1. Cowboys unravel
2. Giants feel Burress' absence
3. Jets suddenly in tailspin
4. Gross injustice?
5. Packing it in
John Clayton's game balls
Maybe Eagles fans need to construct a big wind machine in the end zone for every Eagles home game. Whether it was the gusting Giants Stadium winds at 21 miles per hour or the heat he was taking for not running the ball, pass-happy Eagles coach Andy Reid has become Ground Andy. Brian Westbrook
had 33 carries for 131 yards and a 30-yard touchdown run in Sunday's 20-14 win over the Giants. He also caught six passes for 71 yards, including a 40-yard TD reception. His 203 yards from scrimmage were the most allowed by the Giants since LaDainian Tomlinson
gained 220 on Sept. 25, 2005.
Westbrook has played with an ankle sprain, a knee what swells and cracked ribs. "You know, it's one of those days,'' Westbrook said. "We were able to run the ball successfully early and Coach stayed with it. He was very committed to it. And I give a lot of credit to him because usually we're not that committed to it.''
Reid kept Westbrook out of practice Thursday and Friday to rest the knee, which has suffered from swelling each week. Westbrook had 22 carries for 110 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Eagles' Thanksgiving night victory over the Cardinals. Maybe the Eagles are finally serious about the ground game.
For sheer numbers, it's hard to top the line of Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson
. Jackson was everywhere during the Browns' 28-9 loss to the Titans. He had 15 tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage. He intercepted two passes and defended three others. All season, Cleveland head coach Romeo Crennel has been disappointed in the play of his linebackers. The addition of defensive linemen Shaun Rogers
and Corey Williams
helped the Browns' 3-4 defense up front. But for whatever reason, the linebackers haven't been making plays.
Jackson tried to change that Sunday, and he's been doing his part this season, with 130 tackles in 13 games, including 81 solos.
• Special teams:
Saints coach Sean Payton rewarded backup running back Pierre Thomas
with the game ball following Sunday's 29-25 victory over the Falcons, so that's good enough for me. An 88-yard return by a role player deserves attention. There is something about Thomas that the Saints like. Quarterback Drew Brees
has become a big fan of Thomas as a playmaking running back. Thomas' long return in the fourth quarter set up his own game-winning score, a 5-yard run, and he had 197 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
"He got the game ball,'' Payton told reporters after the game. "He made play after play. I thought the biggest play was the return. That was a huge play for us.''
Week 14 rundown
• Chicago 23, Jacksonville 10
Is there a team looking forward to the end of the season more than the Jaguars? For the second game in a row, Jack Del Rio's team appeared to be a disinterested bunch. Photos
• Minnesota 20, Detroit 16
Lost in the midst of the Lions' dreadful season has been the impressive play of WR Calvin Johnson
, who eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark Sunday. Photos
Houston 24, Green Bay 21
The Texans closed out what was probably the best week in team history. Another tough loss in a season of tough losses for the Packers. Photos
Tennessee 28, Cleveland 9
How bad were things for the Browns on Sunday? Their leading rusher was Joshua Cribbs -- a wide receiver. Photos
Indianapolis 35, Cincinnati 3
This one had the feel of a preseason game. Things shouldn't get much tougher for Indy over the next two weeks with games against the Lions and Jags. Photos
New Orleans 29, Atlanta 25
The emergence of Pierre Thomas
(102 rushing yards, two TDs)
is good news for Reggie Bush
, who seems to play better when he's not asked to be the workhorse back. Photos
N.Y. Giants 20, Philadelphia 14
A disappointment for the Giants? Sure. A reason to panic? No. The Eagles are as dangerous as anyone when Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook are clicking.
Miami 16, Buffalo 3
The fans of Toronto might have seen the Dolphins take another step toward the AFC East title. The stars appear to be aligning in Miami's favor. Photos
Denver 24, Kansas City 17
was jobless at the start of the season. Now he's the Broncos' only
healthy running back. Photos
San Francisco 24, N.Y. Jets 14
If the Jets miss the playoffs, their West Coast woes will be one of the biggest reasons why. Photos
New England 24, Seattle 21
Seahawks WR Deion Branch
(two TDs) had a nice game against his former team, but the Patriots needed a big fourth quarter to steal the victory. Photos
• Arizona 34, St. Louis 10
The Cardinals have the NFC West title wrapped up. Now they have to get their running game in order. The trio of Tim Hightower
, J.J. Arrington
and Edgerrin James
produced only 65 yards Sunday. Photos
Pittsburgh 20, Dallas 13
Owners of the league's toughest schedule, the Steelers will probably be a little beat up come playoff time. But they'll also be battle-tested. Photos
• Baltimore 24, Washington 10
With Willis McGahee
banged up for much of the season, Le'Ron McClain
(seven games with 50-plus yards rushing) has been an unsung contributor for the Ravens. Photos
• Monday Night Football: Tampa Bay at Carolina (ESPN, 8:30 ET)
Too small? Too soft? Wrong and wrong again. RB DeAngelo Williams, on the brink of 1,000 yards rushing, is living up to his promise for Carolina, which meets Tampa Bay in a huge NFC South showdown for first. Pat Yasinskas
• NFC South blog: Cadillac returns
• Football Outsiders: Bucs surging on defense
• Animation: Breaking down Bucs' blitz
• Watch: Preview
| MNF Surround
An early look at next weekend's biggest games:
• New Orleans (7-6) at Chicago (7-6): A Thursday night game neither team can afford to lose.
• Tampa Bay (9-3) at Atlanta (8-5):
How will the Falcons respond after a tough loss to the Saints?
• N.Y. Giants (11-2) at Dallas (8-5):
The Giants will be facing a desperate opponent for the second straight week.
• Week 15 schedule