Pack in the Pros: Week 14

Dead sexy. - Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Kind of a meh week.

Here are the Pack alum's performances (sporadically infused with random bits of other goodies) from week 14 of the NFL season. Players are listed in alphabetical order as not to offend anyone; please hold your applause until the end of the presentation.

Zach Allen (‘13/UDFA): Allen continues to look to latch on with another team after his brief stint on the Seattle practice squad came to an end a couple of weeks ago.

David Amerson (‘13/2nd): The Skins (3-10) appeared to be in full-on quit mode in Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Chiefs (10-3). KC put up 38 in the first half before calling off the dogs in the battle of the un-PC nicknames. Amerson had a couple of tackles.

The always meddling Dan Snyder has apparently told Mike Shanahan to bench RG III for the last three games. This off season, Snyder will fire everyone but the problem (dude, the problem is looking right at you in that mirror).

Andre Brown (‘09/4th): If Brown's got to lose he might as well go down to Phil's Chargers (6-7), who are clinging to the slimmest of playoff hopes. Brown played well despite the 37-14 loss for the G-Men (5-8), running for 81 yards on 16 carries (5.1 per tote) and adding 15 yards on three receptions. Finally a starter after five years in the league, Brown is up to 424 yards since his return from injury, a total that more than doubles his career total coming into the season.

Audie Cole (‘12/7th): Sometimes there are no words. I have watched the highlights of this game online about a dozen times. Just. Wow. I suggest you do the same.

Oh yeah, this Cole kid is pretty good. He had a game-high 13 tackles in the 29-26 loss that dropped the Vikings to 3-9-1. Baltimore has won three straight to rally to 7-6 and would make the playoffs if the season ended today.

Jerricho Cotchery (‘04/4th): The Steelers (5-8) lost to the Dolphins (7-6). At home. In the snow. #firemiketomlin

Cotchery had a nice game with 62 yards receiving on five catches, including a TD grab. It was his ninth TD catch of the season, extending his career high.

The game ended the kind of way you would expect a game to end for N.C. State: a five-lateral play that came within a centimeter of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. At least, unlike Bryan Underwood, Antonio Brown really was out of bounds.

Mike Glennon (‘13/3rd): Don't look now, but the Bucs (4-9) have won four of five games. Chalk this one up for the defense that turned the Bills (4-9) over five times and held them to 214 total yards of offense. It was certainly not Big Mike's best day, as he managed just 90 yards passing on a 9-for-25 afternoon. And the game was in Tampa, so it's not like the snowy Sunday that plagued so many games was an excuse. Glennon did toss a pair of TDs (but also a pair of picks) and managed not to get broken in half by Super Mario.

T.J. Graham (‘12/3rd): Three targets. Zero catches for zero yards. Bills' QBs have not hooked up with Graham on just 41% of his targets. He's also not returning punts or kicks. I fear he may not be long for the league.

Leroy Harris (‘07/4th): Harris kept his inactive streak alive Sunday.

Steven Hauschka (‘08/UDFA): The Seahawks (11-2) appeared to relax a bit after clinching a playoff berth on MNF, and at San Fran (9-4) is kind of a bad place for a letdown. Hauschka's 31-yarder gave Seattle the lead in the fourth quarter, but the birds couldn't contain Frank Gore, who broke a 51-yarder to set up Phil Dawson's game-winner with 26 seconds left. Seattle had beaten their NFC West rival by a combined score of 71-16 in their last two meetings.

Nate Irving (‘11/3rd): The Titans (5-8) offered little resistance against the Broncos (11-2) in the mile high air, dropping the decision 51-28. Peyton Manning was three yards shy of 400 (and threw four TDs) as the Broncs busted half a hundred for the third time this year.

Irving got in the box score with two tackles.

Markus Kuhn (‘12/7th): Though he did not make the box score, Kuhn was active for a second straight week against the Chargers.

Ted Larsen (‘10/6th): Larsen has appeared in all 13 games for the Bucs, including three starts, but all eight of his snaps Sunday came on special teams.

Manny Lawson (‘06/1st): Lawson had a team-high six tackles, including one for a loss, in the Bills' latest setback.

Terrell Manning (‘12/5th): Manning remains on the Bolts' practice squad.

Tobais Palmer (‘12/UDFA): Palmer remains on the Bolts' practice squad.

Philip Rivers (‘04/1st): The economical Rivers spread 21 receptions to seven different receivers en route to a three-TD day in the blowout of the Giants. Old Man Phil finished with a 75% completion rate, 249 yards, and a 137.4 QB rating. Or, in other words, it was just another day at the office. The blowout meant less passing late in the game, which dropped Rivers to an average of 299 yards a game for the season, but that's still good for fourth in the league. To put averaging 300 yards a game into perspective, consider this: Russell Wilson didn't have even one 300-yard game in the regular season during his entire rookie year.

J.R. Sweezy (‘12/7th): Not the best of days for the Seahawks' offensive line, as the team was held under 90 yards rushing and Wilson was sacked twice.

Stephen Tulloch (‘06/4th): Tulloch tied for the team-high with 10 stops in Detroit's two-touchdown loss at Philly (8-5). The Lions collapsed in the fourth quarter, yielding 28 points, including 20 unanswered to end the game. Detroit (7-6) had led 20-14 after a 98-yard Jeremy Ross kickoff return for a touchdown. Two of Detroit's three scores actually came via special teams, as Ross also returned a punt 58 yards for a score.

The game featured seven two-point conversion attempts (three that were successful), and the one PAT that was tried was blocked.

Mario Williams ('06/ 1st): Super Mario made a couple of stops, including one for a loss, and defended a pass in the Bills' latest setback.

Adrian Wilson (‘01/3rd): Wilson is still languishing on the Pats' IR. I'm pretty sure he is a perfectly healthy victim of some Belichick roster malfeasance. #freeadrian

OBTW: Some guy named Tom Brady tossed a pair of TDs in the final 1:01 to lead the Pats (10-3) to a one-point win over the Browns (4-9), ensuring Cleveland of its sixth straight losing season.

Russell Wilson (‘12/3rd): Wilson had a three-game pick-less streak snapped and rushed for a season-low two yards in the loss to the 49ers, but he wasn't terrible, hitting on 15 of 25 passes for 199 yards and a score. The road loss really emphasizes the importance of the race for home field advantage; the birds and Saints are a combined 13-0 at home this season.

C.J. Wilson (‘13/UDFA): Wilson's up-again-down-again Bears (7-6) road the Trestman express to 45 points in a blowout win over Dallas (7-6) to forge a tie with equally up-again-down-again Detroit atop the NFC North standings. C.J. remains on the practice squad.

Earl Wolff (‘13/5th): An Eagles' win coupled with the Cowboys' loss puts red-hot Philly out in front in the NFC East, but unfortunately Wolff remains out indefinitely with a knee injury. The Eagles didn't miss him last week, as they held the Lions to 228 yards on a mere 3.9 yards per play, including holding Megatron to 49 yards on three grabs.

Willie Young (‘10/7th): Young was active again, notching five tackles for a second straight week. He had one stuff behind the line for a five-yard loss.


Philip Rivers, by default.

We like winners here at BTP, and, in a weak week for the Pack alums and their teams, the Rivers-engineered rout to keep the Bolts' playoff hopes alive was the best thing going.

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