Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wrapping up week 10: Top 5 story lines

1. 49ers win again ; Prove they can win through Smith.
 - The 49ers did not only win the game with solid defense, but they won with the offense going through Alex Smith. Frank Gore struggled with 0 yards on 6 carries through the first half, with the running game not effective for most of the contest, the 49ers turned to Alex Smith who completed 19 of 30 passes for 242 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 int that bounced right off the hands of Ted Ginn. Coming off a big win @ New England, Eli Manning and the New York Giants were favored by most experts. Smith matched Manning pass for pass and the 49ers improve to 8-1 with their 7th straight win. 

2. Patriots beat the Jets; own the AFC East.
 - Although the Jets are only a game behind New England, it is clear that the Patriot are the best team in the division. Mark Sanchez continues to struggle and Rex Ryan continues to praise and back up his quarterback. Tom Brady and the Patriots offense played a near perfect game and will be a scary team going forward. 

3. 2 completions enough for Tebow and the Broncos.
 - Despite only 2 complete passes, the Broncos win another game with Tebow at the helms and improve to 4-5, 3-1 since Tebow has taken over. The Chiefs have dropped 2 straight and Matt Cassel's hand is not healthy. The Chiefs might have to turn to Tyler Palko this Sunday when they travel to New England. The Broncos are still in the division hunt trailing 1 game to the Raiders who came off a big win in San Diego Thursday night, with big performances by Carson Palmer, Michael Bush, and Denarius Moore. 

4. Texans win again ; Matt Shaub out, Matt Leinart in.
 - Matt Shaub is out indefinitely with a foot injury. That means it's Matt Leinart time in Houston. The Texans currently hold the number 1 seed in the AFC with a 7-3 record, it is now Matt Leinart's time to show he still has something and lead this Texans team to a division title. Leinart's last start was in 2009 with the Arizona Cardinals. 

5. NFC West goes 4-0.
 - The Arizona Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Eagles 21-17 in Philly. John Skelton has done a great job after taking over for the injured Kevin Kolb. It will be interesting to see what the Cardinals do at quarterback when Kolb is healthy. Another upset was the Seattle Seahawks beating the Baltimore Ravens at Quest field. Baltimore, who was considered by many as the top AFC team was the heavy favorite going into the game. 2 of the 3 losses that the Ravens have suffered has been to the 3-6 Jacksonville Jaguars and 3-6 Seahawks. St. Louis won in Cleveland 13-12 , and the 49ers win at the stick 27-20 against the Giants.

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