NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 14)

Russell S. Baxter

NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 14)

By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter

PFG VIBE

Welcome to the conclusion of the 14th week of the NFL’s 100th season and the latest collaboration by Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter aka PFG VIBE. That’s Voigt’s Insights Baxter’s Expertise and we consistently bring our passion in covering the National Football League.

So here’s our latest work and the latest installment of our newest weekly staple. Both of us have once again made our picks for the top offensive and defensive players each week, as well as the top performance by a team.

Player and Team. PAT…on the Back.

Here are our Week 14 selections.

Offensive Player of the Week:

VI: QB Eli Manning, New York Giants

He was back in the starting lineup for the first time since Week 2. And he helped his team gain a 17-3 halftime lead thanks to a pair of touchdown passes to rookie wideout Darius Slayton. Manning threw for 203 yards in what proved to be a 23-17 overtime loss to the Eagles but certainly gave his team a spark. Will we see him the remainder of the season?

BE: RB Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers

It’s been a down year for the Bolts but the underrated running back had quite the afternoon at Jacksonville in his team’s resounding 45-10 victory. Ekeler pierced the Jaguars’ defense for 101 yards on the ground on just eight carries. He also caught four passes for 112 yards and a score, the vast majority of that on an 84-yard touchdown reception courtesy of Philip Rivers.

Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week:

VI: LB Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts

Frank Reich’s club dropped their third consecutive game, falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the 38-35 loss, the second-year defender totaled nine tackles and picked off Jameis Winston twice. Leonard returned one of those thefts 80 yards for a touchdown in the disappointing setback.

BE: DE Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

Mike Zimmer’s team bounced back nicely after a long evening at Seattle and shackled the struggling Detroit Lions. Hunter finished with seven tackles and would sack quarterback David Blough three times in Minnesota’s 20-7 victory. The Vikings held the Lions to 231 yards of total offense.

Team of the Week

VI: Chicago Bears

Don’t look now but the defending NFC North champions have won three straight games and are making a late playoff run. Last Thursday night, they spotted the visiting Dallas Cowboys a 7-0 lead and then took over for the rest of the game. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky is playing his best football of the season. Will it be enough to get back to the postseason?

BE: Denver Broncos

The Texans would tack on three touchdowns to close the game. But it’s hard to ignore that Vic Fangio’s team, with rookie quarterback Drew Lock at the controls, owned a 38-3 lead at Houston. The Denver offense and defense found the end zone in an impressive 14-point road victory. And even at 5-8, the Broncos still own slim playoff hopes.

Julie Voigt (@JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also an NFL feature writer for SI Pro Football Guru, while Russell writes for FanSided, NFL Spin Zone and Elite Sports NY.

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