Gilberry’s sack came with the Bengals leading 23-14 in the closing minutes of the game. On first-and-10 at the Cincinnati 35, Gilberry threw Baltimore quarterback Tyrod Taylor for a 10-yard loss, causing the Ravens to take a timeout with 1:51 left to play. Baltimore settled for a field goal on the series.
But what may have been the bigger takeaway from Sunday’s game was the continued emergence of running back Mark Ingram. The Flint native rushed for a game-high 53 yards, including a touchdown, on 21 carries to put him over 1,000 yards in his two-season career.
“Physically it’s a drain and then mentally it adds up, too,” Belichick said. “I think that’s the challenge for the rookies: to try to keep bouncing back from that each week and get into a routine so it’s doesn’t get a real high effort one week and then they have to drop way down the next week because they can’t sustain it, [but] to try to be at that high professional level, that 98-, 99-percent level with consistency.”
There is a special dimension of the bizarre reserved just for the Jets. If there were any doubt about that, it was erased when Rex Ryan stepped to the podium and uttered the phrase, “You’re not going to believe this one,” at the Jets’ training facility in Florham Park on Thursday morning. With that, the Jets quarterback situation took another strange twist.
The Texans lost to the Vikings, costing them a shot to clinch a first round bye in the playoffs, and Jackson wound up owing the league $26,250 for a pair of infractions that drew fines from the NFL offices. The first was a $5,250 fine for wearing his socks too high and the second was a $21,000 slap on the wrist for a hit on Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright.
Knee injuries have been a problem for the former Alabama standout since he entered the league. Kirkpatrick missed the first seven weeks of the season with a knee injury and returned to play just five games before suffering the concussion. The knee problems appear to have returned, with the rookie set to miss the rest of the season.
The injury – a torn lateral meniscus – required two surgeries. That’s more than the number of sacks (one) he finished with this year. He made 12 tackles in his five games. Anderson, who signed a four-year, $19.5 million contract, was paid $8 million this season. He has a manageable $4 million cap hit next season – a $2.4 million salary, $1.5 million option bonus and a $100,000 workout bonus.