Week 9 NFL Recap - Monday Night Preview

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 NFL WEEK 9 RECAPS

NEW YORK JETS 23, DETROIT 20 (OT) - No question that the J-E-T-S are not gonna win any awards for style points in recent weeks but this overtime triumph may hold special meaning for Rex Ryan's club when all's said and done this year.

Why?

Well, start with the fact that the Jets once trailed this game 20-10 with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter and yet managed to turn the beat around faster than you can say Weeb Ewbank. The Jets didn't blink even after a slew of miscues that included utilizing a pair of third-quarter timeouts on defense because of personnel package issues on the goal line plus there was a lost fumble by WR Braylon Edwards, some 99 yards in penalties (many on silly late-hit fouls) and don't forget a sluggish 1-of-4 rate in the red-zone area.

As it turned out, the biggest play of this game was when Jets' DL Trevor Pryce roughed PK Jason Hanson following a short made field goal -- the Lions accepted the penalty and scored a touchdown but Hanson was unable to attempt the PAT and rookie DL Ndamukong Suh stepped to the fore and clanged the point-after off the right goal post.

What ... the punter couldn't have tried the PAT there, coach Jim Schwartz?

Meanwhile, what we are all learning this year is that every NFL team out there is taking their proverbial "best shot" at the Jets on a week-to-week basis and this AFC East squad isn't always totally prepared to handle it. Maybe Ryan and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer have gotten too caught up on where they're gonna stash their Super Bowl rings.

Note the Jets have not come out of the starting gate quickly in any of their last four games but the fact that they have won three of 'em (versus Minnesota, Denver and Detroit) may be camouflaging a bigger problem.


MINNESOTA 27, ARIZONA 24 (OT)
- Just call the Vikings the NFL's "drama queens" because just about everything that happens with this NFC North club is attention-grabbing stuff.

Like who really thought the Vikes would need overtime on a day the visiting Cardinals needed a ouija board to tell 'em who would start at quarterback - and who ever would have guessed this to be the day Minnesota QB Brett Favre (talk about drama!) would throw for a career-high 446 yards while leading his dead-one-week, alive-the-next team back from a 14-point deficit with less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter?

Favre directed the 51-yard scoring drive in OT capped by good buddy Ryan Longwell's 35-yard game-winning FG and from amidst the rubble of a sometimes loud "Fire (Brad) Childress" chant came Minnesota's biggest win of the season to date although this 3-5 club is hardly printing playoff tickets as we speak.

One piece of advice for the Vikings and their still-beleaguered head coach: Don't allow any cameras into the post-game locker room because Childress came off that little Fox-TV post-game piece as a real dope!

    
OAKLAND 23, KANSAS CITY 20 (OT) - The theme is consistent here on two ends ... overtime winners and OT winners who had to come back from double-digit deficits. Welcome to the final part of this trifecta as the Oakland Raiders (5-4) - go ahead and say this slowly - have a winning record this late in the season for the first time since 2002 and everyone knows the silver-and-black went to the Super Bowl that year.

The Raiders - 2010 style - know they must crawl before they walk but this key divisional win sends the AFC West crew into their bye week with a real glow after PK Sebastian Janikowski banged home a 33-yard OT field goal that soon followed a QB Jason Campbell-to-WR Jacoby Ford 47-yard pass play.

Folks, that's really the underlying theme here: The Raiders went vertical for some big gainers on this afternoon (Campbell-to-Ford also accounted for a nifty 29-yard gain in the closing moments of regulation that help to set up a 41-yard Janikowski field goal).

Maybe owner Al Davis has lived long enough to see his club's passing game come around as Campbell threw for 229 yards with only one pick and - get this - the Raiders won despite committing 13 penalties and three turnovers.

Commitment to excellence? Maybe not but at least Raider Nation has a pulse and that hasn't always been the case the past few Novembers/Decembers.

On Sunday Night, it was ...
    
GREEN BAY 45, DALLAS 7
- Nope, this one didn't come close to any overtime period but it was the exclamation point on this dreadful season for the now 1-7 Cowboys who - as of very late last night - had not fired head coach Wade Phillips even though that's the only make-sense thing owner Jerry Jones can do at this stage of the campaign.

The 'Boys have had the dirt shoveled on 'em for weeks now - it all didn't just begin the moment QB Tony Romo went down with that busted collarbone two weeks ago, you know - but lost amidst this storyline is that a defense that returned 10 starters from last year's NFC Divisional Playoff team has gone belly-up in 2010 and one stat to chuck your way here is that Green Bay averaged 5.8 yards per offensive play here and you might have seen for yourself that Dallas defenders never tackled a player right away. We must have counted two dozen missed tackles in the first half alone and then we had to turn away in horror!


COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S WEEKEND ROUNDUP

The College Football BCS big-wigs have spoken and the TCU Horned Frogs are now #3 (with a "bullet") in this week's standings.

Surprised?

Well, you shouldn't be unless you actually think 10-and-oh TCU should be even higher - Oregon is #1 and Auburn is #2 - following that take-no-prisoners 47-7 win at Utah last Saturday afternoon. Folks, this just wasn't merely a case of one powerhouse team dominating another powerhouse team but it was a case of putting a personal stamp on the season and letting everyone from coast-to-coast know that this is the best TCU team in modern-day history and very likely the best non-BCS team we've seen since the whole silly system began years ago.

The Boise State team that went 13-0 and beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl that year was ultra-special but we don't think that team could beat this TCU team that plays ferocious defense (now held its last six opponents to 7 points or less and a per-game yield of 3.8 points) and can score with the best of 'em.

In Saturday's lopsided win that quickly silenced Utah's "Blackout" crowd there was TCU quarterback Andy Dalton zinging the ball for a career-best 355 passing yards with three TDs as Utah defensive end Christian Cox summed it all up: "We got killed."

Now take a look ahead at what's left for TCU and you'll note a home game this week against four-TD dog San Diego State and a road game at weakling New Mexico: Okay, so the all-important strength of schedule won't get boosted for the Horned Frogs but while Gary Patterson's club likely is raking in big wins it's quite possible the likes of Oregon, Auburn and/or LSU could well be losing. Gut feel right here and right now: You will see TCU in this year's BCS Championship Game.

A couple of College Football Weekend quick-hitters here ...Have the folks at Florida State ever heard the words "wide right" before?

Okay, so have a sense of humor, Seminoles fans, but it was tough watching kicker Dustin Hopkins miss a pair of fourth-quarter FGs including a 40-yarder with just 7 seconds left in the 37-35 loss to 11-point underdog North Carolina ...

No doubt the wildest game of the weekend happened in Lawrence where host Kansas rallied back from 45-17 fourth-quarter deficit to bop Colorado 52-45. The Jayhawks not only scored 35 points in the final frame on the game's final five TDs but did so with a relative unknown at quarterback as Quinn Mecham completed 23-of-28 passes for 252 yards with two TDs. Say bye-bye, Buffs boss Dan Hawkins!
     

     NOTE: Catch our Jim Sez Mid-Week Update next!

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