I’m going to start with the games that I actually watched at least some of.
* The Bengals got killed 35-7. They were beaten in all 3 phases of the game. While there is hope for the Bengals in the future, this game proved that they still have some work to do before they catch up to the Steelers.
*Tebow brought the Broncos back again, this time against the Vikings 35-32. Willis McGahee has looked like a beast since Tebow has taken over. Maybe the Broncos have a playoff chance after all.
*Even when the Packers don’t have their best game, they still find a way to win. His receivers were dropping passes all day, but Aaron Rodgers still brought them back to beat the Giants 38-35. It was an awesome game to watch.
*I only watched a few minutes of the Saints/Lions game, but I really didn’t miss much from what I saw of the highlights. The Saints pretty much dominated, beating the Lions 31-17. The Lions have fallen apart, and now stand at 7-5 after starting the season 5-0.
Onto the games I didn’t see any of, except for highlights.
*Only one thing of note happened in the Chiefs 10-3 victory over the Bears, and that was the injury to Matt Forte. The Bears’ offense revolved around Forte, especially with Jay Cutler being injured, and without Forte for at least 2 weeks, their playoff chances are all but gone.
*The Eagles implosion continued as they lost to the worse-than-average Seahawks 31-14. Marshawn Lynch had another “Beast Mode” run, and it was awesome.
*The Colts at least made the score respectable in their loss against the Patriots, 31-24. Dan Orlovsky, of running out of the back of the endzone fame, had what will probably be the best game of his career, completing 30 of 37 passes for 353 yards and 2 TDs.
*The 49ers spanked the Rams 26-0. Nothing else really needs to be said about this game.
*Ray Rice rushed for over 200 yards as the Ravens destroyed the Browns 24-10. The only reason I cared about this game is that I have Rice on my fantasy team.
*Dallas drops another December game they should have won, this time losing to the Cardinals 19-13. All talk after the game was about Jason Garrett icing his own kicker at the end of regulation, leading to his kicker missing a game winning field goal. All I can do is laugh at them.
*I don’t know how the Falcons lost to the Texans, even though the Texans were down to their 3rd string rookie QB and with Andre Johnson injuring his other hamstring in the 3rd quarter.
There’s a few games I haven’t done, but they really didn’t matter to me. So in the interest of saving the best for last, here goes my take on my Panthers:
The Panthers finally put together a complete game, owning the Bucs 38-19. Cam Newton ran for 3 TDs and threw for another. His best stat of the game? No turnovers. Stewart and WIlliams combined to rush for over 100 yards and 1 TD.
The defense finally had a good game, holding Tampa Bay’s offense to less than 300 yards, allowing only 78 yards rushing on only 2.9 yards per rush. Where has that been all year? I know some people will say, “Yeah, but the Bucs were without Josh Freeman.” So what? Freeman hasn’t been all that good this year anyways. He sure as hell isn’t as good as he was last year.
I just hope that both sides of the ball learn from this game and keep it going. If the defense can stay with it, it will take some pressure off of the offense. If Cam can continue to limit his turnovers, something he hasn’t been doing to well all year, then this will be a dangerous team.
*Monday Night Update: The Chargers finally showed up for a game, beating the Jags 38-14. Granted, it was against the Jags, but San Diego’s offense finally looked like they should have all season. If only they could play this way all year…