BY: Jeff Schneberk @Game7overtime
Week 10 is set to come to an end tonight in the NFL. As was the case last week, there were a handful of upsets yesterday afternoon. For some reason I think I will start in the NFC with a game I did not watch, Carolina won last week against Atlanta to most peoples’ surprise and they did it again this week. Only difference was they did it against a much better team, the San Francisco 49ers. It was their fifth win in a row and looking every bit like Carolina may place first in the NFC South but would still need to see a downfall of the Saints, who also won yesterday.
Anyways against the 49ers, one of the only games yesterday where there were no touchdown passes, two top young NFL quarterbacks and all they could do was each throw a pick. Cam Newton finished 16/32 and Colin Kaepernick was barely 50% throwing 11/22. That game was the first of my 4 upsets on the day.
Seahawks/Falcons: In another NFC contest, Seattle upped its record to 33-10 with a win over a team that seems to be getting easier and easier to beat, Atlanta. Carolina manhandled them last week now it’s the Seahawks turn and they did it by almost the same score, 33-10. Seattle QB Russell Wilson finished with 287 yards and two TDs. Former Notre Dame standout wideout Golden Tate had the catch of the day in the second quarter that put the Seahawks up 23-3. He also finished the day with 106 receiving yards.
Lions/Bears: The one game that easily could have gone either way, Detroit edged Chicago 21-19. Two Megatron touchdowns sealed this one, Drew Stafford threw three touchdowns and Reggie Bush, the prized acquisition from back in September had 14 carries and the Lions rolled. Chicago QB Jay Cutler had 250 passing yards for one touchdown and Brendan Marshall had two touchdowns on seven receptions and totaled 139 yards.
My next upset of the day came from Lambeau Field, the one stadium in the league where it tends to get frigid much faster than most places. Anyways Eagles QB Nick Foles lit everyone up again (his 7 TDs last week just weren’t enough I guess lol) but he did it again and now Philadelphia is even steven at 5-5. Foles racked up 228 yards and only missed six pass attempts, going 12/18 in a game where Green Bay never had the lead, and it was only close in the first half.
Giants/Raiders: The NY Giants got past Oakland with a win, 24-20. Eli Manning only had 140 passing yards but apparently that was enough to win the game. He had one touchdown pass to Rueben Randle in the second quarter, and he had one interception. Raiders’ newest QB to start half of a season, Terrelle Pryor finished this last with less than 50% passing at 11/26 and 122 yards. Manning went 12/22. Pryor also ran for a one-yard score. Pryor was playing with a sore hamstring.
“We just to go back to work and stick with each other,” said Pryor, who was 11 of 26 for 122 yards playing with a sore hamstring. “A lot of fingers can be pointed at me. That’s all right, I understand that. The next time we get in this situation we have to know how to react.”
Steelers/Bills: Another one of those game where anything could have happened (including someone sparking debate that Ben Roethlisberger wants out of Pittsburgh), the Pittsburgh Steelers welcomed E.J. Manuel back to the lineup by beating his Buffalo Bills, 23-10. Both QBs finished the day with only one touchdown. Manuel went 22/39 and Roethlisberger went 18/30. Pittsburgh scored 10 points in the second quarter while Buffalo managed only a field goal in the first half and didn’t score a major until the game was nearly done. Bills fall to 3-7, Pitt goes to 3-6.
Panthers/9ers:If you had any money on a 49ers blowout win, then today’s not a good day. Neither team’s quarterback managed a touchdown pass. Like the pre-season battle between the 9ers and the Broncos this one could have put you to sleep. One rushing touchdown from Carolina’s DeAngelo Williams and the rest of the scoring was field goals. Carolina won the 1st down battle, 15-10 and both teams were brutal on 3rd down efficiency (7-17 for the Panthers and 2-13 for the 9ers). Neither quarterback finished with a rating above 53. Carolina is now second in the NFC South at 6-3 and San Fran is also 6-3 in the NFC West. The other key thing I mention here is one of the other ‘upsets’ on the day was that these two teams only combined to score 19 points and neither QB had a TD throw. If not for the 30-yard dash by Williams, the game would definitely have put you to sleep.
Now as NFL supporters that tune in to watch games each and every week, we all know that there is going to be at least one game where a certain team is heavily, heavily favoured, and then they get blown out of the water. Here is upset number 3.
Well, that is what happened to the Indianapolis Colts yesterday. Three weeks following one of their biggest wins of the Post-Peyton Manning era, the Colts were tamed big time by the Rams, 38-8.
I know Peyton Manning lost games when he played in Indy, a lot to Tom Brady, but nothing like this sticks out for me over the past 10 years or so. If you can think of anything, let me know.
Colts/Rams: Yesterday at Lucas Oil Stadium, Colts QB Andrew Luck throws for 353 yards. They scored one touchdown. It was a 13-yarder to Donald Brown, and it came with 1:35 left in the game. Damn.
St. Louis starter Kellen Clemons only threw two TDs but one was 81 yards to Tavon Austin. Austin also ran for a TD on special teams, returning a punt in which he ran nearly 100 yards. Chris Long also picked up a fumble and returned it 45 yards for pay dirt. Indianapolis won the 1st down battle convincingly, 21-12 but obviously lost the game even more convincingly.
Andrew Luck was pulled after throwing three interceptions and finished with a QB rating of 13.6. He was replaced for former Seahawks guy Matt Hasselbeck.
Chargers/Broncos:In San Diego, Denver charged out to a 28-20 win over the struggling San Diego club. Manning and Philip Rivers combined for nearly 550 yards but Manning out-threw Rivers four TD passes to one in Denver’s first game without coach John Fox. Denver blew up in the second quarter but San Diego made a game of it late.
Fox planned to watch the game on TV there, a team spokesman said. If he watched, he probably didn’t like seeing Manning hurting his right ankle when he was hit by Corey Liuget as the Broncos ran out the clock in the closing minutes. Manning stayed in the game.
Manning wouldn’t be specific about his injury, but said he was “pretty sore” and that he planned to have an MRI on Monday.
Manning was hurt after completing a pass to Thomas with 1:44 left.
Ravens/Cincy: Ravens overcome wild end to regulation, beat rival Bengals in OT, 20-17. If Cincy needed that last second ‘Hail Mary’ Dalton toss for a win, then it might have qualified as the biggest upset of the day, instead it tied the game, then Baltimore won it in OT.
Cowboys/Saints: Same thing with the Cowboys game that night, they kept if fairly close for the first half, and then Dallas forgot how to play defense and Drew Brees and friends ran all over their ass, to a tune of 49-17. Had Dallas found a way to keep playing tight all game long and keep pressure on Brees, who knows how the story ends. This was just another one of those games that was real hard to watch if you are a Dallas fan.
Jaguars/Titans: The Jaguars will not finish the season in dead last (like most were predicting), instead they will finish with at least one victory, thanks to yesterday’s 29-27 win over the Titans, and now Tennessee has to play the rest of the season knowing that they lost to the team that didn’t want Tim Tebow. That has to suck, almost as bad as the Texans who lost by a field goal to the Cardinals, 27-24.
Week 10 ends tonight with the battle of Miami vs Tampa Bay.
As of Monday afternoon, Tampa is the NFL’s only winless team.
Monday Night Miami at Tampa Bay
Carolina over 49ers
Rams over Colts
Philly over Green Bay
BYE: Cleveland, Kansas City, New England, Jets.
Week 11 highlights should definitely include the Sunday Night matchup: New England vs Denver.