patriots – 27 completions 40 attempts 369 yards 2 TDs 113.4 QB rating

Defensive MVP

Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers – 2 interceptions (one returned 45 yards for a TD) 2 tackles

Special Teams MVP

Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals – 5-yard fake kick run for TD 5 FGs

Most Surprising Performance

Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers – 17 completions 27 attempts 255 yards 3 TDs 130.9 QB rating

Most Disappointing Performance

Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks – 27 completions 42 attempts 285 yards 2 TDs 4 interceptions 60.2 QB rating Lost fumble

Offensive Rookie

Arrelious Benn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4 receptions 122 yards 1 carry 17 yards

Defensive Rookie

Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals – 40-yard interception return for a TD 8 tackles

Most Impressive Performance in a Loss

Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders – 16 carries 123 yards 2 TDs 3 receptions 86 yards 1 TD

Quick Takes

  • I am shocked at how quickly the Patriots absolutely dismantled the Bears.  Coming off the dominant win on a Monday night and having to go to Chicago in a snowstorm I thought New England might at least start slow.
  • The Bills could have packed things up long ago.  The fact that they are still fighting for wins is impressive and bodes well for Chan Gailey in the future.  Now they just need a lot more talent.
  • What has happened to the Jets?  Their offensive line looks nowhere near as strong as it was.  Their passing game is almost completely out of sync.  Mark Sanchez looks bad much of the time, but when he does make good throws his receivers are dropping the balls.  With their next two games at Pittsburgh and at Chicago the Jets better find their rhythm fast.
  • Adding insult to injury – the Dolphins only had 30 yards net passing and still beat the Jets.
  • The Jaguars scored another impressive win today over the Raiders.  They can clinch the division next week by going into Indianapolis and beating the Colts.

One BIG Question

Is there an NFL team that can hang with the Patriots?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on week 14.  Post a comment below and let me know what surprised and disappointed you.

Photo source:  SD Dirk

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The 2nd most important game of the NFL’s week nine is:

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
Sunday, 4:15 pm

I don’t think anybody predicted before the season that this matchup in week nine would be so important to the AFC West.  The Chiefs have shot out of the gates with an outstanding 5-2 start.  Their only two losses were respectable efforts at Indianapolis and at Houston.  The two things they’ve excelled at is running the ball and stopping the run.  They have one of the most dynamic backs in the game in Jamaal Charles who’s piled up 666 yards while averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

Oakland Raiders gravel

Can the Raiders maintain their momentum?

An argument could be made that the Raiders are the hottest team in the NFL.  They’ve piled up more than 500 yards in each of the last two games while scoring 92 points in blowing out the Broncos and Seahawks.  Darren McFadden is finally starting to reach the potential that made him the fourth pick in the 2008 draft.  He’s run for 668 yards and caught 20 passes for an additional 217.

The Chiefs win if:  They can hold the Raiders running backs to short gains on first down.  The Raiders are second in the NFL in rushing yardage per game and if Jason Campbell is going to be successful in the passing game they are going to need to have the run be a threat on every down.  With third and longs that won’t be the case.

The Raiders win if:  They can contain Charles.  Not to sound like a broken record, but clearly both teams rely on their running game a lot.  That’s obvious in that they are the top two running teams in the NFL.  Charles is an absolute gamebreaker who is a threat to get to the end zone on every carry.

Who do I like:  Chiefs 24-10

Why:  The Raiders have played the run well in the last two games.  It’s important to note that those games were against the worst rushing team in the NFL (Denver) and the 27th rushing team in the NFL (Seattle).  They won’t be able to do it against the Chiefs.  I think Charles and Thomas Jones will be able to run for big gains against Oakland’s front seven while the Chiefs defense slows down the Raiders running game. 

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