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Week 12: St. Louis Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals Recap

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Dre Kirkpatrick celebrates from 11/29/15

Final: Cincinnati 31, St. Louis 7

It was a dominant performance by the home team on Sunday as the Bengals crush the Rams on a cloudy Sunday afternoon.  Andy Dalton was just fine in this game throwing three touchdowns, two to A.J. Green and the other to Tyler Eifert who now leads the league with twelve such catches.

As easy as the Bengals made this game look, the outcome may have more to do with the ineptitude of St. Louis than anything else.  It would be easy to blame Nick Foles for the loss, as he threw three interceptions, including one pick-six in the third quarter.  However, it was not entirely his fault.  The offensive line was awful in the game.  Geno Atkins embarrassed the interior linemen, beating them across their face on several occasions.  Foles did not have a lot of time to stand in the pocket and deliver an accurate throw down the field.  Todd Gurley was a no-factor for the most part as well since the Rams trailed for virtually the whole game.  St. Louis is a team that needs to play with the lead.  They need to lean on their

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Nick Foles in action from the Week 12 affair.

running game and defense in order to have a chance.  They are not very good at coming from behind.

Jeremy Hill had a bit of a revival, although he was banged up a bit for Cincy.  He ran with great power and patience, which was something that had not been seen out of him much this season.  Giovanni Bernard out-shined him once again, though, with a couple of big receptions and some elusive runs.  The Bengals’ offensive line was great in the contest, and it allowed Andy Dalton to scan the field.  Janoris Jenkins was victimized a couple of times by A.J. Green, but for the most part he held up well in coverage.  The St. Louis defense couldn’t do much towards the middle of the game simply because they were too tired.  The Bengal offense was on the field a lot since the Rams’ offense could not piece together any solid drives.

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The Rams fall to the Bengals 31-7.

The only good thing for the visitors in this game was one Tavon Austin.  He accounted for 99 yards of total offense and took off on a 60 yard run, setting up a touchdown in the second quarter which he scored himself.  He and Todd Gurley are the two play-makers on offense, but other than them, there is a serious lack of talent out there on the field.

So, the Bengals snap their two-game skid in convincing fashion and now gear up for a road date with the Browns who will be having to prepare on a shorter week.  The Rams will play another two-loss team for the second week in a row when the Cardinals come to town.  They really need to fix their issues with the O-line if the team is going to have any success.  Nick Foles was bad in this game, but it was not entirely his fault.  Just keep that in mind.

The Skinny:

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Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes on Sunday against the Rams.
  • Tyler Eifert scores his league-leading twelfth touchdown (eleven coming within the red zone)
  • Todd Gurley was held out of the end zone for the first time in five games and he posted his lowest total yardage since becoming the starter (19)
  • A.J. Green notched his fifth career multi-TD game
  • Tavon Austin accounted for 99 total yards of offense and a touchdown for the Rams as he was the only threat on the field Sunday
  • The St. Louis offensive line was in shambles and the team committed bad penalties in a sloppy effort
  • Andy Dalton now has a career record of 22-9-1 in home starts at 1:00 e.t.

Week 11: Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins Recap

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The Cowboys win over the Dolphins upon Tony Romo’s return to the field on Sunday, 11/22/15.

Final: Dallas 24, Miami 14

The Dallas Cowboys take down the Dolphins on the road upon Tony Romo’s return.  This was the first win for the ‘Boys since Week 2 when their franchise quarterback originally suffered the broken collarbone against the Eagles.  To the casual fan, it would appear that “America’s Team” won because of Romo, however after review of the game down in Miami Gardens, that statement does not seem to be so accurate.

Sure, Touchdown Tony helped the cause, but the real story of this game was the Dallas defense, which held the Dolphins to just 210 total yards.  They returned an interception for a touchdown and sacked Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill three times for an eye-popping -48 yards.  The cornerbacks stayed plastered to their men for the most part and the Dolphins did not have much success running the ball for a majority of the contest.

In the meantime, the Cowboys enjoyed a strong running game as Darren

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Dez Bryant scored a touchdown in Dallas’s 24-14 win over Miami on Sunday.

McFadden rumbled for an impressive 129 yards on 29 carries.  Robert Turbin chipped in with 35 yards on seven totes as the Cowboys sported a 38-30 run:pass ratio in this game.  It is this type of balance that the team was struggling to create while Tony Romo was out.  That was because the backup quarterbacks did not go through all of their progressions like Tony did in this game.  That was the main difference.  Although #9 looked a little skiddish in the pocket at times, he was going through all of his reads.  He did seem a bit uncomfortable, however, and did make some poor throws, but that is to be expected from a man who is coming off of an eight week layoff.

The Dolphins offense was their downfall on this afternoon.  Many drives were hampered by penalties and they just could not help Ryan Tannehill out with any kind of run game.  In the future, they should try to get the ball in the hands of their rookie running back out of Boise State, Jay Ajayi.  He has showed good burst on the season and could use some game-time experience heading into the next season.

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Jarvis Landry in action from 11/22/15.

While the offense was poor, Miami’s defense has continued to look a lot better under Lou Anarumo.  Ndamukong Suh has been the force many thought he would be over the past couple of weeks, and that has really helped out the pass rush that is being generated by the Dolphins’ front four.  Coverage on the backend was much better over last week when the defense looked mediocre against the Eagles.  Of course, Brent Grimes being back from his illness helped, but Reshad Jones has been a force at safety all year.  Even though Miami lost this game, the team did look improved on the defensive side of things.

The Cowboys have a long way to go before they can be considered relevant again, and a short turnaround is in their future as they will have to play the 10-0 Panthers on Thanksgiving this Thursday.  The Dolphins will host the Jets next Sunday as they desperately try to claw their way back into playoff contention in the AFC.  A win over New York would go a long way for them in that regard.  The main takeaway from this game would have to be that the Cowboys looked a lot better as a team upon Romo’s return.  It may not have been because of him, but in the future it could be.  There may be light at the end of the tunnel for Dallas yet.

The Skinny:

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Tony Romo finished the afternoon 18/28 with 227 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
  • Tony Romo and Dez Bryant pass Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin for first all-time in Dallas history for TD passes by a QB/WR duo with 50
  • The Dolphins defensive line looked solid when Romo dropped back to pass, sacking him twice and causing pressures on a number of other dropbacks including two forcing him into ugly interceptions
  • Romo did not look all too comfortable in the pocket coming off of injury and showed a little bit of rust on the field
  • The Dallas defense was outstanding, holding Miami to just 210 yards of total offense; their lowest total of the season
  • The Cowboys offensive line played their best game of the season since Week 3 against the Falcons

Week 10: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos Recap

Sean Smith returning an interception against the Broncos from 11/15/15.
Sean Smith returning an interception against the Broncos from 11/15/15.

Final: Kansas City 29, Denver 13

It was a bitter-sweet day for Peyton Manning and the Broncos, although, admittedly, mainly bitter, as the Chiefs come into Sports Authority Field at Mile High and demolish Denver.  Of course, Manning entered the game only needing three yards to break Brett Favre’s passing yardage record, so one had to figure that he was going to hit that mark on his very first completion.  He did so on a four yard out route to C.J. Anderson on his second drive in the first quarter.  He finished the day with 71,871 total passing yards in his career, and there is a chance that this might be the final tally forever; but more on that later.

Peyton Manning Struggled on the afternoon, completing only five passes against the Chiefs secondary. He was also picked off four times and sacked twice.
Peyton Manning Struggled on the afternoon, completing only five passes against the Chiefs secondary. He was also picked off four times and sacked twice.

Manning was intercepted four times in this game and benched in favor of Brock Osweiler in the third quarter of this contest.  In fact, he actually completed fewer passes to his own team beyond the line of scrimmage (3) than he did the defense (4).  That’s right, the Chiefs got the “sheriff” a total of four times in this one.  Manning finished the game a dismal 5/20 for 35 yards with that handful of thrown interceptions.  His quarterback rating for the game?  A 0.0.  This has not happened in the league since 2004 when Jeff Garcia did it.  So clearly, besides the historic achievement of breaking Brett Farve’s passing record, this was a truly forgettable day for Mr. Manning.

Let’s not forget to hand out credit where credit is due, however.  The Kansas City Chiefs played a heck of a game on both sides of the ball.  They thrived in the passing game much more so than they did against Denver in Week 2.  Of course, the absence of cornerback Aqib Talib from this one helped.  Nevertheless, they were able to find success throwing the ball as well as running it.  Charcandrick West compiled 152 total yards from scrimmage and scored twice, including an 80 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to seal the game.  Cairo Santos connected on five of his six attempted field goals on the afternoon as well.  He is an underrated kicker in this league, if there is such a thing.

As solid as the Chiefs offense looked, it was the defense that became the story of the game.  The secondary put out one of the best performances out of any team on the season.  Denver receivers struggled to get open and their running game got almost no traction whatsoever.  Demaryius Thomas was a no-factor while Peyton Manning was in the game.  When Brock Osweiler came in, he was a bit more noticeable, but was still not making great separation.  The tight ends were completely wiped out by the linebackers and the Denver offensive line was absolutely manhandled by the Kansas City pass rush.  It was an all-around dominant effort by the Chiefs on the road.

Charcandrick West in action from 11/15/15
Charcandrick West in action from 11/15/15

Reports have surfaced after the game stating that Peyton Manning has suffered from Plantar Fasciitis.  Obviously he won’t admit that the injury affected his play, but one has to think that it did not help the cause at all.  Because of the injury, Manning may have to sit out next week against Chicago.  Plantar Fasciitis is an injury that takes quite a long time to heal.  He may not be able to shake this one for a bit.  Also, Brock Osweiler needs to accumulate some real game action for some experience.  Sitting Peyton seems like the best move at this point.  It is widely believed that this could be Manning’s final season as well.  If Osweiler can come in and produce immediately, there may be no need to go back to the future hall of famer.  With that being said, there is an outside chance that this could have been Peyton’s last start in the NFL.  They may return to him later in the year if the Arizona State product struggles.  After all, he did not look overly impressive in this game against the Chiefs.

Denver could be fading fast here if the defense doesn’t get back to its old ways.  Furthermore, let’s not count out the Chiefs just yet.  They have split the season series with the Broncos and are climbing back to .500 with a manageable back-end to their schedule.  If the defense can continue to play like they did in this contest, and Alex Smith can keep on playing mistake-free football, this could be a sleeper team to pay attention to in the AFC come playoff time.

The Skinny:

  • Even though he was awful on the day, Peyton Manning did manage to break Brett Favre’s passing record in this
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    The Chiefs held Peyton Manning to a passer rating of 0.0 on Sunday.

    game.  He now is the NFL’s all-time leading passer with 71,871 yards

  • The Kansas City defense recorded five interceptions in this game and allowed only 152 yards through the air
  • Cairo Santos kicked at least five field goals for the second time in a game this season
  • Peyton Manning was benched in favor of Brock Osweiler in the third quarter.  The youngster did not look any more impressive in relief
  • Marcus Peters intercepted Manning for the second time this year and continues to build a strong case for the rookie of the year award
  • Even after this game, Alex Smith has not thrown an interception since Week 2 at Green Bay

Week 8: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons Recap

Rookie QB Jameis Winston was solid in the game Sunday in Atlanta.
Rookie QB Jameis Winston was solid in the game Sunday in Atlanta.

Final: Tampa Bay 23, Atlanta 20 (OT)

The Buccaneers watched a 17-point second half lead evaporate for the second straight week, but are able to pull it together in overtime to clip the sloppy Atlanta Falcons 23-20.  Tampa did not turn the ball over in this contest and rookie Jameis Winston looked solid in his decision making and pocket presence.  Doug Martin made a few tackle-breaking runs that reminded fans of his 2012 rookie campaign in the game as well, but the real star in this one was linebacker Kwon Alexander.  He was all over the place and was able to chase down and strip Julio Jones of the ball in the first quarter, and intercept an errant Matt Ryan pass late in the second quarter.  He had another pick wiped away due to a penalty on the Falcon opening drive.  Alexander also lead the team in tackles with six solo and five assisted stops.

This was one of the two turnovers forced by Tampa Bay linebacker Kwon Alexander from November 1st, 2015.
This was one of the two turnovers forced by Tampa Bay linebacker Kwon Alexander from November 1st, 2015.

As well as the Buccaneers played in this contest, the result may have been more based upon how bad the Falcons were.  They turned the ball over four times and committed a season high 11 penalties for 124 yards.  Matt Ryan’s numbers were respectable as he did throw for 397 yards, but when push came to shove in overtime, the offensive line was not able to slow the Tampa pass rush and Ryan could not deliver an accurate ball during crunch time.  Center Mike Person had a rough game as he was called for a hold, was beat a couple of times on the interior, and made a couple of bad snaps.  The Falcons also turned the ball over twice in the red zone against a team that had struggled in that area of the field.

As easy as it is to give kudos to the Buccaneers for this win, it is important to remember that they did cough up a 17-point lead.  They became the first team to do that in back-to-back weeks since the Vikings did it in 2011.  Tampa Bay has had a lot of trouble finishing games, and that is something that they will have to work on if they hope to even compete in the NFC South in the near future.  The defense gave up a game-tying touchdown pass in regulation with just 18 seconds left and luckily they won the toss in overtime, because had they not it wouldn’t have been a stretch to say that the Falcons would have ridden their momentum that they were creating to a win.  Nevertheless, Jameis Winston delivered a great drive when he had to in order to seal a win for his team.

The NFC South is as crazy as any division in football at the moment.  The Falcons have dropped to 6-2 and sit in second place in the division behind Carolina.  With this win the Buccaneers climb to 3-4 and are not completely out of it.  And don’t look now but the Saints are 4-4 and red hot coming into the second half of the season.  Atlanta will have to find some momentum soon otherwise they could risk seeing their hot start fade into the background.  One thing is for sure, they will not win many games turning the ball over four times.  A good win by Tampa Bay, but this game should be classified as more of a Falcon loss rather than a Buccaneer win.

The Skinny:

  • Atlanta turned the ball over four times in the game and did not force any takeaways themselves
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    Jameis Winston had one of his best games this season on the road in Atlanta.
  • Even though they won, the Bucs became the first team since 2011 to relinquish 17 point leads in back-to-back games
  • Matt Ryan completed 37 passes (tying a career high) for 397 yards in the game
  • Roddy White continued to fade as he made only two catches for 24 yards.  He was a ghost for the first three quarters
  • Kwon Alexander forced two turnovers and was flying around the field for the Buccaneers
  • Defending the middle of the field was a problem for Tampa Bay as Julio Jones and company ate them alive
  • The Buccaneers had allowed teams to score in the red zone on 25 consecutive drives entering this game.  They stopped the Falcons from scoring twice in this contest in those situations

Week 7: New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts Recap

Andrew Luck faced a lot of pressure in the game Sunday against the Saints
Andrew Luck faced a lot of pressure in the game Sunday against the Saints

Final: New Orleans 27, Indianapolis 21

The Indianapolis Colts suffer a back-breaking loss at the hands of the New Orleans Saints at home, 27-21.  Sean Payton’s team dominated in the first half forcing three turnovers and two Andrew Luck interceptions.  Luke McCown also connected with Benjamin Watson on a 25 yard pass off of a fake field goal in the first quarter that lead to the first score of the game.  Overall, the Saints took a 20-0 lead into the half, which was their biggest in four years (since the last time they played the Colts, as a matter of a fact).

Andrew Luck started off very slow and had to dig his team out of a hole early.  He started the game off 0/5 passing with a pick, and didn’t get his first completion until the 9:11 mark in the second quarter, the slowest start in his career.  The New Orleans cornerbacks did an outstanding job covering throughout the game.  Delvin Breaux was victimized twice in the third quarter by T.Y. Hilton as he was tripped up trying to cover Indy’s number one receiver.  Both times he fell down, Hilton was able to prance into the end zone.  #13 finished the day with four catches for 150 yards; 131 of those coming on his two touchdown receptions.

The Indianapolis cornerbacks were actually very good in their own right in this game.  They did a fine job blanketing

Brandin Cooks made a clutch 47 yard catch in the fourth quarter of this contest from 10/25/15
Brandin Cooks made a clutch 47 yard catch in the fourth quarter of this contest from 10/25/15

Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston, for the most part, however the two of them were able to make a couple of game-changing plays.  On a 3rd and 8 at its own 3 yard line, Drew Brees hooked up with Cooks for a 47 yard gainer (with 8:54 to go in the game).  The other big play was the 20 yard completion to Colston with 2:09 to go in the fourth on a third and three.  Clearly the Colts corners were unable to make the plays when they absolutely needed to, but otherwise they were fine (which does not say much).  With that being said, the main downfall for Indy was its rushing defense.  Mark Ingram carved them up for 143 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown while Khiry Robinson slammed it in the end zone twice with his 14 carries.  The Saints rushed for a season-high 183 yards and three touchdowns.  That was a big factor in this game.

Andrew Luck still looked a bit rusty, and if it had not been for two major plays to T.Y. Hilton in the third quarter, his numbers would have been atrocious and this game would have been a blowout.  As it was, the Saints had their way with Indy, but the Colts did fight back in the end to make it look respectable.  Nevertheless, they fell to 3-4 while New Orleans moved up to the same record.  Luckily for the Colts, everybody else in the AFC South looks feeble and they should be able to wrap the division up in spite of their sloppy play early on.  For the Saints, they have looked good since getting romped by the Eagles a couple of weeks back, but since their division is strong (with 6-0 Carolina and 6-1 Atlanta), they are going to have to put together an impressive run going forward here.  They get a chance to do so next week at home against the Giants while the Colts travel to Charlotte next Monday night and attempt to be the first team to clip the unbeaten Panthers.

Mark Ingram ran for a season's high 143 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Colts.
Mark Ingram ran for a season’s high 143 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Colts.

The Skinny:

  • The Saints rushed for a season-high 183 yards and three touchdowns in the game
  • T.Y. Hilton had 131 yards receiving in the third quarter on two catches (both touchdowns).  One was an 87 yard score which is the longest reception in his career and the longest completion of Andrew Luck’s career
  • Luck’s slow start doomed the Colts in this one.  He began the game 0/5 with a pick and Indy trailed 20-0 at the half
  • A nicely executed 25-yard fake field goal pass from Luke McCown to Benjamin Watson got this game started off in exciting fashion, leading to a 1 yard Khiry Robinson touchdown plunge
  • Cameron Jordan looked solid yet again with a couple of quarterback pressures and two sacks in the game
  • Colts’ rookie Phillip Dorsett left the game with, what appeared to be, a greusome leg injury
  • Each punter kicked it away a season’s high ten times in this game

Week 6: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Minnesota Vikings Recap

Teddy Bridgewater celebrates with Kyle Rudolph after a touchdown from Sunday, 10/19/15.
Teddy Bridgewater celebrates with Kyle Rudolph after a touchdown from Sunday, 10/19/15.

Final: Minnesota 16, Kansas City 10

It was a beautiful Sunday in the Twin Cities as the Vikings ride some solid defense and timely offense to a six-point victory.  The Minnesota “D” held the Chiefs to only 51 total yards in the first half and shut them out for the first three quarters.  Of course, the stingy Viking defense was helped out by the ineptitude of the Kansas City offense which was really missing Jamaal Charles.  KC compiled only 19 yards rushing in the first half and 57 for the game.  The team was an overall 3/12 (25%) on third down and 0/2 on fourth down, mainly because they were in a number of long down and distance situations.  If it weren’t for Alex Smith passing for 237 yards in the second half, this game would have been a laugher.

The Kansas City defense was very good, however.  They withstood Teddy Bridgewater’s 143 passing yards in the first quarter and allowed just 106 for the rest of the game.  Allen Bailey was a force in the middle of the line, and Marcus

Action from Sunday's game between Kansas City and Minnesota
Action from Sunday’s game between Kansas City and Minnesota

Peters had himself a solid game on the outside.  Those were the two biggest standouts from this game for the Chiefs.

On the opposite side, the Vikings didn’t look overly crisp for a majority of the game on offense.  Bridgewater was able to step up in the pocket and make some nice throws, but he had to deal with a lot of pressure which lead to a couple of interceptions.  Stefan Diggs had his second straight impressive performance.  He caught seven balls for 129 yards and looked great running routes and creating separation.  He appears to be the best receiver for Minnesota.  They needed that on a day like this where Adrian Peterson was completely bottled up.  26 carries for 60 yards was all he could manage on the day.  15 of those carries were for two yards or less.

The Chiefs did have their opportunities to close the gap in this game.  Late in the third quarter, Charcandrick West was stuffed on a fourth and inches deep in the red zone.  After reviewing the play, it wasn’t so obvious that he was down and if he hadn’t been, he was able to make it into the end zone.  However, the ruling on the field was that he was down by contact.  Also, Kansas City had two chances to drive for the lead in the fourth quarter.  One time, West fumbled the ball away (with 4:32 left) and the other time they failed on fourth down right at the two minute warning.  Minnesota was then able to sit on the ball.

Some more bad news for the Chiefs: Jeremy Maclin left this game in the third quarter with a concussion.  He may struggle getting back on the field next week when his team takes on the Steelers.  The Vikings will hit the road and visit the Lions, a team that finally picked up their first win of the year on this same day.  Minnesota has something in Stefan Diggs, and if Bridgewater can continue to improve we might be talking about this team come time for the post season.

The Skinny

  • Stefan Diggs went off again for the Vikings, with seven catches for 129 yards

    Jeremy Maclin suffered from a concussion in the third quarter of Sunday's game.
    Jeremy Maclin suffered from a concussion in the third quarter of Sunday’s game.
  • The Kansas City offense was pathetic in the first half and looked like it really missed Jamaal Charles
  • Jeremy Maclin left the game midway through the third quarter with a concussion
  • The Chiefs were able to bottle Adrian Peterson up, holding him to 2.1 yards/carry and stuffing him for two yards or less on 15 of his 26 carries
  • The Minnesota offensive line did not have a strong game, and they allowed the Chiefs to bully Bridgewater quite a bit
  • Alex Smith threw for 237 yards in the second half and didn’t look too bad.  He is not the problem with the Kansas City offense

Week 5: Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions Recap

Carson Palmer scanning the field from 10/11/15.
Carson Palmer scanning the field from 10/11/15.

Final: Arizona 42, Detroit 17

It was a forgettable afternoon for Matthew Stafford, the Lions, and their fan base on Sunday as they suffered a blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field.  The only good news for Detroit was on the shoulders of Calvin Johnson.  In the first quarter be made his 671st career reception, to set a new franchise record, overtaking Herman Moore.

Theo Riddick celebrates from Sunday's game.
Theo Riddick celebrates from Sunday’s game.

Speaking of Johnsons, the Cardinals had a trio of them who had big games.  Chris Johnson carried the ball 11 times for 103 yards in this game.  His runningback counterpart David Johnson was able to find the end zone twice on four carries.  Defensively, Reshad Johnson had a terrific game.  He recorded two interceptions as well as a fumble recovery.  Arizona forced six Detroit turnovers in the game and forced Jim Caldwell to pull Matthew Stafford midway through the third quarter.

The major turning point in this game was when Cory Redding intercepted a screen pass from Stafford.  After that play, the Cardinals built way too much momentum and scored at will on the Detroit defense, that was missing their star linebacker DeAndre Levy again with another hip injury.  He exited the game in the second quarter and was not heard from again.  Arizona really proved its dominance when they completed a 99-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter.  This series included a 49 yard pass play to John Brown and a 40 yard dash by Chris Johnson.  All and all, the Cards put up 28 points in the quarter, their most since 1987.

Dan Orlovsky came in in relief of the ineffective Stafford and did not fare much better.  He was intercepted once, but did throw a touchdown in the waning moments of the game.  For now, Jim Caldwell is saying that Matt Stafford’s job is safe, but you have to wonder how much more this Detroit fan base can take if the former #1 overall pick continues to struggle like he has this season.

Arizona improves to 4-1 on the year and will go battle the Michael Vick led Steelers in Pittsburgh next week.  Early indications are that the Cards will be heavily favored to win this match-up.  Meanwhile, the 0-5 Lions will hunt for their first win of the year at home against the division rival Bears.  Detroit is the only team in the league without a win so far on the season.  This is a talented team that has had an impossible time running the ball on the season.  Those struggles continued in this contest and if the Lions do not find some semblance of a ground game, they could be looking at a really pathetic season.

The Skinny

  • Calvin Johnson became the franchise leader in receptions for Detroit with 671, passing Herman Moore

    Calvin Johnson became the leading receiver in Detroit Lions history surpassing Herman Moore with his 671st catch on Sunday.
    Calvin Johnson became the leading receiver in Detroit Lions history surpassing Herman Moore with his 671st catch on Sunday.
  • Matthew Stafford was benched due to ineffective play in the third quarter
  • The Cardinals forced six turnovers in this game, the most the Lions have given it away since Week 10 of the 2011 season against the Bears.  The six takeaways was the most for the Cards since Week 11 in 2012 against the Falcons
  • The Cardinals scored 28 points in the second quarter, their most since 1987, and the most any team has scored in any quarter in a game since the Packers dropped 28 points in the second quarter on the Bears in Week 10 last season
  • The Lions, as a team, attempted 70 passes in this game, tying an NFL record
  • Carson Palmer has had a quarterback rating of over 100 in four of his five games this year and has thrown 13 touchdown passes, tying him for the league lead with Aaron Rodgers