Another NFL Sunday in the books and what a wild one it was. The more you think you know about the league, the least you actually do. When I made the picks on Friday, I didn't anticipate both one loss teams to be pushed to the wire or that all but three of the early games would be one possession or less. That's how crazy this league is. Anyway, so far, picks are 8-1 pending tonight's game between the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers. More on that game shortly. Now though, it's time for some reaction from Sunday's games in "the stack" for today, Monday, November 19:
Atlanta 23 Arizona 19
Bad day for Matt Ryan (five interceptions) and the Falcons offense overall, but they were able to win thanks in large part to the fact that they were playing the Cardinals. LaRod Stephens-Howling had a great game with over 100 yards rushing, but anytime you have to go to a rookie third string quarterback to move the offense, you're in trouble.
Tampa Bay 27 Carolina 21
Carolina's season in a nutshell. They have a lead late in the game against a better team and fail to make a stop when they need it. Not only did they give up the game-tying touchdown, but they also gave up the two point conversion to tie the game and then the touchdown on the opening possession of overtime. These teams are heading in different directions.
Dallas 23 Cleveland 20
Leave it to the Cowboys to get pushed to brink by the Browns at home a week after they get a big win against the Eagles. But, the Cowboys recovered and were able to get a big win for them. They are now just one game back of the Giants for the NFC East division lead and given the Cowboys schedule, they have a good chance to win the division.
Green Bay 24 Detroit 20
It wasn't a particularly dazzling display by the Packers offense, but when they needed a touchdown to take the lead, Aaron Rodgers came through. The Packers are heating up at just the right time and soon, they'll be completely healthy and really dangerous down the stretch. The Lions may be out of it.
Houston 43 Jacksonville 37
The most wild and craziest game of the day by far. The Jaguars played phenominal led by backup Chad Henne while the Texans uncharacteristically awful on defense. Not the offense though. Matt Schaub threw for 527 yards (second most in NFL history) and Andre Johnson had 273 yards receiving and the game-winning touchdown. Justin Blackmon was dominant for the Jaguars going for 236 yards and a touchdown. What a highly entertaining game. The Texans better focus here pretty soon, especially with a game this Thanksgiving against the Lions.
Cincinnati 28 Kansas City 6
Clearly the Chiefs left their best effort of the year in Pittsburgh, becuase Sunday's showing was simply awful. The Bengals win means they are getting back in the hunt for a playoff spot. They looked good against the Chiefs, for what it's worth.
New York Jets 27 St. Louis 13
The Jets offense was surprisingly balanced and turnover free in their win against the Rams. Rams offense couldn't get much going at all. While both of these teams weren't going to make the playoffs anyway, the Jets can feel much better while the Rams have to be slightly discouraged.
Washington 31 Philadelphia 6
This game was over quickly. RGIII played very well and the Eagles struggled with Nick Foles at quarterback in place of the injured Michael Vick. Oh yeah and LeSean McCoy got hurt. What else can go wrong for the Eagles this season?
New Orleans 38 Oakland 17
The Saints continue to be red-hot as of late and Sunday was no exception. They torched the Raiders. Even the Saints defense has been playing better as of late. They are a legit playoff contender now. With Drew Brees playing as well as he is right now, the Saints are very dangerous.
Denver 30 San Diego 23
The Chargers continue to have turnover problems that cause them to lose games. Philip Rivers was at it again on Sunday. The Chargers had three turnovers Sunday and Rivers had a hand in all three of them. This is one of the main reasons why they will not make the playoffs. The Broncos meanwhile continue to look like a legit Super Bowl contender. Peyton Manning continues to look really good.
New England 59 Indianapolis 24
Yes the 59-point output is nice, but every Patriots fan is very concerned with the Rob Gronkowski broken forearm on a routine block on an extra point. The Patriots offense will continue to move, but without arguably their best weapon, they could be in a little trouble.
Baltimore 13 Pittsburgh 10
You can see just how much Ben Roethlisberger means to the Steelers offense. Byron Leftwich was largely ineffective in leading the Steelers after their first possession that ended in a touchdown. The defense did their part, but the Ravens were the better team throughout and that means they have the AFC North in firm control.
Chicago Bears @ San Francisco 49ers 8:30 PM ET ESPN
Quaterback injuries dominate the headlines in this game. We already know that Jay Cutler is out for the Bears meaning that Jason Campbell gets the start. Meanwhile, the 49ers have some question about Alex Smith. The 49ers offense has been bad at times this year. Against the Bears defense, they need to have their offense running on all cylinders. I think they're out to prove to people that last week against the Rams was a fluke and the Bears offense is going to have a tough time getting things going.
Prediction: 49ers 20 Bears 10
Coming up Tuesday: MNF reaction, NFL power rankings, college football thoughts and more.