I think we did ok. As I watched the games, I was upset over some of the picks, mainly Vikings and Bengals. Let's see how we did.
Chicago @ Miami - Wrap up is here. Inquisitive Mind 1 - 0 for the week.
Buffalo @ Cincinnati - What I said on Friday ' I almost think that the Bills should win this game. The Bengals have sucked this year and there's really nothing that is redeeming about this team. They lost their kicker for the year, they have a QB who is struggling to get back to being the QB that many thought he would be, they can't seem to run the ball, and the TO/Ocho combination is terrible. BUT, they are playing the Bills and they are playing this game in Ohio. Why am I doing this? I'm going to say this now, if they don't win, I will not pick them the rest of the year, period'. The Bengals got up big and lost this game to a bad Bills team. It's time to clean house. I imagine that Carson Palmer has his bags packed along with his head coach. Just blow it up now. Like TO said, they will be playing for pride the rest of the way. Let's see who shows up. Inquisitive Mind 1 - 1 for the week.
Detroit @ Dallas - The Cowboys came thisclose to losing this game, but Jason Garrett is 2-0 right now. Again, this Cowboys team is playing for each other now and there's also hope that Tony Romo will be throwing in the next few days and may return to the team in December. I'm not sure why you do this, but I guess if the Cowboys can get some more wins, they are still in the playoff hunt in the NFC. Jon Kitna had a great day with an 18 of 24 for 147 yards and 3 TDs. The Cowboys as a team gained 134 yards on the ground and the defense played pretty well. Maybe we shouldn't count them out just yet. Inquisitive Mind 2 - 1 for the week.
Washington @ Tennessee - Mike Shanahan didn't pull McNabb and the kicker that he probably should have pulled, Graham Gano, ended up winning the game for them in overtime. McNabb has his usual performance 30 of 50 for 376 with 1 TD and 1 INT, and the Redskins defense stepped up when they needed to. The more interesting side of the game was happening over on the Titans sidelines and locker room after the game when Vince Young, after hurting his thumb did not return to the game and then walked out of the Titans locker room while getting into a verbal altercation with head coach Jeff Fisher. Note to self: I've always liked Randy Moss, but maybe he IS the problem. He had a 0 catch game this week and his team, that was playing well before the bye has not played well since. Inquisitive Mind 2 - 2 for the week.
Arizona @ Kansas City - The Chiefs got up early on the Cardinals and coasted to a win. Cassel had a decent outing with 15 of 24 for 183 yards and 2 TDs, while Charles and Jones combined for over 150 on the ground. This Cardinals squad just doesn't have a QB to lead this ship, so they are pretty much done for the year. Inquisitive Mind 3 - 2 for the week.
Green Bay @ Minnesota - This was down right awful. The Vikings got crushed and Rodgers did his best Mike Vick impersonation with a 22 of 31 for 301 yards and 4 TDs. It even looked better than it sounds. The Vikings looked terrible on both sides of the ball. The only good thing is that it has just been announced that Childress is outta there. It took this long? Is the only question I have. Inquisitive Mind 3 - 3 for the week.
Houston @ New York Jets - Talk about comebacks. The Jets seemed to have this gam sowed up and then lost the lead to the Texans with a minute left in the game. From there, it's Jets history. Braylon Edwards (4 catches, 86 yards, 1 TD) connected on a deep pass from Mark Sanchez and then Santonio Holmes (7 catches, 126 yards, 2 TDs) ended the game with 10 seconds left with a great grab in the end zone to mark a great Jets comeback. Holmes seems to have a knack for these big plays as he's had them the past 4 weeks. The Jets would have been crushed had they lost this game, but in the end, they snuck one out. Inquisitive Mind 4 - 3 for the week.
Oakland @ Pittsburgh - After an early Janikowski field goal, the Steelers jumped on the Raiders like they stole something. Big Ben (18 of 29, 275 yards, 3 TDs) led the Steelers on this 35 point run that seemed to be similar to the team playing a good D-1 football team. This is how you bounce back after losing to the Patriots. And I have to disagree with some of the pundits, but I think this Steelers team is the best in the AFC. I'm sure they'll meet the Patriots again, soon. Inquisitive Mind 5 - 3 for the week.
Baltimore @ Carolina - Line I said 'Baltimore, easy'. Inquisitive Mind 6 - 3 for the week.
Cleveland @ Jacksonville - This Browns team is on the verge of something big. Maybe the firing of Mangenius has been a little premature. The Browns battled and came real close to beating the Jaguars. The Jaguars weren't that impressive, but found a way to win. Garrard had 254 yards, 2 TDs, and 3 INTs, while the bowling ball, Jones-Drew had 133 yards and 1 TD. The Jaguars are 6-4 people,....6-4. Inquisitive Mind 7 - 3 for the week.
Tampa Bay @ San Francisco - The 49ers should just fold up their tents and go home. Singletary may need to take the boot, and someone has to do something with this team (drafting a QB, please!!!). Josh Freeman (13 of 20, 136 yards, 2 TDs) and LeGarrette Blount (26 carries, 82 yards) led this Bucs team to another win. 7-3 for this young Bucs team. They could be spoilers, just maybe. Ronde Barber got his 40th career INT. It just seems like he's been there for 20 years and he's still doing work. Inquisitive Mind 7 - 4 for the week.
Seattle @ New Orleans - No Reggie Bush, no problem. Drew Brees had great day with his 29 of 43, 382 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs performance. The Seahawks had no chance, none at all. Hasselbeck (366 yards, 1 TD) didn't look that bad but the Seahawks defense was too beat up to cover the Saints offense. Inquisitive Mind 8 - 4 for the week.
Atlanta @ St. Louis - Matt Ryan (26 of 39 for 253 yards, 2 TDs) and Michael Turner (131 yards, 1 TD) put the Rams to bed. It took a while, but finally the Rams couldn't keep up. The Falcons are in the drivers seat in the NFC with their 8-2 record. If they can keep this up, they could be the surprise team to represent the NFC in the Superbowl. Yes, I'm willing to go that far with them. Inquisitive Mind 9 - 4 for the week.
Indianapolis @ New England - Without Randy Moss, the Patriots may have lost the vertical game, but their short game is working wonders. The Patriots are able to protect Brady (Thank You Mankins for coming back) while he throws balls underneath to just about anyone. (Brady)19 of 25 for 186 yards and 2 TDs isn't going to have anyone pick you #1 in Fantasy next year, but it's working with these last two wins over quality teams (Pittsburgh and Indy). I guess I lost my money on this game by putting it on Manning and he laid all the blame at his own feet. Class act. Inquisitive Mind 9 - 5 for the week.
New York Giants @ Philadelphia - Mike Vick isn't on fire anymore, but this Eagles team is. The Eagles played horribly (lots of penalties and some drops) but were still able to hold on to beat the Giants. Vick had a 24 of 38 258 yard (another 34 rushing), 1 TD (rushing) performance that was no where near his last performance against the Redskins. LeSean McCoy ended the game with a 50 yard scamper for the go ahead TD (on 4th and inches), and then the icing on the cake was watching Eli Manning fall down and fumble the ball all by himself. Inquisitive Mind 10 - 5 for the week.
Denver @ San Diego - Well this game was shoot out, but the Broncos were the only ones that got shot. This was all Chargers from the beginning. The Chargers dressed the ball boys to catch passes from Phillip Rivers (15 of 24 for 233 yards, 4 TDs, and 1 INT) and even had the punter throwing for a first down during this game. Tolbert led a group of 4 Chargers in rushing with 111 yards and 1 TD. The only bad side to this loss is the injury to Patrick Crayton (dislocated wrist) who will be out for the rest of the year. Inquisitive Mind 11 - 5 for the week.
That brings me to a record of 88-71 for the season and a good 11-5 week helps, but I've got to do better. Still behind the guys at ESPN, but I'm trying to catch them. We'll see how Turkey Day goes.