This morning, I viewed the NFL schedule for today. Not very impressive at first, but we saw some real interesting games. Teams are fighting to stay in contention. Some have what it takes; others do not. Pittsburgh – Kansas City is also close with the Steelers leading, 13-9 midway through the fourth quarter.
Saw Houston – Jacksonville, which predictably ended with a Texans win by the score of 20-13. Unfortunately for the Texans, Matt Leinert suffered a serious injury to the collarbone. With Matt Schaub out for the season, that leaves the Texans with their third stringer, rookie T.J. Yates. Good thing Houston has a strong running game.
Cincinnati came up with a 23-20 victory over the Browns. The Bengals needed that game pretty badly, since they had lost to division rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore in back-to-back weeks. This win puts the Bengals in decent position for a wild card.
Tampa Bay, much to the distress of my family members, fell in Tennessee, 23-17. Despite four turnovers, Tampa had multiple chances to pull this game out. Josh Freeman was unable to make a play at the end of the game.
Atlanta defeated Minnesota 24-14, in their march through soft opponents.
Man, are the Chiefs going to win this game? 2:00 left and they are driving. The Chiefs are total crap. Pittsburgh can’t get stops on the sorry Chiefs.
New England pummeled the Eagles, 38-20 when, after trailing early, Tom Brady went to work. Three TD passes later, the Patriots had beaten down Philadelphia and left Eagles fans speechless…besides the “Fire Andy” chants. It’s not cool when your assistant coaches are arguing on the sidelines.
Buffalo lost to the NY Jets, 28-24. Prepare to hear more hype talking about how well Mark Sanchez responded to Rex Ryan’s “reps” motivational ploy. Sanchez threw 4 TD’s today. How about this: The Jets beat Buffalo by four points; the Bills had lost their last two games to Dallas, 44-7 and Miami, 35-6.
Big concern here about the Chiefs. 38 seconds left, 1st and 15. Upon further review, NO! Tyler Palko overthrows Dwayne Bowe…while Bowe crocodile arms on the pass and the Chiefers are done! It’s going to end 13-9, Steelers. Way to go, Palko and Bowe. Even better, why go for the kill when the Steelers are dropping everyone into coverage?
Did we mention Tebow Time? The Broncos defeated the Chargers, 16-13 in overtime, to go to 6-5. I admit, I tuned into that game just to see Tebow and what he’d do against the dis-Chargers. I also admit I was hoping it would end in a tie. If I were Broncos-fan…which I definitely am NOT, I’d wonder where that defense has been all season. If this validates anything, it’s the hiring of Head Coach John Fox. BSP has a lot of respect for that guy, unlike virtually everyone else associated with the Broncos. With a QB who is pretty limited, they’ve managed to go above .500. It’s why the AFC…and not just the AFC West…should be pretty concerned about the Broncos long term. They should not be concerned over the Chargers, who are probably going to fire Norv Turner.
Raiders won today, beating the Bears, 25-20. Six field goals and a late TD by Michael Bush keep the Raiders atop the AFC West with a 7-4 record. The punting of Shane Lechler, who hit an 80-yard punt kept Devin Hester in check. Jay Cutler’s backup, Caleb Hanie hurt the Bears with a 18/36, 254 yd 2TD, 3 pic game, including a killer with the Bears in the red zone just before the half.
In games not worth highlighting, Arizona beat St. Louis, 23-20. The Panthers went to Indianapolis and beat the 0-for-Colts, 27-19. Washington broke a long losing streak by winning at Seattle, 23-17.