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2014 NFL Week 10 Game Recaps



Cleveland Browns 6-3-0
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Cincinnati Bengals 5-3-1


Game Recap: CINCINNATI-Two teams from the state of Ohio met on Thursday Night in Cincinnati. Both teams needed a sixth win with their AFC North rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers sitting pretty with a 6-3 record heading into week 10.


Right tackle Andre Smith was ruled inactive one hour before the game, but right guard Kevin Zeitler returned after missing week 9 against the Jaguars. Paul Kruger managed to pressure Andy Dalton as the Bengals backup right tackle missed a blocking assignment early in the game. Craig Robertson picked off Andy Dalton due to the missed assignment by the backup right tackle along with a route that tight end Jermaine Gresham failed to run. Gresham missed a basic route, and he still has 0 receiving touchdowns on the season.


Cleveland’s offensive line did an awesome job run blocking following the interception. Left tackle Joe Thomas, left guard Joel Bitonio, center Nick McDonald, right guard John Greco, and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz all did a fabulous job opening up running lanes for Terrance West and Ben Tate. Many were concerned about the injury of Alex Mack. McDonald did a fabulous job paving a rushing touchdown for Tate. Greco was wonderful up front setting up the Browns initial touchdown as well.


The Bengals got a field goal near the end of the first quarter. Then the Browns offensive line set up another run blocking touchdown before scoring another field goal.


Terrance West had a rushing touchdown in the third quarter that was almost ruled a fumble in favor of the Bengals before an offsides penalty by the Bengals. Cleveland took 5 and a half minutes off the clock in the second half. The Browns led 24 to 3 after 3 quarters. Poor blocking by right tackle Marshall Newhouse along with constant dropped passes by A.J. Green kept the Bengals from producing in the third quarter.


Cleveland won 24 to 3. NFL Network gave Brian Hoyer MVP honors as Hoyer joined the NFL Network cast led by Rich Eisen following the game. Hoyer went 15 for 23 with 198 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Hoyer did outplay Andy Dalton because neither quarterback threw a touchdown, but Hoyer avoided turnovers.


The run blocking by this offensive line and the brilliant play by the Browns’ secondary led to this win. I already talked about how good this offensive line played before. Now let’s acknowledge this secondary by talking about how Cornerback Joe Haden dominated in coverage against A.J. Green. Buster Skrine picked off Dalton twice and did just as well covering Sanu as A.J. Green. Nobody threw near Tashaun Gipson since the Browns free safety led the NFL in interceptions. Strong safety Donte Whitner was allowed to be himself by being unpredictable and mixing things up. Guys like K’Wuan Williams and Justin Gilbert rotated at the nickel and dime cornerback spots and did an excellent job in zone coverage by swatting passes and creating breakups.


Even when the Browns let up in coverage, the Bengals were just as sloppy on offense. Andy Dalton overthrew receivers. A.J. Green dropped passes even though he is your best receiver. Mohammed Sanu could not keep Skrine from picking off Dalton and struggled with yards after the catch. Every time Dalton threw near Sanu, Dalton overthrew his receiver, was pressured, or threw a pick to Skrine. Tight end Jermaine Gresham had trouble running routes. This was revealing very early when Craig Robertson picked off Dalton. Gresham’s struggles continued throughout the night. Marshall Newhouse struggled at right tackle after starter Andre Smith was ruled inactive.


This was a game where you can make an objective argument on how the Browns defense outplayed the Bengals offense, or you can be subjective by reflecting on Dalton’s 86 passing yards, 0 passing touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Dalton struggles on third down, so the key to stopping him is to put yourself in a position to keep him from getting third down conversions. You really cannot go wrong with either argument. Keep bringing up his passer rating of 2.0. I still think Cleveland outplayed Cincinnati with their defense tonight rather than the Bengals failing to execute on offense.


It’s almost like NFL Network wants to turn this game into an episode of House of Lies with Don Cheadle going Marty Fucking Khan on Phil Simms during his epic pregame intros by making Thursday Night Football a soap opera where we pass judgement on the quarterback for every bad throw they make instead of looking at how the Browns won by breaking up passes. The secondary deserved credit tonight, but NFL Network wants to give Hoyer free stuff instead of bringing everyone on secondary up to share one item in the bag each because quarterbacks influence the outcome of games in this league.


Cleveland deserves to be 6-3 and if the secondary continues to play this well, then the Browns will get to the AFC Title and spoil New England or Denver’s chance to go to a Super Bowl only to fall in the AFC Title. Everyone will talk about how the Steelers are the biggest threat to the Patriots. Without Ike Taylor, I think Brady can drop 40 on the Steelers in his sleep as long as Rob Gronkowski is healthy. I think the Browns are the biggest threat to New England cause Hoyer used to be Brady’s backup. The Browns fired Belichick before he joined New England and now they want to ruin his last chance to win one with Brady when Hoyer is in a contract year. Not to mention, the Browns offensive line is better than the Patriots. Outside of Denver and New England, the team with the most overall depth on the secondary among the AFC Playoff contenders has to be the Cleveland Browns.





Kansas City Chiefs 6-3-0
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Buffalo Bills 5-4-0


Game Recap: BUFFALO-Both of these teams had stealth defenses heading into Sunday. The biggest question would be who started the season 6-3.


Bills quarterback Kyle Orton began the game 4 for 5. He received great pass protection from Cordy Glenn, Seantrel Henderson, Cyril Richardson, and Eric Wood on the opening series. The Bills’ offensive line looks much stronger now that you have a reliable right tackle and left guard.


Kansas City struggled early. Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore excelled early. He forced a Dwayne Bowe fumble on the first play of the game and Bowe recovered the ball before nearly fumbling it again before being ruled down by contact. Dwayne Bowe struggled early. Gilmore continued to thrive as he blitzed Alex Smith on the following play as Smith threw an incompletion. Mario Williams got a sack on Alex Smith on the following play. The Bills gave the Chiefs three points thanks to an unnecessary roughness penalty on third down.


Defensive end Jarius Wynn recovered a fumble that gave the Bills the ball back. Nose tackle Dontari Poe played strong on the following series for the Chiefs. Chiefs got a field goal 10-3 ills.


Bryce Brown ran for 83 yards only to fumble the ball near the end zone. Tight end Scott Chandler failed to catch the ball in the end zone and it resulted in a touchback. The fourth string running back and starting tight end both deserved game checks for their embarrassing play against the Bills. Defensive back Rob Parker deserves credit for stripping a fumble that resulted in a Chiefs touchback.


Following series, the Bills endured a third down with tons of suspense. A Jerry Hughes neutral zone infraction made it 3rd and 5, but defensive tackle Marcel Dareus got the sack on third down. Bills took up another 5 minute drive in the third quarter and came away with a field goal.


Jamaal Charles ran for a 39 yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter on 4th and 1 following a 15 yard connection from Smith to Bowe on 3rd and 16. His rushing touchdown following the Bills field goal made it a 13-10 game.


The Chiefs overcame adversity by scoring a touchdown after Jerry Hughes sacked Alex Smith for a 6 yard loss. That just shows how good Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles are when it comes to dealing with adversity.


The Jamaal Charles had an adverse affect on quarterback Alex Smith. Smith ran for an 8 yard rushing touchdown thanks to some inspiration from Jamaal Charles. Chiefs led 17 to 13 over the Bills in the fourth quarter after some early first half struggles.


Teams threw away from Eric Berry in his first start back since his injury. Rob Parker lined up as a dime cornerback containing Sammy Watkins with outstanding zone coverage preventing a Bills touchdown. Parker nearly picked off Kyle Orton later on third down.


Chiefs stopped the Bills. Alex Smith fires a first down to tight end Travis Kelce.


Chiefs won 17 to 13. Both teams did a good job running the football. Kansas City dealt with adversity properly in the fourth quarter after overcoming the Jerry Hughes sack on second down.





Miami Dolphins 5-4-0
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Detroit Lions 7-2-0


Game Recap: MIAMI-Miami faced a Detroit Lions team at Ford Field. The biggest question mark was how Calvin Johnson would perform at wide receiver after returning from an ankle injury.


Detroit began the game with a Matt Prater field goal. Later in the first quarter, Matthew Stafford would re-connect with Calvin Johnson as the Lions gained a 10-0 lead.


The second quarter saw two game-changing interceptions. First you saw Lions strong safety James Ihedigbo picked off Ryan Tannehill before Tannehill made a touchdown saving tackle. Seconds later, Matthew Stafford threw a pick to Brent Grimes. Miami has two corners with Finnegan and Grimes that can cover #1 receivers. You cannot blame Stafford for the pick.


Late in the second quarter, Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert got injured. Without Albert, a suspect offensive line will become woeful.


Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh led a ferocious Lions’ pass rush that got to Ryan Tannehill. Such recorded one sack and executed a block that injured Albert. The downside is that Suh got called for a careless facemask penalty that put the Dolphins in scoring position.


Suh created tons of controversy with his hard hits. The most offensive player was punter Sam Martin. Jim Caldwell needs to waterboard offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi for putting a punter in the game to throw a pass on third down. That is just pure idiocy.


In the third quarter, the Lions had a chance to take a 13 to 3 lead. Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell blocked a field goal and defensive end Dion Jordon, the former Oregon Duck, and third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft nearly returned a field goal for a touchdown.


Fourth quarter, Lions kicked a field goal. Prater ties it at 13. With 9 minutes left in the fourth quarter, there was immense pressure on both quarterbacks to keep there teams in playoff position. Tannehill and Stafford both had to step up when it mattered.


Josh Bynes had a pass interference penalty that gave the Dolphins a first down. The Lions’ defense prevented a touchdown despite a 9th penalty that cost them 88 yards on the day. Caleb Sturgis gave the Dolphins a 3 point lead with his field goal on fourth down.


Next series, Stafford stepped up when it mattered following a three and out. Theo Reddeck caught a game winning touchdown at Ford Field. The Dolphins cornerbacks, did a good job covering Johnson and Tate, but Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate were just that much better on Sunday.


Stafford threw for 280 passing yards. Calvin Johnson had 7 receptions, 113 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown as the #1 wide receiver. Golden Tate had 11 receptions for 109 receiving yards. Both receivers are playing so well, that you can play either guy as a #1 receiver this year.


Miami and Buffalo are now both 5-4. I like the Dolphins in Thursday Night’s contest. Detroit goes to 7-2, as the Lions will face the Arizona Cardinals next week.





Dallas Cowboys 7-3-0
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Jacksonville Jaguars 1-9-0


Game Recap: LONDON-The Jaguars hosted the Cowboys on Sunday in London. The Jaguars will also host the Bills in London in 2015. Why is the NFL trying to influence a team to relocate the to London. The league is perfect the way it is.


Dan Bailey gave Dallas a 3-0 lead. Then Denard Robinson ran for a touchdown, that put the Jaguars ahead 7-3.


Tony Romo maintained his composure by completing 12 of his first 15 passes for 119 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.


Romo threw his first passing touchdown to Jason Witten near the end of the first quarter to give the Cowboys a 10 to 7 lead. Later in the second quarter, Dez Bryant caught a 35 yard touchdown from Romo to give the Cowboys a 17-7 lead.


The Jaguars recovered a fumble, but went three and out. Then Dez Bryant gave the Jaguars secondary an encore by scoring again in London. Bryant with 6 receptions, 153 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns in the first half. What was more impressive is that Bryant broke three tackles before getting to the end zone for the touchdown.


Cowboys led 24 to 7 in the first half. Joseph Randle gave Dallas the insurance they needed to win by running for a rushing touchdown. Right guard Zack Martin and center Travis Frederick continued to dominate on the offensive line. Cowboys took a 31 to 7 lead and won 31 to 17 by taking care of business in Romo’s first start with Dallas since the Monday Night Football game against the Washington Redskins.





San Francisco 49ers 5-4-0
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New Orleans Saints 4-5-0


Game Recap: NEW ORLEANS-Following a 49ers loss to the Rams in week 9 and a Saints win over Carolina on Thursday Night Football, both teams now sit at 4-4. Both of these teams were expected to make the playoffs and now both teams are fighting for their playoff lives.


The Saints began the game with the ball before a Antoine Bethea interception. It resulted in a strong drive where Frank Gore ran a counter to an outside. Right guard Alex Boone displayed incredible speed when running to the outside to block a Saints defender to aid Gore in his quest to the end zone.


The 49ers’ excelled early because of the run blocking by guards Mike Iupati and Alex Boone. Gore and Hyde executed their assignments while quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw some nice passes on third down to move the chains early in this contest.


Everyone expected the Saints to outright win this game at home. The game was far from over, but the 49ers scored enough points early to take the crowd out of the game.


Brandin Cooks gave the Saints’ offense confidence when he caught a 35-yard reception from quarterback Drew Brees. Bree reacted poorly under pressure. Cooks caught a 31 yard touchdown later in the second quarter after his first catch set up a field goal.


The Saints reduced the 49ers lead to 4 points. That did not affect Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick finally threw his first passing touchdown to Anquan Boldin putting the 49ers up 21-10.


Drew Brees threw an interception to cornerback Chris Culliver. 49ers maintained their 11 point lead heading into halftime.


Third quarter, Brees fired an 11 yard touchdown to Jimmy Graham. He scored a second receiving touchdown to make it a 24-21 game in the fourth quarter. Graham led the Saints with 10 receptions on Sunday.


Late in the fourth quarter, Phil Dawson tied the game at 24 after Kaepernick threw a 51 yard pass to Michael Crabtree which put the 49ers in field goal range. Final play of the game, Drew Brees, fires it, caught by Jimmy Graham in the end zone. Touchdown. No touchdown offensive pass interference by Jimmy Graham. This game went to overtime.


First series in overtime, Brees had a promising drive before before Eric Reid swatted a pass on third down to force a fourth down. First possession for the 49ers, Carlos Hyde began overtime with a 15-yard game for the 49ers offense. Hyde continued to dominate. Kaepernick sacked on third down.


Third and 6, Brees threw a first down to Jimmy Graham. The seven yard gain led to a sack. After the next sack, Brees got sacked again by Ahmad Brooks, but this time he fumbled the ball. Chris Borland the rookie from Wisconsin had a clutch fumble recovery that set up a game-winning field goal. Phil Dawson with a clutch kick. San Francisco goes to 5-4 to remain in the playoff race, and the Saints finally lose their first game of the season at home.





Tennessee Titans 2-7-0
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Baltimore Ravens 6-4-0


Game Recap: BALTIMORE-The Ravens hosted the Titans coming off a 4 game losing streak. How would Zach Mettenberger do in his second start following his game against the Ravens.


The biggest surprise at M&T Bank Stadium was the fact that Zach Mettenberger outplayed Joe Flacco in the first half. Mettenberger went 13 for 20 with 138 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and 0 interceptions. The Titans had 11 first downs compared to the Ravens 5 in the first half as well.


Tennessee had 165 total yards compared to the Ravens 86. The Titans also had 5 penalties which cost them 45 yards. Penalties and turnovers in the first half kept the Ravens in the game. The biggest question is what kind of adjustments would the Ravens make as the second half began.


One of those adjustments was the overall play of running back Justin Forsett. Forsett only ran for 20 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown in the first half. He ran for 92 more rushing yards in the second half while adding the go ahead touchdown on an 11 yard run that put the Ravens up 14-7.


Flacco threw a touchdown to Torrey Smith in the fourth quarter to ensure the Ravens’ victory. Titans fall to 2-7 becoming a contender to challenge Jacksonville in the Marcus Mariota sweepstakes while Baltimore is at 6-4 getting a much needed win ending their three game losing streak.





Pittsburgh Steelers 6-4-0
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New York Jets 2-8-0


Game Recap: NEW YORK-The New York Jets won their season opener. Since then, they have lost eight consecutive games. On Sunday, the Jets hosted the Steelers who lost their last road game to the Cleveland Browns in week 6.


The Jets began the game with a drive that lasted 7 minutes and 52 seconds long. Pittsburgh looked like they would score before free safety Jaiquann Jarrett blitzed on third down and got by left guard Ramon Foster to sack Ben Roethlisberger for a fourth down.


Next play, Michael Vick fired a 67 yard touchdown to T.J. Graham. Jets took a 14-0 lead after Vick’s bullet to the former Bill.


Turnovers affected the Steelers throughout the day, following the 10-0 Jets lead. Jarrett was not done following the Ben Roethlisberger sack. Next play, he recovered an Antonio Brown fumble as the Jets regained control of the ball.


Vick got sacked by Jason Worilds on the first play of the Jets third drive. The Worilds sack had little affect on Vick since he ran for 18 rushing yards on the following play. Three plays later, Vick threw a touchdown to Jace Amaro following a timeout that the Jets called.


Pittsburgh had a drive that lasted 7 minutes and 54 seconds before Jarrett struck again by intercepting the Steelers near the 10 yard line. The Jets took 5 minutes off the clock before Antonio Brown muffed a punt return that T.J. Graham recovered. Jets settled for a field goal and took a 20-0 lead.


Ben Roethlisberger guided the Steelers downfield for a field goal to wrap up the first half. Early in the second half he threw an interception to Jarrett once again.


Pittsburgh cost themselves the game with poor play. Ben Roethlisberger threw 2 interceptions. Clemson rookie Martavius Bryant caught an 80 yard touchdown to give the Steelers hope.


Too much early dominance by the New York Jets along with Jaiquann Jarrett’s play at safety led to the Jets victory.





Atlanta Falcons 2-7-0
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-8-0


Game Recap: TAMPA BAY-The Atlanta Falcons traveled to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers for the first time since week 3. Brian Thornsburg gave us his two cents on this contest.


Josh McCown returned to the Buccaneers for the first time since the Bucs faced the Falcons in the Thursday Night Football blowout a month ago. The Falcons have not won since they beat the Bucs 56-14. The Buccaneers are on a four game losing streak as well, with their last win coming against Pittsburgh, 27-24.


Josh McCown started the drive with a short pass to Mike Evans for a gain of four yards. McCown followed that pass up with a five yard pass to Bobby Rainey for a five yard gain, before connecting with Vincent Jackson for nine more yards. The Buccaneers eventually marched all the way to The Falcons 25 yard line, before a holding penalty backed them up to 2nd and 25. Tampa was never able to recover and settled for a field goal by Patrick Murray.


Mccown finished the drive 7 of 11 for 52 yards and averaged 4.7 yards per play in their first possession. Steven Jackson saves the Falcons first drive early in their first possession with a four yard run up the middle on third and one. Matt Ryan threw a huge pass to Julio Jones, but it was batted away by two Tampa Bay defenders. Cornerback Jonathan Banks made the tackle.


Ryan dropped back on his next play and hits Roddy White for a 11 yard gain. The play puts the Falcons on the Bucs 15 yard line. Matt Ryan was pressured out of the pocket on the next play and was forced to throw the ball into the stands setting up a third and four situation for the Falcons. The Buccaneers hand the Falcons the ball on the one yard line, after a pass interference penalty is called on Bucs defend Leonard Johnson.


The Buccaneers were called for a offside penalty on their next play, gave Falcons a fresh set of downs on the one yard line. Steven Jackson stiff arms a few Bucs defenders and punches the ball in to put six points on the board for the Falcons. Falcons led 7-3 over The Buccaneers. Bucs definitely had great defense early on in the drive, but basically just handed the ball to the Falcons with multiple penalties.


Tampa Bay went three and out on their very next drive, handing the ball back over to the Atlanta Falcons. As I write this, I am having flashbacks of the blowout game five games ago. Tampa almost got the Falcons off the field, but got called for a illegal contact penalty on third down, giving the Falcons another fresh set of downs in the second quarter.


Ryan uses his fresh set of downs wisely, hitting Roddy White for a eight yard gain on the next play. Roddy White was seen on one knee after the play and was later helped to the sidelines. Julio Jones goes beast mode a few plays later, going 39 yards down the side line after a short pass from Matt Ryan.


Things go bad for The Falcons on the next play, when Ryan gets sacked by McDonald. Ryan throws a bomb to David Hester in the endzone, but he cant get his hands around it, forcing The Falcons to settle for a field goal. The Buccaneers have finally succeeded in getting The Falcons off the field, without going down another six points!


After a few three and outs by both teams, the Buccaneers drive the ball 87 yards down the field with help from , Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, ending in a 22 yard touchdown reception by Evans to put six points on the board. Ryan and the Falcons respond with a great drive of their own, but are unable to connect in the endzone and settle for three points after a 43 yard field goal by Matt Bryant.


At the half, the Falcons lead 13-10 Matt Bryant is 12/19 for 134 yards and 7.1 yards a play average. The returning Josh Mccown is 15-23 for 149 yards and one touchdown to Mike Evans late in the fourth quarter. It is surprising to see the Buccaneers stick around in this game, but their final drive with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson was very impressive.


Matt Ryan started his next drive with a few runs and incomplete passes, before passing to Julio Jones on third down for a 13 yard gain. He then connected with Roddy White for another 18 yard gain on first down. Ryan got into trouble late in the drive and went three and out, forcing them to turn to Bryant once again for a field goal.


The Buccaneers go beast mode in the second half, converting two crucial third downs to keep their drive alive, including a 15 yard scramble up the field by McCown for a first down. The Buccaneers strike luck again, when Mccown’s third down pass to Vincent Jackson is just off the mark, and hits a Falcons defender, the ball bounces off the defender and lands right in Jackson hands for another first down.


Charles Simms killed the Buccaneers momentum, with a costly fumble on the very next play, when he runs up the field for a three yard gain. The ball was recovered by the Falcons in their own territory. Matt Ryan and the Falcons fail to capitalize on the turnover and go three and out on their next drive. The Falcons are then called for a illegal snap penalty by the center, forcing them to back up another five yards.


Marcus Thigpen and The Buccaneers got the momentum back with a 54 yard punt return to put The Buccaneers in Falcons territory. Mccown got things going with a 17 yard pass to Mike Evans to put The Bucs at The Atlanta 15 yard line. Mccown finished off the drive with a one yard pass to Austin Seferian Jenkins for a touchdown. The Buccaneers now lead 17-16 in the fourth quarter.


Atlanta takes the lead back in the fourth quarter, with a five yard pass from Ryan to Roddy White. The Falcons then go for two and convert with a pass to Douglas. The Falcons led 24-17 in the fourth quarter. The touchdowns was Ryans first of the game and the two point conversion attempt was Atlanta's first of the year.


The Buccaneers take a devastating blow a few plays later when McCown takes gets tackled by two defenders and then gets hit in the helmet by one of their knees on the way down. McCown then went to the sideline and it is very doubtful if he will return. The injury appears to be to his back. The Falcons score another field goal on the next play to make it a ten point game. 27-17.


McCown surprisingly goes back into the game on the next drive but only manages to complete a short pass and then get sacked on the very next play. The Buccaneers really need to put Glennon in if they want any chance of scoring ten points in four minutes. McCown escapes pressure on the next play and connects with Mike Evans for a 34 yard gain. The play was called a illegal forward pass, but Lovie Smith has challenged the call.


The play was overturned after the referees determined that Mccown was not over the line of scrimmage on the play. The Buccaneers now get the ball at midfield with 330 left on the clock. Mccown is then sacked a few plays later. This is his third sack in the second half. The Buccaneers also don't seem to be in much of a hurry, down ten with two minutes to go in the game.


McCown completes another pass to Mike Evans at the five yard line, but the play is ruled out of bounds. The referees then convene and both rule the play out of bounds. Lovie Smith again challenges the play heading into the commercial break with 1.54 left in the game. After the break, the play is ruled a catch, giving the Buccaneers the ball at the Falcons five yard line.


McCown then throws the game away on the very next drive with a costly interception to Lowry. The ball was intended for Vincent Jackson, but was tipped right into Lowry’s hands as he fell to the ground to retrieve it. The play is ruled a touchback and the Falcons now have the ball on their own 20 yard line with just over a minute to go.


The Falcons win the game 27-17 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Matt Ryan was 20/31 for 219 and 1 passing touchdown, while the returning Josh Mccown was 27-43 for 301 yards two passing touchdowns and two interceptions. The win was Atlanta’s first since playing the Buccaneers over a month ago and will now move on to face the Panthers next week. The Buccaneers will move on after the loss to face the struggling Redskins.





Denver Broncos 7-2-0
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Oakland Raiders 0-9-0


Game Recap: OAKLAND-Could the winless Raiders defeat Denver? I was gutsy enough to pick Oakland over Denver. How did that turn out?


Denver did not do squat early in the game. Second year cornerback D.J. Hayden did. The former Houston Cougar picked off Peyton Manning on the second play after doing an excellent job in man coverage against Emmanuel Sanders.


Oakland converted two consecutive third down conversions on their first series, which set up a field goal. Sebastian Janikowski gave the Raiders a 3-0 lead.


Denver responded by getting a field goal following the Raiders first score. The Broncos burned up 5 minutes and 29 seconds on their second drive after Oakland spent 4 minutes and 47 seconds driving the ball downfield only to settle for a field goal.


Denver got another field goal as the Broncos took a 6-3 lead. Manning had a chance to bury the Raiders early. Peyton threw an interception to right end Justin Tuck. Derek Carr threw a touchdown that allowed the Raiders to regain the lead following Manning’s turnover.


What goes around comes around. Derek Carr threw an interception to rookie Bradley Roby later in the second quarter. Manning threw a touchdown a few plays later to running back T.J. Anderson. The Broncos kicked a field goal at the end of the first half to gain a 20-10 lead.


Third quarter, Raiders had one more shot with the ball to start the second half. Left end Malik Jackson forced a fumble recovered by cornerback Chris Harris. Three plays later, Peyton Manning threw a touchdown pass to Julius Thomas to make it 27-10, and he threw another touchdown to Thomas after the Raiders went 3 and out. Denver led 34 to 10 and won 41 to 17.


Despite the rough first half, Peyton Manning threw for 340 yards and 5 touchdowns. All I will say about Manning is this. He will pick your defense apart unless you play well defensively early only to pick him apart.





St. Louis Rams 3-6-0
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Arizona Cardinals 8-1-0


Game Recap: ARIZONA-Many wondered if the Rams could win their third consecutive NFC West game on the road. The 7-1 Arizona Cardinals needed a home win to control their own destiny.


St. Louis brought a lot of pressure against a weak offensive line. Right end Robert Quinn got by left tackle Jared Veldheer. Both starting safeties, T.J. McDonald and Mark Barron both sacked the quarterback.


The biggest reason the Rams led 14-10 after three quarters was due to the play of an excellent rush that dominated the Cardinals’ offensive line. In the fourth quarter, Barron sacked Carson Palmer with 11 minutes left in the game. When Palmer went down, you thought the game was over.


Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 9 receptions for 112 receiving yards. He did not have a receiving touchdown, but he led the Cardinals with receiving yards and receptions. The cornerbacks won this game for Arizona. Jonathan Brown put the Cardinals ahead 17-14. After Brown scored the go-ahead touchdown, the cornerback tandem of Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie gave the Cardinals some insurance. Peterson returned an Austin Davis interception 30 yards for a touchdown. Cromartie recovered a fumble for a touchdown.


Arizona got turnovers at the right time to put the Cardinals away. While Arizona is sitting pretty at 8-1, the status of Carson Palmer is unknown. Even if the Cardinals make the playoffs, they may be one and done. Still, it is too early to say what happens next week as Drew Stanton is set to face the quarterback he used to back up in Detroit where he began his career.


The injury status of Palmer is unknown. He left the game after injuring the same left knee that he dealt with during the 2006 NFL Playoffs when the Cincinnati Bengals lost the wild card game to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.





New York Giants 3-6-0
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Seattle Seahawks 6-3-0


Game Recap: SEATTLE-How would the 3-5 Giants do following a Monday Night loss to the Colts? The 5-3 Seahawks are determined to go to 6-3.


Early in the first quarter Marshawn Lynch ran for a rushing touchdown to give the Seahawks a 7-0 lead. Giants tied it at 7 after one quarter.


Andre Williams ran for a rushing touchdown to give the Giants the lead before Marshawn Lynch tied the game with a second rushing touchdown. Brown kicked a field goal which gave the Giants a 17-14 lead at halftime.


Eli Manning did a good job passing the ball in the first half. Odell Beckham picked apart the Seahawks’ catching 7 passes for 108 receiving yards. Seattle tied the game at 17 in the third quarter.


It looked like the Giants had this game won. The play that altered the outcome of the contest had to be the Earl Thomas interception in the third quarter. Eli performed at a high level leading up to that play.


Marshawn Lynch won this game by unleashing a couple of rushing touchdowns. Lynch finished the day with 21 carries, 140 rushing yards, and 4 rushing touchdowns. Russell Wilson had 14 carries, 107 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown at quarterback after another horrible game through the air. Seahawks running game combined for 340 total rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. That was a most in franchise history by the Seahawks. Seattle is now 6-3 with a chance to still win the NFC West with Carson Palmer out. Giants fall to 3-6, and Tom Coughlin is likely gone after this season.





Chicago Bears 3-6-0
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Green Bay Packers 6-3-0


Game Recap: GREEN BAY-Both the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears had a week to prepare for each other. You would think this game would be more exciting than the previous meeting.


SPOILER ALERT! It was the least exciting Sunday Night Football encounter between Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers.


Aaron Rodgers threw 6 touchdowns in the first half. You read that correctly. That is not a typo. That is a statement.


Rodgers made a strong opening statement with two passing touchdowns in the first quarter. Jody Nelson caught two consecutive receiving touchdowns to seal Chicago’s chances of winning as he ran for 111 yards on both touchdown receptions alone. Later in the second quarter, Rodgers threw more controversy towards the Bears’ cornerbacks. By controversy we mean touchdowns. Running back Eddie Lacy and wide receiver Randall Cobb both caught touchdowns.


Aaron Rodgers played spank the monkey on this defense. Jason Bantle stated "What the Packers’ offense did on Sunday Night should be illegal.". Jason deserves props for an awesome closing argument as well as beating me in predictions this week. The bigger question involves what the Chicago Bears should do moving forward.


Cutler is not the quarterback of the future in Chicago, but the Bears will likely fire Marc Trestman or use some sort of excuse to give Cutler a hall pass. Green Bay led 48 to 7 after 3 quarters and won 55 to14.





Carolina Panthers 3-6-1
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Philadelphia Eagles 7-2-0


Game Recap: PHILADELPHIA-Mark Sanchez made his first start on Monday Night Football in quite some time. You would think the Carolina Panthers would do better in prime time after the Thursday Night game against the Saints. Cam Newton was bound to end his cold streak right? Jesse Lucas recaps his first game with Draft Utopia.


The Eagles beat the Panthers 45-21. Actually I think a better description would be the Eagles straight up assaulted the Panthers!! Mark Sanchez ended the game with 332 yards and 2 touchdown passes. But do not let those stats fool you. The biggest thing Mark Sanchez did to help his team win is actually what he didn’t do. It’s more about him not stinking to high even than it is about him having a good game. It’s difficult for me to decide who should get the game ball for the Eagles though. It’s a toss up between Cam Newton and the Eagles Defense. Cam threw for 3 interceptions and the Panthers totaled for 5 turnovers. But the Eagles did their job extremely effectively, especially Connor Barwin who spent pretty much the entire time game in the QB spy. He played it perfectly dropping back and waiting until he knew Cam was staying in the pocket. The Eagles ended up with 9 sacks on the night and Barwin led the defense with 3.5 sacks.


The first score of the game came on a 39 yard Cody Parkey Field Goal. After the Eagles first drive stalled short of the endzone.


The Eagles scored the first touchdown as well. With 11:25 left in the first Darren Sproles ran the ball 8 yards into the end zone to put the Eagles up 10 – 0. I should add that both of the Eagles first to scores happened as a result of Panthers turnovers. The Panthers turned the ball over twice in the first 2 minutes of the game.


The Panthers finally got a drive together without having a turnover and got Jonathan Stewart into the end zone on a 1 yard run to bring the Panthers within 3 points 10 – 7.


Darren Sproles lit up the Panthers special teams by returning a punt 65 yards for a touchdown with just over 3 minutes left in the first quarter putting the Panthers up 17 – 7.


Jordan Matthews scored the first of his 2 touchdowns with 11:33 left in the second quarter. A 13 yard pass from Sanchez. This gave the Eagles an even bigger lead 24 – 7.


The Defense was shining bright last night for the Eagles Defense, but this could have possibly been the best play for them in a night that was full of huge plays. Bradley Fletcher intercepted the ball and ran it back 34 yards for a touchdown. With only about 2 minutes left before half time I think this play effectively put the last nail in the coffin for the Panthers. 31 – 7.


The Eagles put another good drive together that allowed LeSean McCoy to punch one in from the 1 yard line. In what was an overall average night for Shady McCoy this was his one bright spot. Eagles lead 38 – 7.


With 11:43 left in the final quarter Sanchez and Jordan Matthews connect for Matthews second Touchdown reception of the night. This touchdown gives the Eagles an even larger lead and makes it 35 unanswered points for Philly. 45 – 7.


Kelvin Benjamin grabbed a 21 yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton with 9:05 left in the fourth quarter. 45 – 14.


Too little, too late but Kelvin Benjamin grabbed his second touchdown pass from Cam. With 5:30 left in the game. 45 – 21.


Benjamin may have aided some fantasy owners at the last minute, but Philadelphia secured this victory by halftime. If it is any consolation, Carolina may have a better chance of winning in week 11. The Panthers host the 3-6 Falcons on Sunday after a brutal Monday Night Loss, and the Eagles will travel to Green Bay to face the Packers on short days rest. How Sanchez does in Lambeau will give us a much better indication of whether he is ready to start again.






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