Monday, November 16, 2009

The Mondays: Game of the Year?

SUNDAY NIGHT RECAP: Indianapolis Colts 35 – New England Patriots 34-
This has to be one of the best games of the year, by far. The Patriots had a 17-point lead going into the fourth quarter. However, the Colts started to whittle away at the lead. Manning’s two fourth quarter touchdowns kept the Colts from putting a one in the loss column. Was it a mistake for the Patriots to go for it on fourth-and-two? Probably, but that’s how it works sometimes. You don’t get a favorable call and you have no challenges to your discretion. That’s life!

Cincinnati Bengals 18 – Pittsburgh Steelers 12- I’m really eating my words over the Bengals success this season. They have done far better than my original expectation. They’ve swept the Ravens and now the Steelers. How long will it be until we start calling these guys contenders for the Super Bowl?

Jacksonville Jaguars 24 – New York Jets 22- The Jags are gaining steam. They’ve gone 5-2 in their last seven games. By the way, their two straight wins have come by a combined five points. At 5-4, The Jags could make a run at the playoffs. However, they have Houston, Indianapolis, Miami and New England (they could be fighting for a first round bye). They even have to face Cleveland in their final regular season game in January. It could be a cold, snowy affair.

New Orleans Saints28 – St. Louis Rams 23- The Rams gave the Saints quite a scare on Sunday. Drew Brees had a “meh” kind of game. Marc Bulger actually had more yards and a better QB rating. The Saints appear to have peaked. This week, they get a Tampa Bay team that could be thinking of playing the spoiler role.

Kansas City Chiefs 16 – Oakland Raiders 10- In the “There Are No Winners, Only Losers” Bowl, the Chiefs decided to win this game. Jamaal Charles ran for 103 yards and one touchdown (which came on a fourth down) in the Chiefs first game without Larry Johnson on the sideline. Darrius Heyward-Bey missed the memo on being the hero of this game, as he bobbled the ball into the air and into the waiting arms of Chiefs safety Mike Brown

Green Bay Packers 17 – Dallas Cowboys 7- ROMO ALERT: The namesake passed for 1 touchdown, but was sacked five times in the loss. This game was…well it wasn’t much of a game. It was 3-0 for the first three quarters. All the excitement came in the fourth quarter, but the excitement was in favor of the Packers. Good news for fantasy owners, Roy Williams had a 100-yard receiving day.

MONDAY NIGHT PREDICTION: Baltimore over Cleveland by a lot.

See you guys on Tuesday.

(Photo Credit: Associated Press)

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