WEEK 13 - THANKSGIVING
JETS - COWBOYS Next Up: MIAMI DOLPHINS
The Cowboys looked every bit of an elite team in drowning the hapless Jets, 34-3. Their attack was balanced and their defense solid. The Jets carried over some of their defensive scheme from the Steelers game to pressure QB Tony Romo and sack him 3 times in the first half but the Cowboys made adjustments to stymie the Jets rush in the second half. The ‘Boys certainly didn't seem to be looking ahead to the Packers.
Jet QB Kellen Clemens wasn't very impressive other than his willingness to throw balls out of bounds. He's not seeing the field well and checks down quickly even still he's not very accurate yet. The Jets had only 180 total yards and 9 first downs and were never in the game. The Cowboys owned the point of attack on both lines and while OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson had a good game (mainly) against LB DeMarcus Ware, DE Greg Ellis had 2 sacks and pressured Clemens.
RB Marion Barber spearheaded a solid running game that controlled the ball for nearly 38 minutes and averaged 5.1 yards per carry that made Tony Romo's job all the easier. When the Cowboys needed a play, someone made it.
Jet 2nd year S Abram Elam continues to play aggressively and had a good game against his former team. LB David Harris was solid if unspectacular and CB Darrelle Revis limited but didn't stop WR Terrell Owens (6 catches, 65 yards, 1 TD).
The Jets looked more like the team through week 10 rather than the one the beat the Steelers last week. With 10 days to prepare for the Dolphins the Jets should have a good chance to regain some of last week's luster.
PACKERS - LIONS
Credit to the Lions for not packing it in when they trailed 34-12 and hopefully a lesson learned for the young Packer team. Rookie WR Calvin Johnson finally got the idea of holding onto the football in the second half.
The Lions running game reappeared allowing them to control the ball for over 34 minutes. QB Bret Favre was deadly accurate in building a 3 TD lead that had all but evaporated when the Lions scored with 6:34 remaining. The Pack next faces the Cowboys who are more opportunistic and dynamic than the Lions and I don't see them winning if they fail to play the full 60 minutes of the game.
DE Aaron Kampman continues to play like a man possessed adding 2 sacks and 5 solo tackles. He should get some consideration for Defensive Player Of The Year. The return of WR Koren Robinson adds some depth and deep play potential to an already solid receiving corps.
Next weeks game in Dallas should be a great game. I see the Cowboys winning, 24-16.
I didn't see the COLTS - FALCONS game but with WR Anthony Gonzalez (6 catches, 105 yards) back in the lineup a better game from QB Peyton Manning was assured.
Hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. Good luck and Safe Home to all.