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Cam Newton and Jameis Winston both had career days last Sunday. But their stat-lines were pretty interesting to look at. Both QB’s have very similar playing styles including bruising runs, and rocket arms from the pocket. On Sunday, Winston’s stat line was 246 yards, 5 TD’s and 0 INTs. Newton’s stat line was 246 yards, 5 TD’s, and 0 INTs. Each TD for both QB’s went to 5 different receivers. Both QB’s play in the NFC South, and they both demolished a team from the NFC East. (Cue Twilight Zone music)
Controversy in Denver:
After one of the worst statistical games of all time, Manning missed a rare game to get healthy and Brock Osweiler got the first start of his career. He had a solid game, granted I saw him as a game manger more than anything else. Either way, he was efficient, didn’t make any mistakes, and threw 2 TD’s in their road win. Rumors are saying that Manning wants to play in 2016 no matter what, and for any team. There are rumblings that the Denver organization is wishing that Manning will kind of fade off into the sunset so they can move on without causing too much pain (remember the flack they got when they got rid of Tebow). It could lead to an interesting offseason.
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Week 10 was the week of the season so far, with a handful of extra exciting games and storylines.
Lions win in Wisconsin:
A lot was said of the Lions going up to Green Bay and winning for the first time in 26 years. Division rivals, you’d think that even one of the years that the Lions were good (Barry Sanders, their few playoff years recently, etc.) that it would have happened by accident. But this year it was nearly out of the question! The Lions were 1-7 and had just fired a lot of their coaches. The Packers were 6-2, but both losses came to undefeated teams. There were rumblings about issues on offense and the team not playing strong, but on the otherhand losing to 2 elite teams shouldn’t be cause for panic. Well they might have cause at this point. Despite the field goal fest to start, the game finished with a ton of excitement. The Packers scored to bring it within 2, and then actually recovered the onside kick! On a side note, I can only think of 1 or 2 other players I’d want recovering an onside kick other than Calvin Johnson, how he had butterfingers on that play is bizarre. They managed to get into long FG range in a couple plays, and then even more bizarre was how bad Crosby’s kick was. It didn’t looked to be blocked, he just shanked it like crazy and it fell 20 yards short.
Hard to believe, but we’re already to the halfway point of the NFL season (each team has played 8 games, some 9). We’ll look at some 2nd half predictions of course, but it has been quite the crazy season so far!
Rams at Vikings:
I had this one pegged as the matchup of the week, because the winner of the game would be put into the #6 seed of the playoffs. Also, I had the good fortune of being at the game, my 3rd NFL game of the season!!! The offenses were sluggish, but the game offered a ton of storylines and ended up being pretty intense. The Vikes took a quick 10-0 lead, but then the Rams scored a TD. Being against the wind, the Rams opted to go for 2 and missed (points and wind would definitely come into play later). We then saw Greg the Leg hit his career long 61 yard field goal with the wind at his back, which looked like it could have been good from 70. The Rams were actually up at halftime, but the Vikes came back and took the lead. Then it was the Rams turn, they missed a long FG 1:45 left, but used their timeouts to get the ball back. They drove down and kicked a 53 yard FG to take it into OT. Once again the wind came into play, and Mike Zimmer made a gutsy call to defer to take the wind. As a Rams fan, I thought this was circa Marty Morningwheg who deferred and had the other team march down and kick a game winning FG. It was especially confusing since Shaun Hill was now in, and hadn’t hardly moved the ball at all in the 4th quarter. But the Rams went 3 and out, and the Vikes were able to kick the game winning FG. Super exciting game to be at!
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There have been 2 points I feel like we’ve seen week after week this season. First, crazy comebacks. Second, teams that tie up the game with barely any time left, and then somehow getting the ball back and kicking a game winning field goal. Two games featured both instances occurring on Sunday. The Vikings were down 20-13 with less than 5 minutes in the game. After a long drive to tie the game, the Bears had 1:49 to either win the game or send it into OT. Not only did they go 3 and out, but the Bears had 2 incomplete passes which stopped the clock for the Vikings (they never had to call a timeout on this drive). Bridgewater then went 48 yards in 4 plays, 36 yard FG is good. Boom!
The second game was the high scoring slug fest between the Giants and the Saints. In the 4th Quarter, the Saints were actually up 42-28. The Giants then scored 3 unanswered TD’s in less than 8 minutes to take a 49-42 lead. Then it was the Saints turn to comeback, scoring with only 36 seconds left to tie the game at 49. Overtime, right? Wrong! In a terrible turn of events, the Giants went incomplete pass, short completion (Giants timeout), and then incomplete pass to take a whopping 16 seconds off the clock. Then in another debacle, the Giants punted and allowed a 24 yard return before the Punter mauled the guys facemask, adding an extra 15 yards. The Saints then kicked a 50 yard field goal to win the game 36 seconds after they tied the game.