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The Best & Worst of Week 13

What a week in the NFL. It seemed to be the “Twilight Zone” weekend in the NFL. Teams that were not supposed to win, won. The teams that were supposed to win did not. This just shows that anything can happen Any Given Sunday.

But with all that aside, let’s show the Best & Worst of Week 13:

THE BEST

Bruce Gradkowski: Gradkowski has been the QB for a few weeks now, and the team is really responding. Oakland is 2-1 since he took over and they are playing with a lot more effort and passion that was not displayed from JaMarcus Russell. He wants to win, and to will his team to victory in the fourth quarter of a see-saw battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers spoke volumes. He may not be the Raiders QB in the future, but he is definitely going to peak the interest of many teams that will be looking for a quarterback.

Brandon Jacobs: Jacobs has had “hatred” for the Dallas Cowboys since he was younger, and he took it out on the team late Sunday afternoon. Jacobs had 113 total yards (39 rush, 74 receiving) and two touchdowns, and tightened up the race in the NFC East & Wild Card playoff spots. With a big game Sunday night against the Eagles, he’s going to have to come up big again to make it even more tight.

The Arizona Cardinals: Few have mentioned the Cardinals late in the season (for the second year in a row), and it seems that Kurt Warner, Ken Whisenhunt & Company like that. Warner came back from his concussion and threw three touchdowns against arguably the best team in the NFC, the Minnesota Vikings. The return of Warner, and his 285 yards passing and three first half touchdown passes were more than enough. The Cardinals defense also came up big in forcing two interceptions from Brett Favre. Do not be surprised if Arizona is hot once again going into the playoffs.

THE WORST

The Pittsburgh Steelers: Four straight losses, and two of them to very bad AFC West teams, but latest loss at home against the Oakland Raiders was embarrassing. The defending Super Bowl champs are now a game out of the final Wild Card position, and are reeling. A loss to the Browns would really spell doom for the Black & Gold



Josh Freeman
: Five interceptions are one thing, but to have three of those five interceptions in the redzone is utterly sad. Rookie or not, you just can’t give the ball away when your team is about to score a touchdown. Having a non-existent running game does not help matters and bad play calling was a factor. Where was Cadillac Williams or Derrick Ward? Very unacceptable



The Buffalo Bills in Toronto
: Yes, there’s three more games left in Toronto in the next three seasons, but the Toronto Series has to go. The fans always root for the other team! The Bills need to just have their eight games at home, and not even play north of the border. Besides, Toronto has its team, the Argonauts of the CFL. This venture was a good idea at the thought, but the Bills are 0-2, and it’s not a real success.

Instead of THE BEST OF THE WORST this week, there’s an additional WORST:

Shaun Suisham: Suisham has costed the Redskins a couple of games this season. The missed field goal against Dallas was on thin ice, but to miss a 23 yard field goal against the undefeated Saints that would’ve put the game out of reach was the last straw for the team. He ended up being released Tuesday, and replaced by Graham Gano. Happy trails, Shaun.

Check back next week for the Best & Worst of Week 14

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The Best & Worst of Week 11

It’s NFL Wednesday, and it’s time to kick this day off with the Best & Worst of Week 11. Send all NFL related questions to thesportsexpress@gmail.com, post them on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/thesportsxpress, or on the Facebook fan page here:

This week had some great moments. Two of the worst teams are on the best side, and the whole AFC North is on the duds for this week. And it took two years for this ordeal to happen? What am I talking about? Just stay tuned and find out.

THE BEST

Brett Favre- Many people thought that the offseason drama that he caused about retiring and unretiring (again) would result in the same disaster that was the New York Jets. Instead it has been the opposite. Favre had the highest completion percentage of his career (88%) completing 22/25 passes and four touchdowns. This season, he has 21 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions. The Vikings were at 10-6 team before he signed. Now they are on the verge of a potential Super Bowl trip and Brad Childress can thank him for his contract extension that he received.

The Cleveland Browns & Detroit Lions- The Browns and Lions played the best, and most entertaining game of the season and week. It was filled with drama, excitement, and the toughness displayed by Matthew Stafford after a time out was called (see worst of the week: Eric Mangini) was simply amazing. Stafford’s five touchdowns were the most by a rookie QB in 72 years (Ray Buivid did this for the Chicago Bears in 1937). The Browns showed more offense in this game than they have all season long. Brady Quinn was impressive, throwing for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. Who knew that the worst can bring out the best?

The Kansas City Chiefs- The Chiefs stayed in the game throughout against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it’s always said when a good team (and World Champions) plays a team that has struggled and not seen great times, and the bad team hangs in the whole game, they start to believe. The Chiefs started to believe and wanted the game more, and they showed in their overtime win. Has anyone noticed that this team is now 2-0 without Larry Johnson on the team? The Chiefs, Lions, and Oakland Raiders all won on the same day for the first time since September 30th, 2007.

THE WORST

The AFC North: The Bengals (with the aforementioned Larry Johnson) lost to the Raiders, in which they gave up the game and blew a seven point lead in the closing moments. The Steelers lost to the Chiefs, the Ravens came up short against the Colts, missing huge opportunities to capitalize off three Colts turnovers and a missed field goal by Billy Cundiff made the difference again. The Browns lost to the Lions, which was made by a bad decision by…..

Eric Mangini: Mangini is on here for a couple of reasons: 1. Your team is up 24-3, in the first quarter, you had to just coach up your defense, tell your coordinator to do something… the secondary just was flat, and Stafford torched them for 422 yards. 2. This was the real thing here: you suffered a terrible pass interference call on Hank Poteat, and the red hot Stafford is out of the game w/ a shoulder injury. The ice cold Daunte Culpepper enters the game, and “Man-genius” decided to call a timeout. For what?!?! This allows Stafford to enter the game with one arm and find Brandon Pettigrew for the GW touchdown. Too bad this is his last season in Cleveland. There’s no way he stays after this one.

Kris Brown: For the second straight game, against a DIVISION opponent, and to top this off, this is a HUGE rivalry game for your team, the Houston Texans. The score once again, was 20-17. And you missed for the second straight game. These two misses from the last original Texan has hurt this team, and they really could be looking at 7-3 instead of 5-5. The rope has to be getting tighter for the normally reliable kicker. Tough week for him indeed.

THE BEST OF THE WORST

Brady Quinn: Fellow blogger, The NFL Chick, said it best: He can throw a pass for more than eight yards. Quinn was very efficient on Sunday, going 21-33 for 304 yards and the four touchdowns to zero interceptions, giving him a QB rating of 133.1, which is very good. He was poised in the pocket, and this should really boost his confidence for the next game. Too bad his game was overshadowed by the dumb decisions of his head coach and the defensive side of the ball.

The Best & Worst of Week 10

Week 10 is in the books, and since we are on a short week, we have to move quickly to the best and worst of the week, with that said, let’s get into it.

THE BEST

(courtesy: Getty Images) The Indianapolis Colts secondary: The tackle on 4th & 2 is going to live in NFL lore forever. The tackle by Melvin Bullitt and the play of rookies Jerraud Powers and Jacob Lacey was amazing. They got torched by Tom Brady and Randy Moss, but they showed up when they needed to, which was at the end. Give this unit credit instead of talking about Belichick’s call.

Sidney Rice: Seven catches, 201 yards, and although he had no touchdowns, this is the quietest 200+ yard receiving game that has been on the record of the NFL. Reason why? A guy named Brett Favre and another one named Adrian Peterson. Come on Brett, if you’re going to give this guy a 200+ receiving game, at least give him ONE touchdown.

The Cincinnati Bengals defense: They took Pittsburgh style of defense in Sunday’s game against the Steelers and used it against them. They held Big Ben and the offense to zero touchdowns, and limited them to four Jeff Reed field goals. They only difference in the game was the kickoff return by Bernard Scott, and that difference has put them in the driver’s seat for the AFC North crown.

THE WORST

Steven Hauschka: Not often you are part of the winning team, and on the worst list, BUT after a missed field goal AND a missed extra point, the Ravens have had enough and gave him the boot. Tough week for the kid.

Brady Quinn: Quinn has had a rough go at it lately, but when you get a second chance to resurrect your career and resurrect the worst NFL club this season, you can not throw away the opportunity. But it’s not all Quinn’s fault, as he has virtually no playmakers. As said in the Monday Night Recap, the city of Cleveland deserves so much better than what they have.

The injured: Michael Turner, Jordan Gross, Ronnie Brown, Marc Colombo, Brian Westbrook, Kyle Orton, and many others that went down just made Week 10 the infirmary week. There were tough breaks (literally and figuratively) for them and their teams, and it will be interesting to see how these teams will bounce back from these injuries to their key players.

THE BEST OF THE WORST

Donovan McNabb- McNabb threw for 450 yards and two touchdowns, but the rest of the Eagles offense was too one-dimensional. It seemed like after Westbrook went down with the concussion, the Eagles just abandoned the running game. McNabb is older than his receivers, but there has to be balance in the offense. Use LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver more if you have to, and keep the balance.

The Best & Worst of Week 9

There were some great standouts this week and many should be recognized for their accomplishments as week 9 is in the books. However, there were many duds in this week, and one was a big part of the worst without even playing, so let’s give out the awards for the Week 9

THE BEST

Peyton Manning
: The Co-MVP of this season along with Drew Brees at the midway point, Manning became the first QB to throw for 40,000 yards for his career in a single decade. That is an amazing feat that simply will not be accomplished for a long time. Much props

Josh Freeman:
In his first NFL start in the creamsicle jerseys and Buccaneer Bruce helmets, Freeman threw for three touchdowns, and led Tampa Bay to its first victory in the Raheem Morris era. Freeman looks to have a lot of promise in the years to come. Let’s hope he can keep it up

The Cincinnati Bengals:
If you did not believe this team was for real, start. The Bengals are 4-0 against the AFC North this season, including two victories over Baltimore, and have a chance to make a MAJOR statement if they can beat Pittsburgh AT Heinz Field, and put a tight grip on the AFC North. Had it not been for a tipped ball opening week, this team could easily be 7-1 right now.

THE WORST

The Detroit Lions: Up 17-0, the Lions allowed 25 unanswered points to the Seattle Seahawks, who aren’t really the team that they used to be. Not only did they lose the game, they extended their road losing streak to 16 games and have shown that they have a LONG way to go.

The New York Giants: This team was 5-0 and at the top of the NFC among the Saints, but they have really started a free fall that has them in third place in the NFC East behind the surging Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.

Larry Johnson & the Kansas City Chiefs: This will be the last Larry Johnson reference for the week, but the relationship between LJ and the organization was never a real strong one. The Chiefs knew he was not happy, but kept him there anyway. Johnson knew his time was up, and it seemed like his effort over the last two seasons was lackadaisical. Although he was expressing himself freely, it did violate the NFL’s rules on social media, which led to his release. In the previous LJ blog, everybody wins in this area.

THE BEST OF THE WORST

Brandon Marshall:
Despite Denver’s poor performance against the Steelers on Monday night, Marshall had 11 catches for 112 yards. However, with his team at 6-2, and just a game ahead of the San Diego Chargers, the Broncos are going to have to step it up and avoid the same collapse that led to the firing of Mike Shanahan. Josh McDaniels will make the necessary adjustments and will not let this happen. Besides, the relationship between Marshall and McDaniels has strengthened since training camp, and he will be rewarded greatly in the offseason.

Check back later today for Team Midseason Grades, and Midseason Awards