2010 NFL Week 11 Game Recaps
Bears 16, Dolphins 0
Instead, Miami put forth zero effort. Most of the players on the defense (Cameron Wake and Vontae Davis excluded) refused to tackle, and the offense couldn't stop shooting itself in the foot. The Dolphins made crucial mistakes on all five of their first-half drives:
- Drive One: Brian Hartline fumbled on an end-around to put the Dolphins in a 2nd-and-18.
- Drive Two: A hold on John Jerry gave Miami a 1st-and-20.
- Drive Three: A block in the back on Brandon Marshall negated a first down. The following play was a Tyler Thigpen interception.
- Drive Four: Marshall was whistled for a 15-yard taunting penalty after picking up a first down at his 40.
- Drive Five: Marshall suffered a hamstring injury and was knocked out for the game. Afterward, Thigpen took a sack instead of throwing the ball away.
The injuries didn't help. As noted, Marshall suffered a hamstring after catching three balls for 41 yards (and dropping two passes as well). Much earlier, center Cory Procter was knocked out with a knee injury. The Dolphins predictably botched several snaps and had pass protection issues.
However, I came away unimpressed with the Bears. Miami didn't show up, and Chicago had several breaks go its way (what I listed above, dropped interceptions, Dolphins penalties and inability to recover a fumble when the defender kicked the ball around), yet they couldn't put away the Dolphins.
Matt Millen: I didn't see a false start on that play.
Bob Papa: There some flexion in the knee.
Matt Millen: A little flexion, a little flexion.
Ravens 37, Panthers 13
It wasn't better after intermission. On Baltimore's first possession, Derrick Mason tripped on his route on third down, forcing the Ravens into yet another short field goal. Fortunately for the Ravens, they were able to cover the enormous 12-point spread with two fourth-quarter pick-sixes.
Bills 49, Bengals 31
"Why the f*** are the Bengals trying? Your season is over, douchebags."
After a heart-breaking loss to the Colts, which gave Cincinnati its seventh loss of the year, there was nothing to play for. I have no idea where they summoned this energy from.
Meanwhile, Facebook friend Todd K. posted the following:
Do you want to apologize to Ryan Fitzpatrick now? I don't think you understand the irascible intangibles of Paddy Power. If Andrew Luck was playing he would be thinking about his cold toes, down 28-7. Anyway, Ryan and I are waiting. He likes fruit baskets.
Fitzpatrick was amazing in the second half, going 21-of-34 for 316 yards, four touchdowns and the aforementioned dual interceptions. However, he still has major physical limitations, and it's highly doubtful that he would have been able to accomplish this against a defense that wasn't horrible and hadn't quit.
Cowboys 35, Lions 19
Jaguars 24, Browns 20
In the first half, Jones-Drew actually threw a weak pass out of the halfback option that was intercepted by Elam. In the third quarter, Jones-Drew fumbled the ball, which was picked up by Elam and returned for a touchdown.
Jones-Drew would end up saving Garrard, however. On the final drive, he took a short pass for 75 yards down to the Cleveland 1-yard line. He scored two plays later. Jones-Drew finished with 133 rushing yards (23 carries) and 87 receiving yards (3 catches) and the decisive score.
Unfortunately, he took a hard hit late in the game and was limping around on his final two drives. Afterward, it was revealed that he suffered a sprained ankle.
Chiefs 31, Cardinals 13
What happened to Arizona? As Facebook friend Elliot D. suggested: "After the 1st quarter, Derek Anderson drank from his magic flask."
That's definitely a possibility. Here's another: Jamaal Charles had ZERO touches in the first quarter. By the time it was 21-3, Charles had 10 touches for 104 total yards (60 rushing, 44 receiving). You really have to wonder what's going through Todd Haley's mind sometimes.
Charles finished with 126 total yards (88 rush, 38 rec.) Thomas Jones, however, wasn't a slouch, rushing for 71 yards and two touchdowns on 15 attempts.
Packers 31, Vikings 3
Green Bay was down early (3-0 Vikings after the first quarter) because it seemed like Mike McCarthy was trying too hard to establish a running game. He eventually came to his senses after he watched Brandon Jackson (14-28) and Dimitri Nance (12-37) struggle.
Jets 30, Texans 27
Edwards (4-86) had a very good game. Santonio Holmes (7-126) was spectacular. Holmes caught two touchdowns, including the clincher.
- The Jets surprisingly couldn't run the ball against Houston; Shonn Greene (15-42) and LaDainian Tomlinson (12-36) both failed to eclipse three yards per carry. Tomlinson did have seven catches for 71 yards.
- Matt Schaub struggled early, but finished strong. He went 19-of-33 for 254 yards and a touchdown to Joel "Salad" Dreessen (4-106).
- Like Peyton Hillis last week, Arian Foster ran well against the Jets. He gained 84 yards and two scores on 22 attempts, and also caught six balls for 59 receiving yards.
- The Jets once again took Andre Johnson out of the game; Johnson had just four grabs for 32 yards.
Steelers 35, Raiders 3
Look, I'm all for fining and suspending players for these helmet-to-helmet hits, but some of the other stuff needs to go. If you haven't seen it, a Jason Campbell pick-six in the third quarter was nullified because of a James Harrison penalty. Harrison tackled Campbell immediately after the throw - it was completely clean - but was whistled for "driving Campbell into the turf."
Well, at least that play didn't matter for the Steelers; the game was already well in hand, even without the pick-six.
Pittsburgh completely dominated Oakland, outgaining them 431-182 (228-52 in the first half). It was so frustrating for the Raiders that Richard Seymour threw a punch at Ben Roethlisberger and was ejected from the game.
The running game was also anemic, as Darren McFadden had just 14 yards on 10 carries.
Redskins 19, Titans 16
If you haven't heard, Young (12-16, 165) suffered a thumb injury during the Washington game, and was replaced by Rusty Smith. After the loss, Young stormed out of the locker room after telling Jeff Fisher, "I'm not running out on teammates; I'm running out on you." A frustrated Fisher then took the podium and announced that even if healthy, Young will not be the starter for the Titans going forward. Young will likely never play for Tennessee ever again, considering he's owed $12.75 million in 2011.
With Kerry Collins out for several weeks, it'll be Rusty Smith, who looked really awful in relief. Smith went 3-of-9 for 62 yards and an interception that looked more like a punt. He also had another pick dropped by Phillip Buchanon.
Saints 34, Seahawks 19
It seemed like every time I looked up at the screen, there was a shady penalty being called on the Seahawks. Seattle was actually whistled for nine infractions, but most of them were significant. This includes what Carey called a helmet-to-helmet penalty on Drew Brees that was clearly a chest tackle. There were also mysterious holding and intentional grounding penalties all afternoon.
Toward the end, the Seahawks recovered an onsides kick, but Carey whistled Lawyer Milloy for illegal touching, when it appeared as though he established himself inbounds before he recovered the football. Pete Carroll was infuriated, but was denied the opportunity to challenge the call for some strange reason.
Midway through the second quarter, it was apparent that Carey was going to do everything in his power to have New Orleans win by 12 points or more. Mission accomplished, Mike.
Buccaneers 21, 49ers 0
Give the Buccaneers credit though; they sacked Smith six times, and limited Frank Gore to 23 yards on 12 carries.
Falcons 34, Rams 17
The Rams simply made way too many mistakes. They committed five penalties in the first half. In the fourth quarter, Sam Bradford tossed a weird shovel pass directly to a Falcons defender inside the 5-yard line. It was odd because there was no Rams receiver in the vicinity.
Patriots 31, Colts 28
But after drawing to within 31-28, Manning had the opportunity to either tie or win on the final drive. He drove the Colts into field goal position, but tossed an interception as his arm was hit.
Indianapolis' run defense was pathetic; BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 21 attempts.
Eagles 27, Giants 17
You could argue that New York could have won this game because it shot itself in the foot with careless turnovers (namely Eli Manning's fumble in Eagles territory in the fourth quarter), but Philadelphia screwed up just as much - if not more.
The Eagles outgained New York by 184 yards. They had red zone struggles, an easy dropped touchdown by Jason Avant and fumbles of their own (two lost). QB Dog Killer, meanwhile, barely missed DeSean Jackson on several occasions. Philadelphia could have easily scored way more than 27 points.
For thoughts on Broncos-Chargers, check out my updated 2010 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.
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