NFL Wrap-Up: Week 10 West Divisions

Cards stun Philly, Denver and Tebow win again.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

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Another week in the West was capped off by some surreal outcomes. Let’s begin with the game of the week that featured another loss in Philadelphia.

 

AFC West

Oakland Raiders 24

San Diego Chargers 17  (Thursday Night)
There was a trio of Raiders that were mostly responsible for handing San Diego their 4th straight loss, as the Chargers continue to free-fall.

With most of the offense coming in the first half, Carson Palmer was fantastic, tossing for two touchdowns, Michael Bush rushed for 157 yards and Denarius Moore caught five passes for 123 yards and a score.

Don’t look now, but the Raiders are in first place.

 

Denver Broncos 17 

Kansas City Chiefs 10

Another win for Tebow? OK, believable. But throw in the fact that his Denver team won yet again on only 2 for 8 passing from him? Now that may be hard to fathom.

Denver ran the ball all day and wore down Kansas City, even after Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno left with injuries. Lance Ball rushed for 96 yards alongside Tebow’s 43. And just when the Chiefs thought they were incapable of passing at all, the former Heisman Trophy winner chucked a bomb down-field to an open Eric Decker for a 56 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter.

The Broncos are now in a 3-way tie for second place in the West.

And oh ya, one more thing…. Tebow missed all four of his pass attempts in the first half, making Denver the first team to lead at half-time without a single completion since the Packers led the Bears 14-0 on October 31st, 1994. That quarterback was Brett Favre, who was 0-6.

 

NFC West

Baltimore Ravens 17 

Seattle Seahawks 22

I surprised myself when seeing this one, and I’m not just talking about the score. I’m speaking of Marshawn Lynch.

The Seattle running back rushed for 109 yards and scored his team’s only touchdown. That’s two solid games in a row in which the back has rushed for over 100 yards.

Steven Haushcka is the other guy to thank here for Seattle, as he matched a team record with five field goals. The defense also forced 3 turnovers as well.

The Ravens have been Jekyll and Hyde all season. This loss adds to their resume of losses that include Tennessee and Jacksonville earlier this year.

 

New York Giants 20 

San Francisco 49ers 27

Chalk up yet another win for the Niners, and this one was without Frank Gore. The San Francisco running back left early in this contest with a knee injury, but Alex Smith picked up the slack and delivered a superb performance.

Smith’s 242 yards on 19 completions solidified yet another start for the quarterback, but the Niners defense also came through again, holding the Giants rushing attack to just 93 yards. The same defense also stepped up late in the 4th quarter, as Justin Smith smacked an Eli Manning pass on fourth-and-2 from the 10 yard line that would have given the chance for New York to tie the game.

Today’s win for San Francisco may have been their most significant since they rallied from 24 points behind to beat the Giants 39-38 back in the 2003  NFC Wild-Card game.

 

St.Louis Rams 13 

Cleveland Browns 12

Another ugly one in Cleveland, but this time it was St.Louis that squeezed out the win. And they can thank Browns kicker Phil Dawson.

Dawson made all four of the previous field goals for Cleveland, but it was the last attempt from 22 yards out that sailed wide-left that sealed their loss.

Colt McCoy was solid, throwing 20/27 and 218 yards, but they still can’t find the end-zone. The Browns are the only team in the NFL that hasn’t scored a touchdown in the first or third quarters.

Steven Jackson ran the ball well for the Rams, sprinting for 128 yards. Cleveland’s Chris Ogbonnaya was fairly solid as well as he filled in for injured Montario Hardesty and Peyton Hillis, rushing for 90 yards on 19 carries.

 

Game Of The Week
Arizona 21 

Philadelphia 17
Every week it’s as if the Eagles post-game press conferences are stuck on repeat. Head coach, Andy Reid, proclaimed this loss as his fault, yet again, as Philly (the ‘dream team’) dropped to 3-6 in this shocker.

Michael Vick wasn’t great by any means, only completing 16 passes for 128 yards and throwing two picks. He also blew a 4th quarter lead for the fifth time this season.

John Skelton, on the other hand, might have conjured up a quarterback controversy in Arizona with his 3-TD performance. Skelton threw a 5-yard TD pass to Early Doucet with only 1:53 left on the clock for their 2nd straight win, also ending the Cards’ 11-game road losing skid.

Larry Fitzgerald was also spectacular, hauling in 7 passes for 146 yards and two scores.

The Cardinals may not be for real, but they’re playing their little hears out. The Eagles on the other hand may be feeling the heat from the fire very soon. Heck, this is the town that boo’d Santa Claus.

 

Offensive Player Of The Week

Larry Fitzgerald (WR) Ari – 7 Rec, 146 Yards, 2 TD’s

Defensive Player Of The Week

Kamerion Wimbley (Linebacker) Oak – 7 Tackles, 4 Sacks, 1 PD

 

Division Standings

AFC West

Oakland Raiders 5-4

San Diego Chargers 4-5

Kansas City Chiefs 4-5

Denver Broncos 4-5

NFC West

San Francisco 49ers 8-1

Seattle Seahawks 3-6

Arizona Cardinals 3-6

St. Louis Rams 2-7

 

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