Week 14 NFL Recap: Best Performances

The second weekend of games in December saw two teams wrap up their divisions.

The Eagles took the NFC East by rallying past the Rams 43-35 in Los Angeles. Unfortunately the win came at a high price as Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Across the country, the Pittsburgh Steelers locked up the AFC North by coming back to beat the Baltimore Ravens 39-38. The Steelers were led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who had the top performance of Week 14.

Ben Roethlisberger (44-66, 506 yards, 2 TDs) – The Ravens secondary hadn’t allowed a 300-yard passing game all season before Big Ben threw for 506 yards on Sunday night. In the last five games, he’s tossed 14 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. The Steelers will need another big game from Roethlisberger as they host the New England Patriots next week.

LeSean McCoy (32 carries, 156 yards, TD) – In a winter wonderland, LeSean McCoy dashed through the snow for 156 yards, including the game-winning touchdown to beat the Indianapolis Colts 13-7 in overtime. The Bills sit at 7-6 and are tied with the Ravens and Chargers for the final spot in the AFC playoffs.

Jordan Howard – (23 carries, 147 yards, 2 TDs) – Howard rushed for over 100 yards for the fifth time this season helping the Bears rout the Cincinnati Bengals 33-7 on the road.

Dak Prescott – (20-30, 332 yards, 3 TDs) –  In a must-win game for the Cowboys, Dak Prescott threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns in the 30-10 win over the Giants. The two biggest plays were a 50-yard strike to Dez Bryant and an 81-yard catch and run by Rod Smith. Dallas looks to keep their playoff hopes alive against the Oakland Raiders next week.

Denver Broncos Defense – It’s been a disappointing season for the Broncos, but the defense returned back to form in the 23-0 shutout victory over the New York Jets. Denver gave up only 100 total yards, six first downs, recorded three sacks and forced two turnovers.

Game of the Week Pick Recap:

Philadelphia Eagles vs Los Angeles Rams

Actual Result: Philadelphia Eagles 43 – Los Angeles Rams 35

Predictions:

Jason Romano: Eagles 30 – Rams 24

Justin Adams: Eagles 30 – Rams 27

Jon Ackerman: Eagles 31 – Rams 27

Season Record: (Upsets Record in Parentheses) 

Jason: 11-4 (2-8)

Justin: 8-7 (4-6)

Jon: 11-3 (2-7)

Next Week’s Game of the Week: New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers