Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) celebrates his touchdown during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Vikings & The Upset Gang
The Vikings were basically given no chance in hell to win their match with the Eagles. I mean seriously, no Adrian Peterson or Toby Gerhart? Please. Who in the world is Matt Asiata? Despite all of that, Greg Jennings torched the Eagles secondary by catching 11 receptions for 163 yards, and Asiata would rush for three touchdowns. The Vikings would win 48-30. Let’s also give kudos to the Dolphins (beat Patriots), St. Louis Rams (beat Saints), Chargers (beat Broncos), and Steelers (beat Bengals) for winning their matchups as the underdog. I’m sure all of you could throw out your pick’ems for last week like me. In other words, ALIENS.
When you can’t score touchdowns, kick field goals. The Ravens called upon Justin Tucker six times on Monday Night Football (if you watched that game until the end), and he would make all six. The dreaded stat curse entered for Tucker’s final kick, as he was on a roll, making the previous 35 straight attempts. Number 36 was nothing short of gold, as Tucker made it from 61 yards out. It was a beautifully hit ball, and it looked as though it wasn’t going in, but maybe that dome wind had something to do with it powering through the uprights to eventually give the Ravens the lead, and the win.
Chargers As Myth Busters
Who says the Broncos can’t lose at home? San Diego Super Chargers! Philip Rivers keeps the Lightning Bolts playoff chances alive by a nose hair. They did it in perhaps the most impressive fashion, by keeping Peyton Manning off the field. The Chargers dominated the time of possession 38:49-21:11. These Thursday Night games just never can tell you what’s going to happen, but at least it went down with a good fight. Now we’re left with the Patriots, Saints, Bengals, and Seahawks left to crack. Hard to see those coming.
Honorable Mentions: Alex Smith/Jamaal Charles, Rams With the Gris-Gris Curse, Breaking The Norm: The Dolphins, Matt Flynn & The Pack Attack