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A lot of the NFL’s Week 14 Headlines surround the whirlwind season of the Minnesota Vikings. As you may have heard, Brett Favre’s ‘Ironman Streak’ came to an end when he chose to sit out Monday’s game against the New York Giants. He got an extra day to make that decision because the game that was originally schedule for Sunday was delayed due to the Metrodome roof collapsing. Also on the verge of collapsing are the New York Jets, who are dealing with extra distractions this week because one of their coaches thought tripping an opposing player would be a good idea. These are the stories making rounds from Week 14.

Week 14 NFL Weekly Headlines: Favre Sits

Favre Sits

For the first time since September 20, 1992, Brett Favre watched his teammates compete from the sidelines. After a banged up shoulder and numbness in his hand kept him out of Monday Night’s game between the Vikings and Giants, Brett Favre’s consecutive starts streak ended at 297 games. Favre looked on as the Vikings offense continued to struggle, generating just a field goal against the New York defense. About the streak ending, Favre said “Relief, in one sense. There wasn’t a whole lot of pressure on me today. It’s been a long time. I’d much rather be playing; that’s just my nature. I don’t want to say it was time, but it’s probably been long overdue. There’s probably been a lot of times the streak should have ended.”

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning now holds the active streak at 205 games. To pass Favre, he’d need to start every game for the next 5 1/2 years. During Favre’s streak, 238 other quarterbacks started NFL games, with 12 of them being a Favre backup at some point their career. In 2009, Favre surpassed Jim Marshall for most starts at any position when he played his 271st game against the Lions. In total, he’s made 301 appearances.

Favre’s status for the remainder of the season is unknown at the moment. The team did not move him to the Injured Reserve list this week, and quarterback Tavaris Jackson is doubtful this week with a turf toe injury. Will Favre get to air it out again before he calls it quits?

Week 14 NFL Weekly Headlines: Metrodome Roof Collapses

Metrodome Roof Collapses

As if the Vikings needed anymore drama in what has been an already tumultuous season, the roof of the Metrodome collapsed Sunday in the midst of a snowstorm that dropped 17 inches on Minneapolis. The collapse delayed the game until Monday night and caused the Vikings to move their “home” game to Detroit, where they were smacked around by the New York Giants. Nobody was injured in the incident. Officials have stated that the roof won’t be repaired in time for Monday’s match-up against the Chicago Bears, relocating that game to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.

Week 14 NFL Weekly Headlines: Tripped Up

Tripped Up

New York Jets Strength and Conditioning Coach Sal Alosi has been suspended indefinitely after tripping Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll during a kickoff return in Sunday’s game. After further investigation, it also was discovered that Alosi actually instructs inactive players to line up and force players to run around them. The Jets organization also issued a $25,000 dollar fine to Alosi.

Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, and his staff are now setting out to review proper sideline protocol for players and coaches with every team in the league. A memorandum will be sent out as well. In a Monday conference call, Alosi called his actions “inexcusable and irresponsible.” He also refuted reports that players were instructed to stay up on the sideline. However, Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland said, “Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been instructed to line up behind the (white) line.” He added that Alosi told them to do so.

Week 14 Scores:
Indianapolis Colts – 30, Tennessee Titans – 28
Cleveland Browns – 6, Buffalo Bills – 13
Cincinnati Bengals – 7, Pittsburgh Steelers – 23
Oakland Raiders – 31, Jacksonville Jaguars – 38
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 17, Washington Redskins – 16
Atlanta Falcons – 31, Carolina Panthers – 10
Green Bay Packers – 3, Detroit Lions 7
St. Louis Rams – 13, New Orleans Saints – 31
Seattle Seahawks – 21, San Francisco 49ers – 40
New England Patriots – 36, Chicago Bears – 7
Denver Broncos – 13, Arizona Cardinals – 43
Kansas City Chiefs – 0, San Diego Chargers – 31
Miami Dolphins – 10, New York Jets – 6
Philadelphia Eagles – 30, Dallas Cowboys – 27
New York Giants – 21, Minnesota Vikings – 3
Baltimore Ravens – 34, Houston Texans – 28

NFL Power Rankings Top 10
1. New England Patriots – Offense is looking 2007-ish.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers – I’m going to mention Troy every week until he gives me a reason not to.
3. New Orleans Saints – Moment of truth time for the Saints. Ravens, Falcons and Bucs ahead.
4. Atlanta Falcons – I don’t know what to think when the Falcons don’t need a Matt Ryan rally to win.
5. Baltimore Ravens – Thin line between triumph and implosion.
6. Philadelphia Eagles – This.
7. Chicago Bears – That field and those conditions were an advantage against pretty much every other team in the league.
8. New York Giants – Jacobs and Bradshaw are what Barber and Dayne should have been.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Making their first appearance on the Power Rankings. Garrard for Pro Bowl!
10. Kansas City Chiefs – Had to pick somebody. We’ll chalk that one up to Cassel and see what happens.

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