2009 NFL Week 12 Review
Packers 34, Lions 12
On Green Bay's responding drive, the team went 15 plays for 64 yards, but stalled at Detroit's 25. Mason Crosby, however, missed a 43-yard field goal wide right.
And I say it's difficult to handicap NFL games because teams like the Lions blow perfect opportunities to cover. Despite the 7-0 lead with the ball and the 11.5 points they were receiving, Detroit lost by 22, marking the fourth consecutive season that they've dropped a Thanksgiving game by 20-plus.
Stafford was 20-of-43 for 213 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. One of the picks wasn't his fault because Dennis Northcutt screwed up on a route. The final interception, returned for a score, was just a desperation attempt down 15 late in the contest. Stafford's only 21 and has a bright future. Once he gets some protection, more experience and a talented second receiver, he'll really improve and give the Lions a chance to get into the playoffs.
Cowboys 24, Raiders 7
Fortunately, Dallas was playing an inept Oakland team that couldn't consistently sustain drives. The Raiders didn't even cross midfield until there were nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. Laughably, an Oakland receiver didn't catch a pass until there were four seconds left in the first half.
Broncos 26, Giants 6
Well, something I like to do is learn from my mistakes. Today I realized that I vastly underestimated how important homefield advantage is on Thanksgiving. The past few years, every non-crappy squad playing on Turkey Day has come away with a win and cover. The recent exceptions are the Lions and 2007 Joey Harrington-led Falcons. I'll be taking all of the home teams next Thanksgiving (and most of the other Thursday night games) unless a terrible team is hosting.
Eli Manning was 24-of-40 for 230 yards and an interception. Most of that yardage came in garbage time, as his receivers couldn't get open early on. This, as well as Denver's confusing blitz schemes caused Manning to take three sacks. Manning had been sacked only 17 times entering this contest.
Knowshon Moreno had his coming-out party, rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Moreno also had two long gains called back because of holding penalties. Correll Buckhalter actually had more attempts than Moreno (20), but managed only 51 yards. But I won't berate Josh McDaniels for this; seven of Buckhalter's rushes came in the final two drives when this game was decided.
Falcons 20, Buccaneers 17
Redman was solid on Atlanta's last possession, and his numbers look good on the stat sheet (23-of-41, 243 yards, 2 TDs). However, Redman took far too many sacks (6), which stalled a lot of drives and allowed the Buccaneers to hang around. Redman played relatively well, but there's no way the Falcons will be able to beat the Eagles or Saints without Ryan under center.
With a deficit, the Falcons couldn't establish Jason Snelling (4 carries, 8 yards).
Bills 31, Dolphins 14
Had Miami scored there - and Buffalo's defense was offering no resistance at the time - the Dolphins would have held a 21-3 lead going into the fourth quarter. And as good as Ryan Fitzpatrick was in this contest, I don't think he would have battled back from that deficit.
Eagles 27, Redskins 24
The Eagles trailed 24-16 in the fourth quarter, but Donovan McNabb was able to put together consecutive drives of 90 and 80 yards. McNabb was 5-of-7 for 115 yards on those two possessions, perhaps silencing a few critics who cite that he struggles in the clutch. McNabb was 21-of-35 for 260 yards, one touchdown and an interception overall.
Seahawks 27, Rams 17
Jets 17, Panthers 6
Delhomme was 14-of-34 for 130 yards and four interceptions. On most of his throws, Delhomme didn't even look where he was throwing. I'm not kidding about this; he carelessly flinged balls downfield without even reading the coverage.
Let's go through Delhomme's picks:
1. A pick-six by Darrelle Revis. This interception was the only one that wasn't Delhomme's fault. His throw bounced off what looked like Steve Smith's foot and into Revis' hands.
2. This was a shot downfield. Delhomme foolishly challenged Revis and lost. He underthrew his receiver, allowing Revis to come away with an easy pick.
3. This pass was lofted up carelessly and was picked off by Kerry Rhodes. Delhomme didn't even look like he was trying on this one.
4. The fourth and final interception was one of the worst throws I've ever seen from any quarterback on any level. Delhomme appeared as though he was looking into the stands when he fired this pass downfield. Perhaps he saw his son in the crowd.
At this point, forum member PantherFaninfl commented, "I wish Carolina would get a quarterback, Ill take Tebow, Pike, Snead, the homeless dude I saw in Orlando, anyone over Delhomme."
My recently lost 8.8 units agree.
I guess Boger spent too much money on Black Friday; he must have been short on cash and bet on the Jets. As I said last week, Boger's kids better receive great Christmas gifts.
And I wasn't the only one who noticed this shady officiating. My dad called me up around 5 and said, "I wouldn't worry about this loss. The gay black referee screwed us again."
I couldn't have put it any better myself.
Bengals 16, Browns 7
But the important thing is that they won this game against the hapless Browns. Despite this low score, Cincinnati dominated the contest, holding Cleveland to 169 total yards and two first-half first downs. The Bengals had a simple game plan, running the ball non-stop and throwing short passes when needed.
Colts 35, Texans 27
That said, I never had any doubt that the Colts would win. I'll never forget that Sage Rosencopter game last year where Houston blew a huge lead with five minutes to go. The Texans always choke, and Manning always pulls through. I had to resort to praying that Houston would hold on and cover to preserve my half unit.
My prayers were not answered.
Chargers 43, Chiefs 14
49ers 20, Jaguars 6
Last week, Del Rio and Koetter called 22 passes out of the first 32 plays of the game. This week, Maurice Jones-Drew received just FIVE carries in the first half compared to 18 David Garrard attempts. I'll capitalize: HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE? GET THE BALL TO YOUR BEST PLAYER, YOU IDIOTS!
The Jaguars trailed 17-3 at the break, so amazingly, 10 of Jones-Drew's 15 carries came in the second half. Way to run the ball only when you're down. Jones-Drew finished with 75 yards on those 15 attempts.
Oh, and you'll be surprised by this one - the Jaguars had five penalties in the first half. The 49ers had just one all game.
And note that this frustration comes despite the fact that I won five units on San Francisco. It just bothers me that an NFL coaching staff can be this inept week in and week out. It's like Del Rio and Koetter are betting against themselves. It's inexcusable.
Vikings 36, Bears 10
- The Vikings had 31 first downs. The Bears had eight.
- Minnesota converted 12-of-18 third downs. Chicago was 2-of-8.
- The Vikings out-gained the Bears, 537-169.
- Minnesota won the time-of-possession battle by nearly 22 minutes!
Titans 20, Cardinals 17
If you somehow missed it, Young engineered a 99-yard game-winning drive down four with slightly more than two minutes remaining in regulation. Young was 9-of-16 for 94 yards on the final possession, converting three fourth downs, including a last-gasp 4th-and-goal from the 10 as time ran out.
Young is now 23-11 as a starter. Unlike his past few outings, Young did it through the air, going 27-of-43 for 387 yards and the decisive touchdown.
For thoughts on Steelers-Ravens and Patriots-Saints, check out my updated 2009 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.
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