2008 NFL Week 12 Review
Steelers 27, Bengals 10
That was extremely apparent on Thursday night, as the Bengals seemed to do everything in their power to thwart their own chances of pulling the upset as massive underdogs. Here are some examples:
1. The Bengals dropped three routine interceptions. One of the picks allowed the Steelers to convert third-and-long on the next play, which eventually led to a touchdown.
2. Glenn Holt, taking the place of Chad Ocho Cinco, who was deactivated for this game for sleeping during a team meeting, dropped a pair of passes on third down, which would have moved the chains on both instances.
3. Cincinnati, perhaps learning from Andy Reid, failed to convert two third-and-one situations.
4. The Bengals picked up a third-and-five in the fourth quarter, but were penalized for illegal motion.
5. Two Cincinnati players had Ben Roethlisberger wrapped up, but couldn't get him down, allowing the Steeler quarterback to scramble away and convert a third-and-long on Pittsburgh's final drive of the game.
At that point, Cincinnati was 3-of-4 on third downs. The team converted just one of its final 11 third-down opportunities.
The Steelers, meanwhile, began the contest 0-of-3 on third-down conversions. They finished 6-of-14.
Vikings 30, Jaguars 12
Minnesota recovered a botched snap and returned it for a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Brian Witherspoon (who's not in NFL.com's player database, by the way) fumbled. The Vikings scored 90 seconds later. Minnesota had just three offensive plays and were up 14-0!
Peterson finished with 80 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Unfortunately for Peterson's fantasy owners, Chester Taylor vultured a score away.
Bills 54, Chiefs 31
It's too bad the NFL isn't like college football in terms of being able to schedule your non-divisional foes; otherwise, I'd recommend every non-AFC West team to pencil in Kansas City in the middle of the season. They're the ultimate cure for any offensive woes!
Still, Thigpen was able to lead the Chiefs to 24 points (the final seven came from Quinn Gray). Thigpen was 17-of-31 for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Thigpen located Tony Gonzalez a whopping 10 times for 113 yards and a score. Dwayne Bowe managed three grabs for 58 yards and a touchdown. Mark Bradley chipped in with 52 yards and a score.
Patriots 48, Dolphins 28
Then again, maybe Miami's defense just sucks. You can only get so far with scrub corners like Will Allen and Andre Goodman, and terrible safety play. Miami needs to go defensive backs early and often in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Buccaneers 38, Lions 20
After a surprising 17-0 lead by the Lions, I was confident my selection would cash. After all, the Buccaneers, who had trouble in the red zone going into this contest, would need to score 26 points to cover. No chance!
Well, let's fast forward three hours and look at an exchange I had with forum member Phil Elliott:
Phil Elliott: Haven't heard from Walter since the final in the Lions game. Somebody check to see if he's hanging in the garage.
Me: The rope broke. Some hot chick with electrical powers came in and saved me.
How do you fail to cover as an 8-point underdog despite leading 17-0!? It takes a completely inept franchise with no postseason success in 50 years. It's almost as if the Lions have an owner who doesn't care about winning. It's like Detroit has an idiot coach who wants to play a crappy, has-been,journeyman quarterback with chronic fumbling and turnover problems over a second-round player who has never been given a chance.
Jets 34, Titans 13
It all started with the struggles of everyone's so-called "MVP candidate." Kerry Collins began the game 4-of-14 for 24 yards. He eventually finished with 243 yards and a touchdown, but most of that production was in garbage time. Collins played as if he were a college drunk who shows up to frat parties and chugs endless cans of beer. But those days are long behind him, right? I'm not so sure anymore.
Bears 27, Rams 3
Ravens 36, Eagles 7
Personally, I didn't have a problem with the benching in general. What I did have a problem with is that Reid didn't have the guts to approach McNabb and tell him that he was going with Kolb. McNabb had to find out from one of the assistants as he was preparing to warm up.
Don't get down on Kolb just yet. He had no reps during practice, so he wasn't prepared to battle a stout Baltimore defense. We'll get a better idea of Kolb's career prospects based on next week's performance, though Kolb will never have a real chance as long as Reid is calling nonsensical plays for him.
The aforementioned Reed pick-six was a 108-yard return - the longest interception touchdown in NFL history. That play came on second-and-goal at the one-inch line. So, instead of trying to sneak it in, Reid asked his rookie signal caller to drop back seven yards in the pocket. The Eagles have been inept in short-yardage situations, but this is a completely different story.
Earlier in the game, the Eagles launched a pair of Hail Marys instead of trying to run the ball or sneak to move the chains. On the first drive, the Eagles had a delay of game in the no-huddle. I repeat: They had a delay of game in the no-huddle! How does that happen!? Reid's grandchildren will live in shame in the wake of his play-calling in this game.
Texans 16, Browns 6
Instead, Brady Quinn was the culprit. Quinn completed just 8-of-18 attempts for 94 yards and the two picks. He was benched in favor of Derek Anderson, who went 5-of-14 for 51 yards, one interception and a fumble.
Way to kill your young quarterback's confidence, Romeo. I saw no purpose in going back to Anderson. It's not like the Browns had a shot at the postseason. They're building for the future. They should have allowed Quinn to engineer an attempted comeback. It's not like this was a blowout. It was just 16-6!
Cowboys 35, 49ers 22
Indeed it did. San Francisco drove down to Dallas' 5- and 4-yard lines on separate first-quarter possessions, and had to settle for chip-shot field goals. The 49ers also missed a 53-yard kick on their opening drive.
Raiders 31, Broncos 10
Falcons 45, Panthers 28
Giants 37, Cardinals 29
Ward also had 69 rushing yards and a score on 20 carries. Surprisingly, Ahmad Bradshaw touched the ball only four times for nine yards.
2) Giants corner Aaron Ross was whistled for four penalties.
3) Larry Fitzgerald caught his 400th career pass in this game, becoming the second-fastest player in NFL history to reach that mark (71 games). The fastest? Anquan Boldin, 67 games.
Redskins 20, Seahawks 17
As of a matter of fact, the Seahawks were so brutal early on, that excluding a fluke 44-yard Maurice Morris run, their longest play was a 6-yard gain midway through the second quarter. Matt Hasselbeck began the game 1-of-7 for six yards.
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