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The Detroit Lions are not having a very good day. Matthew Stafford has thrown a couple of pick sixes and his teammates aren't exactly giving him a lot of help. Perhaps frustrated with his fourth interception, Stafford took down Chicago Bears defensive back D.J. Moore while they were both in pursuit.
Moore, apparently annoyed Stafford took him down by the head, reacted by pouncing on Stafford after the play had been blown dead. Unfortunately for Moore, Stafford was surrounded by teammates, who quickly got involved, starting a mini scrum in an increasingly chippy game. Here's the wonderful video.
Moore was ejected on the play, the only player tossed out of the game. He definitely deserved it, but it wouldn't have been surprising to see a couple of Lions get the boot, as well.
This game between the San Fransisco 49ers and New York Giants is now officially really, really fun. With one more fantastic highlight, it could be newly christened with HAM status. This highlight video comes courtesy of Eli Manning, who is having another obnoxiously up-and-down game, and Hakeem Nicks, who makes a fantastic catch on this play.
At this point, Giants fans probably can't decide whether to love or hate Eli Manning. This is the second of two absolutely stellar touchdown passes in this game, but he's thrown two interceptions that were as baffling and stupid as the touchdown passes were good. This TD pass has his team back within one score, trailing the 49ers 27-20, but the Giants would likely be tied or in the lead if it wasn't for his poor decision making. In any event, his mistakes and highlights have worked together to produce an exciting finish to this game.
Vernon Davis is quite a large human being, and he's very good at jumping and running fast. He displayed all three of those skills in the video below, and he has the San Fransisco 49ers ahead of the New York Giants in the fourth quarter, thanks to this fantastic touchdown. After catching a short pass in acres of open space, Davis takes off down the sideline and jumps towards the endzone from nearly five yards out, plowing through a Giants defender for the score.
Michael Crabtree converted the ensuing two-point conversion with a reception, giving his team a seven-point lead. Eli Manning has been good in the fourth quarter this season, and he'll have to engineer a comeback for his team in what has been a fantastic game.
The New York Giants and San Fransisco 49ers are involved in a very good defensive battle, but there's been a little bit of fun offensive play too. Eli Manning threw a terrible interception to Carlos Rogers earlier in the game, but he made up for it, as you can see in the video below, with a fantastic touchdown pass. The catch might have been even better than the throw, as Mario Manningham does a fantastic job to get two feet down at the back of the end zone to put six on the board and give his team the lead.
At the end of the third quarter, the Giants lead the 49ers by a score of 13-12. Frank Gore has been struggling with an ankle injury, while both teams are struggling to move the ball period. In a game with two defenses playing this well, Manningham's big touchdown grab could eventually make a huge difference.
Devin Hester is fairly respectable at returning punts. And by fairly respectable, I mean that Devin Hester is probably better at returning punts than anyone in the history of the NFL. He has yet another touchdown, and it could be a virtual dagger for the Detroit Lions in this game. Here's the video of the Chicago Bears wide receiver/return ace doing his thing yet again.
This touchdown put the Bears up by a score of 20-0 on the Lions in the first half. Since starting the season 2-3, the Bears have won their last three in a row, and it appears that they're well on their way towards tying the Lions in the Wild Card race. Both teams will sit at 6-3 if Matthew Stafford and the Lions can't pull off a comeback.
Look at Reggie Bush. The Dolphins running back had two touchdowns on Sunday vs. the Redskins, continuing his recent strong play that has football fans and fantasy experts taking notice. Bush finished with two touchdowns and 51 total yards in a 20-9 win.
Check out this pitch the Miami ran in the fourth quarter because it's basically what everyone thought Bush would do when New Orleans drafted the Heisman Trophy winner with the second overall pick in the 2006 draft.
Bush comes in motion, takes a pitch, then cuts upfield and explodes past the line of scrimmage and through the Redskins defense. The touchdown gave the Dolphins a 20-9 lead in the fourth quarter, putting Miami's second win of the season on ice.
Here is Bush's line over his last three games:
• @ Giants on 10/30 — 15 carries for 103 yards
• @ Chiefs on 11/6 — 13 carries for 92 yards and 1 TD, 3 catches for 50 yards
• vs. Redskins on 11/13 — 14 carries for 47 rushing yards and 2 TDs
Ryan Fitzpatrick is one of those quarterbacks who seems to have been playing a bit over his head. Sunday was just the latest example of his crashing back to earth. The Buffalo Bills quarterback has had a rough day, throwing three interceptions, with the second being returned for a touchdown by Terence Newman. On the next series, Fitzpatrick was picked off at the goal line.
It's been that kind of day for Fitzpatrick, who is having easily his worst game of the season. Barring a massive turnaround, he'll throw for fewer than 200 yards for the second straight week and throw more interceptions than touchdowns for the second straight week.
His second pick made the score 44-7, while his final interception capped an entirely forgettable day. He has now tossed nine interceptions in the past five weeks.
Robert Meachem made a beautiful catch on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees. That play gave New Orleans a 17-13 lead over the Atlanta Falcons, in a critical division battle in the NFC South. Check out Meachem’s catch right here.
Meachem ran a post pattern to the back of the end zone, reaching up to make the catch in man coverage. That was Meachum’s second catch of the game. Both grabs were big ones. He caught a 36-yard pass earlier in the game. He has two catches for 69 yards. That represents the biggest game for Meachem since the first week of the season, when he had 70 yards on five catches in a loss to the Packers.
It was the second touchdown pass for Drew Brees. The Saints quarterback has 240 passing yards, completing 20 of 29 throws in the game so far. He has not thrown an interception.
Our Sunday afternoon national nightmare/schadenfreude is over: Tim Tebow has completed a pass attempt.
Tebow's completion-less streak lasted deep into the third quarter, but the Broncos quarterback finally found a receiver, Matt Willis, for a 13-yard gain with less than four minutes left in the third quarter.
Prior to that connection, Tebow's last completed pass came with 6:38 left in the third quarter last week against Oakland. That's ... so long.
So after several unsuccessful shots down the field, how did Tebow complete a pass? Well:
That's just a real bummer. I mean, look:
Despite the inability (or unwillingness?) to pass the football, the Broncos took a lead into the fourth quarter against the Chiefs. Running back Lance Ball has rushed 19 times for 64 yards with Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno sidelined because of injury.
Tebow has rushed eight times for 44 yards, including a touchdown.
Snelling put the Falcons up on New Orleans by a score of 13-10 in the third quarter with this catch. Snelling caught a pass around the line of scrimmage and then spun, shrugged and bullied his way into the end zone over and around almost the entire Saints defense.
Do yourself a favor and check it out the highlight video:
In other Falcons news, wide receiver Julio Jones suffered a hamstring injury and his return is questionable, according to the team. Jones caught two touchdown passes next week, and the Falcons will need someone to step up in his absence. Snelling looks like a good candidate so far.
The Buffalo Bills are not exactly having a great day, but you can bet you'll be hearing a lot about David Nelson's touchdown grab today. The Bills tight end caught his fourth touchdown of the season, and then gave the ball to a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. While that might seem like a weird thing to do when your team is down by a couple of touchdowns, it makes more sense when you realize that the cheerleader is Nelson's girlfriend.
It's a nice moment, even if it does seem a bit awkward. The cheerleader doesn't seem to know quite what do do with the football, as it's not a prop she can readily use. She also got a nice little hug for her troubles. You do have to wonder if this is necessarily a good thing for her, though, as fraternizing with the enemy tends to be frowned upon.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton connected with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for a 10-yard touchdown pass. That score tied their game with the Philadelphia Eagles at 7-7. It also put Larry Fitzgerald in the history books.
With that catch, Fitzgerald tied Roy Green for the most touchdown catches in the history of the Cardinals franchise with 69.
Fitzgerald has two catches for 52 yards in the game so far. That includes a big play for 42 yards earlier in the game. For the season, Fitzgerald has 646 yards on 38 catches and four touchdowns.
Skelton is playing in place of an injured Kevin Kolb for the second week in a row. This is also the second week in a row that he and Fitzgerald have connected for a touchdown pass. Kolb is out with a turf toe injury, suffered behind a struggling Cardinals offensive line that has offered little in the way of protection.
Here’s the video of Fitzgerald’s touchdown.
Jonathan Baldwin just made the catch of the year (so far). The Chiefs wide receiver made a circus grab, catching the football -- and Broncos safety Brian Dawkins. Honestly, it doesn't matter that a Denver penalty wiped out the catch. You want to watch this.
This is one of those Madden-Glitch receptions that needs to be seen to believed. Here's the video of the highlight catch before it gets sent to NFL Films to be set to terrific cello music.
Kissing Suzy Kolber's Mike Tunison said it best: "This Jonathan Baldwin catch won't be on the stat sheet, so we're gonna have to build a statue for it or something."
Still, the Chiefs trail the Broncos 10-0 at halftime -- and Denver has not completed a single pass in four attempts.
Arian Foster has had some amazing plays, but he managed to make this 78-yard touchdown look almost easy. The Houston Texans running back took a relatively mundane screen pass from Matt Schaub, broke one tackle, avoided another and then raced to the end zone. It was Schaub's second long touchdown throw of the afternoon.
What was so impressive about Foster's score was that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had no fewer than five players in position to make the tackle and none of them even got a solid hit on him. Two players appeared to get close enough to at least grab his jersey, but Foster's elusiveness made it look like he was almost playing a videogame. Impressive stuff from an impressive player.
Laurent Robinson wasn't even supposed to start on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Hopefully, his fantasy owners made the adjustment. Robinson just caught his second touchdown of the afternoon in place for the injured Miles Austin, this one a 58-yarder from Tony Romo. Robinson has just two catches in the game, but both went for touchdowns.
Speaking of Romo, you just gotta love this guy if you are a fantasy football player. Regardless of his real world value, he seems to put up huge numbers almost every week. In the first half, he already has three touchdowns and 179 yards. He's also 11 of 11 passing, in case you were wondering.
AJ Green has been making a name for himself all year. With catches like this one against the Pittsburgh Steelers, you can bet he'll be talked about again. The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver went over the back of two Steelers defenders to make this 36-yard touchdown catch.
The touchdown was Green's sixth of the season and this might be his best one. He did come down awkwardly, which put a bit of a scare into the moment, but he was able to walk off the field under his own power and appeared to be fine.
The St. Louis Rams expected to get something going on offense after trading for wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. So far, it’s paying dividends. On their second possession of the game, Brandon Lloyd’s hands made all the difference for the Rams.
Then, Bradford found Lloyd in the end zone to put the Rams on the board. It was just Bradford’s fourth touchdown of the season. The Rams used up five minutes of clock time on the drive that bled into the second quarter with the touchdown pass. It was a 69-yard drive with 10 plays, including Lloyd’s highlight catch, the kind of plays the Rams have been sorely missing all season.
Bradford is 6-for-9 with 74 yards and a touchdown. Lloyd has three catches for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Here is the video Lloyd’s touchdown catch.
The Broncos marched down the field against the Chiefs on an 8-play, 57-yard drive ... without throwing a pass. Tebow capped the drive by rushing into the end zone from seven yards out. The score put the Broncos up 7-0 in the first quarter against Kansas City.
Here's the video highlight of the Tebow score:
The score marked Tebow's eighth career rushing touchdown, second-most in Broncos team history. He's got a little ways to go to get the record. Some guy named John Elway had 33 rushing touchdowns in Denver.
Tebow will need to carry the offense against the Chiefs on Sunday. Denver running backs Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno are both hurt. The Broncos will need Tebow to pass with all the injuries in the backfield.
Jones was able to get behind the coverage as Matt Schaub rolled out to his right, caught a slightly under thrown pass, avoided a tackle and then raced to the end zone. It looked like a situation where the Bucs had lined up against the run and simply got caught over committed.
Dez Bryant may be a frustrating player to have as a teammate, but plays like this one against the Buffalo Bills make for an easy reminder why players put up with him. On the Dallas Cowboys' opening drive, quarterback Tony Romo under threw Bryant in the end zone. Bryant managed to reach over the back of Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin to score the 34-yard touchdown.
The score was Bryant's fifth of the season and continues what has been an up and down season for the mercurial receiver.
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