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Tunnel Vision - Week 11
David Dorey
November 22, 2010
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Sunday Salutes
Quarterbacks Yards TD
Ben Roethlisberger 275P 55R 4
Peyton Manning 396 4
Drew Brees 382 4
Aaron Rodgers 301P 21R 4
Ryan Fitzpatrick 316P 11R 4
Running Backs Yards TD
Arian Foster 143 2
Maurice-Jones Drew 219 1
Fred Jackson 129 2
Peyton Hillis 143 1
Ray Rice 131 1
Wide Receivers Yards TD
Greg Jennings 152 3
Steve Johnson 137 3
Santonio Holmes 126 2
Marques Colston 113 2
Dwayne Bowe 109 2
Tight Ends Yards TD
Joel Dreessen 106 1
Marcedes Lewis 66 1
Michael Hoomanawanui 46 1
Chris Cooley 91 0
Brandon Pettigrew 75 0
Placekickers XP FG
Matt Bryant 2 4
Billy Cundiff 4 3
David Akers 1 4
Graham Gano 1 4
Olindo Mare 1 4
Defense/Special Teams TDs Sacks TOs
Browns 1 4 6
Ravens 2 3 2
Steelers 0 6 3
Buccaneers 0 6 2
Cowboys 1 3 2

Bumps, bruises and bow outs

Early Doucet (ARI) - Concussion
Austin Collie (IND) - Concussion
Colt McCoy (CLE) - Sprained ankle
Ben Watson (CLE) - Sprained ankle
Vince Young (TEN) - Career suicide
Mike Williams (SEA) - Foot injury
Vernon Davis (SF) - Ankle injury
Clinton Portis (WAS) - Reinjured groin

this is like miniature bat day only better

Lucky fans at the Titans-Redskins game were treated to a flying helmet, jersey and set of shoulder pads from the irate fingertips of Vince Young. According to HC Jeff "I'd rather not talk about it" Fisher, Young injured his finger and was told that he could not re-enter the game at which point he had a meltdown and threw "half of his uniform" into the stands which there is actually a rule about not doing.

Young spoke with Fisher and in the locker room while Fisher addressed the team, Young continued to audibly grumble and then left. Fisher told him not to walk out on his teammates and Young replied that he was walking out on Fisher. Regardless, that is some pretty cool NFL equipment that should be showing up on ebay this week and oh yes, Young may be released by the team as early as Monday. He's going on IR regardless and it has been agreed by all that he will not play another down for the Titans which is just as well since he doesn't even have the equipment anymore.

Brandon Jacobs threw his helmet into the stands. Now Young has upped that with a helmet, jersey and shoulder pads. What is next? Are we supposed to bring those big fishing nets to games?

with liberty, justice and playoffs for all

Six games left to play in the NFL season and while theoretically most teams are still in it, the reality is that the picture is getting pretty clear already. The Jets (8-2) and Pats (8-2) will battle for their division and both will be there in January. The Ravens and Steelers are both 7-3 and will battle for their division. The Jaguars and Colts are 6-4 and will battle for their division. The Chiefs are ahead in the AFC West that seems destined to lose in round one. That means one of those four teams in the AFC North and South are not going to make the playoffs. I'd guess Jacksonville but stranger things have happened. The great thing is that each of the AFC division should be hotly contested to the very end and no teams take a week off.

In the NFC it is a bigger mess. The Eagles (7-3) and Giants (6-4) are contenders and should battle to the end. The Bears and Packers are both 7-3 and should battle to the end. The Falcons (8-2), Saints (7-3) and the pesky Buccaneers (7-3) may also battle until the end. Like the AFC, the NFC West is the division that will produce a first round loser. Of the Eagles, Giants, Bears, Packers, Falcons, Saints and Buccaneers only five of those seven teams advance. Past history would indicate that the Bears and Bucs would be the odd teams out but six games leaves plenty of time for things to change.

ten random observations

1. So you can prepare properly, the Thanksgiving Day games will be NE@DET (could be interesting but Pats win) at 12:30 PM EST, then NO@DAL at 4:15 PM EST where the Cowboys two game winning streak should end but for Cowboy haters it would be fun to watch and the late game will be CIN@NYJ at 8:20 PM EST which should be entertaining because you know that the Bengals will lose but it takes the Jets forever to win a game lately. If you plan on watching the final game, you need the NFL channel or a friend who has it. Or a sports bar. These should all three be decent games and the Lions are better than they have been in a long time so maybe it will not be a blowout. I am smoking a turkey this year so any tips on an optimal turkey rub would be appreciated.

2. I had to rely on Ryan Fitzpatrick last week to cover a bye problem and going against the Lions should have meant good things. But Fitzpatrick had his hand stepped on in the first quarter and if affected him. Thanks to the rushing of Fred Jackson it did not matter when he only passed for 149 yards and one score. This week when I did not need him - boom - he passed for 316 yards and four scores in Cincinnati. Been that sort of year. But that pumps up his stats to 18 touchdowns in eight games played and you have to be impressed with what Chan Gailey has done in Buffalo even with the poor record. If they were to get an actual defense in 2011, they might be very surprising.

3. Iis there anything sadder than the current state of tight ends? The top ten this week were Joel Dreessen, Marcedes Lewis, Michael Hoomanawanui, Chris Cooley, Brandon Pettigrew, Justin Peelle, Jimmy Graham, Todd Heap, Evan Moore and Travis Beckum. Other than Cooley, none of those were likely drafted last summer with the intention of starting them if they were drafted at all. If they are even on a team in your league now. There were only seven touchdowns scored by any tight end this week. At this rate, they are all going back to the round ten where they always stayed until the last few years.

4. Sam Bradford has set an NFL rookie record with 169 consecutive passes without an interception. The streak ended when he was picked off this week but  this has been a decent year for rookie quarterbacks. Bradford is likely to end up with the offensive Rookie of the Year (Steve Johnson?...hmmm) but Colt McCoy has made a splash and Jimmy Clausen already started and then been lost. Tim Tebow hasn't done much more than been a gimmick but Rusty Smith appears to be going from the sixth round pick out of Florida Atlantic to starting for the Titans. That's four and sort of five rookie quarterbacks who have mattered. And that is very high.

5. Speaking of rookies, what ever happened to rookie running backs? They all suck this year. Jahvid Best started hot and now struggles with bad toes. C.J. Spiller has been a colossal waste so far. Ryan Mathews cannot stay healthy long enough to be a bust. Ben Tate and Montario Hardesty never made it to the regular season. This appears the season with no rookie running backs worth a roster space other than undrafted pugilist LeGarrette Blount.

6. How odd is it to hear Terrell Owens say "We are terrible. And I don't blame the fans for booing us. I don't blame people for not wanting to come and see the performance we've put up the last ball games." A contrite Owens with his hat in hand? Switch the channel and see Brett Favre in his presser as he tries to redefine and restate futility each week while looking maybe one or two years older every Sunday. Whatever happened to bravado and ego-driven ranting? It is just weird. I... I... I think I miss Deion Sanders. I never thought I would say that. What ever happened to "I love me some me?"

7. How impressive is it that the Packers have lost their #1 running back of Ryan Grant, #1 tight end Jermichael Finley and miss Donald Driver and yet Aaron Rodgers passed for 301 yards and four touchdowns In Minnesota? He schooled Brett Favre and you could certainly make the argument that Brandon Jackson, Greg Jennings and James Jones are not as good as Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. In fact you really should make that argument. Have to admit that is sort of the same production that Peyton Manning just had without Dallas Clark or Joseph Addai and that is the company to which Rodgers belongs. Favre... not so much anymore.

8. The trend in the NFL is for fewer touchdowns by the running backs than last year (229 vs. 209), a big decrease in big games by tight ends where they score two or more touchdowns (10 vs. 4) and more games with wideouts gaining over 100 yards (105 vs. 128). The numbers are not dramatic but they are significant. The question to be answered is what happens in a league where it is more and more about passing the ball when the weather gets cold, wet and windy? That could really benefit the dome teams and the southern teams.

9. The Lions may be record setting in road losses but this team has a better defense and more than merely Calvin Johnson. Nate Burleson has scored in four or his last six games and Brandon Pettigrew has become a weekly factor and just had 75 yards in Dallas. Stafford is the real deal during those fleeting moments of health. Why is it that the Lions cannot win games when they can compete in virtually all of them? Sure - a rushing attack would help a lot but maybe next year when Jahvid Best is healthy they can have one.

10. In case you have missed it, check out our strength of schedule tool which can help you determine which players have the best and worst remaining schedules and who you want to rely on when the fantasy playoffs start in your league. You can even use your own scoring system with it or use one of ours. In one of those strange realities, the Titans may be changing to a rookie quarterback until Kerry Collins returns but they have the sweetest passing schedule left to play. In the next four games, they play @HOU, JAC, IND and HOU. Wonder if that helps out Randy Moss... hmmm...

Huddle Player of the Week

Greg Jennings - The Packers #1 wideout was the subject of many disgruntled fantasy owners when he had played his first five games with three scores but had a four week stretch where he had fewer than 36 yards in each game. Then Jermichael Finley was lost for the year and Aaron Rodgers turned back to his speedy split end. The last four weeks were gems with never below 74 yards and a score in all but one game. And then came Sunday, when Jennings turned in seven catches for 152 yards and three touchdowns while the Packers ensured that Brett Favre would go out with a whimper.

Salute!

Drama 101 - Somebody has to laugh, somebody has to cry

Comedy Line-up Yards TDs Tragedy Line-up Yards TDs
QB Mark Sanchez 337 3 QB Jay Cutler 184 0
RB Mike Goodson 151 0 RB Darren McFadden 30 0
RB Chris Ivory 99 1 RB Steven Jackson 61 0
WR Ben Obamanu 87 1 WR Randy Moss 0 0
WR Donald Jones 70 1 WR Michael Crabtree 15 0
WR David Gettis 92 1 WR Percy Harvin 30 0
PK Matt Bryant 2 XP 4 FG PK Dan Carpenter zippo

Huddle Fantasy Points = 118

Huddle Fantasy Points = 20

Sunday Snippet

ARI 13, KC 31 No surprises here. Larry Fitzgerald (6-90) caught his score on the actual last play of the game as a symbol of the beauty of trash time. That final part of the game is the only thing that is giving Derek Anderson (295,TD) any fantasy value. Matt Cassel threw for 193 yards and two scores that both ended up with Dwayne Bowe (6-109) who has finally stopped dropping passes and being a punk and is delivering on his potential. Jamaal Charles rushed for 88 yards on only 12 carries but Thomas Jones (15-71) took both touchdowns including the one after Charles gained 39 yards to the three yard line. The Chiefs are nothing more than the two runners and Bowe and at home against the Cards - that is plenty enough. The Chiefs are now 6-4 and alone at the top of the AFC West. The Cardinals drop to 3-7.
ATL 34, STL 17 It all worked for the Falcons since they were inside a dome and could pretend they were at home. Matt Ryan passed for 253 yards and two scores and yet Roddy White (9-83) never caught one. He set them up, but for once he did not catch them. Michael Turner rumbled for 131 yards on 28 carries and scored on a 39-yard run in the fourth quarter because everyone figured he would be too tired by then to be that fast. Sam Bradford had 233 yards and two scores as well but his best receiver was Danny Amendola (8-63) and he threw scores to Mike Hoomanawanui (4-46) and Brandon Gibson (5-42). The Rams were in this game until the fourth quarter and now fall to 4-6 which is only one game behind the Seahawks in the NFC West. The Falcons are 8-2 with the best record in the NFC.
BAL 37, CAR 13 The Panthers actually somehow made this into a nearly competitive game when Brian St. Pierre went from his couch last week to throwing an 88-yard touchdown to David Gettis to draw as close as 13-17 against the Ravens but then he threw two interceptions that were returned for a touchdown and he's probably going to be back home on the couch before his neighbors even knew he was gone. Mike Goodson gained 120 yards on 22 carries with much of that coming in the first quarter before the Ravens knew he was there. With DeAngelo Williams on IR, Goodson will play at least some role for the rest of the year. The Ravens opened the game with a 56-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and while Joe Flacco threw for 301 yards and just the one score. Ray Rice ended with 65 rushing and 66 receiving yards and a score. The win keeps the 7-3 Ravens tied with the Steelers for the AFC North lead. The Panthers... well... they are still trying and that alone is like a victory sort of. .. it is cute anyway.
BUF 49, CIN 31 Game-of-the-week contender to be sure. The Bills were behind 31-14 at the half and ended up with their biggest comeback in 13 years. Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed two interceptions in the first half and yet ended with 316 yards and four touchdowns. Steve Johnson (8-137, 3 TD) has become unstoppable and Fred Jackson (21-116, 2 TD) continues to be a bigger factor with no C.J Spiller around to waste carries. The Bengals folded their tents and left at half time, handing over their helmets and uniforms to Boy Scout Troop #410 who played valiantly despite not one of them having a football merit badge (nor will they, mister). Carson Palmer passed for 230 yards and two scores while Cedric Benson took his questionable injury status and rushed for 124 yards and one score anyway. Ochocinco (3-28, TD) scored early and then left to catch a showing of "JACKASS - 3D" at 3PM. Terrell Owens (3-63, TD) still cares as does Jordan Shipley (5-71). Before the game Owens deemed this game as the "Battle of the Worst". Congrats, man. The Bills are a lofty 2-8 now and the Bengals are 2-8 with a seven game losing streak.
CHI 16, MIA 0 The Thursday night game proved to be an incredible yawner but a boon to the ratings for This Old House and Antiques Roadshow in all markets besides Chicago. Tyler Thigpen (187 yds) was actually the lead rusher with 27 yards as a sign of how horrible this game was. Brandon Marshall ended with 41 yards on three receptions. Just a whole lot of nothing going on with third-stringer Thigpen there. Jay Cutler (156 yds) was no better and the only player in the entire game who scored a touchdown was Matt Forte (25-97) and that alone tells you all you need to know. The win give the Bears a 7-3 record that ties with the Packers for the NFC North lead. The Fins drops back to 5-5 and probably have seen their last winning record for the season.
CLE 20, JAC 24 The Browns are so snake-bitten that they could not win despite collecting six turnovers and scoring on one fumble return. Colt McCoy passed for 241 yards and one score and since Ben Watson was banged up, that mean that McCoy had to turn to his secret weapon Peyton Hillis who only had 48 yards on 21 runs but led the Browns with 95 yards and the touchdown on six receptions. David Garrard battled back from three interceptions and ended with 254 yards and two scores that went to Marcedes Lewis (5-66) and Mike Thomas (5-36). When he wasn't busy fumbling, the star of the game was Maurice Jones-Drew who rushed for 133 yards and a score and added 87 yards on three catches as the lead receiver as well. The loss drops the Browns to 3-7 while the Jaguars rise to 6-4 to tie with the Colts for the AFC south best marks.
DET 19, DAL 35

The Lions were in this game until the fourth quarte. But an attempt to down a punt near the Dallas goal line turned into a 96-yard return in the third quarter and by the time it was over Jon Kitna had thrown three scores on just 147 yards and also rushed in a touchdown that tied Roger Staubach as the longest by a QB in Dallas history (29 yards). The play calling seems different, enough so that some are wondering aloud if Garrett was saving the good stuff for when he would be in charge. Dallas still has a marginal rushing game at best and no player had more than 48 receiving yards. Miles Austin only had seven yards on two catches but both were touchdowns. Shaun Hill had a strong showing with 289 yards and two scores that were split between Nate Burleson (7-97) and Calvin Johnson (6-46). But the Lions could do little on the ground and Jahvid Best's hobbit-like toes were shown to be taped down at a sharp angle on the sideline and he only had three carries for two yards because of his feet. The Lions drop to 2-8 and 0-26 on the road while Dallas rises to 3-7 which then sparks fans to dream about what winning out would do. And then they see the Saints are coming in on Thursday and they are pretty much just thankful for the last two weeks.

GB 31, MIN 3 Not sure what would get HC Brad Childress fired but this would not be a bad guess. The Packers and their largely injury depleted offense came in and mopped up the field with Aaron Rodgers passing for 311 yards and four touchdowns that mostly benefited his new BFF Greg Jennings (7-152, 3 TD). James Jones also scored with three catches for 51 yards but it was mostly just pitch and catch with Jennings for the win. The Vikings quarterback Bert Flavell Britt Favor Brett Favre faced his understudy Rodgers and showed him exactly what staying-too-long looks like when he passed for 208 yards and one interception. Adrian Peterson - at home no less - was held to only 72 yards on 14 carries. Sidney Rice returned and led the team with 56 yards on three catches while Percy Harvin (2-12) killed his fantasy owners. The Packers are 7-3 and still tied for the NFC North lead with the Bears. The Vikes have no more than six more weeks of wondering when Chilly is going to be fired and if Favre is going to actually stick around for the whole thing. In a telling development, when the Vikings break their huddle there are often empty beer cans left on the ground.
IND 28, NE 31 Definite GOTW contender and a great game as they always are. The Colts scratched their way back into the game after trailing 29-14 at the start of the fourth quarter and were driving for their tying field goal or winning touchdown when Peyton Manning threw an interception like... like... like he wasn't Peyton Manning. In fact he threw three picks in the game but had 396 yards and four touchdowns, Reggie Wayne (8-107, TD) was the lead receiver though Austin Collie (5-60) and Pierre Garcon (5-62) were big factors and Blair White scored twice on just five receptions for 42 yards. The Patriots had a balanced attack with Tom Brady passing for only 186 yards and two scores and no receiver had more than the 70 yards that belonged to Deion Branch. Wes Welker (5-58) scored a rare touchdown as did Aaron Hernandez (1-8). It was a game that went down to that interception that Manning threw from the NE 24-yard line with 31 seconds left. The loss drops the Colts to 6-4 and ties them with the Jaguars while the Pats are 8-2 and still tied with the Jets.
OAK 3, PIT 35 Apparently the Steelers did remember how the Raiders came to Pittsburgh and doled out a 27-24 upset there last year. And it was not a nice memory. This a strange game with the Steelers committing a team record 163 yards in penalties and yet winning big. Richard Seymour punched Ben Roethlisberger in the jaw and was ejected from the game. Nothing worked for the Raiders who went through two quarterbacks and saw Darren McFadden gain only 14 yards on ten carries and still only passed to him twice for 16 yards. It was an old-school butt whooping. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns that favored Mike Wallace (3-116), Emmanuel Sanders (2-35) and Isaac Redman (1-16). Rashard Mendenhall rushed for only 59 yards on 23 carries but scored once. Roethlisberger also scored as a runner as well and had 55 yards on three runs. The loss drops the Raiders to 5-5 and a game back of the Chiefs in the AFC West while the Steelers are 7-3 and tied with the Ravens.
SEA 19, NO 34 No real surprises here other than Matt Hasselbeck passing for 366 yards and one score that mostly went to Mike Williams (6-109) and Ben Obamanu (5-87, TD) and Brandon Stokley (6-76). Marshawn Lynch ran for 36 yards on seven runs and lost two fumbles. Drew Brees was in top form with 384 yards and four touchdowns which went to Marques Colston (8-113, 2 TD) and Robert Meachem (3-50, 2 TD). Jermaine Graham turned in 72 yards on five catches as the exciting rookie tight end with a bright future. Reggie Bush was held out of the game despite the optimism of last week and left Chris ivory to mostly work alone and gain 99 yards on 33 carries with one score. Good fantasy points around in a big win for the Saints who are 7-3 and one game back of the Falcons. The Seahawks fall to 5-5 which is still good enough for the lead in the NFC West where every team lost on Sunday.
TB 21, SF 0 Whatever good will that winning three of four games may have bought is pretty much all gone now that the 49ers have been shutout in San Francisco since 1977. Troy Smith had his first losing game with only 148 yards and no score. Frank Gore only gained 23 yards on 12 carries but added 37 yards on five catches. Vernon Davis injured his ankle and was held to just one catch. The Buccaneers won with Josh Freeman passing for only 136 yards but with two touchdowns. Mike Williams led the receivers with 54 yards on three receptions and scored once but no other receiver gained more than 34 yards. LeGarrette Blount rushed for 82 yards on 26 carries while Carnell Williams (7-51) stole the short score. The 49ers just crumbled and the Bucs defense came to play. Now the 7-3 Buccaneers are tied with the Saints and one game behind the Falcons in the NFC South. The 49ers drop to just 3-7 with all the same problems they had back when they were winless.
WAS 19, TEN 16
OT
Donovan McNabb erased the memory of getting pulled from the end of the Detroit game by throwing for 376 yards and one score that went to Santana Moss (6-106). McNabb also made much use of both tight ends Chris Cooley (7-91) and Fred Davis (2-44). Keiland Williams rushed for 68 yards on 23 carries and added six receptions for 27 yards. Clinton Portis gained 32 yards on five runs and re-injured his groin. The Titans got 130 yards on 21 runs by Chris Johnson while Nate Washington (5-117) seems to have been scared to death inspired by the hiring of Randy Moss these last two weeks. Moss on the other hand was blanked but did catch a 36-yard touchdown that was called back because he pushed off. Rusty Smith has apparently taken the reins from Vince Young who has opened a new chapter in his life entitled "The Stupid Years". The Skins are 5-5 and two games behind the Eagles while the Titans fall to 5-5 and are just one game back in the AFC South while storing their secret weapon Randy Moss for future use once everyone forgets all about him... which may be as soon as this next week.
NYG 17, PHI 27 It was a disappointment to some that Michael Vick did not score six times again and his 258 passing yards had no touchdowns but he added 11 runs for 34 yards and a rushing touchdown. Jeremy Maclin (9-120) had the biggest evening and DeSean Jackson (5-50) was held in check. LeSean McCoy ran for 111 yards and a score on just 14 carries and added five receptions for 29 yards for one of his best games. Eli Manning only managed 147 passing yards with two scores but tossed three interceptions and the best receiver was Hakeem Nicks with just 65 yards on six catches. The tailbacks only gained 39 yards on 17 rushes as the Philly defense kept the Giants off-balance and frustrated the entire evening. The win gives the 7-3 Eagles a one game lead in the NFC East ahead of the 6-4 Giants.

Sunday's Couch Commentary

Big week with 11 teams scoring more than 30 points in their game and yet MIA, MIN, OAK and SF could not manufacture more than three points. MIA and SF both were shutout AT HOME. We were treated to the Colts-Pats matchup that proved just as entertaining as they always are. But the Game of the Week has to be the one that ended in the most eye-popping way. For some reason, the Jets just have to make it interesting at the end of each game. After winning two straight in overtime, they pulled this one out even more impressively.

Houston 27, NY Jets 30

These teams met with the Jets short Jerricho Cotchery but otherwise both were at full strength and Revis Island was being prepared for Andre Johnson (4-32). But it went down as the most entertaining game of the weekend which says something when the Bills had a huge comeback on the road and Pats clipped the Colts.

The Jets scored a field goal on their first series but the first quarter ended with little action. The Texans were on the march to start the second quarter thanks to the surprisingly effective rushing of Aaron Foster who carried six times in ten plays to gain 35 yards and score from the 2-yard line. It included an 11-yard reception for Foster as well.

But the next series for the Jets have them driving 78 yards in 11 plays that ended with Braylon Edwards catching a 4-yard touchdown for the 10-7 lead. After the Texans punted on four downs, the Jets drove again and ended with a 33-yard field goal for a 13-7 lead at halftime. So far, just another low scoring game where the Jets did not seem to be playing up to expectations.

The Jets opened the third quarter by driving to the HOU 35-yard line and then letting Nick Folk miss the 53-yard line. The Texans could not get a first down and punted to the NYJ 18-yard line. After eight plays, the Jets went up 20-7 with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes.

At the end of the third quarter, Foster lost a fumble at the HOU 22-yard line end four plays later the Jets kicked their third field goal for a 23-7 lead in a game that was already over. Or so we thought.

The Texans started on their own 22-yard line with 14:46 left in the game and Matt Schaub threw six passes to reach the NYJ 19-yard line where they were forced to take the field goal and boost the score to 10-23.

That would have been no big deal but the Jets reached the HOU 41-yard line when Shonn Greene was stuffed for a loss and fumbled. Houston recovered it on the NYJ 43-yard line with 9:23 left to play. On the first play, Schaub found Joel Dreessen for a 43-yard touchdown and a 17-23 deficit. Suddenly the Texans were within a touchdown of winning.

The Jets started on their own 9-yard line but could only get as far as the NYJ 29-yard line before punting to the Texans who took over on their own 27-yard line with 6:09 left to play.

Schaub hit Kevin Walter for three yards and then David Anderson went for 35 yards to the NYJ 35-yard line. A completion for 20 yards went to Andre Johnson despite Darrelle Revis covering him. A pass to Foster gained four yards and then Foster rushed for nine yards and then one yard to the goal line. With 2:24 left to play, Foster scored his second touchdown which withstood a challenge by the Jets. The Texans had their first lead of the game - 24-23.

The Jets took over with 2:11 left to play on their own 23-yard line and Mark Sanchez threw an incompletion to Braylon Edwards, On his second play, a short pass for LaDainian Tomlinson was intercepted and returned to the NYJ 10-yard line. On three straight plays, Foster gained two yards and the Jets used a time out. On fourth down with 59 seconds left, the Texans kicked a field goal for the 27-23 lead.

Finally the Texans were in a position to win a game late and prevent what happened last week with the Jaguars when the final play Hail Mary pass actually worked.

With 49 seconds left to play, the Jets took over on their own 28-yard line. No field goal would be good enough. And there were no timeouts. Sanchez hit Tomlinson for five yards and he ran out of bounds. 39 seconds left.

Sanchez hit Tomlinson over the middle for 19 yards to the HOU 48-yard line and then ran up and spiked the ball to kill the clock with 24 seconds left.

Sanchez then found Braylon Edwards down the right sideline for a 42-yard completion and he went out of bounds at the 6-yard line with 16 seconds left to play. On first down - fade route to the left corner where Holmes caught his second score. Touchdown. It only took 33 seconds to travel 72 yards in five plays with no time outs. What does the Texans secondary say to the rest of the team after the game? What can you say? 72 yards in 33 seconds?

What a week of high scoring games and close finishes. The Texans lose another close one. The Browns too. And in LP Field at the home of the Titans, some guy left the game, walked past security while pointing to some shoulder pads. "I brought these from home. Honest."

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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