Redskins Unable to pull of Emotional Victory
The Washington Redskins honored Sean Taylor in every way possible except for winning the game. They started out the game with only 10 defensive players on the field to signify Sean Taylor not being there. You could see members of the Redskins crying at different points in the game. Nearly every member in the crowd had #21 towels or signs.
(Skins with 10 players on the field)
Playing only 5 days after Sean Taylor’s death, the Redskins were in position to potentially win the game. Up 16-14 with the game winding down Joe Gibbs attempted to “ice the kicker” by calling a timeout. That would’ve been fine but he decided to do it again calling two consecutive timeouts. After a 15 yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct it changed a 51 yard field goal to a 36 yard chip shot for Rian Lindell.
Gibbs took the blame for this loss as he should have and this should be a lesson to all these coaches doing this silly maneuver. Mike Shanahan started all this madness by calling a timeout and now everyone is doing it. The league needs to make a rule against this because it a ridiculous. With all due respect to Joe Gibbs, I’m glad to see someone get burned by this. Hopefully that will send a message.
Here is the Pregame ceremony for Sean Taylor
Colts have a comfy lead after win over Jags
The Jags did just about everything right against the Colts. They ran the ball well. David Garrard was very efficient despite throwing his first interception of the year but the Colts are still the Colts. Peyton Manning is finally getting adjusted to not have Marvin Harrison in the lineup. He had 4 touchdowns with 288 yards against the Jags.
With this victory the Colts go up 2 games on the Jags and considering that they beat the Jaguars in both of their meeting this season, it would take a collapse for the Jaguars to come back and take the Division. This win should calm the critics down who think that Manning
Adrian Peterson returned with a vengeance on sunday against the Detroit Lions. After missing 3 games with a knee injury Peterson, who still lead the league in rushing yards, came back and picked up right where he left off rushing for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Viks routed the Lions 42-10. Hows that 10 win season looking now Jon Kitna?
Tavaris Jackson played extremely efficiently. Amazing how much it helps a young quarterback when all the pressure isn’t on him and he has a running game to fall back on. Jackson went 18-24 with 204 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Around the League
- Behind an ancient quarterback, a suddenly diverse playbook and a dominating defense, the Carolina Panthers finally tasted victory at home. Vinny Testaverde threw two touchdown passes and the Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 31-14 win over the 49ers.
- Norv Turner finally found a way to beat Kansas City. All it took was two touchdowns and 177 yards rushing by LaDainian Tomlinson and eight sacks by the defense.
- The Jets forced five turnovers, displayed some of their old razzle-dazzle on offense and scored 30 unanswered points, running away with a 40-13 victory over the still winless Dolphins, their largest margin of victory in 17 games.
- By the time Donovan McNabb comes back, the Philadelphia Eagles might be playing for pride only. Lofa Tatupu set up Seattle’s first two touchdowns by intercepting A.J. Feeley twice in the first quarter, and he sealed a 28-24 victory with another pick late.
- Gus Frerotte throws three touchdown passes, then sweats out two interceptions that fuel an Atlanta comeback in a 28-16 victory, which is the Rams’ first home win this season.
- Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub left Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter after sustaining a left shoulder injury when he was sacked. Vince Young threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns, rallying the Titans to a 28-20 win over the Texans and snapping a three-game skid.
- JaMarcus Russell’s debut may have drawn the biggest cheers. Josh McCown delivered the biggest plays. McCown throws three touchdown passes for Oakland despite missing two series, and the Raiders capitalize on Denver’s mistakes to beat the Broncos, 34-20.
- Arizona turns three of Cleveland’s four turnovers into touchdowns, Edgerrin James tops 100 yards rushing and the Cardinals hold on to beat the Browns, 27-21.
- Devery Henderson fumbles an awkward toss from Reggie Bush, giving Luke McCown time to drive Tampa Bay for a touchdown for a 27-23 victory over New Orleans.
- Eli Manning redeemed himself just in time and the New York Giants dealt the Chicago Bears’ playoff hopes another staggering blow. Manning led two late touchdown drives after throwing two interceptions to lift the Giants to a 21-16 victory over the Bears.
- Hines Ward catches two touchdown passes to break the Steelers’ record for career scoring catches, and Pittsburgh beats Cincinnati, 24-10.