The Houndie is an award formerly known as the Buckeye NFLer of the Week. After 2 years of existence, we searched for a catchier name, so with the help of a well placed typo and the ensuing 11W comments, the current title was created.
With just 5 games left in the regular season, 12 teams in both leagues still have a shot at a post season spot, but the elite teams are starting to rise to the top. The Patriots, Jets, Ravens and Steelers are clearly the 4 best teams in the AFC and all of them happen to face off against each other in the night games of week 13. Sunday will see Pittsburgh travel to Baltimore and Monday has New York going to New England. While in the NFC, my Bears took a step towards legitimacy and still sit a game behind the Falcons for home field.
Turkey Day saw Buckeyes all over the field in the two later games, with the Saints, Jets and Bengals all playing. The Jets came into Cincinnati and handed the Bengals their 8th straight loss, 26-10. Santonio Holmes continued his hot streak, catching 5 balls for 44 yards and a 13 yard TD in the third quarter, marking the third straight game in which he has found pay dirt. The Jets used their ground game, behind Mangold and Hartstock to the tune of 170 yards and over 33 minutes with the ball. Unfortunately, Vernon Gholston was left out of the box score once again, but was seen running around the field.
I failed to mention the pro debut of Aaron Pettrey last week for the Bungels, as he went 1 of 2, with 4 XP’s in their loss to Buffalo. This week he fared the same in the FG department, making from 28 and missing a chip shot from 27, which would have tied it at 10 early in the third.
In perhaps the best game of the day, Atlanta held off Green Bay, 20-17, nailing a 47 yard FG with 9 seconds left, after the Pack tied it up with just under a minute left. Michael Jenkins had a quiet day with 3 catches for 23 yards, while A.J. Hawk had 4 solo stops and 2 assists, with Ryan Pickett chipping in with an assist for the Packers.