Monday, December 3, 2007

O'Malley's Tallies: Week 13: Peyton's Place

As we head into the December portion of the NFL schedule, it should be a time where we are focusing on key divisional races and which teams are going to take that next step to the playoffs. However, after this past week, many NFL fans were faced with the harsh reality of life. Just this past week, the NFL lost one of it’s budding superstars when Sean Taylor was brutally attacked and killed in his home due to a gunshot wound near his thigh. Throughout the league, both players and coaches as well as fans did their part in remembering the 24 year old All-Pro Safety from the Washington Redskins. It is acts like these that are brutal reminders of how professional athletes are humans like everyone else. With that being said, here is the rest of what Week 13 had to offer….


  1. Peyton Manning – After a few weeks of being in an uncharacteristic lull, Sunday was a time for Peyton Manning to show why he is considered one of the game’s elite. Playing against a Jaguar defense that notoriously has played well vs. the Colts, Manning’s level of play was superb in Indy’s 28-25 victory over Jacksonville. When the final whistle blew, Manning’s stat line impressively read 20-29 for 288 yards and 4 touchdown passes (only 1 INT). Now if only his brother could be as consistent as he is…

  1. Hines Ward – When you look around the NFL, there are few teams with a brighter history than the Pittsburgh Steelers. Whether it is Terry Bradshaw, Joe Green, Jack Lambert, or Franco Harris, the Steelers have always been a team built on tradition. After Sunday night, we can officially add Hines Ward to that exclusive class. With his 11 catch, 2 touchdown night, the former Georgia Bulldog officially became the club’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions, an honor that couldn’t go to a better person than #89.

  1. Derrick Ward – With doubt being to creep into the mind of New Yorkers regarding the direction the Giants have been heading, the team knew they had to take care of business in Soldier Field to put some of the naysayers to rest. With Eli Manning getting off to another slow start, it was Derrick Ward who kept the Giants in it until the end before unfortunately breaking his leg. On the day, Ward carried the rock 24 times for 154 yards and a score in the team’s 21-16 comeback victory.

  1. Torry Holt – After starting out the season 0-8, the St. Louis Rams are beginning to play great football by winning three out of their last four. One of Sunday’s big stars was Torry “Big Game” Holt, whose 6 catches, 135 yards and 1 TD were a major catalyst for the team’s 28-16 victory vs. the Dirty Birds in St. Louis.

  1. Earnest Graham – Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Bucaneers are now 8-4! Coming off a year in which they had one of the league’s worst records and a top five pick in the NFL Draft, John Gruden and the Bucs are very close to winning the AFC South crown with 4 games left to go. In Sunday’s wild, last second win vs. the Saints, Earnest Graham did the job for his team by gaining 106 yards on the ground with 1 TD and 7 receptions for 37 yards. With such an impressive season filling in for Cadillac Williams, Earnest Graham may have earned himself a look for a starting gig come next season.


  1. John Beck – So much for a successful home opener! My Fish are now 0-12, due in part to a very poor game from rookie quarterback John Beck. Known for his smart plays and good decision making, Beck threw three interceptions on the day and no touchdowns in the team’s 40-13 loss to the rival New York Jets. If Beck does not have a few good outings the rest of the way, the Dolphins will be faced with a tough decision about whether or not to take a quarterback in the draft.

  1. A.J. Feeley After nearly beating the Patriots last week on the road, A.J. Feeley was awful this week at home vs. the Seattle in a must win. Overall, A.J. completed than less than 50% of his passes and tossed 4 interceptions in the team’s 28-24 loss vs. Lofa Tatupu and the Seahawks.

  1. Carson Palmer – Whenever you go 17-44 in the air, you know that you are going to be in for a long day. When you combine that with only throwing for 183 yards, it is no wonder that Carson Palmer and the Bengals looked lost offensively last night vs. the Steelers…

  1. Brett Favre – Despite being known for his heroics in the big game, Brett Favre was absolutely terrible on Thursday night in the colossal matchup vs. the Cowboys. Before succumbing to injury late in the 2nd quarter, Brett went 5-14 for 56 yards and 2 interceptions, equating easily to one of his worst games of the year for the Pack.


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