Ben Roethlisberger led not one, but two game winning drives to defeat the Tennessee Titans, 13-10. Roethlisberger led a potential game winning drive in regulation under two minutes before Hines Ward fumbled at the four yard line. Roethlisberger then led his team to the game winning points on the first possession of overtime.
Carson Palmer led an almost six minute, 91 yard touchdown drive to put his team up 7-6 with 34 seconds to play. However, his team lost because...
Kyle Orton’s tipped pass to Brandon Stokley via Brandon Marshall went 87 yards for an improbable game winning touchdown. Usually, Palmer should get a mulligan here because he should have won…but he also only led his team to seven points at home vs. the Broncos.
Joe Flacco led a 74 yard game winning drive with under six minutes to give the Ravens a 31-24 lead over the Chiefs with two minutes to go.
With over 10 minutes remaining and down 16-13, Shaun Hill led the 49ers on an 80 yard touchdown drive that gave his team the 20-16 lead and eventual win.
On 3rd and 1 with 1:18 remaining and down 15-13, Aaron Rodgers threw a 50 yard touchdown pass to give Green Bay a 21-15 lead over Chicago.
In a two minute drill, down 14-12, David Garrard led the team to only two yards, while throwing three incompletions to lose the game for the Jaguars.
Brodie Croyle, down seven with two minutes remaining, threw two incompletions and took two sacks as the Chiefs lost.
Kurt Warner had a few opportunities at the end of the game, down 20-16, to put his team in position to win. With 7:26 remaining, the team gained 18 yards and punted. With 3:11 remaining at San Francisco’s 38 yard line, Warner threw three incompletions and failed to convert on a fourth down on the 49ers 33 yard line. Warner then gets a third opportunity with 43 seconds left and no time outs, but takes a sack to end the game, on what would have been a Hail-Mary attempt from their own 46 yard line.
With 1:11 remaining and down 21-15, commentator Cris Collinsworth stated “Well, let’s see your franchise quarterback” in reference to whether Jay Cutler can actually lead Chicago to victory on a game winning drive. Cutler then throws an interception on the very first play of the drive to lose the game, capping a four interception game by Cutler. Can I coin the phrase, “You can’t spell Cutler without a L”?
New Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell earned a lot of my respect for a gutsy move yesterday. With 2:06 left on Jacksonville’s 35 yard, Caldwell went for it on 4th and 1 to essentially clinch the game. Although the attempt failed, this move essentially stated that he has a lot of confidence in his team to win the game by dismissing a possible 52 yard field goal attempt or calling for a punt. Many coaches in this position would have elected against going for the fourth down to win the game, because it would defer any possible blame from themselves if they ended up losing. So kudos to Jim Caldwell for going against the grain and showing some guts!
Browns coach Eric Mangini pulled a fast one on the Ravens by not officially announcing who his starting quarterback would be prior to Cleveland’s opener. Boy was Baltimore fooled by this decision! Brady Quinn? Who knew! Mangini continues to be the king of deception.
If Hollywood made a movie about the extremely mediocre Houston Texans organization, is there any doubt coach Gary Kubiak would be played by Dennis Quaid?
Did You Know:
Brodie Croyle is now 0-9 as a starter.
Carson Palmer is winless in his last five starts.
Marc Bulger has won only four games in his last 28 starts!
Matt Schaub is now 10-15 as a starter.
Jake Delhomme in his last two games has a total of 11 turnovers, including nine interceptions!
Shaun Hill is now 8-3 as a starter.
Brady Quinn is now 1-3 as a starter with a career 68.0 passer rating. It’s still early, but just saying.
Jay Cutler’s Chicago Bears are 0-1. Kyle Orton’s Denver Broncos are 1-0.
Steelers (-5.5) over the Titans: Hines Ward’s fumble at the four yard line prevented a probable game winning touchdown and cover, and forced over time. Pittsburgh ended up winning by a field goal, and as a result Pittsburgh did not cover.
Ravens game (-8.5) over the Chiefs: The Chiefs failed to convert on 4th down on their own 9 yard line to essentially lose the game. When the Ravens took possession, up seven, they punched it in for a touchdown four plays later (on fourth down) to win by 14 and cover.
New York Giants (-6.5) over the Redskins: Washington, down 23-10, gets a late touchdown to cut the Giants lead down to 6, causing the Giants not to cover. Washington’s onsides kick attempt failed, and the Giants won the game.
Packers game (-3.5): Down 15-13 and under two minutes to go, Green Bay just need a field goal to win. However, Rodgers throws a 50 yard touchdown pass to give his team a six point lead and the cover!
Part Two of My Notes coming tomorrow! Stay Tuned!