ATLANTA, November 12, 2013 — The only NFL team ever to go unbeaten and untied was the 1972 Dolphins. The 1976-77 Buccaneers started 0-26 and the 2008 Lions went 0-16. Despite the 2013 Jaguars and Buccaneers starting 0-8, both teams this week dishonored the legacy of the orange creamsicle Buccaneers of the 1970s, as well as the 2008 Lions. Now they are just 1-8 teams that will remain forgettable. Their lack of respect for history and tradition will be felt by someone, somewhere. Seven more wins would make both teams 8-8. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning is still on fire. Who does he think he is, Nick Foles? Here is the NFL 2013 Week 10 Wrapup.
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings was the Thursday night game. RGIII threw three touchdown passes in the first half as Washington built a 27-14 third quarter lead. Yet Christian Ponder brought the Vikings back. Ponder hit John Carlson for a 28-yard touchdown and ran for 14 yards down to the goal line to set up a one-yard Adrian Peterson run as the Vikings led 28-27 after three quarters. Ponder was injured on his scramble as Matt Cassel replaced Ponder for the fourth quarter and led Minnesota to a pair of Blair Walsh field goals.
Down by seven with 3 1/2 minutes to play, RGIII led Washington one final time after a touchback all the way to the Minnesota four yard line with 38 seconds left in regulation. Facing second and goal, RGIII threw three straight incomplete passes as the inspired goal line stand dropped Washington to 3-6, giving Minnesota just their second win of the year. 34-27 Vikings
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons—Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals and Russell Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Kearse on a flea flicker as Seattle led 26-3 after barely more than one half of football. The Seahawks got to 9-1 by getting revenge on the team that eliminated them from the playoffs last year. As for Atlanta, the loss to Seattle all but eliminated them from the playoffs this year. 33-10 Seahawks
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens—Baltimore led 17-0 at halftime, 17-3 after three quarters, and 17-10 with two seconds to play. All they had to do was defend the Hail Mary. Andy Dalton threw the 51-yard prayer and it was batted in the air at the five yard line, batted again at the goal line and answered in the end zone by A.J. Green to send the game into overtime. On fourth and two from the Baltimore 33 in overtime, Marvin Lewis went for it rather than try a 51-yard field goal. A pass play was blown up for an 11-yard loss. Baltimore moved from their 44 to the Cincy 28. With 5 1/2 minutes left in overtime, Tucker nailed the 46-yard field goal as Baltimore avoided a collapse and possibly saved their season. 20-17 Ravens, OT
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears—With 2 1/2 minutes left, the Lions faced third and ten at the Chicago 14 while clinging to a one point lead. Matthew Stafford found Megatron Calvin Johnson for the touchdown as Detroit led 21-13. Jay Cutler returned from injury, but with 2:17 to play and the ball at the Chicago 26, and despite playing the whole game, Cutler was not in. Backup quarterback Josh McCown led the Bears down the field. On third and six from the Detroit 11 with 47 seconds left, McCown hit Brandon Marshall for the touchdown. Matt Forte got the carry for the tying two point conversion and did not get in. The onside kick failed as the Lions moved into the NFC North lead. 21-19 Lions
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers—Aaron Rodgers is injured, Seneca Wallace was knocked out of the game, and the Packers were down to third string quarterback Scott Tolzien. Michael Vick is injured, but Nick Foles may render that moot. One week after tying the NFL record with seven touchdown passes, Foles added three more. He went bombs away for 55 yards to Desean Jackson and to Riley Cooper for scores of 45 and 32 yards. Then Foles played ball control and killed the final 9 1/2 minutes of the clock. 27-13 Eagles
St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts—This was expected to be a blowout, but the results were a stunner as the Rams blasted the Colts from the outset and scored in all three phases of the game. Chris Long returned a fumble 45 yards for one touchdown. A 35-yard pass from Kellen Clemens to Givens set up another touchdown. Tavon Austin returned a punt 98 yards for a score and caught 57 and 81-yard touchdown passes from Clemens. The Colts finally got a garbage touchdown long after the shellshocked crowd saw what hit them. 38-8 Rams
Oakland Raiders at New York Giants—Both of these offenses tried to give the game away. The Giants fumbled the opening kickoff right into the arms of the Raiders at the Giants five yard line. After Oakland scored, the Giants blocked a punt for a touchdown to tie it. A Giants fumble led to a Raiders field goal. Eli Manning threw an interception that Tracy Porter returned for a 43-yard touchdown and a 17-14 Raiders lead at the half.
Terrell Pryor led Oakland to the one yard line in the third quarter, but the Raiders settled for a field goal. Then on the verge of making it a two score game, Pryor threw an interception that was returned 65 yards to the Oakland five to let the Giants lead 21-20 entering the fourth quarter. The Giants kicked a field goal but the blunders continued. The Raiders partially blocked a punt, but failed to capitalize. Pryor was then sacked and fumbled with 3 1/2 minutes left as the Giants ran out the clock. 24-20 Giants
Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers—E.J. Manuel returned for the Bills, but had a tough day. Ben Roethlisberger moved the Steelers 86 yards late in the half as a five-yard touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery had Pittsburgh up 10-3 at halftime. In the third quarter Le’Veon Bell ran it in from the four and Shawn Suisham added a pair of fourth quarter field goals to put the game out of reach. Buffalo got a garbage touchdown, but Pittsburgh got the ugly but efficient win. 23-10 Steelers
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans—Chris Johnson fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and the Jaguars took over at the Houston 15. Maurice Jones-Drew ran it in from six yards out as the winless Jaguars built a 20-7 third quarter lead. Trailing 20-13, offensive holding in the end zone against the Titans provided a critical safety. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Jake Locker and led the Titans 72 yards and ran for the four-yard touchdown to get the Titans within 22-20 with 4:20 to play. Tennessee got it back and faced third and nine from their 30. Fitzpatrick was sacked and fumbled. Will Blackmon returned it 21 yards for a touchdown as the Jaguars led 29-20 with 2 1/2 minutes to play.
Fitzpatrick rapidly moved the Titans 82 yards and hit Walker for the 14-yard touchdown to get the Titans back within two points with only 44 seconds remaining. The onside kick failed as Tennessee lost at home in a shocker. The losing has stopped. The jokes have stopped. The Jaguars are not the 1976 Buccaneers, 2008 Lions, or even the 2013 Buccaneers. With one win, they are now no longer the worst NFL team in Florida. Any Given Sunday lives on. As uber-announcer Chris Berman reminds us, “That’s why they play the games.” 29-27 Jaguars
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers—The defenses ruled on this day. Three field goals by Phil Dawson had the 49ers up 9-0 in the second quarter. Deangelo Williams broke off a 27-yard touchdown run as the Panthers trailed 9-7 at halftime. The second half was a brutal slog. With ten minutes left in regulation Graham Gano leveled a 53-yard field goal to give Carolina the lead. The 49ers last chance came at their own 20 with 1:10 to play. Kaepernick was sacked and then intercepted as the Panthers snapped the 49ers five game winning streak. 10-9 Panthers
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals—Gary Kubiak thankfully is recuperating. His team, however, is not. On the first play from scrimmage, Case Keenum was sacked and he fumbled, and Shaughnessy returned it six yards for the Arizona touchdown. Midway through the fourth quarter Carson Palmer hit Roberts for a 19-yard touchdown to make it 27-17 Cardinals. Arizona got it back at their own five with five minutes left looking to put the game away. Rashaard Mendenhall fumbled and J.J. Watt recovered for Houston. Keenum hit Johnson for the score as Houston was back within a field goal. Houston had one final shot from their own 16 with 2:06 to play and zero timeouts. With 90 seconds left Houston faced fourth and three from their 35. Keenum threw incomplete as Arizona survived. 27-24 Cardinals
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers—John Fox was recovering from heart surgery while Peyton Manning continues to give opposing defenses heartburn. Manning threw four touchdown passes of 74, 11, 34, and seven yards as Denver built a 28-6 third quarter lead. Philip Rivers rallied the Chargers to within one score, but Manning had a couple key completions in the final 3 1/2 minutes as Denver ran out the clock. Manning briefly had his ankle rolled on, but he was fine. The players decided not to tell Coach Fox for fear of giving him more heart problems. 28-20 Broncos
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints was the Sunday night game. Drew Brees was a lights out 26 of 30 including 19 straight completions for 252 yards and three touchdowns. That was only the first half. A 22-yard touchdown to Marques Colston and a one-yarder to Pierre Thomas had the Saints up 14-10. Yet Darren Sproles broke the game wide open with a three-yard touchdown run with 90 seconds left in the half and a 28-yard touchdown reception with only five seconds left for the back-breaker as New Orleans led 28-10. One week after throwing 54 passes and running nine times, Tony Romo was 3 of 9 for 20 yards at halftime.
The Saints continued the offensive onslaught in the second half as Brees went bombs away to Kenny Stills for a 52-yard touchdown and Mark Ingram ran wild. The Saints set an NFL record with 40 first downs and racked up 626 yards of offense. Brees finished 34 of 41 for 392 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. 49-17 Saints.
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the Monday night game. The Dolphins are under siege due to the bullying scandal involving Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. The Buccaneers are under siege for being a terrible franchise that wishes it could go incognito. On the night, the Bucs added Warren Sapp to the team Ring of Honor, the Buccaneers actually resembled the 2002 Bucs early on. Buc Ball, in its heyday, was ugly offense and stifling defense, and on this night Buc Ball put the Buccaneers up 15-0 in the second quarter.
Yet soon enough, they resembled the 1976-1977 Bucs, or their second cousin 2013 Bucs. Ryan Tannehill threw a pair of touchdown passes to Ryan Matthews as Miami took advantage of a three short fields set up by Buc bumbling to lead 19-15 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Rainey broke off a 35-yard run and then scored from one yard out to put the Bucs up 22-19 with 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation. With Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, and John Lynch watching, consecutive sacks and an interception of Tannehill ended Miami’s final threat and finally got the Pirates of Pewter Pants in the win column. 22-19 Buccaneers
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