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Thursday Night Football Recap Week 15

The Thursday night game for Week 15 of the NFL took the nation to Jacksonville, Florida, where the Indianapolis Colts were facing the question: go for the 16-0, or relax and go into the playoffs satisfied with home-field advantage through the AFC Playoffs. The answer was made very clear.

Indianapolis 35, Jacksonville 31- The Colts do it again. Peyton Manning went 23-30 for 308 yards and four touchdowns including a 65-yard pass to Reggie Wayne to put the Colts up for good, and extend their NFL-record regular season winning streak to 23 games. The win was also the Colts’ sixth come from behind victory in a game that featured many lead changes and plenty of offense. David Garrard went 23-40 for 223 yards and three touchdowns, Maurice Jones-Drew had 27 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns (1 rush, 1 rec.). The Jags had a shot to take back the lead, but Garrard overthrew Mike Thomas and was intercepted by Jacob Lacey. The loss was damaging for the Jaguars, as they now trail the Dolphins by essentially 1 1/2 games, since the Dolphins beat them at home. Losing three of the past four games since being in control of the wild card at 6-4 is not boosting to the morale at all. On the other side, with the Jets and a trip to Buffalo left on the schedule, it can be shown, on paper, that the Colts are going to end the season 16-0. Colts (14-0), Jaguars (7-7)

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Thursday Night Football Recap Week 14

The Thursday night game took us to Cleveland for a bitter rivalry that has been one-sided this decade between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers have been reeling, losing four straight, and the Browns are just looking for… something. Let’s go to the recap

Pittsburgh 6, Cleveland 13- How the mighty have fallen. Five weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers were a good pick to repeat for a Super Bowl, and now they are for the most part finished. The Browns sacked Ben Roethlisberger eight times, and Chris Jennings, activated from the practice squad, scored on a 10-yard run, and the Browns beat the Steelers at home for the first time since 2000, and snapped a 12-game losing streak against their bitter rivals. The Steelers have lost five straight for the first time in six years, and the statement Mike Tomlin made about “unleashing hell in December” has really gone to mute. The Browns had nothing to play for but pride, and they showed up, and put the intensity on defense and limiting the defending champs to two field goals along with a methodical offense, using a no-huddle and wearing the Steelers out on defense. Roethlisberger threw for 201 yards, but his fourth quarter pass attempt to Santonio Holmes was knocked down by David Bowens to seal the deal. Cleveland outgained Pittsburgh 255-216 on offense, and the Steelers lost 60 yards on the eight sacks by the Browns of Big Ben.

The Steelers are in trouble, a game and half behind the Jaguars for the final AFC Wild Card spot, and are reeling after five straight losses, with three of those teams (KC, Oakland, and Cleveland) having a combined record of 9-28. The in-fighting among the team may be “quiet”, but it has to be coming up now. This team is in disarray and it looks as if “hell” has been unleashed on them. The Browns, meanwhile, may have a bad season, but beating the Steelers is as gratifying as a winning season. Steelers (6-7), Browns (2-11)

Thursday Night Football Recap Week 13

This week, the Thursday Night game took us North of the Border to Toronto, as the Toronto Series for the Buffalo Bills resumes for 2009. The opponent this time? Gang Green, also known as the New York Jets. The Jets are in the playoff hunt, and look to stay there, while the Bills look to build off their win over Miami. Let’s go to the recap.

NY Jets 19, Buffalo 13- Mark Sanchez threw the go-ahead touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards, and Jay Feely kicked four field goals (38, 49,31, 37) and the New York Jets kept their playoff hopes alive with a 19-13 win in the second annual NFL regular season game in Toronto for the Bills, known as the Toronto Series. With the score 10-9, and the Jets charging down the field before halftime, Sanchez hit Edwards up the middle, and Edwards got to the one and stretched over the goal line to break the plane for the score. At first the touchdown was not one as officials originally ruled Edwards down at the 1 yard line. After a review from the replay official upstairs, the Jets got the ruling of a touchdown and much momentum going in at halftime with the score 16-10. Using a stingy defense in the second half and holding the Bills to just three points after they scored 24 in the fourth quarter last week in Miami was huge for the Jets as they move within half a game of the final Wild Card spot in the AFC and 1 1/2 games behind AFC East leading New England, who plays Miami on Sunday in South Florida. The Bills established early momentum in the second quarter, after Marshawn Lynch had a big 35 yard run followed by a 15 yard touchdown run, but it was derailed by a couple of turnovers that helped the Jets get the victory. However, the Jets lost Mark Sanchez in the third quarter to a sprained PCL in his right knee after not learning how to slide. The amount of time he will miss has been yet to be determined. Jets (6-6), Bills (4-8)

Thanksgiving Day NFL Recap Week 12

Week 12 of the NFL began with the traditional Thanksgiving Day games in Detroit and Dallas, with the Mile High city hosting the nightcap. Would the Lions snap a five game losing streak on Thanksgiving, would Tony Romo and the Cowboys go to 4-0 on Thanksgiving since he’s been the starting QB? And would the Broncos step it up when they need to the most? Let’s go into the recap

Green Bay 34, Detroit 12- Aaron Rodgers threw for 348 yards on 28-39 passing, with three touchdowns, and the thin Green Bay Packer defense picked off Lions’ rookie QB Matthew Stafford four times (two by Charles Woodson) and Green Bay took care of business over Detroit for their third straight win and to stay in control of the Wild Card hunt. The Lions have lost on Thanksgiving for the sixth straight year, and in the process have not beaten the Packers since Mike McCarthy was hired as Green Bay’s head coach (0-8). Donald Driver also had a big day, with seven catches for 142 yards and a touchdown, on a 68 yard strike from Rodgers. The Lions offense that showed promise against the woeful Cleveland Browns was very inefficient against Green Bay, who was without DE Aaron Kampman and CB Al Harris, both out for the years with ACL injuries. Stafford has came a long way and is learning on the go, and has to just bounce back from the rough game. Still hard times ahead for the young Lions. Packers (7-4), Lions (2-9)

Oakland 7, Dallas 24- The Cowboys got their offense back. After only 14 points in the last two games combined, Dallas scored 17 first half points (after scoring zero in the first half of their games last season). Tony Romo went 18-29 for 309 yards and threw a couple of touchdowns, and the ‘Boys easily took care of the Raiders. Felix Jones added a 46 yard TD run for Dallas, giving him 68 on seven carries. Dallas had two 100 yard receivers in this game, as Miles Austin had seven catches for 145 yards and Jason Witten had five catches for 107 yards to give them six wins in their last seven games. going into the month of December, where they have been 5-10 in the past three seasons in Dec. & January. For the Raiders, Bruce Gradkowski had a decent day, going 18-35 for 200 yards and a touchdown to Darrius Heyward-Bey, his first career NFL touchdown in a losing effort. Raiders (3-8), Cowboys (8-3)

NY Giants 6, Denver 26- Knowshon Moreno ran for 88 yards on 19 carries and Matt Prater kicked four field goals, and the Denver Broncos stopped the bleeding of a four game losing streak by outplaying the Giants on both sides of the ball. The Broncos defense forced three turnovers and sacked Giants QB Eli Manning three times. Kyle Orton got the start tonight and was efficient in managing the game, going 18-28 for 245 yards and a 17 yard TD pass to Brandon Stokely. The Broncos stopped the bleeding, and the Giants are on the outside looking in the playoff picture, putting them a half-game behind the Eagles and two full games behind the Cowboys going into their showdown on Sunday. Giants (6-5), Broncos (7-4)

Stay tuned tomorrow for the NFL Recap for Week 12. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

Thursday Night Football Recap Week 11

Week 11 started off in the Queen City of Charlotte, NC with the Carolina Panthers hosting the Miami Dolphins. Two teams at 4-5 looking to improve their playoff hopes. A great statistic from the NFL Network: 21 of the last 22 seasons, a team that reached 5-5 has went to reach the playoffs.

Miami 24, Carolina 17- In three short days after losing RB Ronnie Brown to the foot injury that landed him on the IR, the Miami Dolphins relied on the legs and power of Ricky Williams, who ran for 119 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns, and he caught a touchdown pass from Chad Henne, and the Miami Dolphins held off the Carolina Panthers 24-17. Williams first score was a 14 yard TD reception from Henne that put Miami up 7-3. Then from the wildcat formation, Williams beat the defense to the pylon for a one yard TD run, and his third touchdown, which was set up by a rollout pass by Chad Henne to Davone Bess on 3rd & 11, was a 46 yard TD run in which he ran over the Panthers like he did many times during his days with the New Orleans Saints. The Panthers got back in the game down 17-6 when Jake Delhomme found Steve Smith for a 27 yard TD pass. Smith had seven catches for 87 yards to go along with the TD. The win was huge for Miami as they stay very much alive in the playoff picture, and the loss was devastating for the Panthers as they had a chance to be 1/2 game out of the wild card spots, but now find themselves 1 1/2 games back and will need a load of help on Sunday to stay well in the picture. Dolphins (5-5) Panthers (4-6)

Next Thursday Recap will be part of the Thanksgiving Triple Header, and TSX will be back on Monday morning for the Sunday games.

Thurs. Night Football Recap

Week 10 began with the Thursday night game from the NFL Network. The Chicago Bears traveled to San Francisco and former Bear and 49ers coach Mike Singletary. With that said, let’s begin the recap.

Chicago 6, San Francisco 10- Long night for Jay Cutler as he threw five interceptions, with the last one in the 49ers endzone as time expired and the 49ers held off the Bears 10-6. Frank Gore ran for 104 yards and scored the game’s only touchdown and Mike Singletary’s bunch snapped a four game losing streak and putting the 49ers back into the playoff picture. Alex Smith picked up his first win as a starting QB for the first time in over two years. Michael Crabtree had four catches for 48 yards. Cutler apologized to the Bears defense after the game, but did his body language seem a little too nonchalant? If that is the way he’s going to be after a bad game, it’s going to be some real concern in Chicago. Bears (4-5), 49ers (4-5)