Patrick Daugherty

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Three Down

1. Case Keenum

In Week 11, Keenum was benched even though he was playing well. Sunday? Well you can probably see where this is going. Keenum was awful, making terrible throws to wide-open receivers, wilting in the face of pressure and failing time and again on third down. It didn’t help that Keenum’s “pass blocking” was there in name only, or that his receivers made two appallingly bad plays on the Texans’ desperation final drive, but this was not a quarterback who deserved to stay in the game. But he did, and now the Texans have to decide who will be under center in Week 13. Turning back to failed veteran Matt Schaub would make little sense in a lost season, but if the Texans want their “best chance to win” by the letter of the law, Schaub will be their man against the Patriots.   

2. Ray Rice

This is your running game on the Bears defense. This is your running game on everything else. Unfortunately — and we say unfortunately because Rice’s struggles aren’t fun for anyone who loves fantasy football and the real-life players who have made it so much fun over the years — Rice’s Week 11 blowup was the matchup-based apparition we feared. His yards per carry is back under 3.0 (2.88), and his fantasy prospects back in the toilet. If Rice is the fourth or fifth man on your running back totem pole as you scramble for a playoff spot, it might not be the worst idea to cut him loose. It would feel Wrong with a Capital W, but anyone who’s seen Rice run this season knows it would be unlikely to haunt.     

3. Trent Richardson

Always new depths. Richardson rushed seven times for 15 yards Sunday. That leaves him with 44 carries for … wait for it … 96 yards over his past five games. That comes out to 2.18 yards per pop. T-Rich hasn’t had a single rush go for longer than eight yards since Week 7. Sunday, St. Louis’ Benny Cunningham had five totes go for at least 10 yards. If you’re in a playoff-push roster crunch but are still worried about dropping your first-round pick, don’t be. It’s time to let go.  


1. Does Aaron Rodgers’ left collarbone have a medical miracle in it?

2. Does Chuck Pagano and his staff know that coaching involves more than just writing some clichés on a whiteboard?  

3. Miami, would it be helpful if we came in and broke down stuff like “who your good players are” for you?

Stats of the Week

Michael Bush had five carries from the Rams’ one-yard line. He scored one touchdown.

Louis Murphy caught his first touchdown of the season Sunday. In other news, Louis Murphy now has more touchdowns than Hakeem Nicks.

The Dolphins haven’t scored a fourth-quarter touchdown in six games. This is not a joke.

Per Adam Caplan, Calvin Johnson’s 861 yards receiving over his past five games are the most in a five-game span in NFL history.

Only Johnson is averaging more yards per game (119.8) than Josh Gordon (109.8). No one else is averaging more than 94.9.

The man averaging 94.9? Antonio Brown, who’s slipped ahead of the likes of A.J. Green and Demaryius Thomas. Think the Steelers made the right decision at receiver?

Dwayne Bowe has fewer yards than Eddie Royal, not to mention fewer touchdowns.

This exercise is never fair, but … that being said, if you remove Ray Rice’s Week 11 showing against the Bears, he’s rushed 131 times for 319 yards. That’s 2.43 yards per carry.  

Three Browns quarterbacks have thrown for more touchdowns than Chad Henne. Henne has attempted more passes than any of them.  

Peyton Manning is no longer on pace to break Drew Brees’ single-season passing record, though he does remain on pace to break the touchdown record.

Awards Section

Week 12 Fantasy All Pro Team: QB Philip Rivers, RB Knowshon Moreno, RB Jamaal Charles, WR Josh Gordon, WR Julian Edelman, WR Brandon Marshall, TE Rob Gronkowski, TE Jimmy Graham

The Junior Stevan Ridley Award: Part of a Broncos fumble for the second consecutive week (Week 11’s was dubiously credited to Peyton Manning), Montee Ball’s tenure as the Broncos’ No. 2 running back is in danger. He could be saved by Knowshon Moreno’s ankle injury, however.

Tweet Of The Week: From ESPN’s Tania Ganguli: Tate is asked if anyone understands why this is happening. "Maybe God?" he says. #Texans

Tweet Of The Week II: From Sir Adam Levitan: Jamaal Charles just catfished Manti Te'o in the hole. Sick 46-yard run.

Most Absurd Moment Of Week 12: How do you not go with the Scott Tolzien spin move?

Least Valuable Player, Non-Henne Division: Geno Smith is a second-round pick who’s playing like a seventh-round pick. If he keeps up at this rate, he’s going to end up making seven starts for the 2010 Arizona Cardinals.  

Think of all the Black Friday deals the Vikings could have taken advantage of if only they hadn’t given Josh Freeman $2 million.

Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for He can be found on Twitter .
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