The NFL was full of upsets, disappointments, tributes and love during week 10.
There were games all over the NFL this week that had pregame and halftime tributes to honor our troops for Veterans Day. It was touching to know that fans and players alike could take time to honor those who serve our country.
The Atlanta Falcons lost to the New Orleans Saints because of a highly criticized play called by coach Mike Smith. He called for his team to go for it on a fourth down deep in its own territory. The Falcons did not convert and ultimately handed the Saints the 26-23 victory to take the lead in the NFC South.
In a battle for the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the ginger-led Cincinnati Bengals to gain control of the AFC North. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton committed rookie mistakes, throwing two interceptions in the fourth quarter. Rashard Mendenhall had a solid day for the Steelers with two rushing touchdowns.
The Dallas Cowboys seemed to finally live up to the hype. The Cowboys rallied around a near perfect day from quarterback Tony Romo to smash a Buffalo Bills team that was in the lead in its division before the loss. The Bills’ only score came on a three-yard touchdown by David Nelson. The best part of this game, though, was when Nelson ran the length of the field to give his girlfriend, a Cowboys cheerleader, a hug.
The Indianapolis Colts lost. Again. The Colts look like they won’t get a victory this season and should just throw in the towel and draft Andrew Luck. There is no need for Peyton Manning to risk his health by coming back during this dismal season. The season is done, and there’s no reason he should risk his health.
Tim Tebow wins football games, and that’s exactly what he did when the Denver Broncos played the Kansas City Chiefs. Tebow’s stat line was nowhere near good. He was two of eight on passing. Yes, he only threw eight passes while the Broncos ran the ball 55 times. Tebow scored on a rushing touchdown and on an absolutely beautiful 56-yard bomb to Eric Decker.
Tebow still has a lot of work to do, but he is 3-1 as a starter compared to Kyle Orton who was 1-4 this season. If I was a Broncos fan, I’d be perfectly happy with winning games, regardless of who my quarterback was.
The Houston Texans tore apart the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 39-7. The Texans have the lead in their division but now have a tough road ahead of them. Quarterback Matt Schaub is out for the season with a foot injury, and the Texans will have to rely on the very unreliable Matt Leinart. The Texans looked like a lock for the playoffs but might slip out of contention without their franchise quarterback.
The San Francisco 49ers are starting to truly look like the second best team in the NFL. This is amazing to think about, especially with Alex Smith at quarterback. That is why Jim Harbough should be named NFL coach of the year. This week, the Niners beat a good New York Giants team to push its record to 8-1.
The New England Patriots defense is horrible. People have been saying that all season. Well, its defense came up big against the New York Jets. Linebacker Rob Ninkovich picked Mark Sanchez off twice, returning one of them for a touchdown. The Patriots beat the Jets 37-16 in New York to complete the sweep in one of the NFL’s biggest rivalries.
Week 11 of the NFL season doesn’t look like a great one on paper. Only two games feature teams that both boast winning records.
The Chiefs travel to New England to take on the Patriots Monday night. The Chiefs will miss starting quarterback Matt Cassel, who has a hand injury and could miss the rest of the season.
The Bengals and Ravens will battle to see who can tie the Steelers for the top spot in the AFC North. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will look to continue his chase to flat-out shatter every NFL quarterback record at home against the Buccaneers.