The long weekend of NFL action brought with it plenty of upsets. Perhaps, none bigger than the Dallas Cowboys ruining the New Orleans Saints bid for a perfect season.
The long weekend of NFL action brought with it plenty of upsets. Perhaps, none bigger than the Dallas Cowboys ruining the New Orleans Saints bid for a perfect season. The Cowboys went into hostile territory on Saturday and dominated the unbeaten Saints from start to finish. Dallas was able to keep New Orleans’ potent offense off the field by dominating time of possession 36:36 to 23:34.
Quarterback Tony Romo outperformed MVP candidate Drew Brees by completing 22 of 34 passes for 312 yards and a touchdown. But perhaps the biggest impact player was the Cowboys‘ DeMarcus Ware who recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles one week after a neck injury caused him to lie motionless for 10 minutes before being carted of the field in a neck brace.
The Cowboys control their own destiny and still have tough games remaining on their schedule, at Washington and home against division leading Philadelphia Eagles.
JaMarcus Russell leads Raiders past Broncos
It took three quarterbacks, but the Oakland Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos for the second year in a row at Invesco Field at Mile High. JaMarcus Russell, who came in for injured quarterback Charlie Frye, marched the Raiders down the field on a 10-play, 62-yard drive that was capped off with 10-yard touchdown pass to receiver Chaz Schilens with 39 seconds remaining. But the Broncos biggest failure was on defense where they allowed the Raiders to outgain them on the ground 241 yards to 80.
The Broncos still hold a wild-card spot in the playoffs but they have been very inconsistent the past eight weeks, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans are all just a game behind the Broncos in playoff standings.
Steelers end skid, keep playoff hope alive
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers were two teams headed in opposite directions when they met Sunday. The Steelers were losers of their last five with losses to the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns and Raiders. The Packers on the other hand were winners of five-straight and arguably the hottest team in the NFC behind only the Saints. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might have saved the Steelers’ season when he connected with receiver Mike Wallace for a 19-yard touchdown on a desperation throw as time expired.
The Steelers are barely hanging on in the playoff hunt but can help themselves with wins over the Baltimore Ravens and Dolphins in the next two weeks. The Steelers won the Super Bowl in 2006 as the sixth seed in the AFC.
The NFL doesn’t have a heart
Shame on the NFL for not allowing Cincinnati Bengal receiver Chad Ochocinco to honor fallen team mate Chris Henry by wearing his jersey. Ochocinco originally planned to wear Henry’s jersey to honor him during Sunday’s Game but the NFL refused to waive any fines Ochocinco would have incurred for violating the NFL’s uniform policy and also prevented the NFLPA from paying his fines. Ochocinco chose not to wear Henry’s because he didn’t want to be a distraction to his team. The NFL has been known as the “no fun league” for years, but the NFL needs to have a heart especially with issues like this.
Kudos to the Broncos’ Brandon Marshall who wore Chris Henry’s name plate in pregame warm-ups.
La Junta (Colo.) Tribune-Democrat