Philadelphia edging Dallas. The Eagles earned a tough road win against a hated division rival. Michael Vic started off the game with his usual long distance laser shot bomb to speedy, svelte receiver DeSean Jackson which put the Cowboys are there heels. The Eagles finished the game by running out the clock behind an often criticized offensive line when the defense was looking for the run. In between the Eagles overcame a below average performance set by his own standards Michael Vic, who turned the ball over two more times and was sacked and often hit. Some of the hits were more than a little late and Vic is not getting the kind of calls that other elite NFL quarterbacks get, but he toughed out the game which is a testament to his mental and physical strength. His short hitch pass to Jackson was the biggest play of the game, when Jackson glided 91 yards for go ahead touchdown. Jackson then made a bone head play by falling backwards into the end zone and drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but also landing hard and almost knocking himself out. For someone who has already had two concussions, he might want to not take any unnecessary hits. The Eagle defense gave up yards and points but did not give up the big play. They also came up key interceptions when they needed them. They sorely miss Asante Samuel for not only his ball hawking ability, but because he gives the entire defense the confidence to play better. Samuel allows defensive coordinator Sean McDermott to call for more blitzes, which in turn energizes the entire defense. The Eagles offensive is defiantly Super Bowl caliper because they can on anybody. It shows how potent they are when they are “held” to 30 points. But they will only advance in the playoffs as far as the defensive can take them. A healthy Samuel helps.
The Cowboys keep finding ways to lose close games, especially at home. It’s just the little things that turn’s games on them. For instance Roy Williams slightly slipping out of break on a sideline pass that resulted in interception, which in turn allowed the Eagles to extend their lead to 10 points in the fourth quarter. Michael Jenkins who his had a terrible year again get’s lit up on key play. With the score tied Jackson catches a quick hitch which is designed to gain less than 10 yards, but Jenkins misses not only knocking down the pass, but also the tackle and Jackson sprints into the end zone. Over all the Cowboys have been much better since Jason Garrett took over, Jon Kitna played well again showing that he deserves to start in the league. The interceptions were not his fault, a tipped pass and a slip on rout. The Cowboy defense played well by hitting and controlling Vic and the high powered Eagle offense to 30 points. However the offense did miss injured receiver Dez Bryant’s big play ability. It’s still shocking to see them at 4-9 with the talent they have. That’s what happens when they took a six week mental vacation in the middle of the season, and can’t win at home. Beating Detroit at home does not count.
Indianapolis over Tennessee. Oh the nightmare is over. The Colts win and Peyton Manning turned back into to Peyton Manning and threw touchdowns to his team and not the opponent. The Colts have contacted the FBI to find out who the impersonator was. It is hard to believe that the Titans were 5-2 but they have crashed and burned faster than Maverick in “Top Gun”.
Mother Nature over the Metrodome. That was an awesome display of power when snow blasted through the baggie roof of the Metrodome. Sorry to say this Minnesota Viking fans but can you say Los Angeles Vikings?
Buffalo over Cleveland. The Bills and Browns are mirror images of each other. The only difference in this is that the Bills have Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Browns have the Mr. turnover Jake Delhomme.
Jacksonville over Oakland. The Jaguars won after trailing for most the game. Thank goodness they have Maurice Drew-Jones. The Raiders like to tease their fans by showing flashes of greatness, then withering away at the end.
Detroit over Green Bay. Drew (Dougie )Stanton lead the Lions to their only touchdown. But the Lion defense deserves the credit for holding the Packers to 3 points. It didn’t hurt that they played against Mike Flynn (who is he?) who hasn’t started a game since high school.
Tampa Bay edging Washington. This one goes down as an ugly win for the Buccaneers who needed to win this game badly. The Redskins lost a game because their kicker had the yips. Oh for the good old days of Shawn Suisham.
Atlanta blasting Carolina. Is it me or does it just seems like the Falcons beat down the Panthers every other week. Maybe that’s why they have the best record in the NFC.
Pittsburgh over Cincinnati. The Steelers always wins when their defense outscores its offense. The Bengals are so terrible that even their mascot no longer goes out in public.
San Francisco over Seattle. Just when I think that the 49ers are done, they get to play a team Seattle who can’t win outside the fresh air of Puget Sound.
San Diego shutting out Kansas City. The Chargers recovered from last week’s lost by whipping the Chiefs. The Chiefs were going to lose this game as soon as Matt Casell said, “I think I am going to need an appendectomy!”
New Orleans over St. Louis. The Saints do know how to beat up an inferior opponent. But safety Roman Harper running out of bounds by the quarterback will get him harassed by his teammates the rest of his life. The Rams still have a shot to become the only team to win a division with a losing record.
Arizona over Denver. Jay Feely had a game that most kickers dare to dream about. It’s not a good sign when he should also be the starting quarterback too. I guess it wasn’t Josh McDaniels fault that the Broncos are this bad. Okay it is.
New England blasting Chicago. The Patriots are rolling so good that not bad even bad weather can’t stop them or even slow them down. The biggest surprise to me is that Bill Belichick didn’t go with his trade mark “hoodie” and went with “mummy” look. The Bears got the “Bear in the headlight look” as soon as they saw Tom Brady walk on air during the pregame introductions.
Miami over the New York Jets. The Dolphins won a game despite gaining only 137 yards. The Jets were still hung over from the Patriots beat down last weekend. Rex should have went old school for the cure and get them “White Castle” burgers instead of burying the football.
New York Giants over Los Angeles. The Giants won with their one two punch of thunder and lightning running game. Lost in the shuffle is that Eli Manning threw two more interceptions which leads the league. The Vikings Tavarus Jackson showed why the Vikings and begged Brett Farve to back. Now their home has a giant hole in the roof.
Baltimore over Houston. The Texans made a terrific comeback in the fourth quarter, but was there anyone who didn’t think that they were going to blow it at the end? The Ravens defense looked old and tired in the fourth quarter. Somehow they missed their halftime nap.
write by Stephen