There were some notable happenings in Week 9 of the NFL. Despite Mark Sanchez’ first half effort to undermine the effort, the New York Jets showed that they aren’t conceding anything in the AFC East.
The Jets defense dominated the Buffalo Bills and you can expect Rex Ryan and the boys to talk up a storm this week as they seem to have their swagger back. The win places them in a Ménage à Trois with the Bills and Patriots, and with half the season left to play, the division looks to be a free-for-all.
The Dallas Cowboys attempted to give the game to the Seattle Seahawks, but Seattle refused to accept the charity. On three consecutive possessions in the first half the Cowboys stalled at the 1-yard line, then the 2, then lost a fumble inside the 1. And with that good fortune Tarvaris Jackson threw interceptions on consecutive passes allowing the Cowboys turned them into 10-points and the game was never close again. Exactly how is Jackson and NFL QB again?
Colt McCoy was making his first start where he starred in college but the results weren’t anything like what he was used to having there. The Houston Texans sacked McCoy four times as he completed just 14 passes for 146-yards with an INT and this one was never in doubt as Arian Foster (124-yards, 1 TD) and Ben Tate (115-yards, 1 TD) decided have a track meet while the Cleveland Browns were playing defense.
I said it last week and I’ll say it again. Remember when people used to suggest that without Peyton Manning the Indianapolis Colts wouldn’t be a playoff team? People said that Indy would be only a four or five win team without Manning, but I never heard anyone suggest that they might go winless. Perhaps never before has a single player missing because of injury had such an effect on the entire league. The effect of Manning not playing this season has sent reverberations throughout the entire AFC landscape, not just the AFC South as there is now a playoff spot open to other teams that previously had the Colts name written on it year in and year out. Oh, the Colts played against the Atlanta Falcons yesterday. They lost 31-7.
The Miami Dolphins got their first win against the Kansas City Chiefs 31-3 on Sunday. Winning at Arrowhead has not been an easy thing to do historically and the Chiefs had been on a roll too. NFL Scout Jayson Braddock called this trap game on Thursday. Listen to the NFL RedZone Report each week; you’ll be better for it.
Drew Brees connected on 27 of 36 throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers extending his NFL record of consecutive games with 20-plus completions to 29 as they came back from a humbling loss against the Rams last week to beat the Tampa Bay 27-16 in a key division win. The Saints ran for 195-yards and the Bucs were penalized nine times for 80-yards. Self inflicted mental and physical errors never really gave the Bucs a chance in this one.
The San Francisco 49ers 19-11 win against the Washington Redskins gives them a commanding lead in the NFC West. At 7-1 with the closest competitor at 2-6, all they have to do is not forfeit the rest of the way and the NFC West title is theirs. The Redskins ended a drought of seven quarters without a touchdown when they scored with 1:10 left to play. While Washington admittedly has had a plethora of injuries on the offensive side of the ball, the Shanahan’s decision to go with John Beck and Rex Grossman is what it is and what you see is what you get.
Philip Rivers threw six TD’s in yesterday’s 38-45 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The problem was that he threw four to the Chargers, but two to the Packers. Aaron Rogers continued to show why he already has the league MVP locked up as he completed 21 of 26 passes for 247 yards and ran his NFL-leading total to 24 TD throws. He had scoring passes of 5-yards to Jermichael Finley, 16 to Jordy Nelson, 21 to James Jones and 4 to Greg Jennings. The Packers move to 8-0, the Chargers fall to 4-4 in the division of parody (Chargers 4-4, Cheifs 4-4, Raiders 4-4, Broncos 3-5).
You can expect lots of headlines saying that Tim Tebow got the job done as the Denver Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders 38-24 in the Black Hole. While Tebow played better and did make some throws, the truth is that the team around him played better including a back breaking 85-yard 4th quarter punt return by Eddie Royal to seal the game. Tebow did most of the damage with his legs running for 117-yards and connected on two TD passes and the college-like offense where Tebow places the ball in the belly of the running back and then either pulls it back and runs or hands it off after reading the defense was largely effective as the Broncos rand for 298-yards on the day. Carson Palmer was 18 for 34 for 312 yards with three touchdowns for the Raiders, but he threw three more interceptions, including one that provided a sudden change of momentum in the closing seconds of the third quarter. That’s now six INTs in six quarters of football. Hey, at least the Raiders won’t have to give two number one picks for him……
The Cincinnati Bengals appear to be for real as Andy Daulton threw for three touchdowns and 217 yards, as the Bengals rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans 24-17 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory. The Bengals who hadn’t won five straight since 1988 when they won the AFC championship and went to their second Super Bowl are now 6-2 with a share of the AFC North lead. They also improved to 4-1 on the road with the rookie quarterback leading the Bengals to 17 unanswered points as he tossed TD passes to three different receivers. The Bengals have only let up 140 points on the year which is second in the NFL to the Ravens 130 (the team they are tied with.) As for the Titans, All you need to do is look at the stat line for newly minted Chris Johnson, 14 carries for 64 yards and that will tell you what you need to know about the Titans’ success. At this point Tennessee should start looking for ways to get out of the contract claiming non-performance…..
Arizona Cardinals’ John Skelton starting in place of Kevin Kolb gave up safeties to the St. Louis Rams on consecutive plays in the third quarter. Someone call Elias because I’m pretty sure that’s never happened before. Special teams was the ultimate story in this one as Josh Brown had field goals of 48, 37 and 41-yards for the Rams but Arizona’s Calais Campbell blocked Brown’s 42-yard field goal attempt as regulation ended to force the overtime. The rest was history as they say as rookie Patrick Peterson scored on a 99-yard punt return in overtime for the win. You think St. Louis will spend a little more time working on special teams this week?
Tamer Chamma tells you all you need to know about the New York Giants victory in Foxborough against the New England Patriots in this week’s edition of Point After.
What can you say about the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers? This has become one of the best rivalries in all of football as the two teams absolutely despise each other. It appears that game the two-time regular season even is good for a few concussions and broken bones each time out. Joe Flacco gets the last laugh in this one and a measure of revenge to all those that have been publicly bashing him as he drove the Ravens down the field throwing a 26-yard TD to Tory Smith with just eight second remaining for the winning TD. If you missed the Giants vs. Patriots yesterday, I hope you were able to stay up for the end of this one.
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