Week 11 Recaps (November 22, 2010)
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THE NFL WEEK 11 REPORT
MAN, OH, MANNING AS ELI & PEYTON
BOTH LOSE ON THE SAME DAY FOR THE FIRST TIME
THIS 2010 SEASON AS WE RE-CAP
GIANTS-EAGLES AND COLTS-PATS ...
THE MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW'S HERE:
CAN THE BRONCOS BUST THE SUDDENLY-HOT BOLTS? ...
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT EXAMINES SOME
OF THE WEEKEND'S BIGGEST LOSERS
Maybe you thought yesterday was pretty typical in this here-and-now NFL:
After all, the New York Jets' the league's Cardiac Kids for 2010 won again in ultra-dramatic fashion and Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings lost again.
And Tennessee Titans' crybaby quarterback Vince Young had yet another hissy fit' no wonder worn-out head coach Jeff Fisher has had enough of him!
No, the NFL Week 11 card on this pre-Thanksgiving Week was anything but normal as our Jim Sez headline suggests.
We looked it up and it's true: The New York Giants (6-4) and the Indianapolis Colts (also 6-4) had not lost on the same calendar day this year and yet both Giants' QB Eli Manning and Colts' QB Peyton Manning got dunked in critical road games and' we might add' they really only have themselves to blame.
Okay, so we'll delve into those NFL Week 11 recaps in a moment along with all else gridiron but first a reminder that Jim Hurley's Annual Turkey Shoot arrives this week and it's all yours for some really special prices: The Turkey Shoot runs from Thursday-thru-Sunday and you can either sign up for one day's worth of action for $50 or get all Four Days for only $125. You're right ... that's a couple of great deals.
NFL WEEK 11 KEY SUNDAY RECAPS
PHILADELPHIA 27, NEW YORK GIANTS 17
No doubt the world was watching last night to see the latest/greatest stuff that Eagles QB Michael Vick could perform but here's the cold/hard facts here: Vick was hardly superhuman here despite the 'W' as he completed 24-of-38 passes for 258 yards with 0 TDs and 0 INTs and he rushed for just 34 yards on 11 carries although his break-the-ice four-yard scoring run in the first quarter did get the Birds off to a neat start.
The problem for Vick is that the Giants' defense figured him out sooner rather than later: As NBC analyst (and major blabbermouth) Chris Collinsworth kept pointing out, the G-men wanted lefthander Vick to exit the pocket to his right and tuck it and run. No question Giants' first-year defensive coordinator Perry Fewell noticed what Collinsworth did and that when Vick goes to his left he looks to air it out and when he rolls right he runs' simple as that.
Meanwhile, Vick could have been helped more by his mates as sure-handed WR Jason Avant dropped an easy touchdown pass and WR Jeremy Maclin mangled a couple of balls thrown his way or else this could have been a 17- or 20-point Philly lead heading into the final quarter. Instead, the Eagles sported just a 16-10 advantage while entering the fourth quarter and then the Giants stole the momentum (and the lead) before giving it back.
The aforementioned Eli Manning committed a cardinal sin when not sliding on a key fourth-down run that would have given NYG a first down' a real waste of a coach's challenge by Tom Coughlin who could have utilized that timeout very late' and the Jints kept shooting themselves in the foot as they've done all year long with fumbles and INTs and bad punts all major problems. When do they ever get fixed, Coach Coughlin?
NEW ENGLAND 31, INDIANAPOLIS 28
While little bro' Eli was fumbling on his crash/thud to the turf in Philly last night, big brother Peyton was busy beating himself up for that horrendous INT on the Patriots' 6-yard line with just 31 seconds left in the game.
The Colts' to be sure' really didn't deserve to have a shot to win here as they trailed 31-14 following a 25-yard FG by New England kicker Shayne Graham with 10:23 left in the final quarter but Indy held the course and scored two touchdowns' both strikes from Manning to WR Blair White' and were driving late with a shot to either tie or win the game.
Okay, so it's not the first time the elder Manning has self-imploded at crunch time in Foxboro as flashbacks raced through everyone's heads regarding another blown opportunity to win in New England but the fact that the four-time league MVP decided to take such a risk with pass rush pressure bearing down from his right side showed that even the great ones panic at times.
Meanwhile, if Indianapolis wishes to indict anyone else on its roster for this loss, than look at a secondary that never did reign in New England WR Deion Branch (see seven catches for 70 yards and some huge first downs) and no-name RB Danny Woodhead whose 36-yard scoring run in the third quarter probably was the single most exciting play in this game' and then the former Jets special teamer made the tackle on the ensuing kickoff.
Finally, we'd like to know why Manning and WR Pierre Garcon (5 catches for 62 yards) have so much problem 'getting on the same page' these days as this wasn't the first time this duo mis-communicated routes this year ... what's up with that, fellas?
COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
As everyone knows, the top three teams in the BCS Standings all were idle last weekend as #1 Oregon, #2 Auburn and #3 TCU all sat tight and watched everyone buck headgear but there were some real 'losers' out there and not everything had to do with final scores.
Let's zip 'round the land and give you three loser items:
WRIGLEY FIELD FIASCO
Memo to the geniuses who thought this to be some great historic event to have college football played at ancient Wrigley Field with the Big 10 showdown between Illinois and Northwestern: You're all a bunch of idiots!
Maybe the kids on the field had some fun especially Illini RB Mikel Leshoure who finished the game with a school-record 330 yards rushing and two TDs in a 48-27 win but having both teams run their offensive plays towards the west end zone because of safety concerns with that famed ivy-covered wall was a mockery even though all the post-game quotes from players and fans alike was that they loved the atmosphere, etc. If you've got to tinker with the game to this degree, than don't play it at this venue. 'Nuff said.
THE COLORADO FANS
Sorry that this too-little, too-late run of success figures to end with this Friday's game at heavy-duty favorite Nebraska but can you imagine what these Buffaloes might have been like had the AD canned Dan Hawkins as head coach earlier in the year (as he should have following a 3-5 start)?
Instead, Hawkins hung over long enough to be present and accounted for in the team's devastating 52-45 loss at Kansas on Nov. 6th (remember that Colorado led by 28 points in that game) and so interim head coach Brian Cabral now faces the task of beating Nebraska in Lincoln or else the Boulder kids (now 5-6) don't get to go bowling this season.
Last weekend's 44-36 win against 2-point road fav Kansas State was a real love-fest between the die-hard Buff fans and the players and RB Rodney Stewart reciprocated with a career-high 195-yard rushing game that also included a pair of touchdowns. Throw in the fact that the Buffaloes' who bested Iowa State 34-14 in Cabral's debut two weekends ago' ran the ball 44 times in this latest win and stopped fiddling around with a less-than-mediocre passing game that Hawkins never could fix with his QB son Cody a cause for much of the angst.
STANFORD, WISCONSIN, OHIO STATE & LSU
What's that, you say? All of the above-mentioned teams won this past weekend and so how come you call 'em losers (and note only LSU didn't cover the Las Vegas spread as Ohio State 'pushed' and Stanford and Wisconsin rolled)?
Well, these exceptional one-loss teams remain victims of the current system of no playoffs in college football. They can all keep on winning and some of 'em winning big from here till doomsday and it won't matter as long as Oregon and Auburn keep winning their games. The problem here is these four one-loss teams all played tougher non-league foes this season than either/both Oregon and Auburn but that matters little now and so go ahead and roll up high scores and lopsided wins and it matters little in the general scheme of things.
The one-loss team that really hit rock-bottom this weekend was Nebraska and don't think head coach Bo Pelini isn't still fuming after his Cornhuskers were flagged 16 times for 145 yards while the host Aggies were penalized just two times for a grand total of 10 yards in that 6-3 Texas A&M victory.
No wonder ABC/ESPN broadcaster Brent Musberger had a tinge of sarcasm when late in the game he claimed Texas &M had 'earned' this one ... whatcha getting at, Brent?
NOTE: Catch our Jim Sez Mid-Week Update next as we get you the latest Heisman Trophy Report plus lots more including Thanksgiving Day Previews from the NFL and College Football!
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