- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 11, 2008



Minnesota got 192 yards from its franchise running back, scored two first-half safeties and held its opponent to 184 yards offense … and almost lost.

Green Bay intercepted three passes and scored touchdowns on an interception and punt return … and still lost.

In one of the season’s craziest games, the Vikings pulled into a first-place tie with Chicago in the NFC North with a thrilling 28-27 win against the hated Packers at the Metrodome.

Adrian Peterson scored on a 29-yard touchdown run with 2:22 remaining for the winning score. Mason Crosby’s 52-yard field goal attempt in the final moments went wide right.

Gus Frerotte threw three interceptions but was saved by Peterson’s performance and the Vikings’ defense, which hammered Aaron Rodgers for four sacks.

The NFC East should pay attention to the team that emerges from the NFC North. Minnesota and Chicago may finish 9-7 at best but will earn a playoff home game against the fifth or sixth seed, which could be the Redskins, Dallas or Philadelphia.



The Ravens, who looked like a rebuilding team last month when Indianapolis pummeled them 31-3, continued their resurgence with a 41-13 win at Houston, a team that was playing well at home.

Baltimore intercepted Sage Rosenfels four times, and Willis McGahee rushed 24 times for 112 yards as the Ravens moved to 6-3 and into a tie for the AFC North lead with Pittsburgh. The Steelers hold the tiebreaker because of their overtime win Sept. 29.

The Ravens face a tough road to reach the playoffs. In addition to a rematch with Pittsburgh, Baltimore still has to play the entire NFC East, playing host to the Redskins and Eagles and visiting the Giants and Cowboys.


Big injuries from Week 10:

LB Adalius Thomas, New England (forearm): With a key division game looming Thursday against the Jets, the Patriots will be without Thomas, who fractured his forearm vs. Buffalo.

CB Mike McKenzie, New Orleans (kneecap): On a third-quarter play against Atlanta, McKenzie sustained a season-ending right kneecap injury.

PR Charles Gordon, Minnesota (ankle): During a return against Green Bay, Gordon was lost for the season with a broken ankle so gruesome that the Fox cameras would not replay it.

WR Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (head): Harrison departed after he took a hit to the head during a touchdown catch at Pittsburgh.


1. Philadelphia’s playcalling is puzzling. The Eagles trailed the Giants 36-31 with two minutes remaining and faced a third-and-3 on their 43-yard line. On third down, Brian Westbrook ran right for 2 yards. On fourth down, Westbrook ran right for no gain. Huh? You know the playcalling is bad when even John Madden rips the strategy.

2. The Saints stink on the road. New Orleans remains 0-for-2008 in road games and, as a result, is in the NFC South cellar. Forget all this talk about Drew Brees being an MVP candidate. At home, Brees has 10 touchdowns and four interceptions and the Saints are 3-1. On the road, they’re 1-4, and Brees has six touchdowns and six interceptions.

3. Kerry Collins’ arm does have something left. Tennessee won its first eight games largely because of its running game. But in their win against Chicago, the Titans were held to 29 yards on 20 rushes, but Collins was 30-for-41 for 289 yards and two touchdowns.

4. The Redskins’ loss to St. Louis looks even worse. The Rams beat Dallas a week after their win against the Redskins and then played New England tough. But the Rams are back to being awful; they lost 47-3 to the Jets on Sunday. The Jets’ 40-0 halftime lead is believed to be the third largest since the AFL/NFL merger. “It was embarrassing,” coach Jim Haslett said. “That was bad football all the way around.”

5. The NFL Network lucked out. Its first Thursday night game, Denver over Cleveland, is a thriller. This week’s game is for the AFC East lead and features polarizing personalities Bill Belichick and Brett Favre when the Jets visit the Patriots.


Interesting stat about the Week 10 games:

20.6 Completion percentage for Jake Delhomme in Carolina’s win at Oakland. He became just the second quarterback since the merger to complete fewer than 30 percent of his passes (7-for-27) and throw four interceptions in a victory. Cincinnati’s Ken Anderson was 4-for-19 in a 1975 win against the Raiders.


Whose performance in Week 10 puts him in the spotlight next week for all the wrong reasons:


The Redskins did Pittsburgh a favor last week by knocking Roethlisberger out of the game; Byron Leftwich led the Steelers to a 23-6 win. Roethlisberger played the entire game against Indianapolis and was brutal, throwing three interceptions in a 24-20 loss. He has eight picks in his past three games, and the 6-3 Steelers play host to San Diego on Sunday.

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