2010 NFL Week 13 Game Recaps
Eagles 34, Texans 24
But despite all this, the Texans found a way to lose - just as they always do.
- Millen invented a new nickname for QB Dog Killer: "Vick Houdini." That's sure to catch on in NFL circles.
- One of those guys called Texans left tackle Duane Brown "Jammal Brown."
- Millen praised Glover Quin for about two minutes for knocking the ball away on one play, but Quin never touched it.
- Millen and Theismann spent about five minutes discussing QB Dog Killer's sliding technique.
- They repeatedly referred to Arian Foster as "Adrian Foster."
- Theismann explained what a 7-on-7 drill is. Next week, he'll discuss first downs and holding penalties.
Packers 34, 49ers 16
Rookie James Starks, a talented back out of Buffalo who hasn't been able to play because of injuries, rushed for 73 yards on 18 carries. Those may not be overly impressive numbers at first glance, but they are when you consider that the 49ers ranked third against the run going into this weekend. Pick up Starks immediately.
Most of Smith's yardage came on a 66-yard touchdown to Vernon Davis (4-126, TD) on a missed tackle. Davis has to be happy in the wake of his first solid outing in a long time, but the 49ers will need to address the quarterback position this offseason because Smith certainly isn't the answer.
Bears 24, Lions 20
Detroit played the Bears very hard. They led 20-14 in the fourth quarter. But just as we saw in the season opener, a bogus call allowed Chicago to prevail over the Lions.
If you missed it, the Bears were driving in the fourth quarter. Jay Cutler scrambled in the Detroit red zone. Ndamukong Suh tackled Cutler, but was whistled for "unnecessary roughness." Despite Jim Schwartz's crazed reaction, the officials incorrectly awarded Chicago with a 1st-and-goal at the 7-yard line. On the next play, the Bears scored the game-winning touchdown.
Saints 34, Bengals 30
This time, it was an untimely offsides. If you didn't see it, the Saints were in position for a game-tying field goal deep in Cincinnati territory on a 4th-and-2. Instead of sending on the kicker, the Saints had Drew Brees line up under center. This was clearly a ruse to get Cincinnati to jump offsides, and the Bengals fell for it. A play later, Brees found Marques Colston for the 3-yard decisive touchdown.
Palmer went 23-of-33 for 249 yards and a touchdown. Both Chad Ochocinco (5-96) and Terrell Owens (6-47, TD) were heavily involved on offense.
Chiefs 10, Broncos 6
Kyle Orton, the NFL's leading passer going into this weekend, was just 9-of-28 for 117 yards. It seemed like he underthrew every single pass he attempted, and it goes to show that his production was just the result of Josh McDaniels' offensive scheme and a ton of garbage numbers.
To be fair though, you can't complete put this on Orton. He was sacked four times, twice by both Tamba Hali and Javier Arenas.
Browns 13, Dolphins 10
Forget getting off the bus; I think that bus exploded. As I wrote in the live in-games thread in the forum, "Henne may have volunteered to save Delhomme's kidnapped son today."
Henne was completely disgraceful. He went 16-of-32 for 174 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. The first pick was a poor underthrow. The second was a horrible overthrow. And the third gave the Browns their game-winning field goal - ironically a minute after Delhomme nearly tossed his own pick-six.
Not even the Dolphins coaching staff had any faith in Henne; amid numerous Wildcat plays - Ronnie Brown (16-50) and Ricky Williams (10-48) at least ran well - offensive coordinator Dan Henning called a rushing play on 3rd-and-8 near midfield in the third quarter of a tie game. That's how scared he was to have Henne throw the ball.
Vikings 38, Bills 14
Whoops. All Minnesota did after that was reel off 31 consecutive points to close out the half.
Jackson's inconsistency is nothing new; he has always been pretty erratic. Favre still gives Minnesota its best chance to win, so he should start if he's healthy.
When the game mattered, Buffalo couldn't move the ball whatsoever; the team had just two first downs and 41 total yards in the first half.
Giants 31, Redskins 7
This game was over by halftime, with New York owning a 28-0 lead early in the third quarter and 102-yard edge by intermission.
Jaguars 17, Titans 6
Jacksonville dominated Tennessee. At halftime, when the Jaguars led 17-0, they had 219 yards to the Titans' 74. They also had way more first downs (15-2). Chris Johnson, meanwhile, was limited to just nine yards on six carries (Johnson finished 13-53).
The offensive front pushed the Titans around, allowing Maurice Jones-Drew to rush for 186 yards on 31 attempts. Rashad Jennings (10-44) and David Garrard (10-19) also found the end zone on the ground.
Raiders 28, Chargers 13
*** Insert fart noise here. ***
At 6-6, the Chargers have their work cut out for them. They're no longer in control of their own destiny.
Rams 19, Cardinals 6
Fortunately for St. Louis, Arizona is so inept that "impressive drive" means a possession concluding with a field goal. The Cardinals hit two kicks in the first quarter thanks to numerous long runs from Tim Hightower (15-81) and Chris Wells (3-24).
However, St. Louis then habitually clamps down on its opponent once it figures things out. The Cardinals predictably couldn't do anything after those two field goals.
The Hall injury was actually very fortunate because it finally forced Ken Whisenhunt to use John Skelton, the best quarterback on his roster. Skelton promptly opened with a 22-yard completion to Steve Breaston, which nearly gave me a heart attack because I had the Rams for three units.
Fortunately for my sportsbook account, Skelton's offensive line would go on to betray him. The rookie out of Fordham finished 3-of-6 for 45 yards.
Cowboys 38, Colts 35
Manning, who went 36-of-48 for 365 yards, two touchdowns and four picks, now has 11 interceptions (included four pick-sixes) the past three weeks.
It's hard to blame Manning though. His supporting cast is pretty abysmal right now. The offensive line stinks. Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai and Austin Collie are all out. Pierre Garcon (8-56, TD) isn't very good. And Reggie Wayne, despite his great statistical outing (14-200, TD) keeps dropping passes. Wayne had a huge drop in overtime, which pretty much cost Indianapolis its seventh victory.
Seahawks 31, Panthers 14
Unfortunately for my wallet, the second half included a Clawful pick-six, a Seattle punt return that went to Carolina's 5-yard line, a penalty that nullified a Carolina kickoff return for a score, and really horrific tackling by the Panthers in the fourth quarter. This was a complete meltdown by Carolina.
Falcons 28, Buccaneers 24
When the Falcons obtained possession in the fourth quarter, down 24-21, there was really no doubt that Ryan would lead a comeback and at least set Atlanta up with a game-tying field goal. Ryan eventually found Michael Jenkins for a decisive 9-yard touchdown.
Of course, what we didn't know was that the Buccaneers would greatly assist Ryan in achieving this comeback. Tampa Bay was guilty of two key penalties worth 25 yards on the drive, including a silly personal foul by Quincy Black to give Atlanta a 1st-and-10 at the 16.
Steelers 13, Ravens 10
This contest could have gone either way, and was ultimately decided by two sequences. The first was a horrible call by Baltimore offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who had Joe Flacco throw a pass on 2nd-and-5 on his 43-yard line with 3:22 remaining and a 10-6 lead. Flacco was strip-sacked by Troy Polamalu.
On the ensuing drive, Ben Roethlisberger somehow shrugged off Terrell Suggs and threw the ball away instead of taking a 7-yard sack. Two plays later, Roethlisberger found Ike Redman, who broke a tackle and scored the decisive touchdown.
Roethlisberger suffered a broken nose in the first quarter when Haloti Ngata hit him in the helmet. The officials didn't flag Ngata on what should have been a personal foul. Big Ben would play the rest of the contest with dry blood on his jersey.
Later, Heath Miller was drilled on a hit to the helmet. Miller left the game with a concussion. Collinsworth sounded like he had an aneurysm when the officials missed yet another personal foul. As this happened, I tweeted (@walterfootball), "James Harrison should never pay another fine after the crap officiating tonight. What a disgrace."
Tomlin was much more serene, though winning the game must have helped. Said Tomlin, who appeared to be freezing his balls off, "I coach; I don't officiate. I work in Pittsburgh; not New York."
For thoughts on Jets-Patriots, check out my updated 2010 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.
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