Friday, November 27, 2009

Week 11: What Happened?

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Here is the recap for the week. I'll have the summary of yesterday's games up soon. Enjoy the holiday weekend!
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Morning Games:

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS:
Well, Payton Manning and the Colts remain undefeated after Sunday beating the Ravens 17-15. The Colts held the Ravens to 5 field goals and no touchdowns. The Colts still have a tough road ahead of them if they want to remain undefeated this season. They have to play the Houston Texan's strong offense on Sunday which should be a good AFC South Division matchup. The Colts have already solidified a playoff spot but only two other teams in league history have gone undefeated the whole season. The 1972 Miami Dolphins went undefeated in a 14 game schedule and won the Superbowl and the New England Patriots went undefeated two seasons ago but lost the Superbowl. (poor Tom Brady) With the way Payton and his Colts are playing there is a very good chance we might see another undefeated team this season.

What to say to a dude: 

"Did you see that fumble that Ravens defensive players Ed Reed and Ray Lewis caused? I wouldn’t want to be hit be one of them but it must have been ridiculously painful to be hit by both of them."

ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK GIANTS:
The Giants fought their little hearts out and won in overtime 34-31. The Giants were up 31-17 in the fourth quarter and Atlanta QB Matt Ryan threw two TD passes to tie up the game. Atlanta RB Jason Snelling, replacing All Pro RB Michael Turner, had two TDs in the game but the effort wasn’t quite enough. Eli Manning threw 3 TDs, two of which went to TE Kevin Boss (great name, right?) The Giants are still trying to get back on track after losing 4 games in a row and this exciting win should help them get some momentum going forward. Unfortunately they have a short week of rest and will be playing the Denver Broncos on Thanksgiving. The Atlanta Falcons don’t have much of a chance catching up to their division leaders, the undefeated Drew Brees and his New Orleans Saints, so they will be playing for a wildcard spot, a spot that will be hard to secure if they lose anymore games.

What to say to a dude: 

"The Giants and Eagles are 6-4 and the Cowboys are 7-3 in the NFC East Division, who do you think is the best team in the division? Who’s going to win the division?" 
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Afternoon Games:
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NEW YORK JETS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS:
In their first meeting this season both teams were playing completely different football, the Jets were playing great and the Patriots were playing terrible. Now the roles are reversed. The Patriots are coasting through the AFC East Division and the Jets are falling to the bottom of the division. Patriots WR Randy Moss was covered by cornerback Darrelle Revis so another WR, Wes Welker, had to step up and make plays. Welker had 15 catches for 192 yards, a monster game. On the other side of the football Rookie QB Mark Sanchez had 4 interceptions….not good at all. The Jets are now 4-6 after their great start and any more losses will pretty much put them out of playoff contention.

What to say to a dude: 

"Wes Welker is probably the best possession receiver in the league and Randy Moss is one of the best threats in the league. Tom Brady has the best of both worlds….plus he got to knock up Giselle." 

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS AT DENVER BRONCOS:
Well this game was not what it was supposed to be. The Chargers lost to the Broncos in the first meeting this season but they’ve won 5 straight since then. The Broncos started the season 6-0 but have now lost 4 straight games. The Broncos looked awful against the Chargers, only scoring 3 points the whole game. The Chargers didn’t need much offensive production to win this game and their kicker, Nate Kaeding, kicked 4 field goals in this game. The Chargers have solidified their place at the top of the AFC West division and the Broncos need a win against the New York Giants on Thanksgiving to stay close and keep their playoff hopes alive.

What to say to a dude:
 

"The Broncos were hot before their bye week winning six straight games. After the bye week they have lost 4 straight….they must have lost their momentum with the week off."
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Sunday Night:

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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CHICAGO BEARS:
Jay Cutler
and the Chicago Bears have lost another game. This team had such high hopes for the season but they are almost out of playoff contention these days. RB Matt Forte has had an incredibly disappointing season after such a great rookie campaign last year (he was drafted in the top 5 in most fantasy leagues) QB Donovan McNabb had help from rookie RB LeSean McCoy who was replacing Brian Westbrook who was benched after suffering his second concussion last week. WR Desean Jackson made some big plays as well to help the Eagles win. The Eagles need to keep winning to keep pace in the tough NFC East Division as the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys are all fighting for the top spot in the division.

What to say to a dude: 

"Jay Cutler needs a big play wide receiver. He has too many young receivers who drop passes, the Bears need to go after a free agent wide reciever that will help Cutler win some games."
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Monday Night:
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TENNESSEE TITANS AT HOUSTON TEXANS:
QB Vince Young and his Titans have won their 4th straight game after losing their first 6 games of the season. This was a hard fought game on both sides of the football. Texans QB Matt Schaub had another game of passing for over 300 yards and All Pro WR Andre Johnson made some big catches for him. Titans RB Chris Johnson ran for over 150 yards but wasn’t able to break any huge runs like we are used to seeing. He is still on pace for close to a 2000 yard season (a feat done by only 5 other Running Backs) Both of these teams deserved to win but in the end it was the team (Titans) who’s kicker made the field goal to win the game. Texans kicker Kris Brown (no, not Rhianna's ex) missed 2 clutch field goals this game.

What to say to a dude: 

"The only players to rush (run) for over 2000 yards in a season are : OJ Simpson, Erik Dickerson, Terrell Davis, Barry Sanders and Jamal Lewis. OJ did it when the season was only 14 games long, not 16 so he is in a class all by himself."

Other notes around the league:
- The Raiders upset the Bengals and won the game 20-17 behind QB Brad Gradkowski after the Raiders benched Jamarcus Russell.

- The Kansas City Chiefs upset the defending superbowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime winning the game 27-24.

- The New Orleans Saints remain undefeated after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-7

- Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings won again, they are now 9-1. Favre threw 4 TD passes.

- San Francisco 49er's WR Michael Crabtree caught his first TD pass this week!

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