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December 9, 2013

Week 14 Recap: We know nothing

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If he's not in the 2014 preseason top-5 at wide receiver, he'll be in the conversation.

4. Drew Brees dissects Panthers

The Panthers defense have been as good as any in the league. You could argue they're the best this season.

They've been especially good at silencing quarterbacks.

But you don't want to face Drew Brees one week after a stinker. Brees took out his frustrations by throwing 42 times, completing 30 for 313 yards and 4 TDs, two each to Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham.

5. Gronkowski fizzles, tears up knee

If there is one lock of the week every week it's Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. That is, of course, until the first week of the playoffs.

His 2 catches for 32 yards were probably described, uh, colorfully by owners expecting to mock their playoff foes en route to the semifinals.

Gronkowski left the game after suffering a low hit from Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward in the second half. Word coming in this morning from multiple news sources points to a torn ACL and MCL and the end of an absurdly good but injury-riddled season.

6. Peyton and the flying Broncos

I hope now, with the season winding down, everyone can witness the epic story being written in Denver.

Manning threw seven touchdowns in the first week and hasn't slowed down. He's thrown a touchdown in every game and at least four touchdowns in seven of 13 games. He has 4,522 yards and 45 TDs.

On Sunday, against a matchup that was bad on paper for him and his wide receivers, Manning dumped 59 passes, completing 39 for 397 yards and four TDs to four different receivers.

Eric Decker was his favorite target for the second straight week. The Titans allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in the previous five weeks. But the issue is that few teams have enough top level horses to gallop with Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker. Meanwhile, Julius Thomas is a freakish matchup monster at TE that poses even more problems.

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