NFL Week 10 open thread

posted at 10:30 am on November 14, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Tonight, the Pittsburgh Steelers can put themselves firmly in first place in their division and at the top of their conference by beating the New England Patriots at home in Heinz Field.  In order to do that, they’ll have to hand the Pats their first back-to-back loss in a few years by playing tough defense and starting to get into their offensive rhythm earlier in the game.  Ben Roethlisberger is finally getting out of what would be pre-season form and hitting his timing routes better, as well as keeping control of the ball.  The wild card in this game will be whether Big Ben can get the Steelers out to a big enough lead by the fourth quarter to withstand the late-game fade that seems to be afflicting Pittsburgh this year; they’ve given up half of all their points in the fourth quarter.  I’ll pick the Steelers to stay tough at home and take advantage of the loss by the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, prevailing 28-19 over New England.

Last week, I got back in winning form, going 4-2, and moving my season record up to 31-24.  Can I keep the streak going?

  • Cowboys at Giants – After one of the most embarrassing defeats by any team ever last week, Dallas fired Wade Phillips, which at this point was an act of mercy.  His team had obviously quit on him, and Jerry Jones had no other choice.  Unfortunately for the ‘Boys, the Jason Garrett era starts with a red-hot New York Giants team playing at home.  They can’t even hope that the Giants are looking past them, since this is an archrivalry, and the Giants are undoubtedly looking to put an exclamation point on the woes of Dallas.  Garrett had better have given some reps to whomever is Jon Kitna’s backup.  Giants over Cowboys, 35-14.
  • Titans at Dolphins – The Dolphins haven’t won a game at home, and Tennessee is 3-1 on the road.  On the other hand, Miami is changing QBs to go back to Chad Pennington, while the Titans are absorbing Randy Moss while deciding on their own QB situation.  Miami has been competitive all year and needs a breakout game to generate some sort of identity, but they’re probably not going to get it against the Titan running game and Tennessee’s defense.  Titans win this one 24-21.
  • Vikings at Bears – The Bears are barely hanging on with Jay Cutler and a weak O-line, and Minnesota finally got its pass rush working last week against the Cardinals.  Even though the Vikes haven’t won a game on the road yet, they’re somehow favored on the ESPN listing.  Brett Favre had his best game all season last week at home, and staged his most dramatic comeback since the game in which he replaced an injured Don Majkowski for Green Bay and started his inexorable Hall of Fame march.  If the Vikings play an entire game like their last quarter and overtime period, they should beat the Bears, 27-17.
  • Lions at Bills – The two cellar-dwellers might match up for a pretty good game.  The Bills haven’t won yet this season, but they’ve taken a couple of winning teams into overtime, and they’re playing tough.  The Lions are also still hungry, and improving.  Detroit hasn’t won a road game, though, and if the Bills are going to win one this year, they’d better start against the Lions.  I’ll pick the Bills to win it, 19-14.
  • Eagles at Redskins – This is the Pass the Popcorn Bowl.  The Eagles let Donovan McNabb go in the offseason, and McNabb had hoped to use his perch at divisional rival Washington to make them sorry.  Now he finds himself embroiled in another QB controversy after Mike Shanahan pulled him for Rex The Wonder Dog Grossman in the final drive of the game last week — and then couldn’t get his stories straight about why.  If the Eagles win it, they can keep pace with the Giants, and almost ensure that McNabb has to buy a new HDTV for the playoffs this year.  Eagles are too tough for the confused Redskins and will win, 31-23.
  • Jets at Browns – Once again, I invoke the Jazz Shaw Paranoia Rule and have no opinion on this game whatsoever.  But please, will everyone who has Twitter send a message to @JazzShaw and tell him I picked the Jets to win?

Note: The front-page image comes from ESPN’s Page 2, which re-imagined team logos at the midseason.  The one for the Dallas Cowboys is probably the best, although the Panthers’ hairball and Denver’s My Little Bronco are good runners-up.


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Go Steelers!!!

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Go Steelers! Love the pic, Ed!!!

ladyingray on November 14, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Way to go out on a limb with that Giants pick. Hard week and trying to give yourself a gimme?

sammypants on November 14, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Way to go out on a limb with that Giants pick. Hard week and trying to give yourself a gimme?

sammypants on November 14, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Damn straight! ;-) I also wanted to comment about the last Cowboys game, and figured I should just do it in the form of a pick.

Ed Morrissey on November 14, 2010 at 10:46 AM

The one for the Dallas Cowboys is probably the best, although the Panthers’ hairball and Denver’s My Little Bronco are good runners-up.

Those were awesome!

ladyingray on November 14, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Very rare for Bill Belichik to lose two games in a row, but he’ll definitely have his work cut out for him tonight. He may have to “cheat” more than usual to win this one.

As for the early games, the Saints are off this week, so I am looking forward to following the epic battle between Detroit and Buffalo.

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2010 at 10:47 AM

I just want you to know that before the Redskins lose 31 to 23 to the Eagles, that they will lead the entire game. With four minutes left on the clock they will go into action and screw up in every possible way.

Cindy Munford on November 14, 2010 at 10:48 AM

He may have to “cheat” more than usual to win this one.

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2010 at 10:47 AM

You were not even prodded today. Must be getting sensitive.

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2010 at 10:52 AM

This weeks game is just the beginning of the end for Garrett as well. I give it 80-20 that Garret calls the same play three consecutive times on the Cowboys first drive.

At home against the Cowboys? I love my ‘Boys, but the Giants are gonna kill ‘em.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

catmman on November 14, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Texans at Jacksonville

Both teams have awful defenses and potentially good offenses.Best performing offense wins. The winner may or may not make the playoffs, but the loser won’t and the losing coach probably won’t return next year. J-ville 35–30 over my Texans tho’ I hope it’s the other way around.

cartooner on November 14, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Oh, and that front page graphic is funny. :)

catmman on November 14, 2010 at 11:00 AM

cindy, you are right. the skins will intercept for TDs, run back punts for TDs & score TDs from draw plays. however, they will leave the field in the last 4-5 minutes & let any high school team whip their *ss. I don’t get it.

kelley in virginia on November 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I really wish the Plowboys (America’s Dogs) had kept Coach Fudd around another week just so my boys could hang 50 on him.

JammieWearingFool on November 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM

kelley in virginia on November 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM

And it doesn’t seem to matter who the players or coaches are. SOS, every year. When George Allen would keep Bill Kilmer in the game and let the opposition build a big lead, he would put Sonny in at the end of the fourth. Folk lore has it that Sonny would say “Do you want me to tie it up or win it outright?” Someone new better develop a sense of humor, it’s all we have left.

Cindy Munford on November 14, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Big Blue Wrecking Crew will make Jerry Jones cry, if he still had tear ducts

Daveyardbird on November 14, 2010 at 11:11 AM

I really wish the Plowboys (America’s Dogs) had kept Coach Fudd around another week just so my boys could hang 50 on him.

JammieWearingFool on November 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM

From what I have heard “Coach Fudd” actually is a good man and I do not wish ill on him. As for the Cowboys put 80 on them.

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2010 at 11:16 AM

LOL I love the hair!

upinak on November 14, 2010 at 11:18 AM

i don’t understand the new Kansas City logo. Anyone?

sammypants on November 14, 2010 at 11:19 AM

The Steelers win championships when Troy plays(see the past two Super Bowl yeaars). When he has been injured not so much. This year Troy has been less than stellar. With the upcoming schedule including tonight’s tough game he needs to turn it up a notch.

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2010 at 11:21 AM

i don’t understand the new Kansas City logo. Anyone?

I think it’s a Matt Cassel reference, but that one was a stretch for me too.

Ed Morrissey on November 14, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Ben Roethlisberger is finally getting out of what would be pre-season form and hitting his timing routes better, as well as keeping control of the ball.

Are you kidding me? The Bengals almost beat them…that is not good! Finally, Big Ben is ‘keeping control’ of something in his life.

HellCat on November 14, 2010 at 11:28 AM

It would appear that opposing teams ought not enter Wisconsin, considering what happened to the Cowboys in Green Bay last week and what happened to the Indiana Hooisers in Madison yesterday. My cheesehead brethren seem a smidge hostile.

Mr. D on November 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM

don’t understand the new Kansas City logo. Anyone?

sammypants on November 14, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Cassell(QB), Scott Pioli(GM), Charlie Weiss(OC), Romeo Crennel(DC), all ex Patriots

BallisticBob on November 14, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I’m rooting for the Cards to beat the Seahawks this week and my Niners to beat the Rams. This would put us one game closer to the division lead. How’s that for optimism?

Rovin on November 14, 2010 at 11:51 AM

My cheesehead brethren seem a smidge hostile.

Mr. D on November 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM

:)

As a Packer fan, do I root for the Vikings (and put the Bears a game back) or the Bears (because I don’t like the number 4), or pray for a 2-2 tie?

pablo5108 on November 14, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Patriots put up 42 against squealers.

Wade on November 14, 2010 at 12:12 PM

pablo, i face the same dilemma about Giants v. Cowboys. As a Skins fan, I should root for the Cowboys so the Giants stay within reach.

kelley in virginia on November 14, 2010 at 12:17 PM

I’ll be the stick in the mud here. I don’t like the hair down the back. If it can’t be tucked under the helmet, it should be available to grab for slamming the player to the ground. They fine guys for not have their socks pulled up or shirts tucked in, but the hair can cover their back numbers?

Hey, you kids get off my lawn!!

TugboatPhil on November 14, 2010 at 12:46 PM

This one’s gonna be good!!

The cheatriots vs. the stealers. It’ll be interesting to watch the bought-off politicking refs having choose between their boyfriends ken doll brady and rothlisbugger. Either way, looks the local sports bar is gonna be the only real winner tonight.

abobo on November 14, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Here’s my predictions for Week 10. There are some tough ones to call, but what the hey.

Cincinnati at Indianapolis

With a loss to the Eagles last weekend, the Colts’ winning streak came to an end. The Bengals suffered yet another loss to the Steelers, and it looks like this week will chalk up another digit in the L column for them. IND – 28 CIN – 14

New York Jets at Cleveland

This looks like a very interesting match-up. The Brown’s record does not do them justice as of late. They gave the Steelers a big run for their money last weekend, and the Jets really didn’t show up until the 4th quarter and only beat the Lions in over time. The Jets had better bring their game with them to Cleveland, or their luck may just run out on Sunday. I’m going to do Jets fan Jazz Shaw, a favor and pick the Browns in an upset. CLE – 24 NYJ – 22 in a nail biter. ( I hope this makes you happy, Jazz LOL)

Minnesota at Chicago

The Bears will grab a share of first place in the NFC North with a win Sunday, but standing in their way is a Vikings team that may be playing with renewed confidence after a possibly season-saving win last weekend. However, I’m not going to call an upset for the Vikings, considering this is a home field advantage for the Bears, and 70 year old Brett Favre, although having a good 2nd half last week, will revert to his tired and injured self again on Sunday. CHI – 27 MIN – 18

Tennessee at Miami

The Titans are coming off a bye week and should be tanned, rested and ready for the Dolphins on Sunday, although it is doubtful that Kenny Britt will return to the lineup following a hamstring injury 2 weeks ago against the Chargers. The Titans also have a plus and minus in their lineup in the name of Randy Moss. If he can behave in the locker room and play up to his potential, he could be an asset to the Titans, but I expect he’ll be the jerk we all know and hate from his Patriot and Viking days. The Dolphins took a whooping from the Ravens last week, and looked horrible. This game is Tennessee’s to lose. TN – 32 MIA – 14

Houston at Jacksonville

The Jaguars are coming off a bye week after big win over the hapless Cowboys, but they really are not playing up to the level I think they are capable of. The Texans started out strong, but have not played well lately. Jacksonville (4-4) has endured two straight losing seasons and Houston (4-4) has yet to make the playoffs in its first eight. It’s always difficult to contend in the South, which has been won by Indianapolis six times in the last seven years. This is a tough game to call, so I’m tossing a coin and calling it for the Texans. HOU – 24 JAX – 17

Detroit at Buffalo

If you are tempted to call this Loser Bowl Week 10, think again. The Bills are playing far better than their winless record shows, and the Lions have been playing good ball as well, and will be a power to be reckoned with next year. The Lions, who also dropped 24 straight on the road from Sept. 9, 2001-Dec. 21, 2003, have lost three of their four road games this year by eight points or fewer. The Bills (0-8) keep playing close games, losing each of their last three by three points, but remain the NFL’s only winless team. The 2008 Lions are the only team to finish a 16-game season without a victory. I’m predicting that the Bills will finally add one to the W column, and home field advantage will play a big part. BUF – 24 DET – 21 that may be won in overtime.

Carolina at Tampa Bay

Easy call. TB – 32 CAR – 10 *Yawn*

Kansas City at Denver

The Chiefs are hoping last week’s performance was just an aberration. The Broncos wish they had only one poor effort to bounce back from. The Chiefs look to keep sole possession of the AFC West lead on Sunday when they face a slumping Broncos team coming off a bye week and trying to win its first divisional game at Invesco Field under coach Josh McDaniels. I’m going with the Chiefs KC – 34 DEN – 17

St. Louis at San Francisco

Tied for first and coming off a bye, the Rams go for their first division road win in three years Sunday when they face the 49ers. Neither team impresses me, especially the 2-6 49ers. I’m putting this one in the “who cares” category, but calling it for the Rams STL – 20 SF – 17

Dallas at New York Giants

I don’t know where to start. The Giants are playing like a Super Bowl bound team lately, and Jerry Jones’ self proclaimed “America’s Team” is like a rudderless ship without a captain. They have no coach, no quarterback and no chance. NYG – 42 DAL – 7

Seattle at Arizona

The Seahawks had their collective asses handed to them by the Giants last Sunday, and the Cardinals are coming off an OT loss against the mediocre Vikings last Sunday. Both teams are coming off a losing streak, but it will end for the Seahawks this week. SEA – 24 ARIZ – 13

New England at Pittsburgh

Sunday night’s game is one not to be missed. Both teams are 6-2 and both have had some tough wins. The Patriots have dropped consecutive games twice in the past eight seasons, a rut they’ll be anxious to avoid matching in Sunday night’s showdown at Heinz Field between a pair of Super Bowl hopefuls. The Patriots will be looking to rebound again Sunday after a performance that left both coach and quarterback searching for answers. New England turned the ball over three times and held the ball for less than 22 minutes in a 34-14 defeat at Cleveland last Sunday that ended its run as the NFL’s lone one-loss team. This would be too close to call, except my extreme dislike for the Patriots makes this one easy. PIT – 27 NE – 21 (You are welcome, Ed Morrissey)

Finally there is Monday night’s game:

Philadelphia at Washington

Last time these teams met, The Redskins had a stunning victory against the Eagles. Don’t look for it this weekend. Michael Vick led the Eagles to a stunning surprising win over the Colts last week, while the Redskins, who are coming off a bye week, got trounced by the Lions, and McNabb got sidelined towards the end of the game. PHL – 34 WASH – 24

Well, those are my predictions, what are yours?

simkeith on November 14, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Go Jints!

Fuquay Steve on November 14, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Go Steelers!

And as a person living in Cleveland without DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket, I’m actually somewhat interested in watching the Browns play the Jets today. It’s the first time since I’ve lived here that I am mildly interested in a Browns game.

myrenovations on November 14, 2010 at 12:51 PM

This one’s gonna be good!!

The cheatriots vs. the stealers. It’ll be interesting to watch the bought-off politicking refs having choose between their boyfriends ken doll brady and rothlisbugger. Either way, looks the local sports bar is gonna be the only real winner tonight.

abobo on November 14, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Another ignorant hater. What a surprise!/

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/NFL-admits-officials-blew-calls-in-Steelers-game.html

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/steelers/2008-11-17-score-mistake_N.htm

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Did someone kidnap Bishop?

Cindy Munford on November 14, 2010 at 1:27 PM

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2010 at 10:52 AM

No, I put the word in question in quotes, because that’s exactly where it belongs. Only bitter Jets and Steelers fans still worry about that nonsense. Those of us in the real world recognize New England as one of the most respected (and most valuable) sports franchises on the planet (last year the team was in the top 5).

So, how about those Cleveland Brownies? My man Colt McCoy from Hobbs New Mexico is at QB today. Cleveland is already winning, 10-3.

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Dateline 2099….Cowboys reach SuperBowl after Jerry Jone’s talking-head-in-a-jar is accidently dropped in 2098.

Limerick on November 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Did someone kidnap Bishop?

Cindy Munford on November 14, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Remember that story of the unknown missle off L.A. last week?

Limerick on November 14, 2010 at 1:51 PM

DelDolePineappleGuy-

You brought it up . It wasn’t a Steelers or Jets fan so yeh you look pretty childish right now. Who said?
“still worry about that nonsense. ” Yeh it was you.

Too funny.

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Oh and were is the Who Dey guy? For some reason he has been missing for several weeks. Hmmmm.

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Waiting for Steelers, Mr. PPF in jersey attire tonight. Got Sarah on DVR, and we were having so much fun with those logos. Mr. PPF explained to me most of them, except Cowboys and Browns.

My 9-yo son: OOOHHH, THE DEAATTHH STAARRR!!!!!Mr. PPF: The blown-up Death Star!

ProudPalinFan on November 14, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Go Cubbies!
Hey, I’m just get started early-besides, football is BOOOOORIIIIING!
*ducks and runs*

annoyinglittletwerp on November 14, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Yep, those Brownies are for real!

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Congrats to Buffalo on their first win. Nothing like getting that skunk out of the box.

Rovin on November 14, 2010 at 4:49 PM

J! E! T! S! JETS JETS JETS!!!!!!!

These OT games are driving me crazy, but hey…the outcome is beautiful!

JetBoy on November 14, 2010 at 5:29 PM

If the Vikings play an entire game like their last quarter and overtime period, they should beat the Bears, 27-17.

hahahahahahahaha…take deep breath… hahahahahahahahaa. Sorry Ed but the happless Viqueens are through.

Go BEARS!

jbh45 on November 14, 2010 at 5:36 PM

The Giants v. Cowboys has been interesting.

forest on November 14, 2010 at 6:00 PM

The lights at the new Meadowlands stadium just went out!
Gov. Christie ain’t messin’ around.

Firmworm on November 14, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Howie Long’s son is killing us!

That and a dozen stupid penalties

Rovin on November 14, 2010 at 6:58 PM

I’m a fair weather Cowboy’s fan. The Magic 8 Ball says: try again next week fellas. I’m weeping in my Roger Staubach / Troy Aikman Wheaties.
Yellowdog12 on November 7, 2010 at 2:54 PM

My Magic 8 Ball R.U.L.E.S.!

Yellowdog12 on November 14, 2010 at 7:59 PM

GAH!!!! Retro uniforms!

ladyingray on November 14, 2010 at 8:40 PM

D-D-D-Dallas.

Dallas Cowboy’s.

Shaken their finger…

In news today,
Dallas Cowboys owner
Jerry Jones
accepts the SuperBowl XLV trophy
from Commisioner
Roger Goodell.

For the first time in
NFL history
a team that started 1-7
in their first 8 games, came back to win
every remaining game of the regular season,
finishing at 9-7.

Newly named Head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to a
multi-year contract that guarantees his helm
postion through 2015.

The shock began In N(ew)Y Meadowlands where the

hapless (up to then) 1-7
Romo-less Cowboys beat Manning’s
blue shirts 33-20 in a game quarterback Greg Kitna would describe later
as – strange.

Meeeting and beating the Chicago Bears
in the Wild Card game by 41-7,
oddsmakers took a bath.

Following thier upset win against the Eagles,
Dallas was poised to take the NFC Championship away
from New Orleans in a close game.

This marks Dallas’ 6th Superbowl victory against 3
losses, tying the win record of the Pittsburg Steelers.

[Can't stop a guy from dreaming]

OkieDoc on November 14, 2010 at 8:41 PM

I do think New England came to play.

It’s remarkable that the Cowboys played stupidity-free for the most part. Just confirms Wade had to go.

I’m not a NY Giants hater, but they sure looked foolish today. Whupped by the Cowboys? New stadium not working? FAIL!

WannabeAnglican on November 14, 2010 at 8:51 PM

[Can't stop a guy from dreaming]

OkieDoc on November 14, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Well that’s what it is!

ladyingray on November 14, 2010 at 8:55 PM

ladyingray on November 14, 2010 at 8:55 PM

My alterate close was-
[Don't Stop Believin] LOL

OkieDoc on November 14, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Newly named Head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to a
multi-year contract that guarantees his helm
postion through 2015.

How many times was Billy Martin fired?

Rovin on November 14, 2010 at 9:07 PM

OkieDoc on November 14, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Heh. I like that too!

ladyingray on November 14, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Troy Smith, (former Heisman Trophy Winner), 17/28, 356 yards, 1 TD, 0-INT’s, and a passer rating of 116.7, and Mike Singletary can’t commit to starting the kid next week???

Oh, and two weeks ago, in defeating Denver in London, 12/19, 186 yds, 1 TD and still no INT’s, passer rating 115.2

The 49ers have a serious coaching problem.

(As an aside, Sam Bradford, (also a HT Winner) has a bright future in the NFL……the kid’s got great field presence and he’s hard to bring down.)

Rovin on November 14, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Not a Cowboys fan by trade, but Jason Garrett’s a great choice. He started as a QB with the Saints.

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Not the Steelers’ night.

Karma – for that lousy PI call.

Best part is, instead of acting like an Serie A forward ballerina, the reciever could have caught the ball.

I expected a good game from the Pats, since they were obviously thinking about the Steelers last week, too.

reaganaut on November 14, 2010 at 10:51 PM

I actually thought that PI call was a good one. . . . But I am enjoying watching the Steelers and their fans suffer nonetheless. :)

WannabeAnglican on November 14, 2010 at 10:56 PM

I actually thought that PI call was a good one

I guess they had to make it, technically. I just thought it was pretty sad how the reciever threw his hands up as soon as there was contact, looking for the call, when he could have easily made the catch anyway.

reaganaut on November 14, 2010 at 11:23 PM

I actually thought that PI call was a good one. . . . But I am enjoying watching the Steelers and their fans suffer nonetheless. :)

WannabeAnglican on November 14, 2010 at 10:56 PM

+1. Big Ben’s getting his clock cleaned!

scrubbiedude on November 14, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Nice win, New England…

Had to be the “throw backs”…

;-(

Khun Joe on November 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Another Day At The Office for the Patriots…

(ducks and runs for cover)

Del Dolemonte on November 15, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Steelers are gonna lose next week too.

The Notorious G.O.P on November 15, 2010 at 12:07 AM

Del Dolemonte on November 15, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Pats looked very good tonight!

Dire Straits on November 15, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Rovin on November 14, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Oohhhhhh, Howie Long!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on November 15, 2010 at 1:29 AM

:) You’re too funny Cindy

Rovin on November 15, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Happy to watch the Colts and Bears both win. I have to admit that ESPN’s rework of the Colt’s team logo surely seems appropriate right now. Lord, I hope they can get healthy soon.
The Bear’s QB shows us he’s got a terrific arm. He just needs a terrific brain to go with it. On that, he’s improving, but will it be fast enough? Yes, he threw that touchdown to Olsen in triple coverage and got away with it. Too often he doesn’t. It was fun to watch them kick some aging Viking arse. Now, will Favre finally get the message and pack his bags for the old quarterback’s home?
Something like 21 of their 26 turnovers are on him so far this year in picks and fumbles lost. WTF??

Extrafishy on November 15, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Well, Pats won…AWESOME!

I’m amused by various “analytical” comments I see on the internet (including here). A number of people really do not seem to understand the game.

For anyone thinking penalties decided this game, why didn’t the Pats lose?

Pats had 10/113 and Steelers had 6/45. Not only more penalties, but the average yards per penalty was larger as well.

Pats converted on their first drive. Steelers did not. Big Ben threw 1 INT (returned for TD). Brady did not. Otherwise, the stats are virtually IDENTICAL. Go to NFL.com and look for yourself.

Sure, some may argue certain penalties were technicalities (and I tend to agree, as I think this game’s become flag football), but those are the rules. Play within them & suck it up. Learn to overcome if you want to win.

PIT committed 2 penalties during returns that added insult to injury (by adding to NE’s field position):
55-S.Sylvester, Ineligible Downfield Kick, 5 yards, enforced at NE 37
23-K.Lewis, Player Out of Bounds on Punt, 5 yards, enforced at NE 44

However, PIT did not help themselves in their inability to convert a significant penalty by NE into a TD (settled for a FG):

31-B.Meriweather, Defensive Pass Interference, 38 yards, enforced at NE 46

So just how did the Pats win?

This game came down to 2 variables, especially when each team’s stats are so identical:

1. Red Zone & Goal to Go Efficiency

Pats are notorious for defense in the end zone. Yardage by opposing teams is worthless if they can’t score. Pats were 60% in RZ & 100% in G2G…Steelers 40% & 50%, respectively.

2. Protection of the QB

Big Ben was sacked 5 times, Brady 0 times. If your QB has just been knocked in the dirt, how do you expect to progress down the field?

The outcome of the game is dependent upon the totality of play, not any one factor. It’s ALL important.

Miss_Anthrope on November 15, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Very nice hat trick, as Al Michaels put it, by Gronkowski.

Christien on November 15, 2010 at 12:01 PM