2008 NFL Week 10 Review
Broncos 34, Browns 30
The Browns might be the dumbest team of all time. Seriously. I'm convinced that if Roger Goodell announced in August that he would be spotting Cleveland 14 points in every game this year, the Browns wouldn't make the playoffs. They're really incredible at finding ways to lose.
In case you missed this game, the Browns were up 23-10 in the third quarter. Save for Denver's second drive in the first quarter, Cleveland controlled every facet of the game. Brady Quinn (23-of-35, 239 yards, two touchdowns) was sharp. The ground attack was working really well (Jamal Lewis and Jerome Harrison combined for 108 yards on 24 carries). Denver had no answer for Kellen Winslow Jr. (10 catches, 111 yards and a pair of scores). The defense, while surrendering some yardage, was able to get off the field when it mattered most. The secondary even came up with an interception. And it seemed like everyone on the Broncos was leaving the game with injuries, including Ryan Torain (12 carries, 68 yards, one touchdown), who is out for the year with a knee.
So, what happened? The Browns played like the Browns.
A foolish Winslow pass-interference penalty eliminated a beautiful Quinn-to-Braylon Edwards first-down conversion on third-and-12. This forced a Cleveland punt. On Denver's next possession, Jay Cutler hit Eddie Royal on a 93-yard bomb to Eddie Royal, thanks to completely inept coverage by completely inept corner Brandon McDonald.
On Cleveland's next drive, Winslow once again did his best to ruin his team's chances of winning, fumbling on Denver's 38-yard line. Denver took over and scored another touchdown eight plays later to take the lead, despite the fact that the Browns dropped about four would-be interceptions in the final quarter.
After the teams exchanged touchdowns, Winslow let a ball sail right through his hands in Denver territory on fourth-and-six. Game over.
I really should stop handicapping Cleveland contests and just ask Edwards and Winslow whom they're betting on. Those two clowns have blown so many games this year, it's really disgusting. I'm convinced Winslow had the Browns -2 in the first half and the Broncos +3 for the game. There is no other explanation for his Jekyll-and-Hyde performance.
Winslow, McDonald and the other drop-happy defensive backs weren't the only ones trying to blow it for the Browns. Romeo Crennel did some ridiculously stupid things himself, including accepting a 10-yard penalty on the Broncos that brought up third down instead of fourth down.
Shanahan, however, made up for it with a brilliant play. Not even NFL.com could recognize it. Check it out:
Jaguars 38, Lions 14
However, Culpepper played the rest of the game like he just came off the street and didn't know the playbook. But that's not possible, is it? The Lions wouldn't start someone like that over a guy they drafted in the second round last year, right?
But that's why the Lions are the Lions, and they haven't had a winning season in five billion years. Culpepper finished 5-of-10 for 104 yards and the pick. Stanton, playing in garbage time in the second half, was 6-of-8 for 94 yards and a touchdown, though to be fair, Stanton took five sacks. But one has to wonder why Stanton didn't start in the first place. The answer to that is the same reason why Detroit is a dreadful organization.
Ravens 41, Texans 13
That interception was the first of four for Rosenchoker, two of which went to Ray Lewis. The mistake-prone quarterback threw for 294 yards and a score, but once again, it were his costly errors that led to another Houston loss.
Dolphins 21, Seahawks 19
Titans 21, Bears 14
Falcons 34, Saints 20
Look, I know New Orleans' secondary sucks, and it took another hit when Mike McKenzie was carted off with a knee injury in the third quarter, but Ryan's success is really remarkable. Imagine what happens when he actually has some NFL experience under his belt!
Vikings 28, Packers 27
With that in mind, it's remarkable the Vikings were able to win this game. The team should buy its running backs a new car or something. Adrian Peterson ran for 192 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, and chipped in with three receptions. Chester Taylor, meanwhile, tallied 84 receiving yards and a score on four receptions.
Jets 47, Rams 3
In total, New York converted five Rams turnovers into 27 points. Sounds a lot like the Cardinals game earlier in the year, doesn't it?
Patriots 20, Bills 10
Later, a recovered onsides kick by the Bills in the final two minutes of the game was unjustly given to New England, despite the fact that the Patriots clearly touched the ball first. The refs, who were calling the game as if they had money on the Patriots, gave the ball to New England and refused to look at the replay.
Panthers 17, Raiders 6
1. Johnnie Lee Higgins fumbled the opening kickoff, resulting in a Carolina touchdown.
2. Andrew Walter took a sack on third-and-six on Oakland's opening possession.
3. Walter tossed an interception inside the red zone on the team's second drive.
4. A Zach Miller (3 catches, 43 yards) holding penalty nullified a 4-yard run on first down near midfield. Oakland had to punt because of its long-yardage situation.
5. Jake Grove committed a personal foul on first down of the next drive. The Raiders went three-and-out.
6. On the next possession, Walter fumbled the ball for a 4-yard loss. Another three-and-out.
7. Oakland missed two easy tackles on a 69-yard DeAngelo Williams touchdown run. Williams ran for 140 yards and a score.
8. Walter had another massive loss on a fumble on the very next drive, putting Oakland in a second-and-23.
9. The Raiders committed a defensive holding on third-and-13, granting Carolina a first down. Jonathan Stewart (seven carries, 21 yards) was the player who was held.
10. Walter threw another pick in Carolina territory to open the fourth quarter.
11. Walter took a sack on third-and-four on the next possession.
12. Marques Tuisasosoppo, playing for an injured Walter, took a sack on third-and-seven on the following drive.
13. The Raiders surrendered a 55-yard punt return, setting up a final John Kasay field goal, putting this game out of reach.
Colts 24, Steelers 20
It's really a shame because a hobbled Big Ben played well otherwise. He was 30-of-42 for 284 yards. Roethlisberger found Hines Ward nine times for 116 yards. Santonio Holmes caught just four balls for 29 yards. Meanwhile, Matt Speath, taking the place of an injured Heath Miller, grabbed six balls for 53 yards.
Chargers 20, Chiefs 19
Though Thigpen didn't convert, I liked the call. Why leave your fate to a coin toss and a miserable defense? Thigpen had the hot hand. And besides, it's not like Kansas City is going to the Doggone Playoff anyway. What did they have to lose?
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