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NFL Week 15 -- Ravens at Lions
The Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions enter Monday with identical records, but not-so-identical situations. Detroit is tied atop -- and leads by tiebreaker -- the NFC North. Baltimore is second in the AFC North, tied for the conference's final playoff spot. Moreover, Detroit seems to be playing the most difficult of its final three games this weekend, while Baltimore's tall task is one of three on the way in. Which team stays above .500?
Lions headed for the playoffs?
For about 59 game minutes Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys seemed destined to extend their NFC East lead, while the Detroit Lions looked destined to stay locked in a tussle for the conference's final playoff spot. Then Matthew Stafford happened. With his team trailing 30-24, he hit Kris Durham on a crucial downfield pass. He linked up with Calvin Johnson -- who finished with 329 receiving yards, second most in NFL history -- to reach the 1. Then, after telling the world he would spike the ball, Stafford decided to leap the line and send his team to 5-3. Will Detroit keep pushing toward the postseason? What does the rest of the NFC look like?
Well, don't all those people who mocked the Lions and the Browns feel foolish.
One of the great things about sports is a game like (very few) of us saw Sunday. If Ashlee Simpson and a Jonas sibling to be named later write a duet, you know it will have all the musical significance of a mouse belching. But put the Lions and the Browns on the same field and you can occasionally end up with a classic like the one that saw Matthew Stafford throw a touchdown on an untimed down to give the Lions a 38-37 win.
Stafford threw for 422 yards and became the youngest quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in an NFL game. And on a day when Joe Flacco threw a costly pick, Mark Sanchez couldn't stop throwing picks and Matt Ryan couldn't quite lead the Falcons to a much-needed win, it's enough to make him the hottest young quarterback in the league, if only for a week.
The Skins-Cowboys game that was shown early on Fox was a yawner and the Lions-Browns game was probably the most thrilling of the day, too bad no one outside of Ohio saw it” -- kjgreen
I don't understand why people bash Quinn? You can't say whether or not he'll be a solid NFL QB, he plays for the browns, they're a joke. Take Tom Brady and put him on the Browns and the Browns still lose a lot of games. They have no O-line, and no offensive weapons” -- illnos
The NFL preseason isn't exactly the height of excitement. But when fewer than one out of five voters claim they don't watch any of it, and 40 percent of SportsNation is more interested in it than baseball's pennant races, well, it's difficult to ignore. At least the first full weekend of games offered some quarterback debuts to make way too much out of.
The Good: Mark Sanchez didn't get the start in the Jets' first preseason game, but he wasted little time completing a 48-yard pass when he did get on the field and will start the team's next game. Matthew Stafford survived his first game behind the Lions' line and even threw a touchdown pass (we grade on a curve when it comes to the Lions).
The Bad: Josh Freeman's numbers suggest he'll miss seeing Iowa State on the schedule, although Byron Leftwich wasn't any more prolific for the Bucs.
The Ugly: It's never good when the savior is cautioning people not to panic, as Jay Cutler had to after throwing a pick on an unmemorable day against the Bills (some would say it's also not good when Trent Edwards shows you up).
I actually think both Sanchez and Stafford will do well this year. They both seem to have "moxy", and are not afraid to try and fail.” -- teamjordan_2345
Childress im thinking you need some thicker glasses. Jackson once again looked right into the headlights and froze just like those northern deer. The guy you traded for shined with a hurt ankle. Keeping what performance in perspective. Jackson is not an NFL QB. The only reason this guy had any solid perfomances is because he was facing 8 and 9 man fronts to stop AP.” -- vikings42011