Monday, November 03, 2008

NFL Week 9 Wrap Up

Good week, and I got close to my perfect week, but nothing yet. Let's take a look and see how I did.

New York Jets @ Buffalo - What is going on with my Bills? I mean they come out of the gate like gangbusters and then they go on this shittae run of loses. The Bills looked terrible again on Sunday and lost to the Jets. Turnovers and lackadaisical play does it yet again. Marshawn Lynch with 16 yards on 9 carries? Edwards had a decent game minus the 2 INTs, but this Bills team needs to do some soul searching. And yes, Thomas Jones had 12 carries for 69 yards and a TD, and Brett Favre had his first game, in a long while, where he hasn't thrown for at least one TD (well, as Brett put it, at least to his teammate). Inquisitive Mind 0 - 1 for the week.

Detroit @ Chicago - I talked with one of my guys about how this game was a trap game for the Bears and lo and behold they almost got caught. The Bears jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but by halftime, they were down 23-13. Then, Kyle Orton gets hurt and out comes Rex Grossman. Every Bears fan had to be holding their breathe. Probably even more so when one of Rex's passes (I think one of the first he threw upon entering the game) went right off the chest of a Lions player. Rex was able to calm it down for a little bit, and ended up helping the Bears win this game at home. Kyle Orton is out for a month with a high ankle sprain, per reports, but I think he fractured something in that ankle. I'll prognosticate and say he's out for 6 weeks at best. Inquisitive Mind 1 - 1 for the week.

Jacksonville @ Cincinnati - That's why they play the games. This had to be the biggest upset of the weekend. The 0-for Bengals welcomed in the Jaguars and lulled them to sleep enough for the Bengals to win this game. Ryan Fitzpatrick looked great (quarters 1-3), probably due in part to the great running game that the Bengals got from Curtis Enis, no I mean Cedric Benson (24 carries, 104 yards, 1 TD). Chad Johnson was so happy to get a TD (he ended up with 2) that he didn't even have a dance prepared. The Jaguars came out flat and didn't make this a game until the 4th quarter. They almost tied it with a two point conversion, but it should have never come down to that. Inquisitive Mind 1 - 2 for the week.

Baltimore @ Cleveland - The Ravens keep finding ways to win these tight games and they are 5-3 to show for it. They have a rookie QB that continues to play well and they are led by their potent defense. Cleveland, I just don't have words for that team. They are so talented at several positions, but for some reason they can't get it together. Ray Rice broke off for 154 yards on the ground, Flacco managed the game well (17 of 29 for 284 and 2 TDs), and Terrell Suggs continues his TD making plays with an interception and return for TD to seal the deal. Inquisitive Mind 2 - 2 for the week.

Green Bay @ Tennessee - The Packers almost pulled this off. The Packers used Aaron Rodgers consistent play and Ryan Grants ground game to take the Titans into overtime. Both defenses played well and this was a low scoring affair that the Titans love. Rob Bironas sealed the deal in overtime to keep the Titans undefeated and looking more and more like THE team to beat in the AFC. Some people thought that the Titans had an easy schedule at the beginning of the year and that was the reason behind their record, but with back to back wins over two powers (Indianapolis and Green Bay), the Titans are for real. Inquisitive Mind 3 - 2 for the week.

Arizona @ St. Louis - The Rams got on the board quick with an 80 yard catch by Derek Stanley, but that was pretty much the highlight of the game for the Rams. The Cardinals scored often and put up 24 points in the 2nd quarter alone. Kurt Warner is still showing that he can put up arena football numbers (23 of 34 for 342 and 2 TDs), Tim Hightower is slowly moving Edge into retirement (22 carries, 109 yards, 1 TD), and the wide receiver tandem of Boldin and Fitzgerald (both with 6 catches and 80+ yards a piece) continues to roll. Inquisitive Mind 4 - 2 for the week.

Houston @ Minnesota - AP finally had a good breakout game (25 carries, 139 yards, 1 TD), Gus Frerotte had an equally impressive outing (11 of 18, 182 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT), and the Vikings defense knocked out Matt Schaub. Under normal circumstances that would attribute to a blow out, but Sage Rosenfels came in and played admirably for the Texans in a loss. Inquisitive Mind 5 - 2 for the week.

Tampa Bay @ Kansas City - This was about as ugly a game as you could get from the Bucs. They fell behind 24-13 at the half and were on the verge of losing to the Chiefs. Something ignited them and Jeff Garcia (31 of 43 , 339 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) was able to produce a come from behind win in overtime. The Chiefs pulled out all the stops (Mark Bradley to Tyler Thigpen for 6) but couldn't find a way to win. Inquisitive Mind 6 - 2 for the week.

Miami @ Denver - Finally. I picked the Dolphins and they delivered. This was an all out team win for the Dolphins. Pennington ended the day with 281 yards and 1 INT, Ronnie Brown had 20 carries for 59 yards and 1 TD, but the Dolphins defense was able to slow the Broncos down and get the win. Inquisitive Mind 7 - 2 for the week.

Atlanta @ Oakland - This was terrible. You don't even wish this kind of futility on the Raiders, even if you're a Broncos' fan. The biggest stat for this game was that the Raiders were held to under 100 total offense. Say that again to yourself. Inquisitive Mind 8 - 2 for the week.

Dallas @ New York Giants - Is it me or what? Why did Brad Johnson start? Why did Brad Johnson continue to play after the 1st INT? Why did Brad Johnson continue to pay after the 2nd INT? Who's calling the plays for this Dallas team? When is someone getting fired? We all knew coming into the game that Bollinger was the better QB to start, Johnson just doesn't have it anymore. I'm not saying that Bollinger is the answer, but he's all you got. The Cowboys looked inept and the one offensive TD to TO just highlighted how far this team has fallen. With all of this said, the Giants dominated this game. I thought Johnson wasn't going to make it out of this game with that Giants front 4 coming after him the way they did. Looks like the Cowboys are done, and no Romo is going to be able to save them. Inquisitive Mind 9 - 2 for the week.

@ Seattle - It took the Eagles some time to break this one open, but they finally did. Donovan McNabb looked good and LJ Smith's backup, Brent Celek caught a career high 6 receptions for 131 yards. Why can't LJ do that? (Fantasy Football question, sorry.) Seneca Wallace hooked up with Koren Robinson for the longest pass play in Seahawks history, but that wasn't close to being enough. Inquisitive Mind 10 - 2 for the week.

New England @ Indianapolis - This game over the last few years has always provided fireworks of some sort. Last nights game provided none of that. The Colts edge the Patriots out with a kick from, who would have thunk it, Adam Vinatieri for the game winner. The Colts are at least at .500 and maybe, just maybe they can make a run to the wild card, but they don't look anywhere close to being the dominate team that we have seen over the last few years. Inquisitive Mind 11 - 2 for the week.

Pittsburgh @ Washington - The Steelers decided to play tonight. The Redskins started off fast by recovering the onside kick and stopping the Steelers early to jump out to a 6 point lead, but that's where it all ended. Willie Parker ran the ball well, and even with Big Ben being replaced by Byron Leftwich, due to injury, the Steelers rolled on to a win. The Steelers defense stopped the Redskins running game and sacked Jason Campbell 7 times. Sad to watch this game because I picked the Redskins. I guess you never bet against Mike Tomlin on Monday night. Inquisitive Mind 11 - 3 for the week.

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