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The Best & Worst of Week 11

It’s NFL Wednesday, and it’s time to kick this day off with the Best & Worst of Week 11. Send all NFL related questions to thesportsexpress@gmail.com, post them on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/thesportsxpress, or on the Facebook fan page here:

This week had some great moments. Two of the worst teams are on the best side, and the whole AFC North is on the duds for this week. And it took two years for this ordeal to happen? What am I talking about? Just stay tuned and find out.

THE BEST

Brett Favre- Many people thought that the offseason drama that he caused about retiring and unretiring (again) would result in the same disaster that was the New York Jets. Instead it has been the opposite. Favre had the highest completion percentage of his career (88%) completing 22/25 passes and four touchdowns. This season, he has 21 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions. The Vikings were at 10-6 team before he signed. Now they are on the verge of a potential Super Bowl trip and Brad Childress can thank him for his contract extension that he received.

The Cleveland Browns & Detroit Lions- The Browns and Lions played the best, and most entertaining game of the season and week. It was filled with drama, excitement, and the toughness displayed by Matthew Stafford after a time out was called (see worst of the week: Eric Mangini) was simply amazing. Stafford’s five touchdowns were the most by a rookie QB in 72 years (Ray Buivid did this for the Chicago Bears in 1937). The Browns showed more offense in this game than they have all season long. Brady Quinn was impressive, throwing for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. Who knew that the worst can bring out the best?

The Kansas City Chiefs- The Chiefs stayed in the game throughout against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it’s always said when a good team (and World Champions) plays a team that has struggled and not seen great times, and the bad team hangs in the whole game, they start to believe. The Chiefs started to believe and wanted the game more, and they showed in their overtime win. Has anyone noticed that this team is now 2-0 without Larry Johnson on the team? The Chiefs, Lions, and Oakland Raiders all won on the same day for the first time since September 30th, 2007.

THE WORST

The AFC North: The Bengals (with the aforementioned Larry Johnson) lost to the Raiders, in which they gave up the game and blew a seven point lead in the closing moments. The Steelers lost to the Chiefs, the Ravens came up short against the Colts, missing huge opportunities to capitalize off three Colts turnovers and a missed field goal by Billy Cundiff made the difference again. The Browns lost to the Lions, which was made by a bad decision by…..

Eric Mangini: Mangini is on here for a couple of reasons: 1. Your team is up 24-3, in the first quarter, you had to just coach up your defense, tell your coordinator to do something… the secondary just was flat, and Stafford torched them for 422 yards. 2. This was the real thing here: you suffered a terrible pass interference call on Hank Poteat, and the red hot Stafford is out of the game w/ a shoulder injury. The ice cold Daunte Culpepper enters the game, and “Man-genius” decided to call a timeout. For what?!?! This allows Stafford to enter the game with one arm and find Brandon Pettigrew for the GW touchdown. Too bad this is his last season in Cleveland. There’s no way he stays after this one.

Kris Brown: For the second straight game, against a DIVISION opponent, and to top this off, this is a HUGE rivalry game for your team, the Houston Texans. The score once again, was 20-17. And you missed for the second straight game. These two misses from the last original Texan has hurt this team, and they really could be looking at 7-3 instead of 5-5. The rope has to be getting tighter for the normally reliable kicker. Tough week for him indeed.

THE BEST OF THE WORST

Brady Quinn: Fellow blogger, The NFL Chick, said it best: He can throw a pass for more than eight yards. Quinn was very efficient on Sunday, going 21-33 for 304 yards and the four touchdowns to zero interceptions, giving him a QB rating of 133.1, which is very good. He was poised in the pocket, and this should really boost his confidence for the next game. Too bad his game was overshadowed by the dumb decisions of his head coach and the defensive side of the ball.

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Monday Night Football Recap Week 11

The most underrated rivalry in the NFL took place on a Monday Night in Houston as the Tennessee Titans (old Houston Oilers) came into town to face the Houston Texans. The game was fierce (as expected) and filled with drama. Let the recap begin

Tennessee 20, Houston 17- Vince Young threw for 116 yards and a touchdown, and kicker Rob Bironas hit a 50 yard and the go-ahead 53 yard field goal to give the Tennessee Titans their fourth straight victory after an 0-6 start and split their series with the Houston Texans. The Texans had a chance to tie the game and send it to overtime, but Kris Brown’s 49 yard field goal attempt was wide left. It was the second game in a row that Brown has missed a game-tying field goal attempt to the left, as he missed a 42 yard field goal in Week 9 at Indianapolis against the Colts. Matt Schaub had a good night at QB for the Texans, going 25-39 for 305 yards with two touchdown passes to Steve Slaton and Andre Johnson, but it was a sound rushing game from Young who had 73 yards on 11 attempts, and Chris Johnson, who had 29 carries for 151 yards. The win not only puts the Titans back in the hunt for a playoff spot, it’s a blow to the Texans’ chances, but hope is not lost as they try to get their first playoff berth (and winning season) in franchise history. Titans (4-6), Texans (5-5)

NFL Recap Week 11

The NFL is full of surprises. The Colts and Saints entered the weekend undefeated, but which one survived by the skin of their teeth? The AFC West battle was up for grabs, and was won in sound fashion, but by who? And what division went 0-4 this weekend? Let’s go to the recap…

Indianapolis 17, Baltimore 15- The Colts overcame two interceptions by Peyton Manning and a fumble with great defense, holding Baltimore to no touchdowns and five Billy Cundiff field goals. The difference in this game was the missed field goal from 30 yards from Cundiff in the third quarter. Matt Stover, the former longtime Baltimore Raven, kicked the game-winning 25 yd field goal to make it 17-15, which in the following possession, Joe Flacco threw an interception to Gary Brackett. Despite the costly turnover, Baltimore had one last chance, but Ed Reed fumbled the punt return with 17 seconds left. For the Colts, it’s 19 straight regular season victories and for the Ravens, they are in trouble heading into the Sunday night game against the Steelers. Colts (10-0), Ravens (5-5)

Washington 6, Dallas 7- Tony Romo had a rough day, but he came through late by throwing a 9 yd TD pass to Patrick Crayton and the Dallas Cowboys defeated their archrival Washington. The ‘Boys were shut out most of the game, but two missed field goals by Shaun Suisham (who was perfect coming into the game) costed the Redskins the game. He missed field goals from 39 yards (before halftime) and a 50 yards before the game-winning drive by Romo and the offense. The win keeps Dallas ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants in the tight contested NFC East. The bad news in the ‘Skins running game is that Ladell Betts is done for the season with a torn ACL AND MCL. Redskins (3-7) Cowboys (7-3)

Cleveland 37, Detroit 38- Who knew that two 1-8 teams could deliver the best game of the week. In the Toilet Bowl matchup of the week, the Cleveland Browns opened up the game with a 24-3 lead with three Brady Quinn TD passes. Yes you’re reading this correctly. Quinn went 21 for 33 for 304 yards and 4 TDs, but it was the #1 pick in the draft that stole the show in this one. Matthew Stafford willed his team back into the game by throwing for 422 yard on 26/43 passing with FIVE touchdowns, becoming the second rookie and the first in 72 years to throw for five TDs. Late in the game, the Browns were up 37-31, Stafford threw a Hail Mary pass, and got slammed to the turf. However, a pass interference was called on safety Hank Poteat, and with time expired and a defensive penalty, the Lions got the ball on the 1 yard line, due to the penalty happening in the endzone. After a Browns’ timeout, Stafford came back into the game with a bad shoulder, and threw the game-winning TD pass to Brandon Pettigrew for the win, and Detroit picks up their second win of the season, and dropping Cleveland to the worst record in the NFL (along with Tampa Bay). Browns (1-9), Lions (2-8)

San Francisco 24, Green Bay 30- Aaron Rodgers showed why that the San Francisco 49ers should have picked him instead of Alex Smith in the NFL draft. Rodgers went 32-45 for 344 yards and threw two touchdowns, and the Packers held off a furious 49er rally engineered by Smith to keep their hold in the NFC Wild Card. The win came at a price as the Packers may have lost Aaron Kampman, Al Harris, and Nick Barnett, three major players on defense to serious injuries. Smith had a decent day, going 16-33 for 227 yards and three second half touchdowns, but it was his one interception that made a difference, as the second half turnover led to Green Bay scoring on a Ryan Grant 1 yd TD run that put the Pack up 30-10. This appears to be the matchup of the future in what was one of the NFC’s best rivalries of the 90s. The 49ers are not out of the playoff hunt, but the road does not get easier for them. 49ers (4-6), Packers (6-4)

Buffalo 15, Jacksonville 18- David Garrard threw the game winning touchdown pass to Mike Sims-Walker with 56 seconds left and gave the Jacksonville Jaguars its first winning streak in over two years, and putting the Jags in the AFC Wild Card picture and the Jaguars rallied to beat the Bills. The win spoiled the debut of Bills’ interim head coach Perry Fewell and it also spoiled what was a great day for Terrell Owens. Owens, who has not seen much success in Buffalo this season, had his best game with the team having nine catches for 197 yards, including a career long 98 yard TD reception from Ryan Fitzpatrick, which was also the longest play in the Bills’ 50 year history. While the win puts Jacksonville in the drivers’ seat for the playoffs, the Bills hopes are fading fast. Bills (3-7), Jaguars (6-4)

Pittsburgh 24, Kansas City 27 (F/OT)- This is not a typo. This is the real deal. The Kansas City Chiefs showed that as long as you stayed in the game and had a chance to win, anything is possible and that nothing is guaranteed. Matt Cassel went 15-30 for 248 yards and threw two touchdowns, but it was his 61 yard pass to Chris Chambers in overtime that set up Ryan Succop’s game-winning 22 yard field goal to give the Chiefs the upset over the Steelers. Succop, who was the last person picked in the 2009 NFL Draft, dashed the hearts of fans of the 2008 World Champions, and Kansas City snapped a 10-game losing streak at Arrowhead Stadium. The Steelers may have another big injury as Ben Roethlisberger left the game with a possible concussion. It is uncertain at this time how severe the injury may be. For Kansas City, it’s now two straight wins since the departure and release of former running back Larry Johnson. Steelers (6-4), Chiefs (3-7)

Seattle 9, Minnesota 35- Brett Favre is having the best season at the age of 40 and on Sunday, he had the game of his career, going 22-25 for 213 yards and four touchdowns, throwing to the four receivers that were all interviewed on Fox NFL Sunday: Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe, Bernard Berrian, and Sidney Rice. The 88% that Favre had was the highest of his career, and he had his 22nd four touchdown game, surpassing Dan Marino in that list. The Seahawks only touchdown came from Justin Forsett on a one yard TD run. After a 123 yard effort a week ago, he was only held to nine yards. Favre left the game in the fourth quarter due to the score, and Tavaris Jackson entered the game and threw a pass to Rice for his second TD reception of the day. The Vikings as of now look more like the NFC’s best team than the Saints, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s prediction of Seattle going undefeated the rest of the way was nixed already. Seahawks (3-7), Vikings (9-1)

Atlanta 31, NY Giants 34 (F/OT) In a matchup of two teams heading in south in the standings, one team had to make a statement, and stop the bleeding. On Sunday, it was the NY Giants as Eli Manning threw for a career-high 384 yards on 25-39 passing, with three touchdowns (two to Kevin Boss), and the Giants snapped a four game losing streak after starting the season 5-0, and in the process, handed the Falcons their third straight loss, and fourth in the last five games after they started the season off 4-1. It was the first time the Giants beat the Falcons at home since 1979, in fact with these two teams, the visiting team has won 12 straight coming in. The Falcons were down 31-17, but Matt Ryan threw two fourth quarter touchdowns to Eric Weems and Tony Gonzalez forced overtime, which Lawrence Tynes kicked the game-winning 36 yard field goal to give Big Blue their first win in over a month. Falcons (5-5), Giants (6-4)

New Orleans 38, Tampa Bay 7- Drew Brees went 19-29 for 187 yards and three touchdowns (two to Robert Meachem) and Mike Bell ran for two touchdowns, and the Saints easily handled division rival Tampa Bay to continue the best run in the team’s 43 year history. The Saints have a huge showdown with the New England Patriots Monday night, and if they win, and the Atlanta Falcons lose on Sunday, they will be in the playoffs as the 2009 NFC South Division Champions. The balance of the Saints was great, 187 passing yards and 183 rushing yards, and when this team still feels like they have not reached their peak yet, it seems real scary. Other teams need to beware. Saints (10-0), Buccaneers (1-9)

Arizona 21, St. Louis 13- Kurt Warner was on his way to a big day in the building where his legend began, but he was out for the second half after a blow to head and concussion related symptoms. But he did build a 21-3 lead, and the defense held strong and the Cardinals beat the Rams 21-13 for their third straight win, and padded their lead on the NFC West to three games over the 49ers. After a 1-2 start the Cardinals have won six of the past seven games. The bright spot for St. Louis is that Steven Jackson became the first Ram in the team’s 73 year history to post five consecutive 1000 yard seasons after a 24 carry, 116 yard effort. St. Louis is showing more signs of life on offense, but still has a long way to go. Cardinals (7-3), Rams (1-9)

San Diego 32, Denver 3- The surging San Diego Chargers came in prepared for both of Denver’s QBs, as the young Chris Simms got the start for Denver, but trying to get a spark, Kyle Orton played the game with a sprained ankle. Did not matter as the Chargers defense played a flawless game and dominated Denver 32-3 to get their fifth straight win, and sending the Broncos spiraling down to their fourth straight loss. The win also puts San Diego in the drivers’ seat in the AFC West, a division they trailed by 3 1/2 games just five weeks ago. Phillip Rivers threw for 145 yards and LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 73 yards and a touchdown, but it was the defense that stole the show. Simms was pulled after going 2-4 for 10 yards and Kyle Orton was brought in. He played well throwing for 171 yards, and moved the ball efficiently in his first drive, but rookie Knowshon Moreno fumbled the ball trying to reach for a touchdown, and resulted in a San Diego turnover. Brandon Marshall let his frustration show and got in Moreno’s face, and Moreno responded by shoving Marshall. The Chargers are peaking at the right time, and are looking like the best team in the AFC, and the Broncos are sinking very fast. Chargers (7-3) Broncos (6-4)

NY Jets 14, New England 31- Looks like people will quiet now about 4th & 2. The Patriots held their 31-14 lead this week by forcing three of the New York Jets’ five turnovers in the fourth quarter and picked off rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez four times and the Jets have lost six of seven since starting the season 3-0. Sanchez’s 16 interceptions are second to Jay Cutler’s 18 picks this season. Tom Brady went 28 of 41 for 310 yards, Wes Welker had 15 catches for 192 yards, and Lawrence Maroney ran for two touchdowns and gave the Patriots some much needed momentum going into their Monday Night showdown with the Saints at the Superdome. The five turnover game will really give Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan something to cry about as the playoff hopes for Gang Green are quickly fading. Jets (4-6), Patriots (7-3)

Cincinnati 17, Oakland 20- The AFC North got swept this weekend due to a 10 point swing in 33 seconds. Down 17-10 late in the fourth quarter, Oakland Raiders’ QB Bruce Gradkowski, who started the game in favor of JaMarcus Russell, threw a 29 yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy, and then on the ensuing kick off, Brandon Myers forced a fumble that set up Sebastian Janikowski’s game-winning 33 yard field goal that gave the Raiders their third win of the season, capping off an emotional day that was in memory of the late Marquis Cooper, who was involved in the boating accident this spring off the coast of Florida. After the game, the game ball was given by Raiders’ head coach Tom Cable to Cooper’s family, who was on hand for the game. The Bengals bright spot was a 119 yard effort from Bernard Scott, who started for the injured Cedric Benson. Larry Johnson made his debut with Cincinnati and only had two carries for five yards in a tough loss for Cincy. Bengals (7-3), Raiders (3-7)

Philadelphia 24, Chicago 20- Donovan McNabb threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns, and LeSean McCoy scored the game winning touchdown to give the Philadelphia Eagles a huge victory over the Chicago Bears on the road and keep their position in the Wild Card position in the NFC. McCoy redeemed himself on the 10 yard touchdown run after fumbling the ball on the previous drive that resulted in an Eagles’ turnover. The special teams unit for Philadelphia came through as Antonio Dixon blocked a 48 yard field goal attempt by Robbie Gould, and McNabb marched the Eagles 62 yards down the field, capped off by the McCoy run. He finished the day with 99 yards starting in place of Brian Westbrook, who is sidelined with a concussion. Mike Vick entered the game and had a 34 yard run, which was his longest run this season. The Eagles still trail the Cowboys by a game in the NFC East, and the Bears playoff hopes are fading away quickly. Eagles (6-4) Bears (4-6).

Catch the MNF Recap tomorrow from Houston as the Titans take on the Texans, and the Best & Worst of Week 11 on Wednesday.

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.