Indianapolis @ Tennessee - Peyton Manning (25 of 35 for 319 yards, 2 TDs) looked like he got back on track against the Titans this week. He had some semblance of a running game, but it was really Manning looking good that got the Colts this win. Kerry Collins (28 of 39 for 244 yards, 3 TDs) and Chris Johnson (22 carries for 111 yards, 1 TD, 8 rec for 68 yards) did what they could to keep the Titans in the game, but their defense was terrible. This was definitely a good game, but better for the Colts as they look to put some pressure on division leading Jacksonville. Inquisitive Mind 1 - 0 for the week.
Cleveland @ Buffalo - I guess this is the end of the Mangini era in Cleveland. They had been playing well but then they lose to this terrible Bills team. For some reason the Browns couldn't hold onto the ball (5 fumbles, 2 lost) and in a tight game, you can't turn the ball over. Inquisitive Mind 1 - 1 for the week.
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh - This game started well for the Bengals with a TD pass from Palmer to Andrew Whitworth, but from there it was all downhill. The Steelers went on a 23-0 run and that was it. Palmer (20 of 32 for 178 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs) was doing his best to find Steelers defensive players when they were open, and Big Ben (21 of 33 for 258 yards) provided the catalyst for the Steelers on offense to get this one done. As always, another good game from the Steelers and another bad game from the Bengals. Inquisitive Mind 2 - 1 for the week.
Green Bay @ Detroit - The Lions finally won a big one. It only took them knocking Aaron Rodgers out of the game. After that, this looked like a bad pickup football game with no one really knowing the other people on their team. My biggest question is why don't they teach QBs in Green Bay how to slide? There's gotta be an out of work baseball player in Minnesota that can teach these guys how to slide and not take hits. I'm just sayin'. Inquisitive Mind 2 - 2 for the week.
Tampa Bay @ Washington - WOW!!!! This was a back and forth game that the Redskins should have won. It had to be heartbreaking, especially after fighting all the way back and scoring a TD with nothing left on the clock. An extra point ties the game and we go into overtime, and then,........ missed extra point and it's all over including the crying. Josh Freeman (15 of 25 for 266 yards, 1 TD) looked good again and shows that the Bucs got it right with their selection for their franchise QB. Inquisitive Mind 3 - 2 for the week.
Atlanta @ Carolina - Wasn't really a contest. Michael Turner (28 carries for 112 yards, 3 TDs) had a wonderful game and the Falcons are 11-2 and they are the best team that is flying under the radar right now. They are truly a complete team with Ryan at QB, Turner at RB, White at WR, and a ball hawking defense. If you haven't figured it out, the Falcons are real. Inquisitive Mind 4 - 2 for the week.
Oakland @ Jacksonville - Good old fashioned shootout and the Raiders just ran out of bullets. Jason Campbell 21 of 30 for 324 yards, 2 TDs), how can you look this good and then look so bad on certain days? I can't put my finger on what makes him inconsistent. I don't know what the Jaguars have done or whose soul they have sold, but they are a game away from winning their division and I doubt many outside of that locker room had even a remote idea that it was possible. David Garrard (11 of 22 for 159 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT) had a nice game along with MJD (23 carries for 101 yards, 1 TD). Inquisitive Mind 5 - 2 for the week.
Seattle @ San Francisco - My very bad pick made Alex Smith (17 of 27 for 255 yards, 3 TDs) look like he is actually a viable option for a team at the QB spot. The sad part is that the 49ers have a chance to win their division. There is something wrong with that, very wrong. Inquisitive Mind 5 - 3 for the week.
St. Louis @ New Orleans - This was a team win for the Saints as they got ok play from Brees, but add in Michael Jenkins 2 INTs (one returned for a TD) and the Saints had a cakewalk. I did think that the Rams could have pulled this one off, but alas, I was wrong. Inquisitive Mind 6 - 3 for the week.
Miami @ New York Jets - What do you do after an a$$ whuppin? Well, I guess you go back and get another. The Jets looked terrible as they not only had a coach cheat, had several dropped balls, lost a lineman, and put themselves in a position to miss the playoffs. Chad Henne threw for a total of 55 yards (1 TD), the Dolphins ran (as a team) for a total of 101 yards, and they also turned the ball over 3 times (lost fumbles) and they won the game. Explain that to me. I'm waiting. Inquisitive Mind 6 - 4 for the week.
Denver @ Arizona - They scored how many points? 43? Did Kurt Warner sneak into the game for the Cardinals? Jay Feely (5 field goals, 1 TD run, 4 XPs for a total of 25 points) was responsible for how many points? And he's the kicker? This should have gotten the new Denver coach fired. I'm sorry, this was a terrible outing. Inquisitive Mind 6 - 5 for the week.
Kansas City @ San Diego - Hi Brodie Croyle, welcome to the pressure cooker. And the pressure made Croyle (7 of 17 for 40 yards) pop or at least perform like a beaten up can. Jamaal Charles (10 carries for 40 yards), fresh off of signing a new $32+M deal had a total of 40 yards. Please get Matt Cassel healthy and back on the field. I can't even believe I said that. Inquisitive Mind 6 - 6 for the week.
New England @ Chicago - Are there awards for running the score up on opponents, because if there is, the Patriots get that award two weeks in a row. The Patriots dominated the Bears at Soldier Field, in the snow. This was a TKO at halftime when Brady (27 of 40 for 369 yards, 2 TDs) dropped that sweat pass into Branch's (8 recs for 151 yards, 1 TD) arms as he waltzed into the end zone with no time on the clock. Note to Brian Urlacher, let your play do the talking. Inquisitive Mind 7 - 6 for the week.
Philadelphia @ Dallas - This Eagles team is explosive on the offensive side of the ball, but they are truly a sieve on the defensive side of the ball. Samuel didn't play for the Eagles and they NEED him back healthy if they want a punchers chance to get to the Superbowl. Vick (16 of 26 for 270 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) and McCoy (16 carries for 149 yards) showed up big time, but I was impressed with this Cowboys team too. Kitna (24 of 35 for 242 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) found Witten (7 recs for 69 yards, 2 TDs) on a few occasions and if the Dallas defense could have had a little more time, maybe, just maybe, they would have won this game. Inquisitive Mind 8 - 6 for the week.
New York Giants @ Minnesota - Well the dome fell and so did the Brett Favre streak. Maybe he should have played if this is the type of game Tavaris is going to give the Vikings. I can't even blame it all on him because this one vaunted defense of the Vikings gave up 213 yards (Bradshaw 103 yards, Jacobs 116 yards) on the ground. It's over this year for the Vikings and the long term plan just doesn't seem to be there. Maybe they'll go after another old QB next year. McNabb are you listening? Inquisitive Mind 9 - 6 for the week.
Baltimore @ Houston - My main man Ray Lewis almost let the Texans come back and win that game. The Ravens defense isn't as good as it once was and they will need to find some corners if they are going to do anything in the playoffs. Flacco (22 of 33 for 235 yards, 2 TDs) and Mason (6 recs for 78 yards, 2 TDs) must have made up because they connected a lot last night. I'm still worried about this team and their inability to make that offense work on a consistent basis. It's another win though. Inquisitive Mind 10 - 6 for the week.
Not a bad week and that brings the season total to 124 - 83. Not too bad for an amateur. But still in the chase.