Houston 20, Cincinnati 19
Rookie quarterback T.J. Yates drove the Texans down the field at the end of the fourth quarter, and with 2 seconds left, he threw a touchdown which gave his team the win and sent the franchise to the playoffs for the first time ever. Houston is in a relatively weak division this year, but major injuries have made people question how they might fare the rest of the season. A win like this will go a long way toward boosting their confidence.
Chicago 10, Denver 13
Well, Tim Tebow and the Broncos aren’t only making a habit out of winning, they’re making a habit out of winning in the most dramatic fashion possible. Kicker Matt Prater was the star of the game as his 59-yarder sent the game into overtime, and his 51-yarder gave his team the victory. The Broncos have now won 7 of 8 since Tebow became a starter, and interesting QB decisions are going to have to be made in the mile-high city when this offseason comes around.
San Francisco 19, Arizona 21
On Arizona’s third play from scrimmage, QB Kevin Kolb took a blow to the head and had to leave the game. Backup quarterback John Skelton took his place and actually ended up having a decent day throwing for 282 yards and three touchdowns. Even though he accounted for three turnovers, he did his job well enough to help his team to victory. The Cardinals started off the season a dreadful 1-6, but have now won 5 of 6 and are almost back at .500. Also, during the game, Larry Fitzgerald passed the 1,000 yard mark for the 6th time in his NFL career.
NY Giants 37, Dallas 34
In a game that went back and forth all night, the Giants ended up grabbing the win, and the Cowboys still have yet to beat their hated rivals in Cowboys Stadium. Tony Romo had a terrific night throwing for 319 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions, but the Dallas defense was porous giving up 510 yards, 400 of which came from Eli Manning’s arm. Jerry Jones couldn’t even swallow this loss as he refused to talk to the media for the first time all season. Excluding the Philadelphia game, the Cowboys’ losses have been by 3, 4, 4, 6, and 3 points. Both the Giants and Cowboys have problems, but now the season ending game in the Meadowlands might determine who is going to the playoffs.
Monday Night Football:
St. Louis vs. Seattle – 7:30 p.m. CT
In the second straight MNF game between two teams below .500, this match-up has little significance for the end of the NFL season. However, there is a lot at stake for one Seattle Seahawk – Tarvaris Jackson. Seattle picked up the 28-year-old this offseason in hopes that he might blossom when he is put on a team where he isn’t constantly being thrown in and out of the starting lineup because of Brett Favre’s ability to constantly get injured. However, as I suspected, Jackson has shown an inability to lead his squad. Completing drives with touchdowns hasn’t happened that often for the 6-year-veteran, and he has also been prone to interceptions. (Jackson has thrown 12 picks compared to only 10 touchdowns.) Unless he changes his act quickly in these last few games of the regular season, the Seahawks will most likely call Charlie Whitehurst’s number or search for another starting quarterback next season. The Rams have had an even worse season – only picking up two wins so far – but should have an asterisk by their record. A team filled with hype prior to this NFL season has had the injury bug all year and just can’t seem to get any type of rhythm going with the constant injuries. Two men, specifically, have unavoidably hurt the team’s chemistry because of their injuries: Stephen Jackson and Sam Bradford. When one of the best running backs in the league – Jackson – has to be taken out of an offensive game plan, struggles are bound to occur. Bradford missing games due to injury obviously brings tribulations since he led this team back to an 8-8 record last year with his stellar play. This will be the second week in a row where Bradford and Jackson finally get to play on the field at the same time. However, the other Jackson will be getting the victory in this game. The Seahawks had a huge Thursday Night Football win over the Eagles two weeks ago, and Marshawn Lynch pounded the ground for 148 yards along with two touchdowns. Momentum will be a huge contributor to a Seattle win tonight as Lynch will carry (literally and figuratively) this team to a victory. Pick: Seahawks.
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