Tuesday, December 21, 2010

NFL 2010 Week 15 Wrap Up

 Should be a decent week, but let's see. 

San Francisco @ San Diego - Alex Smith, thank you for your time, but you've got to go.  Unfortunately, Mike Singletary will be traveling with Smith out of San Francisco.  The 49ers made a guy who has only been able to play in 3 games all year long look like an All-Pro.  The Chargers looked good behind Philip Rivers and Vincent Jackson.  Do the 49ers have to play next week?  I mean can they just forfeit the last two games?  Inquisitive Mind 1 - 0 for the week. 

Cleveland @ Cincinnati - It was close, but the Bengals pulled this one out.  Time to blow up this team too.  Palmer (14 of 23 for 209 yards) was average, TO got hurt, Cedric Benson (31 carries, 150 yards, 1 TD) proved yet again that the best pass Palmer should be making is a hand off, and Chad Ochocinco (2 catches for 36 yards) has one year left on his deal.  Goodbye Marvin Lewis and Eric Mangini.  Inquisitive Mind 2 - 0 for the week. 

Washington @ Dallas - The Cowboys' defense made Rex Grossman (25 of 43 for 322 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs) look like Tom Brady.  I just don't understand how a defense that is so talented can put up performances like this.  You have Kitna (25 of 37 for 305 yards, 2 TDs) playing pretty well (Romo stats almost) and this team can't stop a Div II football squad.  The big news out of Dallas is that they finally put Romo on IR.  Not sure why they were waiting since they've been out of the playoff hunt for several weeks.  Who's running this team?  Inquisitive Mind 3 - 0 for the week. 

Houston @ Tennessee - I really meant the Titans and not the Texans (can I get away with that one?).  The Texans made just about everyone on the Titans offense look good with the exception of Randy Moss.  Chris Johnson (24 carries for 130 yards, 1 TD) returned to form and Kerry Collins (14 of 24 for 237 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) looked like he was back at Penn State.  How can this Texans team not even get up for this game, when they badly needed this one to have some hope of making the playoffs?  Goodbye Gary Kubiak, it's been fun.  Inquisitive Mind 3 - 1 for the week. 

Jacksonville @ Indianapolis - The Colts tried to give this game away and to my surprise, I thought the Jaguars were ready to take this win from them.  The Colts are still alive in the playoff hunt and Peyton Manning (29 of 39 for 229 yards, 2 TDs) looked like any talk of a slump shouldn't remain.  Can we say that the Colts found a way to run (Donald Brown - 14 carries for 129 yards, 1 TD) the ball in Week 15?  I guess it's never too late.  Austin Collie (8 catches for 87 yards, 2 TDs) had a great first half, but we have to assume that his 2010 year is over after sustaining his 3rd concussion of the year.  Inquisitive Mind 4 - 1 for the week. 

Kansas City @ St. Louis - Cassel (15 of 29 for 184 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) was just good enough to get the Chiefs this win, but he leaned on Jamaal Charles (11 carries for 126 yards, 1 TD) a whole lot.  Can the chiefs win the AFC West?  Inquisitive Mind 5 - 1 for the week. 

Buffalo @ Miami - The Bills have snuck yet another win for the year.  This was a bad game all around, and it may have ended the Tony Sparano era in Miami.  Inquisitive Mind 5 - 2 for the week. 

Detroit @ Tampa Bay - What?!?!?  The Bucs may look back on their season about what could have been and this is one of those games that they'll look back on.  The Lions took overtime to beat them, but with Drew Stanton (23 of 37 for 252 yards, 1 TD) at the helm, the Bucs should have walked away with a win on this one.  I can say this, the Lions are showing everyone that it doesn't matter who's under center when you have talent in your backups.  Maurice Morris (15 carries for 109 yards, 1 TD) had a helluva game for the Lions too.  Inquisitive Mind 5 - 3 for the week.  

Arizona @ Carolina - Well the day wasn't long and the Cardinals found a way to lose to possibly the worst team in the league.  The Cardinals proved that it does matter who's under center when you don't have anyone with talent in your backups.  Jonathan Stewart (27 carries for 137 yards) and Jimmy Clausen (13 of 19 for 141 yards, 1 TD) led the Panthers to their second win of the year.  Somebody please save Larry Fitzgerald (9 catches for 125 yards) from this type of humiliation?  Somebody please trade for him.  Inquisitive Mind 5 - 4 for the week. 

New Orleans @ Baltimore - I'll start this off by saying, 'Ray Lewis, I'm sorry I bet against you'.  The Ravens in a surprise beat the Saints.  The Ravens jumped out to a 21-7 lead behind Ray Rice (31 carries for 153 yards, 1 TD, 5 catches for 80 yards, 1 TD) and finally the defense was able to close one out after being up big.  Why can't this Ravens' offense click better.  They have a bevy of receivers but for some reason, Boldin (1 catch for 2 yards) and Who'sYourMama (1 catch for 15 yards), can't get touches.  They are going to need that if they plan on beating the Patriots and any other team in the AFC.  Inquisitive Mind 5 - 5 for the week. 

Philadelphia @ New York Giants - We are all Witnesses!!!  First of all, let's not get on the kicker Dodge for kicking to Jackson because he wasn't the reason the Giants lost.  The blame goes squarely on the offense (couldn't get 1st downs when the game was in question) and the defense (how does Maclin get THAT open twice at the end of a game).  Vick (21 of 35 for 242 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 10 carries for 130 yards, 1 TD, and more importantly no big hits taken) made it all look like a video game yet again and he's moving his Philadelphia Eagles into the playoffs and a possible #2 seed (gives Vick some time to rest).  The Giants have to want to crawl into a hole after giving up 28 points in a little over 8 minutes.  Inquisitive Mind 5 - 6 for the week. 

Atlanta @ Seattle - Just a great all around performance and win for the Falcons.  They are 12-2 and I'm waiting for the playoffs to see if they will face the Eagles and a certain Mike Vick (it would only be right).  Inquisitive Mind 6 - 6 for the week. 

New York Jets @ Pittsburgh - The Jets outlasted the Steelers to escape with this win.  If they wouldn't have pulled this one off, that football graveyard probably would have had a few people buried there.  The Steelers without Polamalu are like having a cheeseburger without the cheese, it's just not the same.  Shout out to the Jets defense for bending but not breaking.  Inquisitive Mind 7 - 6 for the week. 

Denver @ Oakland - The Silver and Black at home with a balanced running (McFadden - 20 carries for 119 yards) and passing game (Campbell - 15 of 26 for 238 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) get the win.  Inquisitive Mind 8 - 6 for the week. 

Green Bay @ New England - The Packers put up more of a fight than expected, but in the end, too much Patriots.  No Rodgers, no chance.  Inquisitive Mind 9 - 6 for the week. 

Chicago @ Minnesota - This was a mismatch even with Favre playing.  Cutler (14 of 24 for 194 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT) put in another good outing and the Bears won the NFC Central.  I'm STILL not sold.  That might get me hurt living in Chicago, but they haven't really beat anyone all year long.  The playoffs will show us exactly how good this team is.  Hopefully Favre retires before they have to carry him off the field in a coffin.  Inquisitive Mind 10 - 6 for the week. 

10-6 ain't bad, but I had hoped for better.  Not sure if I can catch anyone, but I still have to try.  My record for the year is 134 - 89. 

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