Titans and Giants keep rolling, McNabb's most bone-headed play, bettors stunned by end of Steeler game and the hottest new WR this season.
How Cyd and Jim saw Week 11 in the NFL.
The biggest shocker of the week. The only thing that was more shocking about Philadelphia and Cincinnati’s tie than the fact that a game actually ended in a tie was that Eagles QB Donovan McNabb admitted he did not know that a game in the NFL could end in a tie. How in hell can an elite NFL quarterback not know the overtime rules of his own League? The last time there was a tie was when the Falcons and Steelers tied in 2002. That same Falcons team, with a 10-6-1 record (including their wild card win) played against McNabb and the Eagles in the Divisional round. What did he think that 1 at the end of their record stood for? Though I doubt it affected the outcome of the game, it’s shocking that he wouldn’t know a basic rule that probably 99% of fans know.
I was wrong: Last week, I picked the Jacksonville Jaguars to hand the Tennessee Titans their first loss Sunday. Final: Titans 24, Jags 14, Jim 0.
Yes, it was impressive that the Titans came back from 14-3 down to dominate the second half and score 21 straight points. And it was impressive that the Titans forced the Jags to punt a franchise-record 10 times; that's a sign of a great defense. So they get their props and deserve their 10-0 record.
Going both ways. Big kudos have to go out to Denver rookie Spencer Larsen. A late-round pick in the draft, Larsen started on both sides of the ball on Sunday and also played special teams! He started at fullback for Patrick Hillis (who started at tailback because of injuries) and at middle linebacker. He’s the first Bronco to do it ever, and he was iffy to make the squad at all! Crazy. Given they got the win, you’d think he’d be a lock for the roster the rest of the season. But, with Mike Shanahan, you just never know.
Division races over? It's odd that three division races are, essentially, over. The Titans and Cardinals both hold four-game leads with six games to go, and the Giants are three games up in theirs. All three of these teams are undefeated in their division; everyone else in their divisions have at least two divisional losses. It's impossible to see the Titans or Cardinals not winning their divisions, and it's very difficult to see the Giants not winning theirs. Though, the Giants play the Cardinals this week, so someone's divisional race is going to get tighter.
How far can they go? The Titans will be solid favorites against Cleveland, Houston and Detroit, so that should be three more wins. The other three games are a lot tougher -- the Jets (7-3), the Steelers (7-3) and a season-ender at the 6-4 Colts. The Titans could win or lose all three.
Lame game: The Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals stumbled and bumbled their way to a 13-13 tie, the first in the NFL since 2002. It was the most boring overtime game I’ve ever seen, and was predictable that Bengals kicker Shayne Graham would miss a 47-yard field goal with eight seconds left in overtime.
The Philadelphia Eagles had a great headline from the game: "One Hideous Tie."