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WEEK 11 RECAP
Green Bay 23 New York (A) 0 51 10-20
The NY Jets hosted the Green Bay Packers, and were they ever hospitable!
The HOME team, did not get the home field advantage, the Jets fumbled 5 times, and threw
one interception. What a great group of guys.
Big Ben was 17-29 for 178 yards and 2 TDs. Ben Watson caught 5 passes, 2 of which were TDs.
For the Jets Mike Parlady punted 6 times putting 3 inside the 20, and averaged 50.3 yards per kick.
He continues to be the Jet's MVP!!
Next week Green Bay hosts Chicago, and the Jets visit Tampa Bay. My guess is the Jet players will
have their golf clubs with them, making it a business trip.
Detroit 20 Buffalo 28 42 10-20
After three the Bills led 28-7 when Cody Kessler and Michael Thomas got hot to make a comeback only to fall short 28-20 in Buffalo.
Thomas caught 12 balls for 169 yards and 2 TDS while Kessler had his best game of the year passing for 233 yards 3 TDS.
The Bills once again were led by Antonio Brown catching 12 for 195 and 2 TDS. Alex Smithpassed for 334 and 3 TDS along with 1 pick.
The BiIlls move to 7-4 while the Lions fall to 6-5. Detroit heads to Minneaplois next while Buffalo heads to New York to play the Jets.
Cincinnati 38 Oakland 16 65 5-15
Melvin Gordon ran for 110 yards and a score as the Bengals down the Raiders 38-16. But the big story was the return of Aaron Rodgers to the Cincinnati huddle. Rodgers was a little rusty but finished 15 of 24 for 141 yards, 2 TDs, and an INT. He also rushed for 54 yards and a score. The Bengals rushed for 218 yards, good for a 5.1 average. Oakland suffered a bad break when rookie star running back Alvin Kamara was knocked out of the game early in the third quarter. The Raiders were forced to pass more with the Bengals playing the pass more as Matt Stafford completed 17 of 31 passes for 216 yards with a TD and an INT. Jermaine Kearse was his top target hauling in 7 passes for 91 yards.
Next week Cincinnati host Jacksonville in a AFC Central match-up while the Raiders travel to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers in an AFC West contest.
Houston 17 Tennessee 24 59 0-10
Tennessee builds a 10-0 lead in the first 25 minutes of the game. Houston's offense finally comes alive as Kirk Cousins puts together a 14 play 75 yard drive finished off by a 19 yard TD pass to Chris Godwin in the last minute of the half. Tennessee 10 - Houston 7.
The Titans own the 3rd quarter with two drives finished off by Matt Ryan TD passes to DeAndre Hopkins and Kyle Rudolph. Houston's offense is in neutral until with 9 minutes left in the game. Then they take over on their 4 yard line and march 96 yards scoring on an 8 yard run by Cousins. However the drive consumed 8:13 of the clock so there were only 24 seconds left in the game. The onside kick is successful and Houston kicks a field goal with 4 seconds left in the game. Final score is Tennessee 24 - Houston 17.
An odd stat is that Houston outgained Tennessee 282 to 261 yards. The only problem was that the Texans accumulated 171 of those yards on the two drives at the end of the half and the end of the game. Matt Ryan finished with a 116 QB rating thanks to 3 TD passes.
Arizona 7 Carolina 38 65 0-5
Two teams looking for answers clash in Carolina. Arizona unfortunately comes up on the short end of the sticks as AJ McCarron throws 3 interceptions and is sacked 6 times.
Carolina lead 21-7 at the half behind a solid run game. Breida did give Arizona hope with a 97 yard kick return for a TD which made the score 14 -7 Carolina. Arizona was unable to stop the Carolina rushing game though as the Panthers finish with a season high 283 yards on the ground lead by Abdullah with 101 yard performance. Johnson was solid in limited caries for Arizona averaging 5.3 yard per tote.
Los Angeles (A) 25 Jacksonville 14 75 10-20 Rain
Trailing 14-7 at the half, the Chargers score the final 18 points for the comeback win. Tyrod Taylor throws for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns for Los Angeles.
Tampa Bay 3 Miami 52 87 0-5 Light Rain
Tampa Bay rested key players and Miami just keeps rolling as the Fins roll up 505 yards to 151 for the Bucs.Final was 52-3 Fins.
Goff throws for 251 and 4 TDS with Baldwin catching 11 for 115 and 3 TDS, Ingram ran for 155 and a TD and the
Fins D kept the Bucs in check. Dolphins move to 11-0 while Bucs fall to 7-4. Tampa Bay heads to Indy next week while the Dolphins will head to Foxboro to play the Pats.
Denver 6 Baltimore 27 45 10-20
Baltimore grounded the high scoring Broncos offense with a swarming defense and a ball-control offense en route to a solid 27-6 victory at home, despite the Broncos being 4 point favorites on the road. Thanks to Patriot Kevin for filling in for Doug. He beat Ken by just 12 minutes.
Le'Veon Bell was named the game's MVP with 153 total yards - 99 on 20 carries and another 54 on 4 catches. Buck Allen (5/33) and Alex Collins (7/25) helped the Ravens rushing attack amass 157 yards on 37 attempts. Eli Manning was about as good as Eli will ever be - 20/31/178/2 TDs and no INTs. Adam Thielen caught a 17-yard TD pass (his fourth) to culminate the opening drive of the game for the Ravens. TE Jared Cook caught a 12-yard TD strike early in the 4th to give the Ravens some breathing room, 20-6. RB Alex Collins capped a 16-play (12 runs), 79-yard drive with a 4-yard TD plunge that took 8:30 off the clock in the 4th quarter and sucked the life right out of the Broncos.
Denver, who came into the game having scored 30+ points in 5 of their 10 games, couldn't cross the goal line versus the stingy Raven D. All their scoring came from the leg of Justin Tucker - FGs of 37 and 30 yards, both in the 2nd quarter. Blake Bortles wasn't bad...well, maybe he was...12-for-22, 136 yards with just 1 INT (S Keanu Neal notched his first pick). Break-away threats Kareem Hunt (16/59 on the ground and 2/25 through the air) and WR Tyreek Hill (4/84) just couldn't get on track and didn't have much of a supporting cast.
Denver's Luke Kuechly (12 tackles) and Carlos Dunlap (7 tackles, 1 hurry) did everything they could to keep it close, but in the end, the Ravens just wore them down. Oddly, there were no sacks for either team in this game.
Denver (8-3) remains tied atop the AFC West with Oakland (8-3), who lost to AFC Central leading Cincinnati (10-1), while the Ravens (6-5) remain tied with Tennessee (6-5) as both hunt for a WC spot. Next week, Denver hosts 6-4 Kansas City and Baltimore hosts 3-7 Pittsburgh.
Los Angeles (N) 19 Washington 13 42 0-10
The Rams win a rematch of last years NFC Championship game 19-13. Too call it a defensive struggle would be an understatement. The two teams combined for 4 interceptions and 13 punts.
Just a little preview of the exciting first half:
Washington will travel to Houston next week while the Rams will head to Tennessee.
Philadelphia 3 New Orleans 20 70
Philly would march into town with their 8-2 record to face the 9-1 Saints and their #1 ranked defense. The Saints would take the opening kickoff and efficiently take the ball right down the field which ended with a Flacco to Sheppard 14 yard TD strike. 7-0 New Orleans. Philly would then get the ball and after a great kick return would start from their own 41. They would then drive to the Saints 34 where Butker would hammer a 52 yard FG- 7-3 Saints. Both teams defenses would step up as they exchanged punts the rest of the quarter. The 2nd quarter was more of the same until about the half way mark. The Saints would face a 3rd and 1 from their own 30. Coach Rice anticipated a full out run defense and threw the bomb. Flacco completed a 70 yard TD to Dez Bryant for his 11th TD of the season(he better catch them all this season). Saints 14-3. The teams would exchange punts to finish the half. Philly would start the 2nd half deep in their own territory and be forced to punt. New Orleans would start at their own 46 and drive to the Eagles 26 befor McManus would nail a FG. Saints 17-3. Philly would get the ball but be forced to punt again. This time they pinned the Saints deep. The Saints not wanting to get conservative would throw and pay for it. Flacco threw a pick to McLeod. But the Saints D would come up with the stop and force another Butker FG. Butker's kick would sail wide left and that seemed to take the air out of the Eagles sail. The rest of the game was a lot of ball control by the Saints and would add one more FG for the 20-3 win. The Saints D was the MVP of the game holding the Eagles to 140 yards total offense. Flacco had 216 yards passing and 2 TD's with Dez catching for 129 yards and a touch. The Eagles had to start Nick Foles for the injured Winston and will face the 7-3 Cowboys next week. The Saints take a 2 game lead for #1 seed and will take on the 6-4 Falcons at home.
Kansas City 24 Pittsburgh 27 48 0-10
Tom Brady throws three TD passes, two of which were to Gronk as the Steelers hold off a Chief fourth quarter rally.
New England 3 Chicago 30 34 0-10
The Patriots were unable to move the ball effectively against the Chicago defense, while the Bears offense was efficient. Chicago outgained New England 371-96 and produced 20 first downs vs. 4 for the visitors. Mariota was 23/30/282 and 3 TDs, all to Demaryius Thomas.
Chicago 30 New England 3
Next week New England hosts Miami and Chicago travels to Green Bay.
New York (N) 35 San Francisco 38 67 0-10
With the Giants and the Niners meeting in week 11 with 1 and 2 wins respectively, no one could guess that this would be a shootout between
two young QBs. Giants Carson Wentz threw for 402 yards and 3 TDs while SF's Mitch Trubiskey scored all five 49er TDs, throwing for 3 TDs and
running for 2 others, gaining over 80 yards on 5 carries. Juwan Howard broke out of a season long slump with 26 carries for 141 yards.
Dallas 33 Atlanta 31 68
Cam Newton was having a good game, with 217 yards and 3 TDs (1 rushing) but coach Steve still pulled him at half time with a 19-14 lead.
Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Tyrell Williams on a 67 yard TD pass on his 3rd play to extend the lead to 26-14. Rivers quickly got the lead for Falcons with 2 TD passes, separated by a successful onside kick.
Chandler Catanzaro extended the lead to 31-26 with a 34 yard FG with 3:07 left. On the Cowboys next drive, they turned it over on downs on their own 30 yard line with 1:38 left. Rivers then kneeled down 3 times, with the Cowboys calling their last two timeouts after the first two and the Falcons after the 3rd. That set up a wind aided 50 yard FG attempt for Catanzaro. With 0:47 left, DePaola snapped the ball, Donnie Jones caught the ball, spinned it and set it up perfectly for Catanzaro's attempt. He kicked it long enough but the wind blew it just wide.
After the missed FG, Dallas took over at their own 40, down 31-26, with 0:44 left, no timeouts and needing a TD to win. After an incomplete pass, Fitzpatrick hit LeSean McCoy on a button and go and he broke free for 44 yards down to the Falcons 11 yard line with 0:26 seconds left. After a Fitzpatrick spike, the Cowboys had 0:10 and most likely one play left to win. Fitzpatrick drops back and goes through one read then another and another, while dodging the Falcons pass rush. On his 4th read, he found Lewis open over the middle and hit him in the end zone for the game winning TD, as the clock hit 0:00.
With the win, the Cowboys go to 8-3 while the Falcons fall to 6-5.
Minnesota 22 Indianapolis 30 69
Indianapolis, IND (IFL.com) – High price free agent Case Keenum threw for 279 yards and 1 TD on 34-25 passes to help improve the Colts record to 7-3-1 over the Minnesota Vikings 5-6.
Minnesota came into the game with the number 2 scoring offense (29.3 per game) in IFL which was a major concern of Head Coach Ken Griffith, “after the butt beating we got last week, a 45-21 thrashing by Buffalo, we knew this was going to be tough, Drew Brees and Marshawn Lynch,…concern, a major concern.” Brees threw 5 touchdowns last week in a win over New England and Lynch ran for 116. Both stars were held in check by the Colts D. Lynch managed only 57 yards on 16 carries and Brees had a better day, tossing 2 TD and finishing with 256 yards, however the Colts were able to sack him 3 times. The defense was the star of today’s game forcing 2 key fumbles, one of which was a 13 yard “scoop and score” of a Brees sack and fumble early in the first quarter which put the Colts ahead 14-0, and they never looked back. On the play Brees faded back to pass from his own 17 when he was HIT and stripped by Cameron Wake (DE) his 7th sack of the year, and linebacker Telvin Smith scoops it up and scores.
Early in the 4th quarter Minnesota would close the scoring gap to 22-27 on an 11 play 78 yard drive that finish with a Brees to wideout Dontrelle Inman 3 yard TD pass, his 2nd of the day and 5th in the last 3 games, he finished with 6 catches for 73 yards and 2 TD. Indianapolis would answer that score with a 6:34 minute 14 play 73 yard drive which ended with a Stephen Hauschka 22 yard FG. With 1:39 left in the game Colts leading 30-22, starting from their own 25 Minnesota had one more chance to tie the score but would turn the ball over on downs, final 30-22 Colts.
Tampa Bay Bucs 7-3 @ Indianapolis Colts (7-3-1)
Detroit Lions (6-4) @ Minnesota Viking (5-6)
Ingram,M(Mia) 24-155 1 TD
Howard,J(SF) 26-141 – IFL Offensive Player of the Week
Gordon,M(Cin) 20-110 1 TD
Abdullah(Car) 19-101 1 TD
Brown,A(Buf) 12-195 2 TD
Thomas,M(Det) 12-169 2 TD
Baldwin,D(Mia) 11-115 3 TD
Thomas,De(Chi) 8- 88 3 TD
Wentz(NYG) 34-26-407 3 TD 1 Int
Smith,A(Buf) 33-26-334 3 TD 1 Int
Goff(Mia) 26-20-251 4 TD
Joseph(GB) 5 Tck, 2 Sacks, 2 FF – IFL Defensive Player of the Week
Succop(LAR) 4-4 FG
Cooper,P(Chi) 1-1 Kick Ret 9-136 Punt Ret – IFL Special Teams Player of the Week
WEEK 11 IFL STANDINGS