Sunday, November 22, 2009
NFL Football- Week 11 Review
The AFC North didn't change at all while that loud crash you just heard out in the AFC West is the Denver Broncos falling back to reality and second place as the San Diego Chargers took over the division lead with a 32-3 trouncing of the host Broncos at Invesco Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Chargers defense led the way with three turnovers and three sacks against Denver while Philip Rivers (pictured upper right) was efficient with 145 yards passing, including a TD pass and LaDainian Tomlinson continued to surge with 73 yards on the ground and a touchdown as well.
Back to the AFC North, where all four teams lost on Sunday including Pittsburgh losing at Kansas City, 27-24 in overtime. The Steelers blew a ten-point halftime lead against the lowly Chiefs and worse, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out of the game with a concussion. The first-place Bengals blew a chance to increase their lead in the division while losing at Oakland, 20-17 as the Raiders scored ten points in the final 37 seconds to steal the game from Cincy.
Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski threw a TD pass to tie the game and then Andre Caldwell fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which the Raiders recovered and Sebastian Janikowski kicked the winning 33-yard field goal.
The Baltimore Ravens blew a game at home against the undefeated Indianapolis Colts, 17-15 as Joe Flacco threw a costly interception in the final two minutes to seal the win for Indianapolis.
Of course, the cellar dwelling Cleveland Browns (1-9) found a way to lose a game again, 38-37 at Detroit as the Lions scored on the game's final play when QB Matthew Stafford (422 yards passing and 5 TD passes) found Brandon Pettigrew on a one-yard scoring pass following a pass interference call against the Browns in end zone.
Cleveland's Brady Quinn threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns in the loss.
In a big NFC matchup, the New York Giants got back to winning football as they topped the Atlanta Falcons, 34-31 in overtime on Lawrence Tynes' 36-yard field goal.
Giants' QB Eli Manning threw for 384 yards and three TDs to pace the win as the Giants (6-4) snapped their four-game losing streak.
Brett Favre (four more TD passes) led the way for the Minnesota Vikings (9-1) as they pasted the visiting Seattle Seahawks, 35-9.
The New England Patriots bounced back from their inane loss to the Colts last week to top the New York Jets, 31-14 and improve to 7-3 in the AFC East. Tom Brady passed for 310 yards and the New England defense forced five turnovers in the win. Patriots' defensive back Leigh Bodden intercepted three passes and returned one 53 yards for a touchdown.
How 'bout them Cowboys?
The Dallas Cowboys finally scored a touchdown in the final minutes to top the Redskins, 7-6 in Dallas as they improved to 7-3 and maintained a one-game lead over the Eagles and Giants in the NFC East.
Speaking of the Eagles, they traveled to Chicago and beat the Bears on Sunday Night Football, 24-20 as Donovan McNabb threw for a pair of touchdowns and LeSean McCoy scored the game-winning TD on a 10-yard run. The loss pretty much assured the Bears (4-6) of missing the playoffs for the third straight year.
Arizona struggled as QB Kurt Warner was injured in a 21-13 win over the St. Louis Rams.
The Jacksonville Jaguars survived Terrell Owens' 98-yard touchdown grab in a 18-15 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Green Bay rolled out to a 30-10 lead behind Aaron Rodgers' big day with 344 yards passing and two touchdowns before hanging on for a 30-24 win against San Francisco.
The Packers are 6-4 and in the wild card playoff hunt in the NFC but will be without Aaron Kampman and Al Harris on defense the rest of the season as both players were injured in the victory.
The New Orleans Saints, like the Indy Colts, remained undefeated at 10-0 with a 38-7 trouncing of the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Saints' QB Drew Brees passed for three touchdowns and the Saints defense intercepted three passes to pace the easy win.