BY: Jeff Schneberk
Here is a quick list of who played yesterday afternoon and night in the National Football League. Among the surprises was an overtime game in Minnesota and an AFC matchup in Cleveland that produced over 50 points! And…did you know the KC Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to open the season at 9-0 then lose their next three games? Also, there are currently two teams that have reached the 10-win plateau, and a third one may join the ranks by 11:30pm EST tonight. Here we go…
Jacksonville (3-9) 32 Cleveland (4-8) 28
A battle of two of the worst teams in the entire league and they combined for over 50 points that doesn’t even sound right
Brandon Weedon had 370 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. He engineered a touchdown drive in each quarter and completed just over half of his 40 passes. Jacksonville scored 13 in the second quarter and 12 in the fourth quarter to go with their seven in the opening quarter.
Indianapolis (5-7) 22 Tennessee (8-4) 14
Colts sneak past Titans surprisingly, they are now developing the same bad habit as the Cowboys were up until last week, winning then losing, winning then losing. Next week in Cincinnati won’t be easy.
Minnesota (3-8) 23 Chicago 20 (6-6) OT
Chicago appeared to have this one, then they didn’t, then they did again, then they didn’t when Vikings got a second chance at a field goal in overtime and put it lights out on the Bears who now fall to 6-6.
Miami (6-6) 23 NY Jets 3 (5-7)
New York’s quarterback problems continue as Geno Smith can’t engineer a touchdown drive. Miami’s 14-point third quarter pretty much put the game out of reach
Philadelphia (7-5) 24 Arizona (7-5) 21
Neck-and-neck all the way through, one of those games where the team that has last possession is probably going to win. Foles and Palmer were neck-and-neck too in terms of their stats, both were just over 300 yards throwing, both had about 20 completed passes, and both finished the game with three touchdown passes; as if all that similarity was not enough, both teams are at records of 7-5.
Carolina (9-3) 27 Tampa Bay 6 (3-9)
The battle of two teams that are heading in the exact opposite directions. Everyone wonders how far this Panther team can go, while others wait to see just how far Tampa can fall. Cam Newton and company are on a roll with their eighth victory in a row. Only New Orleans (which plays tonight) are sporting a better record. If New Orleans loses to Seattle tonight, they will be tied with the Panthers atop the NFC. Panthers are 9-3, Buccaneers are 3-9. Newton threw for 263 yards and rushed for another 68 yards, two touchdown throws and one rushing. Look out Drew Brees.
New England (9-3)34 Houston 31 (2-10)
Another battle of two teams that are heading in opposite directions; one is among the crème of the crop, the other is not! Tom Brady is keeping his team on pace with the Broncos, who also won yesterday. Brady is looking every bit as sharp as Manning, at least in the passing game; although Manning threw five touchdowns in Kansas City, Brady had two vs the Texans and are one game below the Broncos.
Atlanta (3-9) 34 Buffalo (4-8) 31
The other game in the NFL that ended in a 34-31 final score, took place in my country yesterday as Atlanta outlasted Buffalo on northern grounds at the SkyDome. Buffalo apparently was highly-motivated for this northern clash, grabbed a seven point lead in the first quarter, taking a 14-7 lead into the second quarter. Matt Ryan bounced back however, putting together 10 points for the Falcons and at the half they were tied at 17-17. Each team scored one TD each in the third and fourth quarters, the only difference was a Falcon field goal being the only scoring in the fourth quarter.
San Francisco (8-4) 23 St. Louis (5-7) 13
In one of those games yesterday that probably could have gone either way, the 9ers showed that they have re-gained their Super Bowl-form from last year and beat a team from St. Louis team that had put together a two-game win streak (over Indy and the Bears). That ‘luck’ would not continue against the niners, although they looked good through most of it, keeping it close all the way through, perhaps hoping to capitalize on someone’s mistake.
Denver (10-2) 35 Kansas City (9-3)28
Peyton Manning continued his weekly routine of ripping opposing defences to absolute shreds, he did it yet again, and again to Kansas City. Two weeks ago he beat them at Mile High, yesterday he did it in front of all the Chiefs’ fans. Five touchdown passes on the day, three to Eric Decker; scoring 28 points in the middle quarters (2nd and 3rd) and then topping it off with one more in the fourth after KC had a comeback attempt going. Manning was 22-35 passing and had 403 passing yards. He is now on track to smash Tom Brady’s record of 50 TD passes in one season.
Cincinnati (8-4) 17 San Diego (5-7) 10
One of the tightest matchups of the afternoon came from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego where the Chargers are trying to make a push for the playoffs. The only problem here was that an upstart Bengals team (7-4 going into the game) got in the Chargers’ way. A scoreless first quarter was following by one touchdown for each team in the second quarter, then Anday Dalton led his team to 10 second-half points while Philip Rivers could not find the end zone again, despite throwing for 252 yards and making 23 completed passes. Chargers now fall to 5-7.
NY Giants (5-7) 24 Washington (3-9) 17
The last game of the afternoon was between two sadly troubled teams both of whom going absolutely nowhere. Robert Griffin III whom most announcers were referring to him by his full name rather than ‘RGIII’ came out on fire on home field vs Eli Manning, throwing for a touchdown early in the game and leading his team to a second TD before the end of the half. Tied at 14-14 going into the half, things began to fall apart for the Redskins QB and his entire team, nobody could catch a pass and Griffin himself got re-acquainted with the ground numerous times as the Giants took over with 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
Late Thursday results from Thanksgiving:
Detroit 40 Green Bay 10
Dallas 31 Oakland 24
Baltimore 22 Pittsburgh 20
Monday Night tonight: New Orleans (9-2) vs Seattle (10-1)
Bye this week: Unlike every other week in the NFL season, every team was in action this week between Thursday night and tonight.