And it wasn't just all the obvious turnovers that doomed the Vikings. Though the four fumbles were bad enough, there were three other times the Vikings put the ball on the turf and were fortunate enough to recover, including two in the final minutes by
Even when they were given a gift, a fumble on the goal line by Falcons quarterback
I spoke with Jones after the game on Sirius NFL Radio and he was quick to spread the wealth among the other young defensive linemen, saying that it was a "collective effort. One of the plays we called a 'game' (a stunt between cooperating defensive linemen) that we had worked on all week in practice and it worked."
Though Jones was extremely humble on the day he officially became a star, he admitted the assumption that the defensive line wouldn't be able to get the job done and would cause the Titans to fall to the Steelers bothered him and his linemates.
"The media put that on us. They said we wouldn't be able to perform with those guys out, but we talked about it all week in the defensive line room and knew there would be some opportunities available with those guys out, and we made the most of them," Jones said.
Jones used his versatility as a guy who can play both tackle and end to harass
The Cardinals looked like fish out of the water in the snow in Foxboro and have clearly not handled success well after clinching the NFC West title two weeks ago. The Cardinals were outgained 514-186 in total yardage, which is actually somewhat deceiving in their favor given that 78 of those yards came on a touchdown pass from
Even the Cardinals opponents didn't know what got into their lackluster performance that quelled any notion that they were legitimate contenders and not just an NFC West-produced playoff participant.
"I'm not really sure what it was. It could have been the weather," said rookie linebacker
The Cardinals have one last NFC West tune-up against Seattle before the playoffs begin, one more chance to show what they can do. If Sunday's game is any indication, the answer is not much.
Unfortunately for those people, the players on the Bills didn't get the memo. The Bills played inspired football on the road against Denver and proved they want Jauron back in 2009. "We knew [the Broncos] were going to come out swinging and that we would have to weather the storm, and we did that," said back-up running back