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2014 NFL Week 9 Game Recaps

New Orleans Saints 4-4-0
Carolina Panthers 3-5-1

Game Recap: CAROLINA-Drew Brees and Cam Newton are among two of the best quarterbacks in the NFC South outside of Matt Ryan. Who would guide there team to a first place start in the NFC South.

This game went 27 and a half minutes without a score. Cam Newton fumbled the ball near his own end zone before the Saints recovered the ball and capitalized off a Mark Ingram touchdown. It was Ingram’s first of two rushing touchdowns. Ingram scored again in the fourth quarter. The Saints running back finished the day with 30 carries, 100 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns.

The Panthers gave the Saints a free touchdown on defense with a boneheaded pass interference call as the Saints took a 14 to 0 lead heading into halftime.

The third quarter saw rushing touchdowns from both quarterbacks. Cam Newton made it a 7 point game before Drew Brees negated Newton’s touchdown by scoring on 4th and goal.

Carolina added a field goal to make it 21 to 10. The Saints won 28 to 10 following Ingram’s second score. Guards Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans did an excellent job blocking as expected. Right tackle Zach Streif got abused by Panthers left end Charles Johnson. Terron Armstead did alright at left tackle and the Saints had a backup starting at center.

Drew Brees was phenomenal when you consider how shaky the pass protection was when Armstead and Streif both surrendered 2 sacks. Brees went 24 for 34 with 297 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and 1 interception. Still Tracy Wolfson should have interviewed Ingram instead of Brees after watching Ingram post a clinic on Carolina by rushing for 100 yards on the ground in two consecutive games. Wolfson gets our first game check of the week.

Regardless, New Orleans got their first road win of the year at the right time. With everyone on offense except center Jonathan Goodwin healthy, with Mark Ingram, Marques Coltson, Kenny Stills, Brandin Cooks, and Jimmy Graham all healthy at running back, wide receiver, and tight end, you can expect the Saints to play like the 12-4 team that I thought would get home field advantage back in the preseason.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-7-0
Cleveland Browns 5-3-0

Game Recap: CLEVELAND-With Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson both back, I thought the Buccaneers had a serious chance to win. You would think the Buccaneers would be motivated to perform. Brian Thornsburg posted the game recap for this game.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were on a hot streak during their first drive of the game, handing the ball of to Rainey multiple times for a 18 yard gain. Glennon Glennon added to the running game with a nine yard run up the middle on third and five, keeping The Buccaneers drive alive. Despite the long drive, The Buccaneers are forced to settle for a field goal, but the ball is blocked by The Browns, leaving The Buccaneers scoreless.

Brian Hoyer begins the game with a nice 20 yard pass to Andrew Hawkins, to put The Browns at their own 42 yard line. The Browns are then plagued by negative yardage plays, before Hoyer goes beast mode once again, connecting with Travis Benjamin for a 31 yard reception. The Browns struggled for the rest of the drive, failing to get another first down, and ultimately settling on a 49 yard field goal by Billy Cundiff.

The Buccaneers got the ball back on their own 27 yard line, and quickly connect with former Browns player Brandon Rainey for a 34 yard gain in the air. Despite the great playmaking by Glennon and Rainey, The Buccaneers fail to convert on third down, forcing them to also settle for a 55 yard field goal by Patrick Murray. The game was tied at 3 following Murray’s field goal.

The Browns only managed one first down on their next drive, with a ten yard run by Terrance West. The Browns are then forced to punt the ball to The Buccaneers, who turn the ball right back over to The Browns, with a 51 yard interception by Donte Whitner. Whitner carries the ball 51 yards, before finally being brought down. The Browns are then forced three and out and settle on a field goal.

Glennon got the ball back on the Tampa Bay ten yard line and instantly connected with Vincent Jackson for a eleven yard gain. Glennon then fumbled the ball a few plays later, but is saved by a last second illegal use of hands penalty, handing the ball back to the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers then loosened up the Browns defense with long runs by Bobby Rainey, who rushed for forty four yards during the entire drive. The Buccaneers then surprised the Browns with 24 yard pass to Mike Evans for the first touchdown of the game. The Buccaneers now lead 10-6 before the half.

The Buccaneers forced their first turnover of the game, with a interception by Jonathan Banks on the very first play of the drive. The Buccaneers tried for a run with Rainey, but are backed up five yards and called a timeout. Glennon is intercepted for the second time in the game by Tashuan Gipson, who ran for a 12 yard gain before being brought down.

The Browns then did nothing with the ball, going three and out following the turn over and even being penalized 15 yards for a illegal blindside block. The Bucs and Browns then traded field goals on their next drives to end the half 10-9 in favor of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is Tampa's first lead at the half in almost a year.

Hoyer starts the third quarter with a twelve yard pass to Andrew Hawkins for a first down. Then connects with Taylor Gabriel on the next drive, for a 20 yard gain. After a few handoffs, Hoyer connects with Jim Dray on third and one for a 26 yard reception and another first down for the Browns.

Hoyer tries for a short pass to Hawkins on third and six, but only gains two yards, bringing out the field goal unit. The Browns are set to settle for three, but a neutral zone infraction on Tampa, makes it fourth and one on the Browns. The Browns respond to the penalty by bringing Hoyer back on the field, who hands it off to Terrence West for the first down. Hoyer connects with West two plays later for a touchdown, making the score 16-10.

Glennon starts the next drive for Tampa Bay, with a 17 yard pass to Vincent Jackson. Then connects with Jackson again for ten yards a few plays later. The Buccaneers fail to convert their next third down and end up punting the ball away to the Browns. The Browns punt the ball back after going three and out, and The Buccaneers receive the ball on the Browns 45 yard line.

The Buccaneers waist no time with their given field position, as Glennon quickly connects with Mike Evans for a 24 yard touchdown. The play was reviewed, after it looked like a incomplete pass, but the touchdown ruling was later upheld by officials in the booth. The Buccaneers now lead 17-16 late in the third quarter.

The Browns and Buccaneers then traded three and outs, as the fourth quarter began. The Browns try to get momentum going on their first drive of the fourth quarter, but Hoyer is intercepted by Clinton McDonald. The Buccaneers then go three and out on their next drive, handing the ball back to the Browns, who trail by one.

The Browns gpt the ball back on the Buccaneers 36 yard line, and Hoyer throws a quick touchdown to Taylor Gabriel to take the lead back in the fourth quarter. The Browns now lead 22-17. Lavonte David was injured on the play. The Browns then keep the Buccaneers scoreless for their next three straight drives to win the game 22-17. The Buccaneers had a chance for a first down on fourth and one , but went with a pass play to Mike Evans, instead of a quick run play by Rainey, who could have easily kept the game alive for Tampa Bay.

Brian Hoyer finishes the day with 21/34, 300 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. His timely touchdown to Terrence West in the third quarter is what sealed the deal for the Browns in this game. The Browns running game was abysmal, with Tate and West combining for just 15 carries and 51 yards against The Buccaneers defense.

Mike Glennon was 17/33 with two touchdowns and two interceptions in their loss to the Browns. Glennon did a good job throughout the game of hitting a receiver when it counted, but was unable to dig them out of their fourth quarter hole and get them to their second win of the season.

Former Browns player, Bobby Rainey, had 18 carries for 87 yards against The Browns. Despite not having a touchdown in this one, Rainey kept the ground game going until the very end. Making things a lot easier on Mike Glennon throughout the game. The 1-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers now look to take on the Falcons next Sunday at 1pm. The last time The Buccaneers met their divisional foes, they were blown out on Thursday night football, 56-14. Hopefully this week won’t be as bad.

Arizona Cardinals 7-1-0
Dallas Cowboys 6-3-0

Game Recap: DALLAS-Both of these teams had the two best NFL records heading into Sunday. One team would have home field following this game. With Tony Romo out you would think Arizona would be that team with Brandon Weeden starting.

Dallas got a pick 6 to begin the game. After the pick six, Dallas added another field goal to take a 10-0 lead. The Cowboys were ahead after 1 quarter as the crowd was into the game.

Carson Palmer redeemed himself by throwing two of his three passing touchdowns in the second quarter. Palmer’s touchdowns through the air gave the Cardinals a 14-10 lead at halftime.

After nobody scored in the third quarter, Palmer threw a third straight passing touchdown. Palmer had so much variety in this game. Larry Fitzgerald led the Cardinals with 5 receptions and 70 receiving yards. Ted Ginn was second on the Cardinals with 42 receiving yards. Andre Ellington had 39 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Ellington was an asset out of the backfield on Sunday. Michael Floyd had 36 receiving yards on 4 receptions. Tight end John Carlsson had 2 receptions for 19 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Running back Robert Hughes hauled in 1 reception for 18 receiving yards. Jaron Brown and Jonathan Brown had 2 receptions. Jaron had 15 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. Jonathan Brown only had 10 receiving yards and failed to score a receiving touchdown. Palmer got off to a sloppy start, but he redeemed himself by demonstrating exceptional leadership.

The Cardinals defense did a good job as well. Without Tony Romo, the Cardinals held running back DeMarco Murray for 79 rushing yards and even kept Murray out of the end zone. Dallas was 3 for 11 on third down conversions with Brandon Weeden filling in for Romo. Carson Palmer went 9 for 15 on third down conversions. Third down conversions were huge in this game and may indicate why the Cardinals won 28 to 17.

Philadelphia Eagles 6-2-0
Houston Texans 4-5-0

Game Recap: HOUSTON-You were curious about how former Texans like DeMeco Ryans and Connor Barwin as both ex Texans returned to Houston as Eagles.

Nick Foles went 10 for 13 with 124 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown and 1 interception before leaving the game with an injury. Mark Sanchez went 15 for 22 with 202 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.

The Eagles’ offensive line struggled in pass protection, but dominated as a run blocking unit today. LeSean McCoy had 117 rushing yards on 23 carries. Chris Polk had 50 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown on 8 carries. Philadelphia looked good running the football.

The biggest difference maker for the Eagles was wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Maclin began the game with a bang scoring a 59 yard touchdown from Nick Foles in the first quarter. He also caught the last touchdown that put the Eagles up 31 to 21 in the fourth quarter. Maclin got 158 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns with 67 receiving yards being yards from the two touchdowns that Maclin scored. Maclin also led the Eagles with 6 receptions averaging over 25 yards per catch with a phenomenal outing.

One of the biggest reasons the Eagles won besides the play on offense was the play of the linebackers. Outside linebackers Trent Cole and Connor Barwin gave the Texans offensive tackles problems. Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans both did an excellent job containing the run and stopping Arian Foster. Kendricks led the Eagles with 12 total tackles and a sack. Ryans picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Arian Foster disappointed for the Texans in this contest. The one player for the Texans that delivered on offense was DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins had 115 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown against the Eagles.

Jadeveon Clowney was ruled out for this contest. It would not matter since Whitney Mercilus got by left tackle Jason Peters a couple of times. Mercilus also recorded 2 sacks on the Eagles for the Texans.

New York Jets 1-8-0
Kansas City Chiefs 5-3-0

Game Recap: KANSAS CITY-Michael Vick made his first start for the Jets. Vick faced his former head coach from the Eagles when Andy Reid welcomed Vick to Kansas City. Smokey the dog like Mascot for the Chiefs. Could you say the same for Vick after his first start?

First quarter De’Anthony Thomas had a 26 yard run. Then Jamaal Charles had a 1 yard rushing touchdown. Alex Smith threw two passing touchdowns to tight ends Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce. Kelce finished the day with 4 receptions for 67 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Both tight ends assisted the fullback and the offensive linemen when run blocking.

Charles, Thomas, and Davis combined for 24 carries, 113 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown by Charles in the first quarter. Excellent blocking by the Chiefs offensive line today. Alex Smith only threw for 199 rushing yards, but his offensive line did a phenomenal job today to compensate for his performance. Also throwing 0 interceptions is something to be objective about.

Right tackle Breno Giacomi got schooled by Justin Houston who sacked Michael Vick twice. Houston led the NFL with 10 sacks entering this contest, and added 2 more sacks to his 2014 regular season resume. Center Nick Mangold also had problems with nose tackle Dontari Poe. Left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson did a good job stopping Tamba Hali the same way Duane Brown did a good job stopping Trent Cole. Chiefs win 24-10.

Jacksonville Jaguars 1-8-0
Cincinnati Bengals 5-2-1

Game Recap: CINCINNATI-A.J. Green returned to Cincinnati this week. Andy Dalton had A.J. Green and Mohammed Sanu to throw the ball to.

Jacksonville kept Cincinnati scoreless in the first quarter. The Jaguars led 3-0 after one quarter.

Cincinnati dropped 12 unanswered in the second quarter. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth did an excellent job aiding Dalton in pass protection while opening up the running lanes for Jeremy Hill. Hill finished the day with 24 carries, 154 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. Bengals win 33 to 23.

This was Blake Bortles best game as a quarterback. Bortles 247 passing yards bested Dalton’s 233 passing yards. Bortles did not throw an interception until the final seconds of the contest. Maybe Bortles can carry this confidence moving forward.

San Diego Chargers 5-4-0
Miami Dolphins 5-3-0

Game Recap: MIAMI-San Diego entered the game on a two game losing streak. The Miami Dolphins returned to Miami with a 2 game winning streak. You knew both teams needed this win.

This game was a tale of two quarterbacks. Philip Rivers completed 12 out of 23 passes for the San Diego Chargers. His 123 passing yards, 0 passing touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Ryan Tannehill completed 24 out of 34 passes for 288 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.

Dolphins win 37-0. Kansas City owns a tiebreaker over Miami and San Diego. A Dolphins win puts the Chiefs in position to secure one of the wild cards depending on how things play out in the AFC North.

Washington Redskins 3-6-0
Minnesota Vikings 4-5-0

Game Recap: MINNESOTA-Robert Griffin III returned to be a starter for the Redskins. Teddy Bridgewater was looking to build off his first win as a starter.

Washington got off to a 10-0 lead. Robert Griffin III began the game 8 for 11. It was running back Alfred Morris and Kai Forbath that put the Washington Redskins on the map.

Teddy Bridgewater threw the only passing touchdown of this game in the second quarter to Chase Forte 4 plays after Captain Munnerlyn picked off Robert Griffin III. Bridgewater went 26 for 42 with 268 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and 0 interceptions. Running back Matt Asiata bailed Bridgewater out with 3 rushing touchdowns.

Left tackle Matt Kalil did a better job in pass protection as he kept Ryan Kerrigan from getting to the quarterback. Left guard Charlie Johnson and right tackle Phil Loadholt struggled. Washington was just as shaky on the offensive line. Robert Griffin III had poor pass protection. Right end Everson Griffin got by left tackle Trent Williams. Both of these Redskin guards had no chance against linebackers as talented as Anthony Barr, Jasper Brinkley, and Chad Greenway. These linebackers stopped the run and pressured RGIII as they used their body language to spy on Griffin.

Other Vikings that stepped up were defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd who got a half a sack and free safety Harrison Smith who had 10 total tackles. Minnesota is getting hot at the right time. Good news for Minnesota is that Kyle Rudolph may be back by the end of November.

Vikings won 29 to 26. With a 4-5 record, the Vikings are right back in the thick of things. It looks like Minnesota will avoid last place the way they are playing up front.

St. Louis Rams 3-5-0
San Francisco 49ers 4-4-0

Game Recap: SAN FRANCISCO-Last time these teams met the Rams lost on Monday Night Football. Who would win this time around in San Francisco?

San Francisco outplayed St. Louis in a boring defensive slugfest. St. Louis won this game 13-10 with the defensive play of right end Robert Quinn and middle linebacker James Laurinaitis. Quinn had 2 sacks and a forced fumble. Laurinaitis had 5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 6 total tackles, 1 sack, and one game-winning fumble recovery. The Rams had 8 total sacks as Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald both got to the quarterback even without left end Chris Long. Six of those eight sacks came in the first half, after the Rams had 6 sacks all season entering this game. St. Louis uses their depth on the defensive line to give the entire 49ers offensive line fits. Rams are now 3-5 while the 49ers fall to 4-4.

Denver Broncos 6-2-0
New England Patriots 7-2-0

Game Recap: NEW ENGLAND-Manning and Brady were both expected to dominate in an offensive shootout. Who won was not surprising. It is how they won that was the real surprise. Our new writer Brent Schwartz sent us a game preview of his Broncos VS Patriots piece from his blog.Patriots VS Broncos Preview that you can check out before reading our game recap.

Tom Brady killed two Broncos with one football. I was poking fun at the two birds with one stone analogy by pointing out that Brady outplayed Peyton Manning by throwing for 333 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and throwing only one pick while passing John Elway in career passing yards. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and, Brandon LaFell, and Shane Vereen all caught touchdowns from Brady. Gronkowski had 9 receptions for 105 yards. Edelman had 9 receptions for 89 yards. LaFell had 6 receptions for 53 yards. Finally Vereen had 5 receptions for 38 yards. Brady did well despite not having the best pass protection today. The bottom line is he connected with his guys while Peyton Manning went the entire first half without a touchdown.

The most superstitious thing about this game is that Manning did well when I watched the game with my family. Brady dominated when I watched the majority of the game alone upstairs while coding the game recaps. I went downstairs to grab something to eat at halftime. After Brady threw his third passing touchdown to Brandon LaFell you knew the game was over. However, I loved watching Brady connect with Gronkowski again for the second consecutive week at Gillete Stadium. After Gronkowski scored the Patriots took a 43-21 lead and that was the final score. Tom Brady is now 11-5 against Peyton Manning.

The Patriots remind me of the 2010-2011 New England Patriots the way they are playing right now. Hopefully this years version of the Patriots wins it all. Still you have to be very pleased with how New England is doing at this point.

Revis and Browner both deserve major props for their play in coverage. It will be really tough to stop the Patriots if these cornerbacks keep playing this well. New England looks like the top team in the NFL after seeing them dominate the Denver Broncos like this. As compelling as it would be to see Carson Palmer win Super Bowl 49 in his own stadium, this looks like Brady’s year at this point.

Oakland Raiders 0-8-0
Seattle Seahawks 5-3-0

Game Recap: SEATTLE-Heading into this week I said the running game would be the difference in this contest. Darren McFadden VS Marshawn Lynch. Whichever rusher showed up would determine who won this game.

That is exactly what happened when the Seahawks hosted the Raiders. Marshawn Lynch got two rushing touchdowns in the first half as Oakland struggled on the ground to score a single rushing touchdown. Russell Wilson failed to throw for a passing touchdown yet Seattle still won 30-24. Vegas oddsmakers had Seattle as a 15 point favorite as the average fan was betting over 1,000 dollars on the Seahawks. I told you Seattle would win and Oakland would cover due to all the excessive betting leaned towards Seattle. Seahawks are 5-3 and with Nick Foles out for a month along with Romo being injured, the Seahawks can secure one of the wild card spots with the talent they have.

Baltimore Ravens 5-4-0
Pittsburgh Steelers 6-3-0

Game Recap: PITTSBURGH-The annual Ravens VS Steelers rivalry took place at Heinz Field. Brian Thornsburg recapped this game.

Joe Flacco completed a 12 yard pass to Owen Daniels on the opening drive of the game, but was forced three and out from there by the Steelers’ defense. The Steelers got the ball and did absolutely nothing with it, getting forced three and out on their opening drive. Jacoby Jones was then able to return the Steelers punt for a 25 yard gain, setting up Flacco for a 35 yard touchdown to Torrey Smith on the very next play.

Despite not converting a single first down so far in the game, the Steelers’ defense step up on third down and sack Flacco by James Harrison for a loss of five yards. Flacco is now 5/9 for 80 yards and one touchdown, while Roethlisberger is 3/6 for 24 yards. Big Ben finally got a first down for The Steelers after completing a 13 yard pass to Antonio Brown for 13 yards. Legarrette Blount followed that play up with a four yard run for another first down.

All of The Steelers momentum quickly dissipated, when they were called for a ten yard illegal use of hands penalty. Roethlisberger was then sacked three times in a row for a combined loss of 19 yards. The Ravens got the ball back on Their own thirty yard line, but a untimely fumble by Lorenzo Taliaferro, gave The Steelers the ball back and gave The Ravens their first turnover of the game. The ball was recovered by Brice McCain for 26 yard gain.

After the turnover by the Ravens, Roethlisberger was able to tie the game with a five yard touchdown to Lavonte Bell. Brice Mcain's fumble recovery gave the Steelers excellent field position for this drive, and was largely responsible for the touchdown. The game is now tied 7-7, with Roethlisberger now 6/10 for 42 yards and one touchdown.

The Ravens turn the ball over on their very next drive, with a timely interception by Jason Worilds, who returned the ball 30 yards to the Steelers 30 yard line. Roethlisberger again takes advantage of field position off the turnover, as he connects with Martavis Bryant for a 19 yard touchdown. The Steelers now lead the Ravens 14-7 right before the half. The Steelers have now converted two turnovers into touchdowns on their next drive. It will be interesting to see if Roethlisberger will be able to keep his team moving down the field in the second half, if the Ravens are able to fix their turnover issues.

Joe Flacco started the Ravens next drive with a 12 yard pass to Steve Smith for a first down. Flacco then went back to Steve Smith for a nine yard game on the next play. The Ravens then go to the run game with Forsett, Taliaferro, and Flacco, but are unable to move the ball. Flacco surprises the Steelers defense on fourth and one with a two yard quarterback keep for the first down, keeping the drive alive for the Ravens.

The Ravens then struggle to move the ball and settle on 46 yard field goal by Justin Tucker. The Steelers now lead 14-10 with two minutes to go in the first half. Roethlisberger connects with Antonio Brown for 17 yard gain on their next drive for a first down. Roethlisberger later delivers a deep touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton, putting the Steelers up 20-10. The Steelers then are forced to go for two, as place kicker, Brad Wing, turns a failed field goal into a short pass to Matt Spaeth for two more points on the board.

The third quarter was a mixture of penalties, fights between both teams, and a two minute cool down period, where the referees had to talk to both coaches about controlling their players more efficiently, before someone gets ejected from the game. both teams remained scoreless going into the fourth, with the Steelers still leading, 22-10.

The Steelers ended the scoring drought in the fourth quarter, with a 54 yard touchdown from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown. The Steelers now lead 29-10 over the Ravens. The Ravens changed that on the kickoff, with Jacoby Jones returning the kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. The Steelers now lead 29-17. Although the Ravens are back in the game with this touchdown, they are still scoreless offensively since the first quarter of the game.

The Steelers cut the Ravens momentum short, with a 18 yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Markus Bryant. The drive was highlighted by a 14 yard pass on second down to Heath Miller and a one yard run, and a one yard run up the middle by Roethlisberger on third down to keep the drive alive. The Steelers now lead 36-17 over the Ravens.

Flacco finally ends the offensive scoreless drought for the Ravens late in the fourth quarter, connecting with Crockett Gilmore in the end zone for a touchdown. Flacco is now 24/37. for 232 two touchdowns and one interception in the game. Taliaferro attempts to run it in for the two point conversion, but is tackled short of the goal line.

The Steelers cut The Ravens momentum short once again, with a 33 yard pass to Matt Spaeth for a touchdown. This is Roethlisberger's sixth touchdown of the night. The Steelers now lead 43-23 over the Ravens. After a fight involving the kicker on the Steelers team and a few brave plays by the Ravens, the Steelers win this one 43-23 and improve to 6-3, while the Ravens fall to 5-3.

Big Ben Roethlisberger goes 25/37 for 340 yards , six touchdowns and zero interceptions on the night. Flacco finishes with 30/45 for 303 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the first half. The Ravens will face the Titans next week at home, while the Steelers move on to face the New York Jets, who have lost their last eight games. Seems like a easy W for the Steelers next week!

Indianapolis Colts 6-3-0
New York Giants 3-5-0

Game Recap: NEW YORK-On Monday Night the New York Giants welcomed the Indianapolis Colts. Both teams need wins in order to keep their postseason odds alive.

The only score in the first quarter was a 48-yard field goal courtesy of Adam Vinatieri. Indianapolis scored 10 unanswered as Luck connected with Coby Fleener in the first half before the Giants got a field goal. The Colts led 16 to 3 at halftime.

Luck threw 2 more touchdowns in the third quarter. Luck threw his first touchdown in the second half to T.Y. Hilton. Hilton caught a 31-yard touchdown. After the Giants scored their first touchdown of the night, Luck threw his third touchdown of the game to Reggie Wayne. Then Luck threw a third touchdown in the third quarter to Dwayne Allen.

With 4 minutes and 37 seconds left in the third quarter, the Colts led 37 to 10. With 3:50 left in the third quarter rookie offensive lineman Weston Richburg.

Without Richburg the interior offensive line got weaker with Adam Snyder stepping in at left guard. Colts won 40-24.

The passing game was the biggest reason the Colts won. You saw excellent pass protection by this offensive line with Anthony Costanzo and Gosder Cherillus up front at offensive tackle. Andrew Luck completed 25 out of 46 passes for 354 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Tight end Coby Fleener had 4 receptions for 77 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. T.Y. Hilton had 3 receptions for 71 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Reggie Wayne had 4 receptions for 70 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Dwayne Allen had 4 receptions for 48 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Former Giant Hakeem Nicks had 3 receptions for 44 receiving yards.

Luck did a fabulous job taking care of the Giants in week 9. In two weeks we will see the Colts host the Patriots in week 11 in what I believe will be a preview of the AFC Championship. Luck has to get a first round bye and hope that Denver or New England wins on the road so he can have home field against Brady, Roethlisberger, or Manning. That’s Luck’s only shot of making it to Arizona this season.

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