Tuesday, 8 November 2011

NFL Week 9 Review


NYJ @ Buffalo
A 27-11 victory for the Jets created a three way tie atop of the AFC east. A rushing touchdown for Tomlinson and John Conner combined with a receiving touchdown for Holmes proved to be the difference in this game. Turnovers from the Bills’ offence kept them out of the game until the 4th quarter.

Seattle @ Dallas
Classic Dallas, lose one week, win the next. Winning 23-13 over the Seahawks, Dallas improved to 4-4 whilst the ‘Hawks dropped to 2-6. Good running from Murray, as well as two touchdown passes from Romo, helped Dallas easily win this game. Three interceptions from Tavaris Jackson overshadowed the good performance by Marshawn Lynch (135 rushing yards on 23 attempts, 1 touchdown).

Cleveland @ Houston
Still playing without Andre Johnson and still winning, the Texans ran out as comfortable winners over the Browns with a 30-12 victory. Foster and Ben Tate both rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown each. With a 6-3 record the Texans look set to win the AFC South.


Atlanta @ Indianapolis
On his return from injury, Julio Jones had a career day with 131 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. The 31-7 victory for the Falcons is their third straight win on their way to a 5-3 record; the Colts still remain on course for the number one draft pick.

Miami @ Kansas City
Miami finally got their first win of the season with a 31-3 blowout victory over the Chiefs. Matt Moore and Brandon Marshall linked up for 8 receptions, 106 yards and 1 touchdown. In the weak AFC West, it’s games like this that the Chiefs need to win if they want to return to the playoffs.

Tampa Bay @ New Orleans
Once again the Buccaneers only decided to turn up in the 4th quarter, scoring their first touchdown with 5 and a half minutes remaining. Drew Brees passed for 2 touchdowns, with Pierre Thomas rushing in the Saints 3rd touchdown to settle a 27-16 victory. 

San Fran @ Washington
The 49ers are now 7-1, with a 19-11 victory over the Redskins. Four David Akers’ field goals and an Alex Smith passing touchdown were the differentiating factors in what some would consider a boring match up. Three turnovers by the Redskins offence didn’t exactly help the team’s chances of winning.

Denver @ Oakland
Well, well, well…Denver deciding to play a zone read/inverted veer offence and look at the results! A 38-24 victory for the Broncos over the Raiders with Tim Tebow rushing for 118 yards and Willis McGahee for 163 and 2 touchdowns. Tim Tebow also passed for 2 more touchdowns. A game back from the division lead, the Broncos still have an outside shot at making the playoffs.

Cincinnati @ Tennessee
Marvin Lewis is once again on course for another coach of the year award, currently sitting 6-2 in the AFC North after a 24-17 victory over Tennessee. Down 17-7 the Bengals scored 17 unanswered points with Dalton passing for 3 TD’s in the win. A plus side for the Titans is the fact it looks like Chris Johnson may be starting to find the same form we are used to seeing.
St.Louis @ Arizona
In the battle of the 1-6 teams it would end up being the Cardinals who came out on top with 19-13 victory in overtime. A respectable performance from backup quarterback John Skelton (222 yards, 1 TD, 0 interceptions) kept the Cards in the game throughout. It would end up being Patrick Peterson who would but the team on his back and return a 99 yard punt for the victory.

NYG @ New England
Once again Eli is backing up the claim that he’s an elite quarterback with a game winning drive which brought back memories of superbowl 42, a 0-0 game until the 3rd quarter when both teams’ offences exploded into life and made this game interesting. Leading 20-17 with 1.36 remaining, the Patriots had to rely on their shaky defence to hold onto the victory. Unfortunately the opposing teams QB managed to pass over the defence once again, resulting with the game winning touchdown to Jake Ballard. Giants win 24-20.

Green Bay @ San Diego
What a game! Philip Rivers decided to throw touchdowns for both the Chargers and the Packers. Rodgers was once again dominating, throwing for 4 touchdowns and only 5 incompletions on the day. Two pick 6’s by Rivers and another interception on the final drive turned out to be the difference makers in this 45-38 shootout victory for Green Bay.

Baltimore @ Pittsburgh
Joe Flacco finally proved he can lead the Ravens to a game winning drive over the Steelers. A touchdown pass to Torrey Smith gave the Ravens a 23-20 victory to complete their first sweep over the Steelers since 2006. This victory for the Ravens has resulted with two teams atop the AFC North with 6-2 records and the Steelers sitting half a game back with a 6-3 record.

Chicago @ Philadelphia
Once again the Eagles blew a fourth quarter lead, this time losing 30-24. Behind the running ability of Matt Forte (133 yards off 24 attempts) and two touchdown passes from Jay Cutler, the Bears now find themselves 5-3 and currently one a three game winning streak. The Eagles now sitting at 3-5 will need to win out if they wish to make the playoffs again this season.

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