Here is how the games went down this morning.
-Cincinatti 31 New York Giants 13- The Bengals surprisingly came out and delivered a smack down to the Giants. The Benglas opened up a quick lead and never looked back. At one point they were up 31-6. Andy Dalton led the charge as he notched 4 TDs to 4 different WRs(Green, Sanu, Hawkins and Gresham). Conversly Eli Manning had 0 TDs and 2 INTs to go with a lost fumble. overall the Giants turned the ball over 4 times and just never were able to get going. 2 weeks ago many considered the Giants to be the best team in the league. now they have lost 2 straight against AFC North teams.
-Tennessee 37 Miami 3- another blowout here in a day full of blowouts. The Titans dominated this game from wire to wire. They raced out to a 21-0 lead which became a 24-3 halftime lead and the rest is history. none of the QBs in this game were very good. Jake Locker barely managed to complete 40% of his passes, Matt Hasselbeck only threw one pass, which was incomplete and Ryan Tannehill threw 3 picks against 0 TDs. bad offensive play all around. Chris Johnson had another 100+ yard day though as he had 126 yards and a score on 23 attempts.
-Denver 36 Carolina 14- Cam Newton continued his up and down season this week. Last week he was awesome, this week he had 2 INTs and managed just over 1 yard per carry on the ground. Newton also was sacked for a safety. The Broncos offense was better, but not by much. their defense and special teams each got TDs though on a interception and punt return respectively. this was a pretty ugly game all around and yet another blowout.
-Detroit 24 Minnesota 34- The Lions season is all but over now. they are 4-5, last place in their division, firmly rooted as the worst team in their division and look totally lost. It seems like this team might have let some of their success go to their heads or something because they are a completely different team this year than they were last year despite having gathered more talent in the offseason. Jim Schwartz appears to have lost control and the players appear disinterested, specifically on defense. On offense, they have this guy named Calvin something or other and he seems to be a pretty OK player. He racked up about 207 yards receiving and scored a TD. The Vikings controlled this game all day despite having significantly less talent on both sides of the ball. Christian Ponder is becoming one of the most efficient QBs in the league and tossed another couple of TDs today. The defense played pretty well also, but they have this guy named Adrian who had himself a pretty nice day, rushing for 171 yards and a score. He proved to be a big difference maker for the Vikings.
- Buffalo 31 New England 37- The Patriots keep getting some distance from their AFC East counterparts here as they won at home today. this was the closest game I have recapped so far but honestly it wasn’t really all that close. The Bills stayed within striking distance all game, but they were never able to make a move to close the gap. watching the game, I never got a sense that the Patriots ever even felt a tiny bit threatened in this one. Brady had a couple TDs and Fitzpatrick produced his usual mediocre game huge statline day. seriously, is there any other QB who has ever gotten so many insignificant yards?
-Atlanta 27 New Orleans 31- The mighty have finally fallen. The Falcons are no longer undefeated and now all 32 teams have at least one loss. The Saints have the potential to play like this all the time, but without Sean Peyton these games have come few and far between(they also played very well in a losing effort in Green Bay). Both QBs had 3 TDs and 1 INT, but Brees was more efficient getting there with just 32 throws as compared to 52 for Matt Ryan. Brees being efficient allowed the Saints run game to get going and as a team they rushed for 148 yards. The Falcons D couldnt do anything to stop the Saints, but the game still came down the the final drive. The Falcons managed to get to the 2 yard line, but after three tries to punch it in, they turned the ball over on downs and the Saints ran out the clock. The Saints could really screw with some teams playoff chances if they play this well every week.
-San Diego 24 Tampa Bay 34- The Bucs were all over this one and it wasn’t as close as the scoreboard says. Phillip Rivers was having a pretty good game until he threw his second interception of the day to Bucs rookie Leonhard Johnson who streaked down the field for an 83 yard return TD. After an early 3rd quarter TD, the Bucs were never really threatened in this one as they outscored the Chargers 17-3 in the second half. They also scored a TD on a blocked punt, blocked Punts have been insanely common this season and there have already been 3 times as many this season as there were in all of last season.