Colt McCoy does his best accidental Tebow while the real Tebow needed extra time to work his magic. Stevie Johnson gave us all a laugh and later made it up to Jets fans. In no particular order, here's your Sunday roundup. Enjoy.
Houston 20, Jacksonville 13: You know you are a doomed franchise when the one guy who owns your division is gone for the year and you actually put a decent season together but you continually have injuries at key positions. Matt Leinart wasn't going to win any league MVP awards (nor Schaub) but you can't feel good about making much noise this year as a Texans fan.
NY Jets 28, Buffalo 24: Sanchez had one of those games that will be talked about a lot: four touchdowns, the last of which was the game winner inside the two minute warning made possible by a couple big throws earlier in the drive. But, as a fan, I had absolutely no confidence in that happening even though those late game heroics are basically the only things in the "pros" column of his short career. There's still time, but I'm slowly moving over to the "This Is Not The Guy" side of the Sanchez fence. Oh, and he got a huge assist from Stevie Blunder (patent pending) on the Bills final possession.
Tennessee 23, Tampa Bay 17: This game featured 9 turnovers and 359 total passing yards. Chris Johnson amassed 190 yards rushing himself, however. The Titans also got a touchdown off an 80 yard kickoff return. This game had it all. Except viewers.
Arizona 23, St. Louis 20: If he threw for 114 yards, he threw for 114,000. Skelton willed this team to victory against a formidable St. Louis Rams team, expertly allowing his special teams unit the ability to return a punt for a touchdown and putting the ball where only Beanie Wells could take it and run for 228 yards. The guy is a winner.
Cincinnati 23, Cleveland 20 : We could talk about the leaping 51 yard catch A.J. Green made, or we could talk about the Browns. "For the second time in three games, a botched snap cost Cleveland an opportunity to take a late lead. Phil Dawson was short on a 55-yard try with 1:51 left after the snap skipped along the ground, giving Cincinnati its last chance. It was a familiar outcome for the intrastate rivalry—Cincinnati has won 12 of the past 15 games and six of seven at Paul Brown Stadium. Only 48,260 showed up at the 65,500-seat stadium to see a game decided by a bad snap and a great catch." [CBS]
Atlanta 24, Minnesota
17 14: Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes and totaled 262 yards with only six incompletions. After the last of those three, Percy Harvin took the ensuing kickoff back 104 yards to the Atlanta three yard line only to turn the ball over on four downs, effectively ending the game.
Carolina 27, Indianapolis 19: Colts silver lining alert: "But the feisty Colts rallied behind oft-criticized quarterback Curtis Painter. He found Reggie Wayne over the middle, and the receiver slipped a tackle, turned left and sprinted into the end zone for a 56-yard TD, his longest pass play of the season. Austin Collie couldn't haul in Painter's 2-point conversion pass, making the score 24-19." Also, they lost. [USA Today]
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Oakland 25, Chicago 20: So, Caleb Hanie had kind of a rough game. He had three interceptions while connecting on only 50 percent of the passes not intercepted. Carson Palmer threw for 301 yards but the real star was Sebastian Janikowski with his six field goals.
Washington 23, Seattle 17: Washington snapped its six game losing streak thanks to a comeback win orchestrated by Rex Grossman. After Roy Helu's leaping touchdown run, Grossman hooked up with Anthony Armstrong for a 50 yard touchdown to seal the comeback. Marshawn Lynch ran for over 100 yards, but it was not enough. Both teams are now 4-7.
Denver 16, San Diego 13: This game went to overtime and so we were treated to even more Tebow gushing. If he just wins, and has a "knack" when it comes to the fourth quarter, can you even conceive of his abilities in overtime? I feel like poor Schlereth up there. The Broncos kicked a game winning field goal in overtime despite almost outfoxing themselves with a timeout seconds before blocking San Diego's own attempt. Shockingly, a Chargers kicker missed another big field goal anyway. In the words of Ian Eagles, "the Tebow train continues to churn out W's."
New England 38, Philadelphia
13 20: CBS switched from this game fairly early on in the fourth quarter to show the San Diego-Denver game. That's all you really need to know about this one.
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