THE NFL STORY: WEEK # 7
So it was a good thing that Obamacare passed. I checked, and it
covers concussions. So, the half of the NFL currently on the injured
list is covered.
PITTSBURGH (5-1) 23
Miami (3-3) 22
THE STATS: Pittsburgh defense: gives up 22 points, most all season.
THE STORY: The "other team" in Miami not generating quite as much excitement.
Cincinnati (2-4) 32
ATLANTA (5-2) 39
THE STATS: Atlanta WR Roddy White 11-201-2 TD.
THE STORY: Cincinnati last year: Division winner. Cincinnati this
year: high draft pick.
Jacksonville (3-4) 20
KANSAS CITY (4-2) 42
THE STATS: Kansas City QB Matt Cassell 144.0 passer rating on just
THE STORY: After David Garrad's concussion, Jacksonville handed the
QB duties to journeyman Todd Bouman (18-34-222-2-2 TD), who last
played in the NFL in 2005. That's 5 years ago. I don't know if
that's some kind of record, but it must be close.
Philadelphia (4-3) 19
TENNESSEE (5-2) 37
THE STATS: Tennessee WR Kenny Britt 7-225-3 TDs.
THE STORY: Tennessee outscores Philadelphia 27-3 in 4th
quarter. Actually, it took Tennessee only 13:26 to score 27
points. At that rate, they would score 121 points over a full
game. Even Nebraska doesn't score that much.
WASHINGTON (4-3) 17
Chicago (4-3) 14
THE STATS: Chicago 6 turnovers.
THE STORY: Incredibly, Chicago turned the ball over 6 of the 7 times
they had the ball in the 2nd half. The other time was a punt.
CLEVELAND (2-5) 30
New Orleans (4-3) 17
THE STATS: Cleveland QB Colt McCoy 9-16-74-0-0, 68.2 rating in first NFL win.
THE STORY: New Orleans had more first downs (25 to 12), more yards
gained (394 to 210), far more TOP (35:34 to 24:26), but lost due to
more turnovers (4 to 0).
Buffalo (0-6) 34
BALTIMORE (5-2) 37
THE STATS: Buffalo loses in spite of 506 yards offense, to 364 for Baltimore.
THE STORY: Buffalo fumbled the ball. In overtime. On their own 41
yard line. And committed a 16 yard penalty after the recovery. 5
plays later, Baltimore kicked the game winning field goal. You can't
make up stuff like this about Buffalo.
San Francisco(1-6) 20
CAROLINA (1-5) 23
THE STATS: Carolina 10 points in final 2 minutes.
THE STORY: Things I never knew: That the performance of the area's
football team (49ers) is inversely proportional to the success of the
baseball team (Giants). See also: Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers.
St. Louis (3-4) 17
TAMPA BAY (4-2) 18
THE STATS: Tampa Bay kicker Connor Barth 4-4 FG (24,39,53,38).
THE STORY: Tampa Bay already surpasses last year's win total of 3.
Arizona (3-3) 10
SEATTLE (4-2) 22
THE STATS: Arizona only 2-13 on 3rd and 4th down conversions.
THE STORY: Seattle's opponents only 15-26 (.366) on the season, but
last two weeks Seahawks defeated the then-division leader (Chicago, Arizona).
NEW ENGLAND (5-1) 23
San Diego (2-5) 20
THE STATS: New England just 179 yards in offense to 363.
THE STORY: AFC West currently a complete inverse of last year's
division finish (San Diego, Denver, Oakland, Kansas City).
OAKLAND (3-4) 59
Denver (2-5) 14
THE STATS: Oakland RB Darren McFadden 16-165-3 TD, 2-31-1 TD receiving.
THE STORY: Oakland scares me. No, not because they scored 59
points, but because they are owned by Al Davis.
Minnesota (2-4) 24
GREEN BAY (4-3) 28
THE STATS: Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers 21-34-295-2-2TD, 84.8 rating.
THE STORY: Minnesota QB Brett Favre 16-29-212-3-1 TD, 50.4 rating in
his last game at Lambeau Field. Or at least, we hope it is.
NY GIANTS (5-2) 41
Dallas (1-5) 35
THE STATS: New York offense: 200 yards rushing (5.4 avg) to Dallas'
41 yards (3.2 avg).
THE STORY: Mr. Jones will see you now about that job opening, Mr. Cowher.