Dallas Cowboys 14, Washington Redskins 10
Marion Barber gave one of the great running back performances in the NFL this season. He rushed for 66 of his 114 yards in the fourth quarter and touched the ball on Dallas’s final 11 plays to ice the game. It was a season-saving effort from a gutsy leader.
Terrell Owens had five receptions for 38 yards in this game. The physicality of the Washington defensive backs got to him a bit, but more than that, there was a lack of continuity between Tony Romo and all of his wide receivers. It’s worth noting that Owens has now gone five straight games without topping the 40-yard mark.
Jason Witten’s rib injury is really bothering him. He’s dropping passes he normally holds on to.
Jason Taylor, who hasn’t been healthy all season, was a non-factor in this game.
As well as Chris Horton is playing for Washington, the story of the secondary may be LaRon Landry. He’s simply not making enough game-changing plays.
The Redskins failed to take advantage of Dallas’s undersized interior front seven by not feeding Clinton Portis the ball often enough.
Those of you who get on me for touting Terence Newman as God’s greatest gift to the cornerback position, I ask, Did you watch this game?
Pittsburgh Steelers 11, San Diego Chargers 10
It’s the first time in NFL history that a game has ended with this particular score. And somewhat ironically, it shouldn’t have. That last touchdown scored by Troy Polamalu should have counted. The missed call triggered a $65 million swing in Vegas.
The one week that San Diego’s defense shows up, the offense disappears. The reason? The playing surface in Pittsburgh is a quagmire. It’s maddening that the NFL hasn’t stepped in and ordered the team to install field turf.
Was anyone else surprised to learn that the Steelers franchise record for a pass-rushing duo’s combined sack total is only 24.5? That record, held by Joey Porter and Jason Gildon, is about to be broken by James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley.
No player in football is as good when his feet leave the ground as Troy Polamalu. The All-World safety makes plays diving that you wouldn’t even think would be “diveable” in the first place.
Two players who have drawn criticism as of late both played well Sunday: Ben Roethlisberger, who was 31/41 with 308 yards (his first 300-yard game since 2006) and, even though the numbers don’t show it, LaDainian Tomlinson, who conjured up a lot of additional rushing yards that simply weren’t there against this stifling Steeler D.
In addition to a superb Furious Norv Face at the end of this game, we were also treated to several You League Officials Love Screwing Us Tomlin Face. The You League Officials Love Screwing Us Tomlin Face is the face that the Steelers head coach makes when he rips off his headset, widens his already enormous eyes, tilts his head up a bit, paces back and forth and starts yelling something to the refs along the lines of “you league officials love screwing us!”
Tennessee Titans 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 14
Second week in a row that Tennessee has won on the arm of Kerry Collins. The Titans averaged 10.0 yards per pass play in this game, as Collins completed 13/23 for 230 yards and three scores.
Is it fair to say that Chris Johnson and LenDale White form a better one-two punch than Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew? Individually, the Jacksonville duo may have more talent (i.e. Taylor is better than White), but as a two-headed monster, the fellas in Tennessee have a sounder identity.
Any team that surrenders 147 yards and two touchdowns to Justin Gage deserves to be 4-6.
What’s up with David Garrard? He was a paltry 13/30 for 135 yards against a Tennessee defense that was without starting cornerback Nick Harper and top pass-rusher Kyle Vanden Bosch.
Speaking of Vanden Bosch, it should be noted that his replacement, Dave Ball, has been very solid filling in for him. Ball terrorized Khalif Barnes in this game. (By the way, this upcoming offseason, the Jaguars need to find a replacement for Barnes.)
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