2009 NFL Week 11 Review
Dolphins 24, Panthers 17
Early in the game, both teams dialed up long passes on 3rd-and-1 plays. Six of Miami's first nine plays were passes, while Jake Delhomme finished with 42 attempts. Under no circumstances should Delhomme ever attempt 42 throws. I don't care if it's a five-overtime contest and his son is safe at home. The Panthers need to run the ball.
Unfortunately, Fox didn't get the memo. Delhomme finished 19-of-42 for 227 yards, one touchdown and a pick. He also nearly tossed two more interceptions.
On one sequence in the third quarter, Delhomme put on a clinic on how to be a horrific quarterback. On a 3rd-and-short, the Dolphins were caught substituting. Delhomme could have snapped it to give the Panthers a first down. When he didn't, Matt Millen had an aneurysm. Delhomme then scanned the field, pointed out the mike linebacker, but underthrew his intended target for an interception. It's been a long time since I've seen so much fail on one sequence.
Colts 17, Ravens 15
Cowboys 7, Redskins 6
It looked like offensive coordinator Jason Garrett listened to his critics; seven of the first nine plays in this contest went to his running backs. Dallas moved down the field impressively on the second drive, but Marion Barber fumbled in the red zone.
This is notable because the Cowboys didn't reach the red zone again until there were just four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Dallas simply couldn't put drives together, going 3-of-11 on third downs. Tony Romo was just 8-of-19 for 98 yards and a pick prior to the game-winning possession late in the contest. Fortunately for Jerry Jones' sanity, Romo was sharp on that sequence (7-of-8, 60 yards).
Lions 38, Browns 37
However, that's when the officials took over. The refs called the Browns for a very questionable pass interference on the Hail Mary, which I've never seen before. Stafford, meanwhile, was down with a left shoulder injury. Daunte Culpepper ran onto the field to take the snap, but Eric Mangina foolishly called a timeout.
With the stoppage in play, Stafford was allowed to take the field again. On the final play of the game, he rolled out and found Brandon Pettigrew in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Good job,
Packers 30, 49ers 24
Jaguars 18, Bills 15
With stud defensive tackle Marcus Stroud out for Buffalo's dead-last run defense, you figured that the Jaguars would try to pound the rock with Maurice Jones-Drew as much as possible. Well, Jones-Drew didn't receive a single carry early on when the team had 1st-and-goal. The Jaguars predictably stalled.
Right before the Bills went up 15-10, Jacksonville called 22 pass plays to just 10 runs!
The Jaguars as a whole were disoriented. They surrendered multiple first downs on long-yardage situations, including a 3rd-and-15; they had careless penalties, including one instance where they had 12 men on the field when Buffalo was in the red zone; and they fumbled it three times on top of an interception. If I didn't know any better, I would have said that Jacksonville fired its head coach this week; not Buffalo.
Chiefs 27, Steelers 24
With all the talk of concussions festering throughout the NFL, there's a chance Big Ben could miss a few games. That'll be huge with a matchup against the Ravens next week.
Most of Roethlisberger's targets predictably went to Hines Ward (10 catches, 128 yards, TD), Heath Miller (7-95, TD) and Santonio Holmes (7-86). Rashard Mendenhall, meanwhile, gained 80 yards on 21 attempts.
Vikings 35, Seahawks 9
Giants 34, Falcons 31
This game game down to coin toss because either squad would have scored on its first possession in overtime. The Giants allowed Matt Ryan (26-of-46, 268 yards, 2 TDs) to put together 65- and 76-yard scoring drives in the fourth quarter. Ryan was 7-of-11 for 73 yards and a touchdown to Tony Gonzalez on his final possession, which eerily resembled Philip Rivers' game-winning touchdown drive two weeks ago. Fortunately for the Giants, Atlanta's defense is even worse than theirs. Eli Manning easily shredded the Falcons in overtime.
Saints 38, Buccaneers 7
The problem for the Buccaneers, once again, was Josh Freeman's ball security:
- At 7-7, Freeman launched a pick in his own territory that set the Saints up with a field goal.
- Right after halftime, Freeman lost a fumble on a sack in his own territory again, giving Drew Brees a short, 15-yard field.
- A drive and a New Orleans touchdown later, Freeman had another interception at midfield that led to yet another Saints end-zone trip.
By then, it was 31-7 New Orleans, and three Freeman turnovers were responsible for 17 of those points.
Freeman finished just 17-of-33 for 126 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions and a lost fumble. He made some nice throws at times and had two separate scrambles of 15 yards. However, he really needs to cut down on the turnovers. They really killed the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Cardinals 21, Rams 13
Arizona established a quick 21-3 lead. Kurt Warner was on fire, going 15-of-19 for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, Warner suffered a minor concussion at the end of the second quarter. Matt Leinart took over and was pretty mediocre (10-14, 74 yards), failing to lead the Cardinals to a single score. The Rams eventually backdoored.
Chargers 32, Broncos 3
Let's forget about the quarterbacking quandary for a second. Denver simply couldn't stop the Chargers. LaDainian Tomlinson gained 73 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. The Broncos surrendered 203 rushing yards as a whole. Philip Rivers, meanwhile, was 17-of-22 for 145 yards and a score.
The Chargers achieved 21 first downs (compared to Denver's 14) and was 5-of-13 on third downs and 1-of-1 on fourth down. They won the time-of-possession battle by nearly 16 minutes.
Denver's defense, which was once renowned as being one of the league's best, hasn't been able to stop anyone. The problem is that most of the players are too old and worn-down, and because of a poor draft class, there are no talented young guys who can step in.
Patriots 31, Jets 14
Sanchez finished 8-of-21 for 136 yards, one touchdown, four interceptions and a fumble. Two of the picks were the result of Sanchez completely misfiring to a wide-open receiver. The third was tossed poorly into double coverage. The last one was a forced late on the sidelines when the rookie should have thrown it away. Sanchez actually had the same amount of completions to the Patriots and Jets in the first half.
Raiders 20, Bengals 17
If you put blank jerseys on both teams and asked people to identify each squad in the final few minutes of the contest, you would have gotten a lot of wrong answers. Bruce Gradkowski did his best Carson Palmer impersonation, torching Cincinnati's secondary on 5-of-9 passing for 79 yards on the game-tying drive. Gradkowski converted a 4th-and-10 to Chaz Schilens for 16 yards, and then found Louis Murphy for a 29-yard score.
Following the touchdown, the Bengals turned the ball over, setting up Sebastian Janikowski with a short decisive field goal. Oakland somehow won the turnover battle, 4-3.
For thoughts on Eagles-Bears and Titans-Texans, check out my updated 2009 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.
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