NFL Recap Week 10

A wild Sunday in the NFL. The battle for the AFC North in the Steel City, the NFC East has tightened up, and two unbeaten teams dealt with two heartstopping games. Let the recap begin…

Atlanta 19, Carolina 28- Jake Delhomme went 15-24 for 195 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Steve Smith, and Jonathan Stewart ran for two more touchdowns, and the Carolina Panthers took out the Atlanta Falcons and split the season series between the two teams. Matt Ryan missed high on two passes for interceptions, and Jason Elam missed a field goal that would have given the Falcons the lead, and instead sent them to their third straight loss. Both teams had key injuries in this game, as Michael Turner left the game with a sprained ankle after having 111 yards on nine carries, leaving Jason Snelling as the only running back in the game for the second half for Atlanta. The Panthers suffered a bigger blow with Jordan Gross out for the rest of the season with a broken ankle. It will be interesting to see how the running game will fare with the main cog of the offensive line out. Falcons (5-4) Panthers (4-5)

Tampa Bay 23, Miami 25- Dan Carpenter kicked four field goals, including the game-winning 25 yard field goal to give the Dolphins a 25-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game had a slow start, but a wild finish, as rookie Josh Freeman marched the Buccaneers on two 4th quarter scoring drives to give Tampa Bay a chance to win the game, and to give them the lead. But Chad Henne led a great drive in the final minute to put the Dolphins in range for victory. Ronnie Brown ran for 82 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with an injury. He should be ready for the Thursday night game at Carolina. The win for the Dolphins keeps them within striking distance of the playoffs in the AFC. Buccaneers (1-8), Dolphins (4-5)

Detroit 10, Minnesota 27- Adrian Peterson ran for 133 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns, and Brett Favre threw for a season-high 344 yards, with 201 yards to Sidney Rice, and the Vikings had no trouble dispatching the Detroit Lions for their 12th straight win vs. Detroit at the Metrodome, and sending the Lions to their 31st loss in 33 games. The Vikings overcame self-inflicted turnovers in the first half and forced Matthew Stafford into throwing 51 passes (he completed 29 of them for 224 yards and a touchdown). The Vikings remain in the drivers seat for the NFC North championship. Lions (1-8), Vikings (8-1)

Jacksonville 24, NY Jets 22- Josh Scobee kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired, and gave the surprising Jaguars a big win over the Jets at the Meadowlands. With the Jets out of timeouts with a minute and a half to play, Maurice Jones-Drew ran on a 2nd & 6 from the 10 to the 1 yard line and took a knee, allowing the clock to continue to run, and allowing the Scobee field goal to happen. The two point differential haunts the Jets, since after Thomas Jones’ one yard TD run put the Jets up 22-21, Braylon Edwards dropped the two point conversion pass after a hard hit, which could have forced the Jaguars to tie the game. Instead, it sends the Jets to their fifth loss in the past six games going into their trip to Foxborough and a date with New England next Sunday. Jaguars (5-4), Jets (4-5)

Cincinnati 18, Pittsburgh 12- Shayne Graham kicked four field goals and the Cincinnati Bengals’ defense held the Pittsburgh Steelers to four field goals by Jeff Reed, and the Bengals won in Pittsburgh, snapping the Steelers’ 10-game home winning streak, and taking full control of first place in the AFC North. The Bengals are now 5-0 against their division rivals, sweeping Baltimore and Pittsburgh, and beating Cleveland once. The difference of the game was a 96 yard kickoff return by Bernard Scott. The Steelers’ suffered bad news when Troy Polamalu re-aggravated his previous knee injury, and it is unsure when he will be back. The Steelers are still in the hunt, but they are in a lot of trouble now that Cincinnati has swept them. Bengals (7-2), Steelers (6-3)

New Orleans 28, St. Louis 23- Reggie Bush scored two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving), and Drew Brees threw for two touchdowns, and Courtney Roby’s 97-yard kickoff return made the difference for the New Orleans Saints as they held off the upset-minded St. Louis Rams 28-23. Marc Bulger threw for 298 yards and two touchdown passes to Donnie Avery, but the Rams came up just short as Bulger drove the Rams to the Saints’ 32 yard line, and missed a hail mary pass. Bush had six carries for 83 yards and a touchdown, along with 15 yards on two catches, and a touchdown. It was his first two touchdown game in over a year. St. Louis went 0-3 against teams that came there unbeaten (Indianapolis 42-6, Minnesota 38-10, New Orleans 28-23), out of all the three losses, the Saints had to be the toughest, since they were the closest. Saints (9-0), Rams (1-8)

Buffalo 17, Tennessee 41- Chris Johnson gained 232 total yards (132 rushing, and 100 receiving), and scored two touchdowns, and Vince Young threw for 210 yards and ran for 29 more, and the Tennesse Titans blew out the Buffalo Bills for their third straight victory after starting the season 0-6. The much maligned Titans secondary had a big day, with Vincent Fuller and Roderick Hood both running back interceptions for touchdown to cap off 24 unanswered points by the Titans after the game was tied at 17. Terrell Owens was a factor having three catches for 85 yards. Rookie Jairus Byrd still having a great season, getting his NFL-leading eighth interception, and having at least one in five straight games, as that was one of the few bright spots for Buffalo on this day. Bills (3-6), Titans (3-6)

Denver 17, Washington 27- Jason Campbell threw for 193 yards and a touchdown, Ladell Betts ran 26 times for 114 yards with a touchdown, but the play of the day was on a 4th & 20, and after TE Todd Yoder splits to the left, the Washington Redskins ran a fake FG and Hunter Smith threw a 35 yard touchdown pass to Mike Sellers and the Washington Redskins went on to snap their four game losing streak, and send the Denver Broncos to their third straight loss after starting the season 6-0. The Broncos got off to a fast start, with Kyle Orton finding Brandon Marshall for two touchdowns of 40 and 75 yards. The game changed however when Orton left the game with a left ankle injury and the Broncos lost their game manager. Chris Simms entered the game, and the Redskins defense was verry opportunistic, making plays and allowing the offensive to make plays in return. Big momentum for the ‘Skins as they go to Dallas, and not what Denver needs going into a home showdown with San Diego. Broncos (6-3), Redskins (3-6)

Kansas City 16, Oakland 10- Jamaal Charles ran for 103 yards on 18 carries, and a difference making 44 yard touchdown run which was the first rushing touchdown of the season for the Chiefs and their secondary got a late interception of the hands of Derrius Heyward-Bey to give Kansas City their seventh straight win in Oakland and their fifth win in the last 35 games. Ryan Succop kicked three field goals, and the Chiefs got their first win after the release of Larry Johnson. JaMarcus Russell was benched in the fourth quarter for Bruce Gradkowski, and Tom Cable will review tapes to see who gives the Raiders the best chance to win. Chiefs (2-7), Raiders (2-7)

Seattle 20, Arizona 31- Kurt Warner went 29-38 for 340 yards, and threw two touchdowns for his 200th career touchdown passes, and Beanie Wells ran for two touchdowns in the second half, and the Arizona Cardinals rallied from two touchdowns down to beat the Seattle Seahawks and keep their two game lead on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. Matt Hasselbeck threw 52 passes with a sore shoulder, completing 26 of them for 315 yards, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh had nine catches for 165 yards. Julius Jones left the game early with a chest injury, but his replacement, Justin Forsett had a big day with 17 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Seahawks (3-6), Cardinals (6-3)

Dallas 7, Green Bay 17- Charles Woodson forced two fumbles and picked off Tony Romo’s pass at the goal line and the Green Bay Packers defense stifled the Cowboys, snapping their four game winning streak, and losing their grip on the NFC East. The Packers had a players’ only meeting after their embarrassing loss to Tampa Bay, and the defense responded by sacking Romo five times, forcing three turnovers, and Rodgers ran for a touchdown and threw for another. It’s a big momentum killer for Dallas, especially with the rivalry game with the Redskins next Sunday. Cowboys (6-3), Packers (5-4)

Philadelphia 23, San Diego 31- LaDainian Tomlinson is back. Motivated by the news of his wife being pregnant, LT ran for 96 yards and scored two touchdowns, along with Phillip Rivers throwing for two touchdowns, and the Chargers held off an Eagles rally to win their fourth straight game and move into a first place tie with the slumping Denver Broncos for first place in the AFC West. Donovan McNabb went 35-55 for 450 yards and threw for two touchdowns in the loss. The Eagles’ Brian Westbrook suffered his second concussion in three weeks and had to leave the game. The Chargers and Broncos will do battle in Denver for first place in the AFC West next Sunday. Eagles (5-4), Chargers (6-3)

New England 34, Indianapolis 35- This has been billed as the “Rivalry of the Decade”, and after tonight, there was without a question. After the Patriots opened up 24-7 lead, the Colts made the game interesting, but business really picked up in the final two minutes, as Bill Belichick made the most questionable call during his tenure as New England Patriots coach. Up 34-28 after a Joseph Addai 4 yard touchdown run, on 4th & 2 at their own 28 yard line, Tom Brady hit Kevin Faulk on a 2 yard pass in which Faulk appeared to have a first down, but was ruled short and the Colts received the ball on downs. Belichick could not challenge the play due to the fact the Patriots ran out of timeouts. Peyton Manning then took charge and threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne to give the Colts the victory and their 18th consecutive regular season victory. Manning threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns, and Brady threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns. Randy Moss had nine catches for 179 yards, and Reggie Wayne had 10 catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns. It was New England’s first loss after being up 13+ in the final quarter under Belichick, and the win kept Jim Caldwell’s record unblemished as Colts’ coach. Patriots (6-3), Colts (9-0).

That’s it for the recap this week. Be back tomorrow night with the MNF Recap with the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns.

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