New England @ Detroit - Suh had his big game but the Lions weren't able to hold on for this win. For a second there I was like, this might have been the upset special for Turkey Day, but in the end the old reliable Patriots won the game. Finally Tom Brady put up a monster performance (21 of 27 for 341 yards, 4 TDs) and the Patriots defense finished this blowout. The Lions played pretty well though, can't knock them for trying. Inquisitive Mind 1 - 0 for the week.
New Orleans @ Dallas - Arrrggghhhh. The Cowboys had this game and lost it late. I just knew that they were going to win. The fact that they were thatclose and Dez Bryant didn't record a catch has to say something about this team. Yes, the Saints played well and Brees was able to lead his team down for a late win. For some reason the Cowboys still can't run the ball, why? Inquisitive Mind 1 - 1 for the week.
Cincinnati @ New York Jets - The Bengals should just call it quits because they suck. From their head coach on down to the players, this team needs to be blown up. Carson Palmer should just sit down so that his brother can play and find me some guys off the street that want to play wide receiver. The Jets looked bad in this game and still won by 16. I think that's the most telling stat. I didn't even wait for TO's press conference, this was snooze city all the way. Inquisitive Mind 2 - 1 for the week.
Green Bay @ Atlanta - This was a close one. The Falcons looked like they were going into another overtime game when Rodgers found Nelson for a 10 yard touchdown, but they found a way. They drove down and Matt Bryant hit a 47 yard field goal to win this game. Rodgers had another great game (26 of 35 for 344 yards, 1 TD) but it was the combo of Ryan (24 of 28 for 197 yards, 1 TD) and Turner (23 carries for 110 yards, 1 TD) that turned the tide for the Falcons. The Falcons haven't lost a game at home and are 9-2. Someone better recognize. Inquisitive Mind 3 - 1 for the week.
Pittsburgh @ Buffalo - You're kidding me right? I just knew that someone had gotten hurt in this game since it took the Steelers well in to overtime to handle the Bills. (GJ, I was right, Big Ben sprained his foot). The Steelers defense has been abused as of late as the Bill did pretty much what they wanted to do in the 2nd half. IF Steve Johnson makes that catch in the end zone (all by himself) this is a loss for the Steelers. Thank God for small miracles. Note to Steve Johnson, great for manning up and admitting fault on that drop, but don't take it too hard. You've had a great season and we expect more from you in the future. Inquisitive Mind 4 - 1 for the week.
Carolina @ Cleveland - You're kidding me right? The Panthers almost stole one here. The Browns beat the Panthers with Peyton Hillis (26 carries for 131 yards, 3 TDs) and (gulp) former Panther Jake Delhomme (24 of 35 for 245 yards, 2 INTs). Malik, I know you're somewhere today still crying in your beer from the hyperbole that is the Carolina Panthers. Inquisitive Mind 5 - 1 for the week.
Jacksonville @ New York Giants - This just came down to the league righting itself. This was a game of two average teams playing each other and one of the average teams had to win. It took a late TD pass from Manning (the not so good one) to Boss for the Giants to go ahead and then a fumble recovery to clinch. My biggest question is why are the Giants average when they have LOTS of talent on both sides of the ball? I just don't get it. Inquisitive Mind 6 - 1 for the week.
Minnesota @ Washington - No AP (injured in 2nd quarter), an old QB, a defense that isn't playing well, and somehow the Vikings met a team that is worse than they are. Toby Gerhart played for the injured AP with a 22 carry (for 76 yards, 1 TD) performance that wasn't spectacular but it at least let the Vikings know they have a solid backup that can handle a pounding. Favre gave (Leslie) Frazier the game ball, how nice. Inquisitive Mind 7 - 1 for the week.
Tennessee @ Houston - Chris Johnson, 7 carries for 5 yards. That's all I have to understand. Time to blow up the Titans too. Sorry Fisher, but you'll find greener pastures real soon. Waiting to see if Andre Johnson gets suspended (I doubt it) for his fight with Courtland Finnegan. At most I expect his wallet to be about $100K lighter. Inquisitive Mind 8 - 1 for the week.
Kansas City @ Seattle - Cassel didn't have to throw for a lot of yards (233), but his 4 TDs led the way to a dismantling of the Seahawks. Charles (22 carries, 173 yards, 1 TD) and Bowe (13 catches, 170 yards, 3 TDs) had banner days and this is what Scott Pioli was looking for out of this team. Now if they could only do this against one of the better teams in the league. Inquisitive Mind 9 - 1 for the week.
Miami @ Oakland - Chad Henne did his best Dan Marino impersonation (17 of 30 for 307 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) and the Williams/Brown combo combined for 44 carries for 180 yards and 1 TD. The Gradkowski led Raiders were again terrible and no running game to speak of (16 total rushing yards) means that the Raiders have got to pick a QB and stick with him. I personally think Campbell is the better of the two, but it's not my pick. Inquisitive Mind 9 - 2 for the week.
St. Louis @ Denver - The Rams are for real. They are on top of the NFC West at 5 and 6. They are going to make the playoffs. Write it down and take a picture of it. Bradford threw for 308 yards and 3 TDs, on the road. I am just amazed by this. Yes, the NFC West is weak, but this team shouldn't be in the hunt and they are. Inquisitive Mind 9 - 3 for the week.
Philadelphia @ Chicago - I can honestly say this, the Bears won this game. They played the BEST game of their season in slowing down Vick. Their ends didn't get greedy and try to increase their sack totals, they stayed in their lanes and made it a rough night for Vick and company. Jay Cutler looked about as good as I've EVER seen him. His 14 of 21, 247 yard, 4 TD performance was almost as amazing as Vicks' play against the Redskins, more so because of who Cutler is. I've always said that he has interceptions in him and since he didn't throw any in this game,...look out. The Bears are 8-3 and in position to go back to the playoffs. I'll lose a bet if they win 3 more games, but they could end up getting Lovie and extension or at least working during the final year of his contract. Inquisitive Mind 9 - 4 for the week.
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore - This game was a lost closer than I thought it'd be. I thought the Ravens offense would top the 30 point plateau but 17 was enough. The Ravens defense pretty much held suit as they stopped LeGarrette Blount and Josh Freeman. I am a little concerned with the Ravens with the loss of Le'Ron McClain and the offense not using Boldin. What's going on here?!?!? Still a win for the Ravens, which pushes them to 8-3 and 5-0 at home this year. The AFC is going to be tough this year. Inquisitive Mind 10 - 4 for the week.
San Diego @ Indianapolis - That old New Edition song rang in my ears last night 'Is this the End?' while I was watching Peyton Manning get hit. He's just not the same QB when you're able to hit him and hit him hard like the Chargers did for the majority of the night. Rivers didn't have a big stat game (185 yards passing) but he showed us how he can pick apart a defense. The Chargers defense returned two picks (out of the 4 total) for TDs and Tolbert added an additional one. Both teams are 6-5 now, but unless the Colts get some of their injured players back, I think the Colts are thisclose to being done for the season too. Inquisitive Mind 11 - 4 for the week.
San Francisco @ Arizona - Troy Smith had a good game and the 49ers improved to 3-1 with him at the helm which begs to question why he wasn't playing before now? Yes he was sick and was out of commission for a while, but he is by far the best QB on the roster. Now with Frank Gore done for the season, we'll see if this 49ers team has any heart and if Smith can lead them to some more wins. They aren't mathematically out of the NFC West running. Inquisitive Mind 12 - 4 for the week.
Another great week as we head toward the finish line. I'm solidly at 100-75 for the year, but still behind the masses at ESPN. Gotta try and catch them.