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NFL 2014 Week 12 Recap

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 12 Recap

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Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders was the Thursday night game. While the 7-3 Chiefs were heavy favorites over the 0-10 Raiders, Oakland showed a tenacious defense last week. Their offense has bogged down under a hail of drinking and dunking West Coast Offense passes that turn 3rd and 4 into 4th and 2 followed by a punt. Despite this ineptitude, the Raiders had a chance. The Chiefs are major dink and dunkers. Alex Smith is a game manager in the tradition of Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac and every other Chiefs quarterback who thinks the West Coast Offense turned them into Joe Montana. With rain coming down, the Black Hole was jacked up to capacity.

The Silver and Black defense was also jacked up. The Chiefs went 3 and out as a run by Jamal Charles on 3rd and 5 lost 9 yards. The Raiders gained a first down before punting, and the Chiefs went 3 and out again. From the Oakland 40, Derek Carr hit Vincent Brown for a 19 yard gain. On 3rd and 7 from the Chiefs 38, Carr hit James Jones for 11. On 3rd and 4 from the Chiefs 21, Carr hit Brice Butler for 11. While the Raiders running game has been anemic under Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, a star was born in third string running back Latavius Murray. Murray took the handoff and got to the outside for an 11 yard touchdown and a 7-0 Raiders lead.

Smith moved the Chiefs from their own 14 to a 3rd and 7 at their own 43. Smith threw a dink and dunk pass for 4 yards as DJ Hayden prevented the first down. In the second quarter the Chiefs moved from their 33 to a 1st and 10 at the Oakland 34. Offensive holding had the Chiefs facing 2nd and 12. A dink and dunk pass lost 12 yards as the Chiefs punted on 4th and 29. The Raiders took over at their own 10. It has been a long time since Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson ran wild. 12 seconds and one play was enough for Murray to race through the line untouched for a 90 yard touchdown. The home crowd exploded as the Raiders led 14-0.

Smith moved the Chiefs from their 20 to a 3rd and 2 at the Oakland 44. Under heavy pressure, he threw incomplete. With the Raiders in total control with all the momentum, the 0-10 team made a mistake. Denarius Moore fumbled the punt and the Chiefs took over on the Oakland 11. After Jamal Charles gained 6 yards on 1st down, a pair of dink and dunk West Coast Offense passes were incomplete. Carlo Santos hit the 23 yard field goal, but this was a major victory for the Oakland defense.

On 3rd and 3 from the Oakland 22, Murray got the carry and took a blow to the head that was not called. He fumbled the ball after gaining the first down, but center Stefan Wisniewski recovered it for the Raiders. Yet on 3rd and 3 from their 37, it was a dink and dunk pass to McFadden that came up short. With 3 1/2 minutes left in the half, the Raiders punted. Thomas misjudged the return, lost yards, and was tackled back at the Kansas City 5 yard line. At the 2 minute warning the Chiefs faced 3rd and 5 at their own 10. Another run failed to gain the first down but the Raiders blundered again.

A running into the kicker penalty on the punt gave the Chiefs a first down. Replay clearly showed that the punter was never touched. The phantom call allowed the Chiefs to retain possession. On 2nd and 1 from their 26, Smith threw incomplete. On 3rd and 1 Kenneth Davis got the carry and got blasted, losing a yard. The Raiders got it back at their own 35 with 36 seconds left with one timeout. Offensive holding led to the Raiders running out the clock as the Chiefs decided not to take timeouts on defense. Ray Guy was being inducted into the Raiders ring of honor at halftime as many of the old time Hall of Fame greats were in attendance. The Raider Nation should have hoped for a monsoon in the second half with a 14-3 lead.

Unfortunately for the Raiders, the rain slowed considerably after halftime. They would need to win this game themselves. On 3rd and 8 from the Oakland 14, Carr found Jones for 17 yards. Yet after that a pair of incompletions meant a punt. The Chiefs were pinned at their own 9. On 3rd and 7 from the Chiefs 24, Smith was sacked by Charles Woodson for a 10 yard loss. The defense was playing outstanding for the second straight week. If the offense could do anything the Raiders would have their first win. A bad punt had the Raiders taking over just past midfield. A team starving for a win needed a kill shot.

On 3rd and 1, rather than play power football, the Raiders went for a spread offense. Carr’s dink and dunk pass was high but Jones caught it for a key 2 yard gain and a first down. With Murray out for the rest of the game with a concussion, McFadden had to do a better job. A couple carries by McFadden meant another first down. Jones-Drew finally entered the game. With fresh legs, his first carry lost 3 yards. On 3rd and 7 from the Chiefs 22, Carr went deep incomplete. A flag was thrown for defensive pass interference, but even at home the Raiders do not get the calls. The flag was picked up. Sebastian Janikowski made the 40 yard field goal. With only 5 minutes left in the third quarter, the Raiders had a 17-3 lead. The offense did not put the game away so the defense had to keep the pressure on.

Nile Davis took the kick more than halfway through the end zone and returned it all the way to the Chiefs 39 yard line. Smith decided to stop drinking and dunking and threw a pass past the marker just past midfield for a 12 yard gain. Another completion went for 21 yards. Jamal Charles ran for a first down and then fumbled the ball. Khalil Mack had it but could not contain it. The Chiefs retained possession although offensive holding moved them back. The Raiders missed another chance to close the door. The Raiders appeared to be in full meltdown mode as the Chiefs faced 3rd and 1 from the Oakland 19. Smith faked the run and found a wide open Antony Fasano for the touchdown. The entire Raider Nation had a lump in their throats. With 2 minutes left in the third quarter the Chiefs were within 17-10. The defense was getting tired. The offense had to do something, anything.

For the second straight kick return, the Raiders suffered a penalty. From their own 20, another holding penalty pushed them back to the 10. It was only first down, but the drive already seemed over. The Raiders were determined to give the ball back to the Chiefs as quickly as possible. Then offensive coordinator Greg Olsen finally had a moment of lucidity. rather than dink and dunk his own team to death, allowed Carr to go deep on 2nd and 20. Carr found Holmes for a 37 yard gain. The vaunted ground game then saw McFadden lose another 5 yards. The Raiders had the 17-10 lead after three quarters. Smith was unleashed on the last drive and the result was a touchdown. Whenever Carr is unleashed he throws deep completions. The team that would stop drinking and dunking would most likely win. The Raiders would punt and the Chiefs took over at their own 35.

Smith was done drinking and dunking. He went to Travis Kelce for a 27 yard gain to the Oakland 38. The Raiders were in full meltdown mode. Even a holding penalty against the Chiefs did not matter as 1st and 20 meant Smith throwing a 24 yard completion to Dwayne Bowe. Another offensive holding penalty still did not hurt the Chiefs. From the Oakland 30 on 2nd and 16, Smith found Charles, who out-jukes the keystone cops on the dark uniforms for the tying touchdown. With 12:20 to play in the game the Chiefs had tied the game 17-17. Knowing the Raiders offense, 0-11 was an almost certainty.

McFadden returned the kickoff only to the 16. As expected, on 3rd and 7 Olsen called a pass play that had Carr throw short of the marker. It was incomplete, the Raiders punted, and a 28 yard return had the Chiefs took over at the Oakland 37. Smith hit Wilson for 23 yards as Raider fans dreamed about burning offensive coordinator Greg Olsen in effigy. On 3rd and 3 from the 7, the defense actually held.  Santos hit the 25 yard field goal. The Chiefs led 20-17 with 9 minutes to play. Greg Olsen was expected to call 2 yard passes rather than let his quarterback try to win a football game. After all, when a team is 0-10, conservative play calling inspires somebody, somewhere.

McFadden fumbled the kickoff in the end zone, which was a good thing because it forced him to take a touchback rather than get tackled before the 20. Marcel Reece became the next running back, and the fullback bulled his way on three carries and a reception for a pair of first downs. On 3rd and 1 from the Chiefs 43, rather than run Reece up the middle, they tried a play action pass that was incomplete. Despite finesse failing the whole season, the Raiders were one smash mouth run from being able to have a chance to win. With 5 minutes left in regulation, on 4th and 1, the Chiefs took a timeout as the Raiders decided to go for it. Carr took the quarterback sneak and got the first down. The Raiders had life.

On 3rd and 6 from the Chiefs 38, Carr hit Mychal Rivera for 8 yards and a key first down. On 3rd and 9 from the Chiefs 29, Carr threw a good pass as the receiver was taken down before the ball arrived. Defensive pass interference moved the ball to the 20. Reece gained 5 more down to the 15 at the 2 minute warning. Reece bulled his way forward as the Raiders faced 3rd and inches at the 11. Carr again successfully worked the quarterback sneak as the Chiefs took their last timeout with 1:46 to play.

With the entire football world smelling run, Carr finally had a good running game which allowed for a play action pass on first down. Jones was wide open and Carr hit him for the 9 yard touchdown. The staggering 17 play, 80 yard, 7 1/2 minute drive had the Raiders up by 4, but 1:42 still remained.

The kickoff was taken 9 yards deep in the end zone and returned 48 yards to the Chiefs 39. Smith avoided a sack and threw an incompletion that was somehow ruled a 13 yard catch. The world saw the ball hit the ground. The officials reversed the call and it was ruled incomplete. On 3rd and 3 Smith threw incomplete after getting belted for the third straight play. On 4th and 3, with 1:06 to go, the Raiders had their chance. Smith threw incomplete but the Raiders were actually called for 3 defensive penalties on one play. The Chiefs had 1st and 10 just past midfield.

Smith threw incomplete to set up 3rd and 6 with 49 seconds left, Smith was sacked. The defense began celebrating and forgot to get back for the snap. The Raiders were saved from disaster when Justin Tuck called a timeout. On 4th and 13 with 28 seconds left, Smith fired to the sideline incomplete. The losing was over. The bleeding was over. The Raider Nation finally had the boa constrictor removed from their collective necks. Derek Carr got his first win as a pro football player. 1-15 or 2-14 gets forgotten about in a few years. 0-16 is forever. The Raiders will not be 0-16. The game ball goes to the entire Raider Nation for never giving up. 24-20 Raiders

Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons — Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones for a 24 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Falcons. Hoyer moved the Browns 80 yards and Ian Crowell had an 11 yard touchdown run to tie the game 7-7. In the second quarter Matt Ryan was intercepted, setting up Cleveland at the Atlanta 29. Billy Cundiff hit a 33 yard field goal for a 10-7 Browns lead. Another short field had Cleveland at the Atlanta 40. Cundiff hit from 37 to make it 13-7 Browns. An interception of Hoyer had Atlanta at midfield. Matt Ryan hit Rodgers from 8 yards out to make it 14-13 Falcons at halftime.

In the third quarter Cundiff hit from 32 to put the Browns back on top 16-14. Hoyer would then throw a 26 yard touchdown to Ian Crowell for a 23-14 Browns lead. Ryan led a 14 play, 80 yard, 6 minute drive and Stephen Jackson got in from the one to get the Falcons within 23-21 with 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

Hoyer calmly led the Browns from their 20 to 1st and goal at the 6 with 5 minutes left in the game. Hoyer then threw to the end zone and was intercepted for a touchback. The defense held and with 3 minutes left the Browns faced 3rd and 7 at their own 19. Hoyer went deep and was intercepted again. The Falcons took over at their own 45 with 2:42 to play. On 4th and 2 from the Cleveland 35, Matt Bryant came in for a 53 yard field goal. With 45 seconds left, Bryant was good as the Falcons had the 24-23 lead.

Hoyer redeemed himself, moving the Browns from their 20 to the Atlanta 19 with 4 completions. With 5 seconds left, Cundiff came in for the 37 yard field goal to win it. Cundiff was good, the Browns got to 7-4, and Hoyer got another reprieve. 26-24 Browns

Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles — Huff returned the opening kickoff 107 yards for a 7-0 Eagles lead 12 seconds into the game. Philly got it back near midfield and Darren Sproles ran it in from 4 yards out to make it 14-0 Eagles. In the second quarter Parkey hit a 36 yard field goal to make it 17-0 Eagles.

An interception of Mark Sanchez set up Tennessee at the Philly 30, leading to a touchdown that got the Titans within 17-7. Parkey would tack on another field goal from 26 yards out to make it 20-7 Eagles. Zach Mettenberger then wet deep to Walker for a 68 yard gain to set up Shon Greene from 2 yards out to get the Titans within 20-14. LeSean McCoy scored from 2 yards out as the Eagles took a 27-14 lead. metternberger brought the Titans back but threw incomplete on 3rd and goal rom the 2. Ken Whisenhunt went with the field goal as the Titans trailed 27-17 with one minute left in the half.

In the third quarter a Tennessee fumble set up the Eagles at the Tennessee 33. Sanchez hit Casey for a 14 yard touchdown to make it 34-17 Eagles. In the fourth quarter Parkey hit field goals of 35 and 30 to make it 40-17 as the Eagles rebounded from last week’s shellacking to deliver a blowout of their own. Mettenberger threw a 6 yard touchdown on 4th and goal but it was far too little, far too late. Meanwhile, Parkey hit his fifth field goal from 50 yards just for emphasis. 43-24 Eagles

Detroit Lions at New England Patriots — Matt Prater hit a 48 yard field goal to put the Lions up 3-0 on the road. Late in the first quarter the Patriots faced 3rd and goal at the 3 and Brady fired over the middle to Tim Wright for the touchdown and the 7-3 Patriots lead. In the second quarter Stafford moved the Lions to third and goal but threw incomplete. Prater hit the 20 yarder but the Lions still trailed 7-6. Danny Amendola returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards to the Detroit 22. Legarrette Blount ran it in from the 3 to make it 14-6 Patriots. New England got it back and Brady led a 13 play, 93 yard, 5 minute drive. An 8 yard touchdown pass to Wright made it 21-6 Patriots. The Patriots got it back one more time and Stephen Gostkowski hit a 35 yard field goal as the halftime gun expired to make it 24-6 Patriots.

In the third quarter Gostkowski hit from 43 to make it 27-6 Patriots. Prater answered with a 49 yard field goal to start the fourth quarter but the Lions still trailed 27-9. Blount crashed in again from short yardage just past the 2 minute warning to complete the blowout. 34-9 Patriots

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings — Eddie Lacy scored from one yard out to make it 7-0 Packers. In the second quarter Teddy Bridgewater moved the Vikings 74 yards in 14 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. A 22 yard touchdown pass to Charles Johnson tied the game 7-7. Aaron Rodgers then threw a one yard pass to his namesake at wide receiver for a 14-7 Packers lead. A 39 yard Blair Walsh field goal had the Vikings within 14-10 at halftime. In the third quarter a penalty on a 4th and 29 punt had the Vikings starting at midfield. Walsh hit a 51 yard field goal to get within 14-13. Mason Crosby answered with a 48 yard field goal to make it 17-13 Packers

Midway through the fourth quarter Eddie Lacy capped off an 11 play, 87 yard, 6 1/2 minute drive by scoring from 10 yards out to make it 24-13 Packers. Bridgewater led a 13 play, 79 yard, 5 minute drive that was culminated with a 5 yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings. The 2 point conversion as good as Minnesota only trailed by a field goal with 3 1/2 minutes to play. Desperately needing a stop, the Minnesota defense could not get one. 5 straight carries by Eddie Lacy allowed the Packers to run out the clock. 24-21 Packers

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts — Andrew Luck was sacked and fumbled, but Blake Bortles gave it right back with an interception. Adam Vinatieri hit a 46 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Colts. Luck was sacked and fumbled again, giving the Jaguars the ball at the Colts 12. The Jaguars settled for a 28 yard Josh Scobee field goal and a 3-3 game. With 20 seconds left in the half Luck had the Colts facing 3rd and goal at the 2. Luck threw incomplete. Vinatieri hit from 20 as the Colts led 6-3.

In the third quarter Josh Cribs returned a punt 18 yards to the Jacksonville 38. On 3rd and goal at the one Trent Richardson got in to make it 13-3 Colts. Luck then threw a 73 yard touchdown pass to TY Hilton as the Colts had a commanding 20-3 lead. Vinatieri hit a 32 yarder in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. 23-3 Colts.

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans — Red Rifle Andy Dalton led the Bengals 94 yards in 13 plays and 6 1/2 minutes, hitting hammed Sanu for a 6 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Bengals. In the second quarter Alfred Blue was tackled in the end zone for a safety to make it 9-0 Bengals. Randy Bullock hit a 36 yard field goal for the Texans. The second half began with ann interception of Ryan Mallett, setting up the Bengals at the Houston 22. On 3rd and goal at the 2 Hill got in to make it 16-3 Bengals.

In the third quarter Dalton had an interception returned 60 yards for a touchdown as the Texans were within 16-10. Houston drove deep on their next drive but got no further than the 7 yard line. Bullock hit from 25 to get the Texans with 16-13. Dalton led a staggering 17 play, 71 yard, 8 minute drive but the Bengals bogged down in the red zone. Mike Nugent hit a 31 yard field goal to make it 19-13 Bengals with 9 minutes left in regulation. Nugent would connect again from 49 yards out just past the 2 minute warning to put the game out of reach. 22-13 Bengals

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears — Lovie Smith came back to face the team that fired him after a 10-6 season. Jay Cutler was sacked and fumbled, setting up Tampa Bay at the Chicago 46. Early in the second quarter Josh McCown hit Mike Evans for the 19 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Buccaneers. Murray tacked on a 32 yard field goal s the Buccaneers led 10-0 at halftime. In the third quarter Jay Cutler threw a 2 yard touchdown pass to Jeffery to get the Bears within 10-7.

From the Tampa 37, McCown was then sacked and fumbled, leading to a mad scramble and Chicago taking over all the way at the Bucs 13. One play mater Matt Forte was in the end zone to make it 14-10 Bears. On the next Bucs play from scrimmage McCown was intercepted, setting up the Bears at the Tampa 15. On 3rd and goal at the one Forte got in for a 21-10 Bears lead.  A field goal with 5 minutes left got the Bucs within 8 points. A 20 yard shanked punt had the Buccaneers starting at the Bears 45 with 3 minutes left. On 3rd and 1 a run went nowhere. At the 2 minute warning, McCown took the quarterback sneak and got nowhere. The Bucs got it back at their own 37 with 13 seconds to play, but no miracles were coming. 21-13 Bears

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks — The 9-1 Arizona Cardinals traveled to play the 6-4 Seahawks knowing an Arizona win would all but lock up the NFC West and put the defending champions in the perilous position of possibly even missing the playoffs. A desperate Seattle team at home was expected to throw some punches, and the first half belonged to the defenses. Steve Hauschka hit a 27 yard field goal in the first quarter and hit from 32 and 52 in the second quarter. Catanzaro hit a 23 yarder to finally get the Cardinals on the board as they trailed 9-3 at halftime.

A blocked punt in the third quarter set up Seattle at the Arizona 24. For the fourth time, the Seahawks had to settle for a 40 yard Hauschka field goal and a 12-3 lead. Seattle finally got in the end zone when Russell wilson hit Helmet for a 20 yard score. The Legion of Boom did the rest. 19-3 Seahawks.

St. Louis Rams at San Diego Chargers — One week after shocking Denver at home, the Rams traveled at San Diego. Early on, Shaun Hill was intercepted, setting up the Chargers at the Rams 23. Rivers threw incomplete on 3rd and 3 from the 5 as the Chargers settled for the 23 yard Nick novak field goal. Hill led the Rams to a practically identical 3rd and 3 at the 4 and an incompletion. Greg Zuerlein hit his 22 yard field goal to tie the game.

Rivers moved the Chargers in the second quarter to a 3rd and goal at the 8. Rivers was then intercepted by Jenoris Jenkins, who returned it 99 yards for a Rams touchdown and a 10-3 lead. The Rams missed a chance to extend the lead when Zuerlein had a 46 yard try blocked. On the last play of the half Novak hit from 47 as the Chargers trailed 10-6. In the third quarter Ryan Mathews broke off a 32 yard touchdown run to make it 13-10 Chargers.  The Chargers took a 20-10 lead 2 plays later when Hill was sacked and Gachkar returned a fumble 13 yards for another San Diego touchdown.

The Rams got back in the game when the Chargers fumbled a punt, giving St. Louis the ball at the San Diego 21. Avon Austin id the rest, taking an end around 15 yards and another one for the 6 yard touchdown to get the Rams within 20-17. In the fourth quarter Rivers led a 93 yard, 11 play drive that took nearly 7 1/2 minutes off the clock. A 29 yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen made it 27-17 Chargers.

Hill led a 13 play, 80 yard, 6 minute drive. A 7 yard touchdown pass to Bailey on 3rd and 5 had the Rams within a field goal just before the 2 minute warning. The Chargers went 3 and out and a 38 yard punt return by Tavon Austin had the Rams taking over at the Chargers 40 with 90 seconds to play. With one minute to go the Rams faced 2nd and goal at the 4. With a tie all but assured, there was plenty of time to go for the win. Hill was intercepted in the end zone by Gilchrist as San Diego hung on. 27-24 Chargers

Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos — After a stunning loss last week at St. Louis, Denver looked flat for long stretches of the first half against an average Miami team. 80 yards came easily as Thomas scored from 3 yards out to make it 7-0 Dolphins. Brad McManus kicked a field goal to get the Broncos on the board. In the second quarter a field position game had Miami drive from the Denver 47 to the one, where Ryan Tannehill snuck in to make it 14-3 Dolphins.

Peyton Manning moved the Dolphins 77 yards in 11 plays and 6 minutes. On 3rd and goal at the 5, Manning hit Denarius Thomas for the score to get the Broncos with 14-10. Tannehill matched, moving Miami 87 yards in 10 plays and 5 minutes. A 10 yard touchdown pass to mike Wallace just past the 2 minute warning had the Dolphins up 21-10. Despite having the momentum, they left too much time on the clock. Manning moved the Broncos after a touchback. With 16 seconds left, facing 3rd and 1 at the Miami 14, Manning found Thomas again for another touchdown as Denver only trailed 21-17 at halftime.

In the third quarter Denver moved from their own 20 to a 3rd and 1 at the Miami 7. Manning was sacked, and Brad McManus’s 33 yard field goal dunked off the upright no good. Miami received another break when Denver fumbled a punt and the Dolphins recovered at the Denver 12. On 3rd and 10 Tannehill was intercepted by Von Miller, who fumbled it back on the return. Defensive holding nullified the interception anyway. Tannehill hit Landry for a 5 yard touchdown to make it 28-17 Dolphins.

One minute into the fourth quarter Manning hooked up with Thomas for the third time as a 5 yard touchdown pass and successful 2 point conversion had Denver within 28-25. Denver got it back and Manning led an 11 play, 70 yard, 6 minute drive. With 5 minutes left in regulation, Anderson ran up the middle for a 10 yard touchdown to give the Broncos the 32-28 lead. 3 plays later Tannehill made his only mistake of the game. A killer interception was returned by Ward 37 yards to the Miami 8. Manning hit Wes Welker for the 2 yard touchdown. With just over 3 minutes to play, the Broncos had a 39-28 lead.

Tannehill quickly led the Dolphins 84 yards, aided by several defensive penalties and a critical completion on 4th and 2 from the Denver 43. Tannehill hit Landry for a one yard touchdown. The 2 point conversion was successful and the Dolphins were within a field goal. The onside kick failed and Denver ran out the clock to preserve a hard fought win in a well played game. Tannehill finished 26 of 36 for 228 yards, three touchdowns and the one interception. Manning finished 8 of 35 for 257 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. 39-36 Broncos

Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers — Colin Kaepernick threw a 30 yard touchdown pass to Anquon Boldin to give the 49ers the quick 7-0 lead. In the second quarter Alfred Morris scored from one yard out to tie the game. Phil Dawson would hit a 41 yard field goal to give the 49ers the 10-7 halftime lead. Kai Forth hit a 27 yard field goal in the third quarter to tie the game 10-10. Frank Gore fumbled with 10 minutes left in regulation and he Redskins took over at the San Francisco 36. Forth hit from 46 to make it 13-10 Redskins midway through the fourth quarter.

With 5 1/2 minutes left in regulation, Jim Harbaugh decided to gamble with the 49ers facing 4th and 1 at their own 34. On the verge of facing Barry Switzer ignominy, the gamble paid off when Gore gained 3 yards. Carlos Hyde ran it in from 4 yards out as the 49ers had the 4 point lead with 3 minutes to play. The Redskins went 3 and out as did the 49ers, and Washington got it back at their own 8 with 90 seconds to play. On 3rd and 8 from the 10, Robert Griffin III was sacked and fumbled. The 49ers recovered for another ugly defensive win. 17-13 49ers

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants was the Sunday night game. Eli Manning led a 13 play, 80 yard, 7 minute drive that was capped off with a 3 yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham for a 7-0 Giants lead. The Cowboys came back but settled for a 38 yard Dan Bailey field goal to lead 7-3. In the second quarter Manning went deep to Beckham, who somehow shook off defensive pass interference and made a spectacular three finger catch. His other hand never touched the ball, as his circus catch had the Giants up 14-3. Romo brought the Cowboys back 77 yards and found Jason Witten for a 4 yard touchdown to get the Cowboys within 14-10. 11 plays, 80 yards and 6 minutes later, Williams had a 3 yard touchdown run as the Giants led 21-10 at the break.

In the third quarter, the game changed. Tony Romo found Beasley for a 45 yard touchdown. After Manning was intercepted, Tony Romo went deep to Dez Bryant for a 3 1yard touchdown and a 24-21 Cowboys lead after three quarters. With 9 minutes left in regulation the Giants took over at their own 7. From the Dallas 41, Manning found Rashad Jennings for 27 yards. On 3rd and goal at the one, Manning found Andre Robinson for the touchdown to cap off the 14 play, 93 yard, 6 minute drive.

Although the Giants led 28-24, the Cowboys still had 3 minutes on the clock. From their own 38, they did not need it. Romo threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to Bryant with one minute to play to put Dallas up by a field goal. Now it was Manning’s turn, and the Giants had all three timeouts. On 4th and 2 from the Giants 28 with 46 seconds left, Eli Manning threw a pass to Jennings that was initially ruled a first down. On further review, it was ruled short and the Giants turned it over on downs.

Before this season the Giants instilled the West Coast Offense after being a smash mouth power running team for decades. Throwing past the marker on fourth down is not what the West Coast Offense does. Two yards was apparently too far for a 2 time Super Bowl winner to throw. Dink. Dunk. Death. Nevertheless, this fine football game saw Manning finish 29 of 40 for 338 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Romo was 18 of 26 for 275 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. 31-28 Cowboys

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills in Detroit — Snowstorms that belted the Buffalo area forced this game to be relocated and pushed back from the original Sunday start time. Detroit was chose over Toronto for the location. Buffalo could not practice this week because of the snow. Buffalo was totally unprepared to play a pro football team. Luckily they were playing the Jets. Michael Vick was so awful that Geno Smith was allowed to play. He was also awful.

Kyle Orton threw a 7 yard touchdown pass to Woods on third and goal to make it 7-0 Bills. Nick Folk kicked a 27 yard field goal for the Jets, concluding the Jets highlight for the night.The Jets only trailed 7-3 late in the half. Kyle Orton led a 13 play, 81 yard, 6 minute drive and threw a 19 yard touchdown pass to Chandler with less than one minute left in the half. The Bills only led 14-3 but the Jets were done. In the third quarter Dan Carpenter hit a 53 yard field goal to make it 17-3 Bills. The Bills then blocked a punt for another touchdown and a 24-3 lead.

An interception of Michael Vick set up Buffalo in the red zone and Fred Jackson ran it in from the 5 to make it 31-3. In the fourth quarter Dixon ran for a 30 yard touchdown to complete the scoring and prepare Rex Ryan for life as a highly paid defensive coordinator on another team. New Yorkers declared Buffalo to be the true New York team and the Jets part of New Jersey. 38-3 Bills

Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints was the real Monday night game. On the second play from scrimmage Morgan ran for a 67 yard gain to set up 1st and goal at the one for the Saints. Mark Ingram lost a yard gained it back, saw the Saints lose yards, gain them back, and see 4th and goal at the one. Sean Payton went for it, Ingram got the carry and again got blasted for a 2 yard loss. Instead of a quick lead, the home crowd was shocked by a goal line stand. They were even more shocked when Joe Flacco moved the Ravens 97 yards. On 3rd and 9 from the 15, Flacco hit Steve Smith for the touchdown and the 7-0 Ravens lead.

Later on Brees went back to Morgan for a 62 yard gain. Brees then hit Jimmy Graham for the 10 yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7. On the first play of the second quarter the Ravens had the ball at the Saints 7. Yet at the one yard line the Ravens fumbled the ball away as both teams could not score from the one. The Ravens got it back and Flacco found Smith for a 40 yard gain. Justin Forsett ran it in from 13 yards out to make it 14-7 Ravens in this game of big plays. Brees moved the Saints from their 20 to a 3rd and goal at the 2. Brees threw incomplete and this time Sean Payton decided not to gamble. Shane Graham hit the 20 yard field goal to get the Saints within 14-10. The Saints got it back at their own 19 with 1:51 left in the half and Brees worked the pinball machine offense. With 24 seconds left in the half from the Ravens 26, Brees went deep to Marques Colton for the touchdown and the 17-14 Saints lead.

In the third quarter Flacco moved the Ravens 67 yards in 13 plays and 6 1/2 minutes. On 4th and 2 from the Saints 13, Jim Harbaugh also decided to play it safe. Justin Tucker hit from 31 and the evenly played game was 17-17. A tie game in the third quarter was broken open when Brees had an interception returned 44 yards by Hill for a Ravens touchdown and a 24-17 Baltimore lead.

With 11 minutes left in regulation John Harbaugh took a big field position gamble and trusted his kicker. Justin Tucker drilled a 55-yard field goal to put the Ravens up 27-17. Bree quickly moved the Saints to a 34 yard Graham field goal to get New Orleans within 27-20 with 6 1/2 minutes left.

Needing a stop, the Saints defense had no answer for Justin Forsett, who gashed New Orleans for 182 yards on 22 carries. Forsett broke off a 20-yard touchdown run with three minutes left to salt away the win. Down 34-20, Brees would throw a 2 yard touchdown pass to Graham with 40 seconds left. The onside kick failed and the Saints had their third straight home loss and the Ravens had another tough road win. Brees completed 35 of 45 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns, but much of it was in comeback mode. His one interception was a killer. Despite being 4-7, the Saints are still very much in contention to win the hideous NFC South. 34-27 Ravens

Oakland Raiders victory Shabbos

Friday, November 21st, 2014

This is Oakland Raiders victory Friday. The Raiders finally won a game. The losing nightmare is over.

Inconsequential presidents making meaningless proclamations can wait until Monday.

For now, a happy Oakland Raiders victory Shabbos to you all.

eric

 

NFL 2014 Week 12 Prequel

Friday, November 21st, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 12 Prequel

http://www.commdiginews.com/sports/nfl-2014-week-12-preview-and-bettors-guide-30057/

eric

NFL 2014 Week 11 Recap

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 11 Recap

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Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins was the Thursday night game. A battle of field goals saw Caleb Sturgis hit from 38 and Dan Carpenter hit from 33 in the first quarter, from 21 in the second quarter, and from 46 to make it 9-3 Bills in the third quarter. After that the Dolphins took over. Ryan Tannehill hit Gibson from 7 yards out to make it 10-9 Dolphins. Kyle Orton was then sacked in the end zone for a safety as the Dolphins led 12-9 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter Tannehill hit Landry for an 8 yard touchdown to lock up the win. A late field goal after Buffalo turned it over on downs completed the scoring. 22-9 Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears — A pair of bad teams faced off as Blair Walsh kicked a 50 yard field goal to get the Vikings on top 3-0. Minnesota got it back and Teddy Bridgewater hit Ellison for a 7 yard touchdown to make it 10-0 Vikings. In the second quarter Jay Cutler hit Jeffery for a 27 yard touchdown and then went to Brandon Marshall for a 44 yard score as the Bears took a 14-10 lead. In the fourth quarter Cutler led a staggering 16 play, 72 yard, 7 1/2 minute drive. A 4 yard touchdown pass to Marshall on 3rd and goal had the Bears up 21-10 with 9 minutes left in regulation. Walsh hit from 26 to get the Vikings within 8 with 4 minutes left. The Vikings got it back at their own 34 just before the 2 minute warning. With 50 seconds to play the Vikings faced 2nd and 3 at the Chicago 29. Bridgewater went for all the marbles and was intercepted in the end zone. Jay Cutler did throw two more interceptions, but his three touchdown passes and 330 yard passing in completing 31 of 43 passes made the difference. 21-13 Bears

Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns — A Ryan switch occurred for the Texans as Fitzpatrick was benched in favor of Mallett. Mallet led the Texans 89 yards in 12 plays and threw a 2 yard touchdown pass to JJ Watt. Watt is all world on defense, and is succeeding at playing iron man football. In the second quarter Bryan Hoyer threw a 32 yard touchdown pass to Hawkins to tie the game 7-7. Mallett hit Graham for a 20 yard touchdown to make it 14-7 Texans at halftime. Bullock hit from 46 in the third quarter and 37 and 50 in the fourth quarter to ice the game. Mallet was 20 of 30 for 211 yards, two touchdown passes and an interception. Hoyer was 20 of 50 for 330 yards, one touchdown and one interception. 23-7 Texans.

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers — A dreadfully dull game saw the Panthers take 17 plays and 9 minutes to go 83 yards. They settled for a 23 yard Graham Gano field goal to lead 3-0 in the second quarter. The Falcons responded with a 13 play, 64 yard, 5 1/2 minute drive. Matt Bryant kicked a 34 yard field goal to tie the game 3-3. Matt Bryant then hit from 42 to put the Falcons up 6-3 at halftime as smelling salts were given to fans in the stands to wake them up.

On the third play of the third quarter the Panthers faced 3rd and 2 from their 28. Newton was intercepted, giving Atlanta the ball at the Carolina 14. The Falcons settled for a 26 yard Bryant field goal to lead 9-3. A shanked 28 yard Carolina punt had the Falcons starting at their own 45. Matt Ryan hit Roddy White for a 2 yard touchdown to make it 16-3 Falcons. Cam Newton hit Kelvin Benjamin for a 22 yard touchdown as the Panthers got within 16-10 with 9 minutes left in regulation. The Panthers got it back and Newton went to Brown for a 47 yard touchdown and a 17–16 Carolina lead with 6 1/2 minutes left.

The Falcons came back and Matt Bryant hit his fourth field goal from 44 yards as the Falcons retook the lead by two just before the 2 minute warning. Carolina came right back and with 1:26 to play Gano had a 46 yard field goal try to give the Panthers the lead. It was no good. Carolina got it back at their own 16 with 22 seconds to play needing a miracle. Three straight hook and ladder passes and several laterals later, the Panthers gave Gano another shot from 63 yards out with one second left. The kick was blocked and the Falcons had the win. 19-17 Falcons

Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints — Drew Brees led a 14 play, 67 yard drive that took 6 minutes, but the Saints settled for a 31 yard Shane Graham field goal to open the scoring. Red Rifle Andy Dalton countered with a 12 play, 77 yard, 5 1/2 minute drive. From the Saints 12, Dalton hit Gresham. Gresham fumbled at the goal line and a mad scramble ensued, but the play was reviewed and called a touchdown to make it 7-3 Bengals.

The Saints got it back and moved from their 20 to 3rd and goal at the one. Mark Ingram got the carry and hit a stone wall. Sean Payton decided to go for it on 4th and goal but Brees’s pass to Lorig lost a yard. Inspired by the goal line stand, in the second quarter Dalton led a 15 play, 94 yard drive that took 7 1/2 minutes. The Bengals moved from their own 2 to 3rd and 1 at the Saints 3. Hill got the carry and lost a yard. On 4th and 2 Jay Gruden took no chances. Mike Nugent hit the 22 yarder to make it 10-3 Bengals with 3 minutes left in the half.

The Bengals got it back and were just trying to run out the clock. With 14 seconds left in the half facing 2nd and 12, Hill got the carry and broke free for a 62 yard gain. The Bengals called timeout with one second left and Nugent hit a 42 yarder to give the Bengals the 13-3 lead heading into the locker rooms.

In the third quarter a shanked 2 yard punt set the Bengals up at midfield. Dalton hit Gresham for a one yard touchdown as the Bengals had the 20-3 lead in front of a stunned home crowd. Bree led a 12 play, 80 yard, 6 minute drive. On the first play of the fourth quarter Brees hit Kenny Stills from 9 yards out to get the Saints within 20-10. Dalton brought the Bengals back and hit AJ Green for a 24 yard touchdown to put the game out of reach. 27-10 Bengals.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins — Robert Griffin III is back, and he is playing terrible football. On the first play from scrimmage after a touchback, Griffin threw his first interception to set up Tampa Bay at the Washington 29. A 32 yard Murray field goal made it 3-0 Buccaneers. The Redskins later faced 3rd and 6 from their own 8. Griffin was intercepted again by Banks, who returned it 19 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 Buccaneers lead.

In the second quarter the Buccaneers fumbled a punt to set up Washington at the Tampa 17. 1st and goal at the 6 soon became 4th and goal at the 29 after consecutive sacks of Griffin. The Redskins missed a field goal. With the Bucs facing 2nd and 20 at there own 27, Josh McCown went deep to Mike Evans for 51 yards. Murray hit from 38 to make it 13-0 Redskins. Despite dominating the entire had, the Bucs had a breakdown just before intermission. RGIII found Helu for a 30 yard touchdown as the Redskins only trailed 13-7 at halftime.

In the third quarter McCown went back to Evans for a 36 yard touchdown to make it 20-7 Buccaneers. They hooked up again in the fourth quarter for a 56 yard touchdown bomb to make it a blowout. 27-7 Buccaneers.

Denver Broncos at St. Louis Rams — Jeff Fisher benched Austin Davis for Shaun Hill. John Fox did not bench Peyton Manning for Brock Osweiler. Yet early on it was the Rams smelling upset. Greg Zuerlein kicked a 37 yard field goal to get the Rams on the board after Hill led them 61 yards in 11 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. The next time the Rams got the ball they needed only one play and 8 seconds. Hill went bombs away to Kenny Britt for a 63 yard touchdown to make it 10-0 Rams.

In the second quarter Hill kept Manning off the field for long stretches. An 11 play, 69 yard, 7 minute drive set up Zuerlein from 29 as the Rams led 13-0. For the second week in a row the Broncos slept through much of the first half on the road against a far inferior team. Yet Denver woke up late in the half and Manning hit Emanuel Sanders for a 42 yard touchdown to get the Bacons within 13-7 at the midpoint.

In the third quarter the Rams moved to a 3rd and 3 at the Broncos 4. Hill threw incomplete and the Rams settled for a third field goal from Zuerlein from 22 yards out. The Rams led 16-7 entering the fourth quarter, but the door was not closed shut. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Manning was intercepted at the St. Louis 47. Jeff Fisher decided to have Greg “the Leg” Zuerlein try a 55 yard field goal with 12 minutes left in regulation knowing a miss would give Denver excellent field position. Fisher trusted his kicker and Zuerlein drilled it through to make it 19-7 Rams.

With 5 1/2 minutes left Manning was intercepted again at the Denver 41. Zuerlein drilled his fifth field goal from 53 yards out as the Rams had a stranglehold. Manning finished 34 of 54 for 389 yards and one touchdown, but also two killer interceptions. Shaun Hill was 20 of 29 for 220 yards and one touchdown, but did not throw an interception. 22-7 Rams

San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants — Eli Manning hit Donnell for a 19 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Giants. After that Phil Dawson took over. He hit a 31 yard field goal in the first quarter and from 37 and 44 in the second quarter to give the 49ers the 9-7 lead. An interception of Manning set up the third one as the Giants defense kept the 49ers out of the end zone. In the third quarter the 49ers went for the quick strike. Colin Kaepernick found Michael Crabtree for a 48 yard touchdown to make it 16-7 49ers. The Giants got within six on a 43 yard Josh Brown field goal midway through the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter Manning moved the Giants from their 12 to the San Francisco 32. A short pass was then intercepted with 10 minutes left. The Giants got it back at their 35 and with 5 minutes left the Giants had 1st and goal at the 4. Three straight incompletions was followed by Manning’s fourth down pass being ricocheted and intercepted. The Giants got it back at their own 15 with 1:10 to play but turned it over on downs. Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers got to 6-4 by winning ugly with hard-nosed defense while the Giants continued losing with inept offense. 16-10 49ers

Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs — Alex Smith is supposed to be a dink and dunk game manager, and early on he led a mind-numbing 15 play, 86 yard drive that consumed 9 minutes off the clock. Jamal Charles got in from the one to put the Chiefs up 7-0 and make Andy Reid a most happy Walrus Lite. Russell Wilson showed he could put a team to sleep as well with a staggering 16 play, 90 yard drive that also consumed 9 minutes. Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for the 7 yard score to tie the game 7-7 in the second quarter.

Jamal Charles struck again with a 16 yard touchdown run to make it 14-7 Chiefs. Wilson led a 13 play, 76 yard, 6 1/2 minute drive but this time the Chiefs held when it counted. Seattle settled for a 24 yard Steve Hauschka field goal to trail 14-10. Hauschka hit from 27 as well to get the Seahawks within 14-13 at halftime.

In the third quarter Smith kept moving the ball gradually as a 12 play, 67 yard 7 1/2 minute drive. On 3rd and 1 from the Seattle 3, Davis got the carry and lost 2 yards. Santos hit the 23 yard field goal to make it 17-13 Chiefs. Later on Charles fumbled and the Seahawks took over at the Chiefs 44. Wilson hit Moeaki for a 1 yard touchdown to have the Seahawks up 20-17 after three quarters. Kenneth Davis scored from 4 yards out early in the fourth quarter for a four point Chiefs lead.

Russell Wilson moved the Seahawks from their 23 to a 4th and goal at the 2 midway through the fourth quarter. Pete Carroll decided to go for it and Wilson threw incomplete. Seattle got it back at the Kansas City 45 with 6:15 to play. On 4th and 1 from the 36 with 3 1/2 minutes left, Carroll decided to go for it again. Marconi Lynch got the carry, but Beast Mode met Brick Wall Mode as the Chiefs swarmed him in a sea of red. Seattle got it back with 2:47 to play at their own 4 yard line but turned it over on downs. Smith finished 11 of 16 for 108 yards without a touchdown or interception. He wins this week Trent Dilfer award for drinking and dunking West Coast Offense style while the defense gets the win. 24-20 Chiefs

Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers — The only winless team at 0-9 went on the road to play an overrated rival that had lost 3 straight. The Raiders began at their own 22. On the first play from scrimmage, Derek Carr fumbled. The Chargers took over at the Oakland 22. 2 plays later Philip Rivers went deep to Malcolm Floyd for the touchdown. Less than one minute into the game and the Chargers led 7-0. While it was tempting to immediately declare the Raiders 0-10, the defense played well for long stretches. Midway through the first quarter Sebastian Janikowski hit a 42 yard field goal to get the Raiders within 7-3. San Diego drove to the Oakland 5 yard line with 4 minutes left in the half but settled for a 23 yard Nick Novak field goal and a 10-3 Chargers lead. For all the jokes about the Raiders, the blunder on the opening play was the only thing separating these teams, who played even football for the next 25 minutes.

After a touchback, Carr quickly moved the Raiders to a 3rd and 1 at their own 44. Darren McFadden got the carry and came up short. With an 0-9 team, Tony Sparano decided to inspire his team on 4th and inches by punting. Before the punt, the 2 minute warning came and gave the Raiders a chance to think it over. Sparano punted anyway as the coach who has only lost this year played not to lose. Naturally this led to uninspired defense although the Raiders dodged a bullet when Novak’s 48 yard field goal try to end the half just missed.

Novak redeemed himself with a 52 yard field goal in the third quarter to make it 13-3 Chargers. The Raiders offense remained boring, stale, predictable and awful as a West Coast Offense dink and dunk pass on 3rd and 5 was dropped by a wide open receiver. Timing patterns are worthless when the receivers have no sense of timing or patterns. With 4 minutes left in regulation and the Raiders facing 3rd and 2 at the San Diego 6, another miscommunication between quarterback and wide receiver meant another field goal. While the defense had played well all game, this is where their exhaustion from being on the field the whole game usually leads to the game losing breakdown.

By the time the Raiders got it back at their own 12, only 1:05 remained. On 4th and 10 Carr’s prayer was answered for a big gain. With 11 seconds left, Derek Carr’s Hail Mary was incomplete. Although two seconds clearly remained on the clock, officials called the game over.  The Raiders are six losses away from permanent infamy. 13-6 Chargers

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals — The 7-2 Lions took on the 8-1 Cardinals. These teams were losers for a long time until winners took over in Jim Caldwell and Bruce Arians. Caldwell is the expressionless quiet man who has built a solid defense while the emotional Arians loves the big strike offense. Carson Palmer is out for the season, but Drew Stanton was ready. Reggie Bush was out, but since he used to date a Kardashian his presence was not missed.

Early on Stanton went deep to Michael Floyd for a 42 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Cardinals. The Cardinals got it back at their 23 and moved to a 3rd and 10 at the Detroit 12. Stanton went back to Floyd for the touchdown and the 14-0 Cardinals lead. Detroit got to within 14-3 when Matt Prater’s 50 yard field goal try dunked off the upright but went through good. Stanton was intercepted just past the 2 minute warning, setting up Detroit at the Arizona 19. On 4th and 1 from the 10 Caldwell decided not to gamble. Prater hit from 28 to get the Lions within 14-6 at the half. The defense held on for dear life in a scoreless second half. Yes, 9-1 Arizona is for real. No, Jim Caldwell did not allow the big win to lead to him making a facial expression. 14-6 Cardinals

Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers — The Packers were wearing their 1929 Great Depression throwback uniforms. Green Bay won a championship that year but nationwide poverty explained the terrible football wear. When Aaron Rodgers is your quarterback, even the most ugly outfits are beautiful. Rodgers went deep to Jordy Nelson for a 64 yard bomb to set up a 27 yard Mason Crosby field goal and a 3-0 Packers lead. Green Bay got it back at their own 12 and 88 yards came easily. Rodgers hit Adams for a 6 yard touchdown to make it 10-0 Packers. Special teams got into the act as Hyde returned a punt 75 yards for another touchdown and a 17-0 Packers lead.

In the second quarter Chris Parkey hit a 33 yard field goal to get the Eagles on the board. Rodgers came right back with a 27 yard touchdown to Nelson for a 24-3 Packers lead. Green Bay got it back and Rodgers led another 80 yard drive as a one yard Eddie Lacy run made it 30-3 Packers. Parker hit another field goal as the Eagles trailed 30-6 at the half.

Green Bay in the third quarter would add a field goal and Julius Peppers returned an interception 51 yards. The extra point was block for the second missed point after try on the day. Missed extra points and ugly uniforms are all one can criticize when the team scores in all three phases of the game and leads 39-6. Mark Sanchez did not butt-fumble but a bad shotgun snap and an awkward attempt to pick it up turned into another defensive touchdown. Sanchez did not lose this game. It was a beatdown by a team that will probably no have home field advantage, to the relief of the rest of the NFC. 53-20 Packers

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts was the Sunday night game. The focus was on Tom Brady and Andrew Luck, but the game belonged to Jonas Gray. Gray ran it in from 4 yards out to cap an 11 play, 89 yard drive and put the Patriots up 7-0. Adam Vinatieri hit a 31 yard field goal to get the Colts within 7-3. In the second quarter an 11 play, 68 yard drive culminated with Gray running it in from 2 yards out to make it 14-3 Patriots. The drive began when Luck was intercepted at the New England 32. The roles were reversed when Brady was intercepted at his own 23. Luck hit Hakeem Nicks for a 10 yard touchdown with one minute left in the half.

In the third quarter the Patriots moved 80 yards as Gray continued to run hard. A 2 yard touchdown pass from Brady to Wright made it 21-10 Patriots. Vinatieri hit a 53 yard field goal to get the Colts within 21-13. Every time Indy got close, New England responded. Gray’s third touchdown from three yards out capped off a 10 play, 80 yard, five minute drive to make it 28-13 Patriots.

In the fourth quarter it was Luck leading an 11 play, 80 yard, 5 minute drive. Luck hit Castonzo for the one yard touchdown to get the Colts within 28-20. All Brady did was come back again with a 10 play, 80 yard, five minute drive. Gray got his fourth touchdown from one yard out with 8 1/2 minutes left to put the game out of reach. Brady threw a 26 yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski to complete the scoring. Gray finished with 199 yards rushing on 38 carries. 42-20 Patriots

Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans was the Monday night gameThe Steelers got on the board with a 49 yard field goal from Shawn Suisham to open the story. Zac Mettenberger then completed a pass to William Gay, who plays defense for Pittsburgh. Gay returned the interception 28 yards for a touchdown. With the Steelers up 10-0, it seemed that the rout was on.

Tennessee came back as Bishop Sankey ran it in from 9 yards out to get the Titans within 10-7. Ben Roethlisberger led a 14 play, 85 yard, 7 minute drive that got no further than the 5 yard line. Suisham kicked a 23 yarder as the Steelers led 13-7 after the first quarter. In the second quarter the Titans drove deep but could not get past the 3 yard line. Ryan Succor hit a 20 yarder to get the Titans within 13-10.

With 52 seconds left in the half, 2 plays changed the game. With the Steelers facing 3rd and 7 at the Tennessee 17, Roethlisberger was looking to finish off a 7 minute drove that began at the Pittsburgh 13. Big Ben went to the end zone but was intercepted for a touchback. With Mettenberger being a rookie, Ken Whisenhunt was expected to play it safe and go to the locker rooms. Instead Mettenberger went deep to Nate Washington for an 80 yard touchdown. The crowd exploded as the Titans out of nowhere led 17-13 at halftime. The crowd went even wilder in the third quarter when Mettenberger led an 11 play, 77 yard, 5 minute drive. Mettenberger hit Coffman for a 4 yard touchdown for a 24-13 Titans lead.

The Titans couldn’t hold the lead against a superior Pittsburgh team. Roethlisberger moved the Steelers 72 yards. On the first play of the fourth quarter, LeVeon Bell ran it in from 5 yards out to get the Steelers within 24-20. Tennessee went 3 and out and the Steelers got it back at their own 35. Roethlisberger ended up throwing a 12 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown as the Steelers reclaimed the 3 point lead with 9 minutes left in regulation. Tennessee gained one first down but ended up punting again. The Steelers got the ball at their own 19 with 7 minutes left in regulation.

On 3rd and 4, Roethlisberger hit Wheaton for a 6 yard gain. LeVeon Bell did the rest, carrying the ball 7 straight times. Desperately needing a stop, the Tennessee defense could not get one. Bell was a workhorse, gashing the Titans for 204 yards on 33 carries. This was Mike Tomlin Steelers football. Meanwhile, Roethlisberger and Mettenberger are still both not Jewish. 27-24 Steelers

 

NFL 2014 Week 11 Prequel

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 11 Prequel

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NFL 2014 Week 10 Recap

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 10 Recap

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Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals was the Thursday night game. These teams met with winning records after November 1st for the first time since 1988. Red Rifle Andy Dalton was intercepted 90 seconds into the game to set up Cleveland at the Cincinnati 18. Brandon Tate ran it in from 4 yards out to make it 7-0 Browns. A fumble by the Browns led to a Bengals field goal, but after that the Cleveland defense clamped down.

In the second quarter Ian Crowell ran it in from two yards out. Billy Cundiff hit a 32 yard field goal to make it 17-3 Browns at halftime. The Dawg pound harassed Dalton all game. West ran it in from one yard out in the third quarter to complete the scoring. Bryan Hoyer had game manager type numbers, going 15 for 23 for 198 yards without a touchdown or interception. Hoyer leads a 6-3 football team that runs hard and plays tenacious defense. Johnny Clipboard will have to wait. As for Dalton, he finished a miserable 10 of 33 for 86 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions. 24-3 Browns

San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints — The reeling 49ers came to play the rolling Saints. One minute into the game Drew Brees was intercepted, setting up the 49ers at the Saints 19. Frank Gore’s short touchdown run made it 7-0 49ers. San Francisco got it back and continued playing old-school, smash mouth football. Carlos Hyde ran for a 9 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 49ers. Shane Graham then hit a 40 yard field goal to get the Saints on the board.

In the second quarter Brees threw a 31 yard touchdown pass to Cooks to get the Saints within 14-10. The 49ers came back as Colin Kaepernick hit Anquon Boldin for a 15 yard touchdown to make it 21-10 49ers. In the third quarter Brees hit Jimmy Graham for an 11 yard touchdown to get the Saints within 21-17.

On the first play of the fourth quarter the Saints faced 4th and 1 at their own 38. Sean Payton has cojones of steel, and he went for it. Brees executed the quarterback sneak and got the first down. The Saints would punt, but they got it back midway through the fourth quarter. With just over 3 minutes to play the Saints faced 4th and 3 at the San Francisco 34. Payton again went for it and a pass from Brees to Colton gained 24 yards. With 1:55 left the Saints faced 3rd and goal at the 2. Brees hit Graham for the score to put the Saints up 24-21.

With 1:22 left the 49ers faced 4th and 10 at their own 22. Kaepernick scrambled around and threw a prayers to a wide open Michael Crabtree for a 51 yard gain. Phil Dawson’s 45 yard field goal was a knuckleball that somehow made it between the uprights with 45 seconds left. With 4 seconds left from the San Francisco 47, Brees threw a Hail Mary of his own. The Saints thought they had the miracle touchdown, but Graham was called for offensive pass interference. Graham clearly pushed off on the play, as the game went to overtime.

The Saints got the ball first and moved from their 20 to 3rd and 1 at the 49ers 43. Brees threw incomplete.  On 4th and 1 Payton chose not to go for it. The 49ers took over after a touchback and punted it back. The Saints were pinned at their own 9. With 5 1/2 minutes left in overtime the Saints faced 2nd and 15 from their own 15. Bree was sacked and fumbled. The 49ers took over at the 17 and Harbaugh immediately sent in Dawson on first down. Dawson nailed the kick and the 49ers had the win. 27-24 49ers, OT

Dallas Cowboys at Jacksonville Jaguars in London — Memories of North Dallas 40 resurfaced as 20 Cowboys missed Friday night curfew in London. Dallas thought they were “only” playing the Jaguars, so discipline did not matter. Dan Bailey hit a 54 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Cowboys early on. Punta Robinson broke off a 32 yard touchdown run to make it 7-3 Jaguars. Jacksonville then fumbled a punt, giving Dallas the ball at the Jacksonville 6. On 3rd and goal from the 2 Tony Romo hit Jason Witten for the touchdown and the 10-7 Cowboys lead.

In the second quarter Romo threw a 35 yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant to make it 17-7 Cowboys. Romo connected again with Bryant again as a one play, 12 second drive meant a 68 yard touchdown strike and a 24-7 Cowboys lead at the break. Romo was 16 for 21 for 225 yards passing, three touchdowns and 0 interceptions at halftime. Despite the lead, Jerry Jones instructed Jason Garrett to discipline the players who missed curfew. No, not really.

In the third quarter Joseph Randle broke off a 40 yard touchdown run to make it 31-7 Cowboys. Jacksonville added a couple of garbage time scores before falling to 1-9 before the bored Wembley crowd. 31-17 Cowboys

Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills — A 25 yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to Hogan made it 7-0 Bills early on. The Chiefs got within 7-3 on a 36 yard Calo Santos field goal. In the second quarter a Chiefs fumble gave the Bills a short field, leading to a 26 yard Dan Carpenter field goal and a 10-3 Bills lead. In the third quarter, Carpenter hit from 21 to make it 13-3 Bills.

Early in the fourth quarter the Chiefs faced 4th and 1 at the Bills 39. Walrus Lite Andy Reid decided to go for it. In a complete shock, the pass happy coach actually ran the ball. Jamal Charles went all the way for the touchdown to get the Chiefs within 13-10. Later on the Bills fumbled a punt, setting up the Chiefs at the Buffalo 26. Charles gained 18 and Alex Smith ran for the final 8 to put the Chiefs up by 4 with 9 minutes left in regulation.

With 4 1/2 minutes left, the Chiefs appeared to be indeed trouble when Leodis McKelvin returned a punt 23 yards to the Chiefs 25. On 1st and 10 from the 15, Orton threw incomplete 4 straight times as the Chiefs got the tough road win. 17-13 Chiefs

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets — Ben Roethlisberger is the hottest quarterback in the league, and he came to play the ice cold Jets, losers of eight straight. Early on Big Ben had to wait to see the football. Michael Vick led a 14 play, 72 yard, 8 minute drive. Yet 1st and goal at the 4 could not translate into a touchdown. Nick Folk hit the 23 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Jets. The next time the Jets got it back they needed only one play and 10 seconds as Vick went bombs away to Graham for a 67 yard touchdown and a 10-0 Jets lead. Pittsburgh then fumbled the ball away at their own 20. Amaro ran it in from the 5 to give the Jets the stunning 17-0 early lead. In the second quarter Shawn Suisham hit a 53 yard field goal as the Steelers trailed 17-3 at intermission.

In the third quarter the inevitable Jets collapse was slow to take place as Folk hit a 30 yard field goal to make it 20-3 Jets. The Steelers reached the Jets one yard line in the fourth quarter when a run lost 8 yards. Suisham hit from 27 to get the Steelers within 20-6 midway through the fourth quarter. A successful onside kick was negated by offensive offsides.

At the 2 minute warning the Jets had 1st and 10 at the Pittsburgh 42. Somehow that turned into 3rd and 46. They punted on 4th and 37 and the Steelers got it back at their own 20 with 90 second to play. One play and 12 seconds later Roethlisberger had an 80 yard touchdown pass to Bryant. The Steelers were within 7 but again the onside kick failed. The Jets executed the kneel-down without a Miracle at the Meadowlands, allowing them to avoid the 9 game losing streak. 20-13 Jets

Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens — When Eddie George, Steve McNair and Ray Lewis played, this game was a thriller. They don’t, and this game isn’t. Yet Zach Mettenberger threw a 3 yard touchdown pass to Leon Washington to give the Titans the surprising 7-0 lead. In the second quarter Justin Forsett ran for a 9 yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7. In the third quarter an 11 play, 72 yard, 6 minute drive was capped off by Forsett running for an 11 yard touchdown to make it 14-7 Ravens. In the fourth quarter Joe Flacco threw a 32 yard touchdown pass to Troy Smith to lock up the win. 21-7 Ravens.

Miami Dolphins at Detroit Lions — Matthew Stafford led a 15 play, 72 yard drive that took over 8 1/2 minutes off the clock. Detroit bogged down inside the 10 and settled for a 26 yard Matt Prater field goal to lead 3-0. The next time the Lions got the football they needed only one play and 8 seconds as Stafford went deep to Calvin Megatron Johnson for a 49 yard touchdown and a 10-0 Lions lead. Miami drove deep but bogged down at the 5. A 23 yard Caleb Sturgis field goal had the Dolphins trailing 10-3 at halftime. Sturgis hit from 50 in the third quarter to get the Dolphins within 10-6.

In the third quarter Prater lined up for a 42 yard field goal to extend the Detroit lead. Instead the kick was blocked and returned to the Detroit 3 yard line. One play later Ryan Tannehill hit Mike Wallace for a 3 yard touchdown to make it 13-10 Dolphins. In the fourth quarter Prater tried a 50 yarder. This time he was good and the game was tied 13-13 with 12 minutes left in regulation.

From the Miami 28, Tannehill led a 7 1/2 minute drive that set up 3rd and goal at the 2. Tannehill threw incomplete. Sturgis hit the 20 yarder to make it 16-13 Dolphins. Both teams went 3 and out and the Lions got it back at their own 26 with 3:13 to play. With 1:12 left the Lions faced 3rd and 10 at the Miami 27. Stafford hit Golden Tate for just enough. On 3rd and 4 from the 11 with 36 seconds left, Staford hit Riddick for the winning touchdown. 20-16 Lions

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Tampa Bay led a staggering 17 play drive that took over 8 1/2 minutes off the clock, but somehow only moved 47 yards. A 51 yard Murray field goal made it 3-0 Buccaneers. Matt Ryan then led an 11 play, 78 yard, 5 1/2 minute drive. Stephen Jackson got in from the one to make it 7-3 Falcons. Matt Bryant added a 37 yard field goal in the second quarter to make it 10-3 Falcons. Josh McCown moved the Buccaneers 86 yards and hit Mike Evans for a 22 yard touchdown as the teams were deadlocked 10-10. Devon Hester returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards to the Atlanta 42. Only 36 seconds remained in the half, but that was enough time to allow Bryant to hit from 43 to give the Falcons the 13-10 halftime lead.

In the third quarter Bryant hit from 44 to make it 16-10 Falcons. In the fourth quarter McCown hit Sefarian-Jenkins for a one yard touchdown to make it 17-16 Buccaneers. The Falcons came back as Ryan hit Roddy White for a 5 yard touchdown with 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation. The 2 point conversion succeeded to put the Falcons up 24-17. Tampa Bay went 3 and out and a 30 yard punt gave the Falcons the ball just shy of midfield. A 33 yard field goal by Bryant with 4:15 to play locked up the win for Atlanta. McCown moved the Buccaneers to 1st and goal at the 4 with 1:56 to play but was intercepted for a touchback. McCown was intercepted again to snuff out any rally. 27-17 Falcons.

St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals — One week after a shocking road win where the defense noticed 8 sacks, the Rams took on top rated Arizona. Again Jeff Fisher’s fought hard. In the first quarter Cunningham ran it in from 3 yards out to make it 7-0 Rams. In the second quarter Andre Ellington had his own 3 yard touchdown to tie the game. Catanzaro added a field goal to put the Cardinals up 10-7. Austin Davis hit Jared Cook for a 59 yard touchdown to have the Rams up 14-10 at halftime.

With 11 1/2 minutes left in regulation the Cardinals faced 3rd and 7 Rams 28. Disaster then struck as Palmer went down without being touched. He stayed down and had to be carted off the field. Cardinals fans can only hope the injury is not serious. Catanzaro then missed the 53 yard field goal. The Cardinals got it back at their own 11 and Drew Stanton came in at quarterback. Stanton went deep to Brown for a 48 yard touchdown to give the Cardinals the 17-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The Rams then melted down, with Austin Davis being the main self-destruction culprit. Davis was intercepted twice, with the second one returned 30 yards by Patrick Peterson for the clinching touchdown with just over five minutes to play. Davis was then sacked and fumbled, as Antonio Cromartie returned the fumble 14 yards for the final touchdown. The Cardinals are 8-1, but the injury to Palmer clouded the win. 31-14 Cardinals.

New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks — Marshawn Lynch capped off an 80 yard drive by getting in from the one to make it 7-0 Seahawks. Later on Russell Wilson was intercepted, setting up the Giants at the Seattle 24. Eli Manning hit Parker for a 6 yard touchdown to tie the game. In the second quarter an 80 yard drive saw Williams run for the 3 yard score to make it 14-7 Giants. An 85 yard drive by Seattle led to 3rd and goal at the 2. Lynch then got in to tie the game 14-14. Josh Brown hit a 41 yard field goal as the half ended to make it 17-14 Giants. Steve Hauschka connected from 28 in the third quarter to tie the game 17-17.

The fourth quarter was all Seattle. Lynch took it in from 3 yards out to give Seattle the lead. He then ran it in from 16 yards out to put the game away. A 45 yard run by Michael set up a one yard touchdown run by Russell Wilson to complete the scoring. Lynch had 4 touchdowns on 21 carries for 140 yards. 38-17 Seahawks

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders — The Raiders were making dumb decisions before the game even started. Oakland won the coin toss and deferred. Rather than keep Peyton Manning off the field, he was able to start the game. Manning immediately threw an interception, giving Oakland a short field. Sebastian Janikowski hit a 41 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Raiders. Denver drove deep but bogged down at the 3 yard line. McManus hit from 20 to tie the game 3-3.

In the second quarter McManus hit from 28. Another interception of Manning set up the Raiders at the Denver 12. David Carr threw a 5 yard touchdown pass to give the Raiders the lead. After 26 minutes of football, the Raiders led 10-6. Carr had one touchdown pass and zero interceptions. Manning had zero touchdowns and two interceptions.

With 3 1/2 minutes left in the half, with the Raiders facing 3rd and 2 from their own 40, Carr was intercepted at the Denver 47. On 3rd and 8 just shy of midfield, one play changed the entire game. Manning threw a short pass to Anderson who caught it nowhere near the first down marker. Several mistackles meant a 51 yard touchdown pass and a 13-10 Broncos lead. Denver got it back at their own 38 with 1:40 left in the half. Manning went deep to Emanuel Sanders for a 32 yard touchdown with 30 seconds left in the half. Leading 20-10 at halftime, Denver quickly turned out the lights in the second half.

In the third quarter the Raiders managed to commit a personal foul on a touchback. Then Carr completed a pass to his offensive lineman, who fumbled away the illegal catch. Manning threw a 10 yard touchdown pass to Julius Thomas. Midway through the third quarter John Fox decided to go for it on 4th and 1 from the Oakland 32. Manning went to Thomas again, and the result was another touchdown and a 34-10 Broncos lead.

Another interception of Carr meant another short field. Manning hit Sanders again for a 15 yard touchdown. After three quarters, Manning had five touchdown passes in completing 31 of 44 passes for 340 yards. Derek Carr completed 23 of 40 passes for only 96 yards as Tony Sparano brought back the Dennis Allen dink and dunk West Coast Offense that does nothing but throw two-yard passes followed by punts. The Raiders remained winless as Brock Osweiler played the entire fourth quarter. Last year Manning needed only one half of football to build a 31 point lead. This time he needed three quarters although all the work was done in 19 minutes. The Raiders got their typical garbage time touchdown with 48 seconds remaining. 41-17 Broncos

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers was the Sunday night game. Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes and zero interceptions, and that was only the first half. The last player to accomplish that feat was Darryl “Mad Bomber” Lamonica. Rodgers hit Bostick from one yard out, Quarless from four yards out, Jordy Nelson for bombs of 73 and 40 yards, Eddie Lacy for a 56 yard touchdown, and Randall Cobb for an 18 yard score. The Packers led 42-0 at halftime. In the fourth quarter Jay Cutler had a pass intercepted by Hayward and returned 82 yards for another Packers touchdown. With Rodgers and Cutler both completing passes to players on the Packers, Matt Flynn and Jimmy Clausen finished a game that could spell the end of the Marc Trestman experiment in Chicago. 55-14 Packers

Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles was the Monday night game. The question would be whether Mark Sanchez was truly ready for prime time. The answer was that he did not have to be. Carolina fumbled twice on their first three plays to gift the Eagles 10 points as Parkey hit a 39 yard field goal and Darren Sproles ran it in from 8 yards out. Cam Newton led an 11 play, 80 yard, 5 1/2 minute drive. Jimmy Stewart got in from the one to get the Panthers within 10-7. After that it was all Eagles.

Darren Sproles returned a punt 65 yards for a 17-7 Eagles lead. In the second quarter Sanchez quickly moved the Jets 91 yards in 10 plays and found Matthews for a 13 yard touchdown to make it 24-7 Eagles. Bradley Fletcher then returned an interception of Cam Newton 31 yards for another touchdown and a 31-7 Eagles lead at the half.

NFL 2014 Week 10 Prequel

Friday, November 7th, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 10 Prequel

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NFL 2014 Week 9 Recap

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 9 Recap

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New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers was the Thursday night game. A pair of teams playing below their potential faced off knowing a win would get them to .500 and the lead in the anemic NFC South. 26 minutes of terrible football was followed by 2 plays that altered the scoreless game. With 3:30 minutes left in the half, Carolina faced 3rd and 9 at their own 8. Cam Newton was sacked and fumbled, giving the ball to the Saints at the Carolina 4. Mark Ingram ran it in from the 3 to make it 7-0 Saints. New Orleans got it back and faced 3rd and 10 at their own 15 with 1:40 left. Drew Brees found Kenny Stills for 17. With 14 seconds left on 3rd and 17 from the Carolina 33, Brees went to the end zone and got the defensive pass interference call. Bree hit Jimmy Graham from one yard out to make it 14-0 Saints at halftime.

In the third quarter Newton led the Panthers 81 yards. From the Saints 10, Newton rolled out, scrambled and dove just enough to reach the pylon to get the Panthers within 14-7. Brees brought the Saints back 80 yards in 14 plays and 6 minutes. Bree got the final yard himself to make it 21-7 Saints. Late in the third quarter from the Carolina 32, Newton went deep to Jerricho Cotchery for a 47 yard gain. Early in the fourth quarter Carolina had a touchdown overturned on review. Carolina settled for a 31 yard Graham Gano field goal as the Panthers trailed 21-10. Needing a stop, the Carolina defense could not get one. Brees led a 13 play, 80 yard drive that chewed up 7 1/2 minutes off the clock. Mark Ingram ran it in to put the game on ice. 28-10 Saints

San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins — Earlier this week Joe Philbin’s father died. After taking a couple days off, Philbin returned to the team. Football is a game of emotion, and on this day the Dolphins played inspired football for their coach.

Late in the first quarter Ryan Tannehill led a 10 play, 77 yard, 6 minute drive. A 6 yard touchdown pass to Clay made it 7-0 Dolphins. In the second quarter Miller ran it in from the 2 to make it 14-0 Dolphins. Philip Rivers was then intercepted, giving the Dolphins a short field. Caleb Sturgis hit a 26 yard field goal and then tacked on a 25 yarder to make it 20-0 Dolphins. In the third quarter Tannehill hit Ryan Matthews for a 21 yard touchdown to make it 27-0 Dolphins. Rivers was the intercepted again, giving Miami the ball in the red zone. Sturges’s third field goal from 23 made it 30-0 Dolphins. In addition to 3 interceptions, Rivers was then sacked and fumbled, giving Miami the ball at the Chargers 14. One play later Tannehill hit Landry for the touchdown. The defense pitched a shutout as the players one a big one for their coach. 37-0 Dolphins

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals —Jacksonville actually led 3-0 after the first quarter from a  25 yard Josh Scobee field goal. The sluggish Bengals finally got going in the second quarter as a 19 yard touchdown pass from Red Rifle Andy Dalton to Mohammed Sanu made it 7-3 Bengals. Mike Nugent then tacked on a 31 yard field goal. Special teams got into the act as the Bengals blocked a punt for a safety and a 12-3 lead.

In the third quarter Jeremy Hill got in from one yard out to make it 19-3 Bengals. The Jaguars got within 19-10 when Blake Bortles hit Hums for a 40 yard touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter a 31 yard punt return set up the Bengals at the Jacksonville 23. Dalton hit AJ Green for an 18 yard touchdown to maker it 26-10 Bengals. Bottles threw an 18 yard touchdown pass to Hums. The 2 point try failed as the Jaguars trailed 26-16 with 10 minutes left to play. Dalton was then intercepted on 3rd and 8 from his own 25, setting up the Jaguars at the Cincy 7. Robinson ran it in from 5 yards out as the Jaguars only trailed 26-23.

All the momentum the Jaguars had instantly evaporated when Scobee hit the ensuing kickoff out of bounds. From the 40, one play from scrimmage was all the Bengals needed as Hill raced for a 60 yard touchdown to lock up the win. 33-23 Bengals.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns — Billy Cundiff hit a 49 yard field goal to put the Browns up 3-0. Mike Glennon then had a pass intercepted by Donte Whitner and returned 54 yards to the Tampa Bay 21. The Browns got to the one yard line but went backwards and settled for a 29 yard Cundiff field goal to lead 6-0 in the second quarter. Glenn rebounded with a 24 yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans to make it 7-6 Buccaneers. Murray hit a 40 yard field goal for the Buccaneers but Cundiff then hit his third kick from 43 as the Browns trailed 10-9 at intermission.

In the third quarter the Browns finally reached the end zone as Bryan Hoyer led an 80 yard drive that took 6 minutes and 11 plays. Hoyer hit West for the 2 yard score to make it 16-10 Browns. Late in the third quarter Glennon hit Evans for a 24 yard touchdown to put the Buccaneers up 17-16. Hoyer was intercepted in the fourth quarter but the Buccaneers failed to capitalize. Hoyer came back and threw a 34 yard touchdown to Taylor Gabriel. The 2 point try failed but the Browns led 22-17 with 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

At the 2 minute warning the Buccaneers faced 2nd and 1 at the Cleveland 37. Needing only one yard with plenty of time, Glennon threw incomplete twice. On 4th and 1, a completed pass was nullified by offensive pass interference. On 4th and 11 Glennon went deep incomplete and the Buccaneers had another ineptitude-generated loss. As for Cleveland, their defense again came through when it mattered most. 22-17 Browns

Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings — While Colt McCoy played very well in an upset road win over Dallas, this game was about the return of Robert Griffin III from injury. RGIII completed all five passes on a 13 play, 62 yard drive that took 8 minutes. Kai Forth hit a 36 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Redskins. RGIII then threw a 45 yard completion to DeSean Jackson as 91 yards came easily. Alfred Morris raced 14 yards for the score to make it 10-0 Redskins. With Washington in total control, RGIII was intercepted with one minute left in the half at the Washington 46. On 3rd and 6 from the 20, Teddy Bridgewater hit Ford for the touchdown as the Vikings trailed 10-7 at the break.

Consecutive sacks on Griffin in the third quarter altered field position and gave Minnesota the ball at their own 44. Asiata got in from one yard out to make it 14-10 Vikings. Roberts returned the kickoff all the way back to the Washington 44. RGIII threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to Jackson to make it 17-14 Redskins. Washington got it back near midfield and moved to a 2nd and 1 at the Washington 6. A run lost a couple yards and RGIII threw incomplete. Forth hit the 26 yarder to make it 20-14 Redskins. Early in the fourth quarter Asiata ran it in from 7 yards out to cap a 76 yard drive and put the Redskins back on top 21-20. RGIII brought the Redskins back 80 yards. Morris got the 2 yard touchdown run. The 2point try failed but Washington led 26-21 with 9 minutes left in regulation.

Teddy Bridgewater led a 12 play, 73 yard, 5 1/2 minute drive. On 3rd and goal at the one with 3 1/2 minutes left, Asiata got in. Asiata also ran in the 2 point conversion to put the Vikings up by 3. With 1:15 left, the Redskins faced 4th and 6 at the Washington 43. Griffin had a receiver open and threw low and incomplete to turn it over on downs. The Redskins got it back with 12 seconds left but Griffin’s Hail Mary was thrown out of bounds. 29-26 Vikings

Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans — The big play explosiveness of the Chip kelly offense was on display early as Nick Foles connected with Jeremy Maclin on a 59 yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 Eagles. Foles then threw a 51 yard touchdown pass to AJ Bouye, but he plays defense for the Texans. The 7-7 tie had the home crowd fired up. On the last play of the first quarter Foles was sacked and injured. Mark Sanchez came in to start the second quarter and threw an 11 yard touchdown to Matthews to make it 14-7 Eagles. Ryan Fitzpatrick then found Arian Foster for a 56 yard touchdown to tie the game 14-14.

In the third quarter Parkey hit a 45 yard field goal to make it 17-14 Eagles. Randy Bullock missed a 39 yard field goal that would have tied the game. The deflated Texans then gave up runs of 14 and 26 to McCoy followed by Polk running for 22 and then the 8 yard touchdown. The stunning collapse on the ground had the Texans down 24-14 after three quarters.

Sanchez then threw an interception, giving the Texans the ball at the Eagles 38 to end the third quarter. From the Eagles 10, Fitzatrick was intercepted by Ryans, but Ryans fumbled it right back on the return. From the 7, Fitzpatrick hit Hopkins for the touchdown to get the Texans within 24-21 with 12 minutes left in regulation. Sanchez then led a killer 15 play, 80 yard drive that took 8 minutes off the clock. On 4th and 1 from the Houston 4 with 4 minutes left, Chip Kelly decided to go for it. Polk got the yard. After a false start, Sanchez hit Maclin for the 8 yard touchdown to put the game out of reach.

New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs — Geno Smith has finally been relegated to the bench as Michael Vick gets the start for Rex Ryan’s final 8 games as Jets coach. The Chiefs moved 81 yards in 12 plays and 6 1/2 minutes as Jamal Charles got in from the one to make it 7-0 Chiefs. Kansas City got it back and Alex Smith threw a 2 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano to make it 14-0 Chiefs.

Vick then led a 15 play, 81 yard drive that consumed 9 minutes off the clock. A 3 yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker got the Jets within 14-7. Thomas returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards to the Jets 29. On 3rd and 5 from the 12, Smith hit Kelce for the touchdown and the 21-7 Chiefs lead with 44 seconds left in the half. Percy Harvin returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to the Chiefs 43, allowing Nick Folk to hit the 39 yard field goal and get the Jets within 21-10 at halftime.

In the third quarter Smith led a 75 yard drive that took 16 plays and consumed 8 minutes of time. Yet on 3rd and goal at the one, the entire world knows that pass-happy Walrus Lite Andy Reid is going to throw the ball. Smith threw incomplete. On 4th and goal at the one Reid went with the field goal. Santos hit the 19 yarder. The Chiefs defense clamped down the rest of the way to send the Jets to their 8th straight loss. Vick threw incomplete on fourth and goal at the three, as the Chiefs defense bent but never broke. Vick came back in and again led the Jets two more times inside the Chiefs 30 before turning it over on downs. 24-10 Chiefs.

Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys — The Cowboys wisely decided not to throw away their entire season as Tony Romo and his two cracked ribs took the week off. Brandon Weeden got the start. Carson Palmer did start and got leveled early on. After being sacked a couple times, Palmer was intercepted by Tyler Pavman, who raced 58 yards down the sideline for a 7-0 Cowboys lead. Dan Bauley added a 52 yard field goal to make it 10-0 Cowboys.

In the second quarter Carson Palmer led a 13 play, 80 yard, 6 1/2 minute drive. A 7 yard touchdown pass to Carlson got the Cardinals within 10-7. Palmer hit Brown for an 11 yard touchdown to give the Cardinals the 14-10 lead. On the last play of the half a field goal try by the Cowboys was blocked. Dallas was lucky it dd not go for a touchdown the other way.

With 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation the Cowboys faced 4th and 1 at the Arizona 34. Jason Garrett decided to go for it and DeMarco Murray ran into a red brick wall. Palmer led the Cardinals to a 3rd and goal at the one. A pass to a wide open Andre Ellington with 6 minutes to play made it 21-10 Cardinals. Weeded was then intercepted, setting up Arizona at the Dallas 28. Another 3rd and goal at the one this time had Grice go up the middle and barely break the plane of the goal to put the game out of reach and get the Cardinals to 7-1 under Bruce Arians. Dallas added a garbage touchdown, but this game was about the Cardinals, especially on defense. 28-17 Cardinals

St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers — In the first quarter Phil Dawson hit a 34 yard field goal for the 49ers and Greg Zuerlein matched him from 37 to make it 3-3 after the first quarter. In the second quarter Austin Davis was intercepted, setting up the 49ers at the Rams 35. On 3rd and 2 Colin Kaepernick went deep to Anquon Boldin for a 27 yard touchdown to make it 10-3 49ers. From midfield, Kaepernick was sacked and fumbled, leading to a 21 yard touchdown pass from Davis to Kenny Britt. On the last play of the half Dawson missed a 55 yard field goal as the teams went to the locker rooms deadlocked 10-10.

Midway through the fourth quarter of this slugfest saw the 49ers shank a 23 yard punt, setting up the Rams at the 49ers 29. Zuerline hit a 39 yard field goal with 5 1/2 minutes left to give the Rams the lead. The Rams got it back but failed to convert on 3rd and 1. The 49ers took over at their own 12 with just over 3 minutes left in regulation. On 3rd and 2 from the 49ers 45, defensive holding at the 2 minute warning kept the 49ers moving. on 3rd and 5 from the Rams 30, defensive pass interference meant 1st and goal at the 5. Another defensive holding penalty moved the ball to the 2 with 42 seconds left.

With 9 seconds left, the 49ers faced 3rd and goal at the one in an ending that will be talked about forever. The 49ers had plenty of options, timeouts to spare, and an easy field goal if need be. Kaepernick took the quarterback sneak up the middle as the 49ers players celebrated what they thought was the winning touchdown. Amidst the confusion, Kaepernick actually fumbled and the Rams recovered for a touchback in front of a shellshocked home crowd. 13-10 Rams

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots — Episode 16 of one of the greatest football classics of all time featured Peyton Manning and Tom Brady duel in what should be another AFC Title Game preview. In the first quarter the Patriots got on the board first with a 49 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal. Manning then led the Broncos 80 yards. Ronnie Hillman got in from the one to make it 7-3 Broncos.

In the second quarter Brady thought he had the go-ahead touchdown pass but LaFell dropped it in going to the ground. New England settled for a 29 yard Gostkowski field goal to trail 7-6. Manning was then intercepted by Rob Ninkovich, setting up the Patriots at the Denver 34. Brady fired a 5 yard laser to Julian Edelman for the touchdown and the 13-7 Patriots lead. Edelman had the home crowd in a frenzy when he returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-7 Patriots. Denver missed a chance to get closer when Brandon McManus dunked a 41 yard field goal off the upright no good. Just before the 2 minute warning Denver faced 4th and 6 at the New England 34. John Fox decided to go for it and Manning was sacked. Brady found Shane Vereen for a 5 yard touchdown with 8 seconds left in the half as the Patriots were rolling 27-7.

In the third quarter Manning threw an 18 yard touchdown pass to Julius Thomas to get the Broncos within 27-14. Gostkowski’s third field goal from 45 put the Patriots up 30-14. Manning then had a pass bounce right out of Wes Welker’s hands, get intercepted, and then get returned to the Denver 10 yard line. One play later Brady hit Brandon LaFell for the touchdown to make it 37-14 Patriots. Manning came back and hit Ronnie Hillman for a 15 yard touchdown to get the Broncos within 37-21.

Brady led a 14 play, 80 yard, 7 minute drive. Early in the fourth quarter Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for the touchdown and the final score. Manning quickly led Denver back, but on 4th and goal at the 8 a fade route was dropped by Jacob Tamme trying to make a one handed grab.

Manning finished 34 of 57 for 438 yards and two touchdowns, but also two costly interceptions. Brady was 33 of 53 for 323 yards and four touchdown passes with one interception. Julian Edelman was a game-breaker, catching two of Brady’s touchdown passes and returning a punt 84 yards for another score to power the Patriots. 24 unanswered second quarter points meant a 27-7 Patriots halftime lead that was never in peril. 43-21 Patriots

Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks — In 1987, the Raiders had lost 7 straight games before traveling to Seattle. The game was a blowout, but not in the way anyone expected. Bo Jackson ran 91 yards and out of the stadium and later on flattened Brian Bosworth for a 37-14 Raiders win. This is not 1987.

As awful as the Raiders are, Derek Carr continues to impress. Early on he led a 12 play, 50 yard drive that consumed 6 minutes. On 3rd and 8 from the Oakland 47 Carr went at Richard Sherman and hit Rivera for 16 yards. Sebastian Janikowski would hit a 48 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Raiders. Seattle easily moved 72 yards as Marshawn Lynch ran it in from 3 yards out to make it 7-3. Five days ago rumors had Lynch being traded to the Raiders. He was merely running over them, not for them. Carr was then intercepted by Irvin, who returned it 35 yards for a touchdown and a 14-3 Seahawks lead after the opening quarter.

In the second quarter Carr was intercepted again by Richard Sherman, who returned it 22 yards to the Oakland 18. Steve Hauschka hit a 34 yard field goal to make it 17-3 Seahawks. The Raiders were in full self-destruction mode when they fumbled away the ensuing kickoff. Hauschka missed a 46 yard field goal as both offenses traded punts for most of the rest of the half. With Seattle facing 3rd and 8 from their own 24 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the half, the Raiders took a timeout in the hopes of getting the ball back. Instead Russell Wilson hit Ellison for 16 yards. Lynch ran it in from 5 yards out to make it 24-3 Seahawks. A strong kickoff return led to Tony Sparano deciding to go for it on 4th and 7 from the Seattle 45 with 9 seconds left. Carr hit Murray for 13 yards to set up Seabass from 51 yards to end the half. Seabass missed the kick.

The Raiders got a ray of hope early in the third quarter when their special teams blocked a punt for a touchdown to get within 24-10. Later on a 27 yard punt return by Carrie set up the Raiders at the Seattle 30. On 4th and goal at the one Tony Sparano decided to go for it. Carr hit Rivera for the touchdown and the Raiders were only down 24-17 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. The fourth quarter began with Hauschka hitting from 30 to give the Seahawks some breathing room up 27-17. The Raiders went 3 and out and a 38 yard punt return by Doug Baldwin led to Hauschka’s third field goal from 40 as the Seahawks led 30-17 with 9 1/2 minutes left.

Carr led the Raiders 64 yards and on 3rd and goal from the one, found Rivera for the touchdown. The Raiders only trailed by 6 but they were out of timeouts and only 1:54 remained. It all came down to the onside kick. Seattle recovered the ball. to end the chance of an upset. Oakland at eight games now has its longest losing streak since the 1962 team that started 0-13 before winning the finale. One year later Al Davis showed up and quickly turned the Raiders around. For now, the Raiders remain the only winless team. 30-24 Seahawks

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers was the Sunday night game. After taking last year off, both teams are back to knocking heads. In the first quarter a 25 yard punt return set up the Ravens at the Pittsburgh 35. One play later Joe Flacco went deep to Troy Smith for the 7-0 Ravens lead. In the second quarter from midfield a Ravens fumble was returned by Pittsburgh to the Baltimore 27. On 3rd and goal from the 5, Ben Roethlisberger hit LeVeon Bell to tie the game 7-7. Flacco was then intercepted at the Pittsburgh 40 by James Harrison, who returned it 30 yards to the Baltimore 30. Another short field meant a 19 yard touchdown pass from Big Ben to Bryant to make it 14-7 Steelers.

With 1:49 left in the half Justin Tucker hit a 46 yard field goal to get the Ravens within 14-10. Pittsburgh had plenty of time, and barely needed it. Big Ben went deep t Wheaton for a 47 yard touchdown pass with one minute left. The extra point looked like it was about to be blocked, so the holder Wing tossed a successful pass to Matt Spaeth as the Steelers led 22-10 at halftime.

Early in the fourth quarter Roethlisberger threw a 54 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown to make it 29-10. Yet 14 seconds later the Ravens were within 29-17 when Jacoby Jones returned the kickoff 108 yards for a Baltimore touchdown. Big Ben brought the Steelers back again. On 3rd and 9 from the Baltimore 18, Roethlisberger found Bryant for his fifth touchdown pass. With 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation, the Steelers led 36-17.

Pittsburgh fumbled and gave the Ravens the ball at the Steelers 33. Flacco hit Gillmore for the touchdown to get the Ravens within 36-23. At the 2 minute warning, the Steelers faced 4th and 2 at the Baltimore 33. Mike Tomlin went for it and Roethisberger went deep to Spaeth for his sixth touchdown pass. 43-23 Steelers

Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants is the Monday night game.

NFL 2014 Week 8 Recap

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

2014 Week 8 Recap

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San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos was the Thursday night game. After a scoreless opening quarter, Peyton Manning extended his NFL record for touchdown passes by playing pitch and catch with Emanuel Sanders all night. A 2 yard touchdown between them made it 7-0 Broncos. Philip Rivers led a 13 play, 84 yard, 7 1/2 minute drive that tied the game 7-7 with a 2 yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen.

The Broncos just had too much firepower. A 31 yard touchdown connection between Manning and Sanders had the Broncos up 14-7 at halftime. In the third quarter Manning and Sanders hooked up a third time. Manning’s 513th touchdown pass from three yards out made it 21-7 Broncos. Denver got it back and scored on the ground when Thompson ran it in from 2 yards out to make it 28-7 Broncos.

Rivers tried to rally the Chargers as a 4 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates got San Diego within 28-14. Yet Thompson in the fourth quarter scored again from the one to make it 35-14 Broncos and put the game out of reach. Rivers and Gates hooked up again on a 10 yard score but it was too little, too late. Consecutive division losses may put the Rivers MVP talk on hold. Only one player has been the league MVP more than three times. Manning has won it five times, and is on pace for number six. 35-21 Broncos

Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons in London — The first half was all Falcons as Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes of 7 yards to Freeman and one yard to Pascoe in the first quarter and Stephen Jackson had a one yard touchdown run in the second quarter. A 21-0 lead is not safe for the woeful Falcons, especially not against the resilient Lions.

In the third quarter Matthew Stafford led a 15 play, 76 yard drive that took 7 minutes off the clock. Matt Prater hit a 22 yard field goal. Detroit got it back and Stafford then threw a 59 yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate to get Detroit within 21-10 after three quarters. At the end of the third quarter Matt Ryan was intercepted, giving Detroit the ball at the Atlanta 7. Yet again Detroit could not get past the 2 and settled for a 20 yard Prater field goal to get within 21-13.

Detroit got it back and with 4 minutes left in regulation Stafford completed a 13 play, 69 yard drive that took 7 1/2 minutes off the clock. Stafford hit Riddick for a 5 yard touchdown but the 2 point conversion failed. Down 21-19, Detroit needed the ball back. Atlanta moved the ball after a touchback but on 3rd and 10 from the Detroit 40, Ryan threw incomplete. With 1:46 to play, Mike Smith opted against going for it or trying a 58 yard field goal to make it a 5 point game. Detroit only needed a field goal to win it now, but a good punt pinned the Lions at their own 7.

Stafford quickly went to Tate for a 32 yard gain. With 4 seconds left, Prater came in for a 43 yard field goal to win it. The kick was no good, but Detroit was called for delay of game. That penalty cant be declined, so Detroit benefitted from the penalty against them. From 48 yards out, Prater was good and the Lions had the thrilling comeback win. 22-21 Lions

Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Blair Walsh hit a 46 yard field goal on the last play of the half for Minnesota. In the third quarter Teddy Bridgewater threw a 17 yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings to make it 10-0 Vikings. In the fourth quarter Murray hit 54 and 45 yard field goals to get the Buccaneers within 10-6. Just before the 2 minute warning Mike Glennon hit Seferian-Jenkins for a 7 yard touchdown for the comeback 13-10 lead. Yet the one game that did not deserve overtime got it as Walsh hit a 38 yarder at the gun to tie the game 13-13. Thankfully the extra session lasted only one play. An awful game between awful teams ended with awful football, as a fumble by the Buccaneers was returned 27 yards for the winning Minnesota touchdown. 19-13 Vikings, OT

Chicago Bears at New England Patriots — Tom Brady threw a 6 yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski to make it 7-0 Patriots. Brady led a staggering 17 play, 68 yard drive that took 7 minutes in the second quarter, but the Patriots settled for a 23 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal and a 10-0 lead. New England actually gambled on 4th and goal from the one and lost yards, but benefitted from a  false start against them. That penalty cannot be declined. New England got it back and 10 plays, 76 yards and 5 1/2 minutes later, Brady was hitting Wright from one yard out to make it 17-0 Patriots.

Jay Cutler would throw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Matt Forte to get the Bears on the board down 17-7.Brady bought the Patriots back 80 yards in 10 plays as a 2 yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski just past the 2 minute warning made it 24-7 Patriots.

Chicago went 3 and out and Julian Edelman returned it 42 yards. On 1st and goal from the 9, Brady hit LaFell for the score and a 31-7 Patriots lead with just over one minute left in the half. After a touchback, Cutler was promptly sacked, causing a fumble that was recovered by Rob Ninkovich. Ninkovich returned the fumble 15 yards for a score as the Patriots were blasting the Bears 38-7 at halftime. In the third quarter Brady threw his fifth touchdown pass of the game, a 46 yarder to Gronkowski to make it 45-7. Brady finished 30 of 35 with 354 yards passing. 51-23 Patriots

St. Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs — Austin Davis threw a one yard touchdown pas to Kendricks to make it 7-0 Rams in the battle of Missouri. Jamal Charles got in from the one in the second quarter to tie it 7-7. Carlo Santos hit a 53 yard field goal to make it 10-7 Chiefs at halftime. The third quarter began with a bang as Davis returned the kickoff 99 yards to make it 17-7 Chiefs. Santos added a 28 yarder in the third quarter to make it 20-7 Chiefs. Jamal Charles broke off a 36 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to make it 27-7 Chiefs.

Davis closed out the scoring with a 3 yard touchdown to complete the blowout and make Andy Reid one happy Walrus Lite. In typical dink and dunk game manager fashion, Alex Smith went 24 of 28 without a touchdown pass or an interception. Kansas City fans then had to decide whether to watch another sport that night or Chiefs highlights. 34-7 Chiefs

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers — For the third straight year, Seattle traveled to Carolina. Seattle won the last two n defensive slugfests. In this one Graham Gano hit a 31 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Panthers. In the second quarter Gano hit from 26 as a pair of 6 1/2 minute drives did not reach the end zone. Percy Harvin is gone, but Richardson returned a kick 47 yards for Seattle. Needing a spark, Pete Carroll had Steve Hauschka try a 58 yard field goal. Hauschka leveled it and the Seahawks were within 6-3. Russell Wilson led the Seahawks deep when a short pass to the end zone bounced straight off the receivers hands. The touchdown instead became a ricochet and an interception. Early in the fourth quarter Hauschka hit from 29 to tie it 6-6. With 4 1/2 minutes left Gano hit from 46 to make it 9-6 Panthers.

With 47 seconds left, Wilson found his near namesake Willson in the end zone for a 23 yard touchdown pass to give Seattle the 4 point lead.

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets — Kyle Orton threw a 22 yard touchdown pass to Woods to make it 7-0 Bills. Geno Smith then threw a 26 yard pass to Williams, who plays defense for Buffalo. Smith’s second interception set up the Bills at the Jets one yard line, where Orton hit Smith for the score to make it 14-0 Bills. Rex Ryan began sending out his resume.

Smith completed five of his first eight passes, but three of those completions went to the Buffalo defense. After 10 1/2 minutes, Rex Ryan benched him for Michael Vick. Ryan might be coaching the Jets next year had he made his move six games ago.

Vick did lead a 13 play, 76 yard drive that took 5 minutes. Chris Ivory ran it in from the 2 to get the Jets within 14-7 in the second quarter. Buffalo then faced 3rd and 7 from their own 11 when Orton went deep to Sammy Watkins for an 84 yard gain. Summers got the last 2 yards to make it 21-7 Bills. After Vick fumbled, Dan Carpenter hit a 53 yard field goal to make it 24-7 Bills.

Yet Vick bought the Jets back as a 74 yard drive finished with ivory getting in again from the 2 to get the Jets within 24-14 with 1:55 left in the half. Buffalo went 3 and out and the Jets got it back at their own 42 with 33 seconds left in the half. Nick Folk nailed a 55 yard field goal as the half ended with the Jets only down 24-17.

In the third quarter a field position game gave the Bills a short field. Carpenter hit from 36 to make it 27-17 Bills. Vick was then sacked and fumbled, giving Buffalo the ball at the Jets 10. Buffalo settled for a 29 yard Carpenter field goal to lead 30-17. The third quarter saw Vick intercepted again and the Bills starting at the Jets 14. Orson threw a 12 yard touchdown pass to Chandler to make it 37-17. Orson would later throw a 61 yard touchdown to Sammy Watkins to make it 43-17. Rex Ryan is a good man. He deserves better. His team does not.

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars — On the first play of the second quarter, Blake Bortles was intercepted by Delmas, who returned it 81 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Dolphins lead. Bottles responded and led a 14 play, 66 yard drive that took nearly 8 1/2 minutes off the clock. Yet the Jaguars had to settle for a 30 yard Josh Scobee field goal to trail 7-3. Caleb Sturgis hit from 43 to make it 10-3 Dolphins at halftime.

In the third quarter Bortles was intercepted by Grimes, who returned it 22 yards for another Miami touchdown and a 17-3 Dolphins lead. Scuba would hit a 40 yard field goal to get the Jaguars within 17-6. Ryan Tannehill then moved the Dolphins 95 yards as a 3 yard touchdown pass to Ryan Matthews made it 24-6 Dolphins.

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans — This rivalry is as nasty as the Arab-Israeli conflict, which makes sense given that Titans Quarterback Zach Mettenberger could be Jewish and Houston is within driving distance of Palestine, Texas. The Jake Locker era appears over as rookie Mettenberger got the start instead of the oft-injured Locker and the ineffective Charlie Whitehorse. Dexter McCluster returned a punt 48 yards to set up a 35 yard field goal by Ryan Succop to make it 3-0 Titans. Randy Bullock responded from 30 in the second quarter to make it 3-3.

Arian Foster broke off a 34 yard touchdown run to make it 10-3 Texans. Ryan Bullock hit a 29 yarder to send the Texans to the locker rooms up 13-3. In third quarter after a sack caused a Mettenberger fumble, Houston took over at the Tennessee 20. Foster ran it in from 5 yards out to make it 20-3 Texans. Houston got it back and moved 98 yards, as a 43 yard run by Foster down to the one was followed by Foster getting the final yard for a 27-3 Texans lead.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals — Red Rifle Andy Dalton completed an 80 yard drive by sneaking in the last yard himself to make it 7-0 Bengals. Justin Tucker hit 45 and 50 yard field goals in the second quarter to get the Ravens within 7-6. In the third quarter an interception of Joe Flaco set up the Bengals near midfield. Bernard got in from the one to make it 14-6 Bengals. Flacco was intercepted again to set up the Bengals at the Ravens 18. Mike Nugent hit a 32 yard field goal to make it 17-6 Bengals.

Taliaferro ran it in from 10 yards out and the 2 point conversion was good as the Ravens only trailed 17-14. Nugget hit a 33 yard field goal to make it 20-14 Bengals with 11 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

With the Bengals facing 2nd and 6 from the Baltimore 32, Dalton as sacked and fumbled. Haloti Ngata returned the fumble 39 yards to the Cincy 8. Taliaferro scored on the next play to make it 21-20 Ravens with 6 1/2  minutes to play. Dalton was then quickly intercepted. Tucker hit a 53 yard field goal to make it 24-20 Ravens with 4 minutes left.

After a touchback, Dalton moved the Bengals to the play of the game, fourth and goal at the one with one minute left. Dalton took the quarterback sneak and the line surged forward for the touchdown. On 3rd and 10 from the Baltimore 20, Flacco went deep to Steve Smith for an 80 yard touchdown. Before the Ravens could celebrate another thrilling miracle win, offensive pass interference on Smith nullified the score. The Bengals held on for the tough division win. 27-24 Bengals

Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals — Nick Foles moved the Eagles 80 yards early as a 21 yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin made it 7-0 Eagles. A 13 play, 80 yard, 6 minute drive in the second quarter saw Andre Ellington get in from the one to tie the game 7-7. On the third play of the third quarter with the Cardinals facing 3rd and 10 at their own 20, Carson Palmer hit Larry Fitzgerald, who outraced everybody for an 80 yard touchdown and a 14-7 Cardinals lead. Parker hit a 54 yard field goal to get the Eagles within 14-10. Later on Foles went deep to Jeremy Maclin for a 54 yard touchdown to make it 17-14 Eagles.

An interception of Foles gave the Cardinals a short field in the fourth quarter. Catanzaro hit a 28 yard field goal with 9 minutes left in regulation to tie the game 17-17. Folks then led a 79 play, 7 minute drive. On 3rd and 1 from the 2, LeSean McCoy got stopped. Now it was decision time in what turned out to be the most exciting two minutes to end a game this year.

At the two minute warning Chip Kelly on fourth and goal at the Arizona one went for the field goal. The Eagles led by 3 instead of 7. Moments later Carson Palmer threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to John Brown with 90 seconds left. With the Eagles down by four instead of tied, it came down to one play from the Arizona 16 with one second left. Foles went to the end zone, but it was caught out of bounds incomplete and the Cardinals won another desert thriller. A rematch in the NFC Title Game would be a blockbuster. 24-20 Cardinals

Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers — Adam Vinatieri hit a 31 yard field goal to put the Colts on the board first. Ben Roethlisberger moved the Steelers 80 yards as an 18 yard touchdown pas to Wheaton made it 7-3 Steelers. Big Ben then led a 12 play, 76 yard, 6 1/2 minute drive. On the first play of the second quarter, Roethlisberger hit Bryant for the 5 yard touchdown to make it 14-3 Steelers. 2 plays later Andrew Luck had an interception returned 33 yards for a touchdown by William Gay to make it 21-3 Steelers.

Luck would move the Colts 86 yards as a 21 yard touchdown pass to Allen got the Colts within 21-10. Big Ben quickly moved the Steelers 87 yards as an 8 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown made it 28-10 Steelers. Soon after Big Ben went back to Brown for a 47 yard touchdown to make it 35-10 Steelers. At that point Roethlisberger was 18 of 20 for 274 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Five minutes still remained in the half, and the team that overcame a 28 point second half playoff deficit last year was not going to fold. Andrew Luck hit TY Hilton for a 28 yard touchdown. Then the Colts blocked a punt, leading to a 23 yard Vinatieri field goal to end the half with the Colts within 35-20.

In the third quarter Roethlisberger quickly moved the Steelers 80 yards as his fifth touchdown pass of 2 yards to Bryant made it 42-20 Steelers. Late in the third quarter Ahmad Bradshaw scored from 12 yards out to get the Colts within 42-27. The Steelers fumbled on the first ensuing play from scrimmage to give the Colts a short field. Luck went deep to Moncrief for a 31 yard touchdown as the Colts only trailed 42-34 after three quarters.

Pittsburgh moved to the Colts 11 early in the fourth quarter, but Blount fumbled the ball and the Colts took over at their own 5. Luck had led a 28 point playoff comeback last year, and he was working on another miracle. Yet this time Luck was sacked for a safety after tripping on his own offensive lineman. Although it looked like Luck was just outside the end zone, the call stood and the Steelers led 44-34.

Pittsburgh held onto the ball for 7 minutes to a critical 4th and 1 at the Colts 11. Mike Tomlin went for it and Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to Heath Miller to finally put the pesky Colts away. Roethlisberger nearly broke the NFL record in finishing with 522 yards passing while completing 40 of 49 passes and six touchdown passes without an interception. Those who want to anoint the Colts and bury the Steelers should remember that Roethlisberger has been to three Super Bowls, winning two rings. 51-34 Steelers

Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns — The winless Raiders saw a ray of hope at the beginning of this game when Derek Carr moved them from the Oakland 20 to the Cleveland 37. Tony Sparano decided to go to the bag of tricks, as Carr handed to Darren McFadden, who threw it deep to Carr. Despite defensive pass interference, there was no call. On fourth and 12 Sebastian Janikowski came in for a 57 yard field goal try. Backup quarterback Matt Schaub was the holder. Sprain called a fake field goal. After a bad snap was mishandled by Schaub, his first pass of the year was intercepted. The short field allowed Billy Cundiff to kick a 52 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Browns.

Carr moved the Raiders from their 15 to a 3rd and 2 at their 40 before an incomplete pass ended the drive. From the Cleveland 28, A short pass from Bryan Hoyer to Gabriel went for 48 yards. On 3rd and 10 from the Oakland 24, a completion came up one yard short. However, defensive holding meant an automatic first down. The defense finally held and Cundiff hit a 33 yarder to make it 6-0 Browns. On the next Oakland series the Raiders faced 3rd and 1 at their own 47, and a run went nowhere except to another punt. Hoyer moved the Browns 83 yards in 11 plays and 5 minutes but got no further than the 3 yard line. Candid hit from 25 to make it 9-0 Browns with 6 minutes left in the half.

The Raiders finally got on the board when Seabass hit from 46 to get the Silver and Black with 9-3 just past the 2 minute warning. Oakland held on defense and got it back at their own 36 with 1:24 left in the half. Carr quickly hit Andre Holmes for a 31 yard gain. A completion to Tomkins wet for 15 as Carr spiked the ball with 18 seconds left. From the Cleveland 22, whoever thought Dennis Allen was still coach called a short West Coast Offense dink and dunk pass that nearly ended the half. Carr spiked it again with 2 seconds left and Seabass hit from 38 as the thoroughly outplayed Raiders only trailed 9-6 at halftime.

The Browns went 3 and out to start the second half, as did the Raiders, as did the Browns again. The Raiders punted again and Cleveland fumbled it. However, the Browns dodged a bullet by retaining possession before punting again. Carr moved the Raiders on a 6 1/2 minute drive from the Oakland 9 to a 2nd and 6 at the Cleveland 29. Well within tying field goal range, McFadden gained 9 yards and a first down before fumbling the ball alway. Joe Haden returned it 34 yards to the Cleveland 47. One play later Bryan Hoyer went deep to Hawkins for a 32 yard gain as the third quarter ended.

Hoyer would hit Hawkins for a 4 yard touchdown to make it 16-6 Browns. With 3:20 to play from the Oakland 14, Carr was sacked and fumbled. Cleveland took over at the 9 and Tate got in from the 5 to make it 23-6 Browns. Carr hit Holmes for the garbage touchdown with 7 seconds left. Carr finished 34 of 54 for 328 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. The only statistic that matters is zero wins and seven losses, as the Raiders try to avoid the third winless season in modern NFL history. 23-13 Browns

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints was the Sunday night game. 2009 Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees & 2010 Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers meant a possible pinball machine. These teams kicked of the 2011 season where a goal line stand on the final play preserved a 42-34 Packers thriller in Green Bay. This time they played in New Orleans. 2 minutes into the game, Rodgers went bombs away to Randall Cobb for a 70 yard touchdown and a 7-0 Packers lead. Bree came right back with a 45 yard bomb to Kenny Stills to set up a 4 yard run by Cooks to tie the game 7-7.

After that both Rodgers and Brees kept firing but for the rest of the half had to watch Mason Crosby kick field goals to give Green Bay the lead and Shane Graham respond to tie the game. Crosby hit from 31, 49 and 27 while Graham hit from 31, 29 and 37 in a game that was deadlocked 10-10 after one quarter and 16-16 at the half.

Rodgers finished 28 of 39 for 418 yards while Brees was 27 of 32 for 311 yards. The difference was that Brees had three touchdown passes, all of them after halftime, to break open the game. Brees was not picked off while Rodgers opened the game with a touchdown bomb but the rest of the way only threw a pair of interceptions in the second half.

In the third quarter the Packers had third and goal at the 5 when Rodgers threw a killer interception at the 2. Brees went to Cooks for a 50 yard touchdown to give the Saints the lead they would not relinquish. Green Bay then gambled on 4th and 1 from their own 40 and Eddie Lacy got nothing. Brees took the short field and hit Graham for the 22 yard touchdown to make it 30-16 Saints. In the fourth quarter Rodgers again threw an interception as the Saints took over at their own 29. Bree would hit Hill for a two yard score to make it 37-16.

Rodgers would scramble for a 14 yard touchdown with 5 minutes to play but it was not enough. For the second time in the game, an onside kick failed as the short field again led to a Saints touchdown. Mark Ingram ran it in from 22 yards out to complete the scoring. 44-23 Saints

Washington at Dallas Cowboys was the Monday night game. A turnover filled first half saw Kai Forbath hit a 44 yard field goal in the first quarter. In the second quarter Tony Romo found Dez Bryant for a 5 yard touchdown as Bryant lunged just past the marker and had the Cowboys up 7-3 at halftime. In the third quarter Alfred Morris ran it in from five yards out to cap an 80 yard drive and put the Redskins up 10-7.

Midway through the third quarter Romo got belted on a clean blindside hit and stayed down for several minutes. He eventually got up and walked off under his own power, but Brandon Weeden took over. Romo’s health is the difference between Dallas being a real Super Bowl contender and missing the playoffs entirely.

DeMarco Murray broke off a 51 yard run but got caught at the 5 yard line. Washington held on defense as a 21 yard field goal by Dan Bailey tied the game 10-10 with 4 minutes left in the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter on 3rd and goal from the 6, Colt McCoy ran the quarterback draw for the touchdown and the 17-10 Redskins lead. Weeden bought the Cowboys back and a 25 yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten tied the game 17-17 with 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

With 3:45 to play the Redskins faced 4th and 1 just past midfield. Jay Gruden decided to go for it. Meanwhile Tony Romo came out of the locker room and demanded to come back in the game when Dallas got the ball back. McCoy converted the first down but with the Redskins driving, a pair of critical mistakes killed them. After a delay of game penalty, McCoy was sacked. Jay Gruden decided against a 60 yard field goal at the 2 minute warning. A perfect punned the Cowboys back at their own 3 yard line. Romo reentered the game.

Romo got belted again on a blitz and fumbled the ball. Somehow Dallas retained possession with one minute left. On 3rd and 8 Romo threw a pass that was somehow caught for a first down reception rather than an interception.  After twice nearly giving the game away, the Cowboys were lucky to make it to overtime as Gruden and his defensive coordinator Jim Haslett brought the house.

Washington got the ball to start overtime and McCoy moved the Redskins from their own 20 to a 3rd and 3 at the Dallas 22. McCoy completed a pass for no gain. Forbath made the field goal to give the Redskins the lead, but the Cowboys would still have one chance with the ball. Dallas soon faced 4th and 3 from their own 27. Under heavy pressure, Romo fired incomplete and the Redskins had the stunning road win. 20-17 Redskins, OT

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