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Perfect ten for Colts and Saints

November 24, 2009
 Resident AFC South leaders Indianapolis Colts made it ten wins from ten after narrowly overcoming the Baltimore Ravens, 17-15, thanks to a field goal from former Ravens kicker Matt Stover.

The Colts (10-0) kept the Ravens (5-5) out of the end zone, with Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff converting five field goals. All this despite Peyton Manning throwing two interceptions and injuries on the Indy defense.    

Running back Mike Bell goes over the New Orleans Saints -

Over in the NFC, the New Orleans saints matched the Colt’s perfect record with a 38-9 demolition of the ever woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-9).

The worrying thing for the rest of the NFL is that the Saints (10-0) might just be getting better. Quarterback Drew Brees didn’t throw an interception for the first time in five games and his offensive line didn’t allow a sack for the first time since mid October.

AFC West battle

In terms of the standings, probably the most important game on Sunday was the San Diego Chargers going on the road to visit the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos (6-4) started the season quickly winning their first six, but a 32-3 drubbing by the Chargers (7-3) means they’ve lost four in a row and have surrendered the lead of the AFC West to San Diego.

Bills post Jauron

Now is around the time of season when NFL GMs and owners get itchy feet and decide to write off a season and get ready for the next.

The Buffalo Bills (3-7) became the first franchise to sack their head coach. During the week, Dick Jauron was replaced by defensive co-ordinator Perry Fewell.

Interim coach Fewell came close to a deubt win but a David Garrard touchdown pass to Mike Sims-Walker with just 56 seconds left on the clock, means the Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4) beat the Bills 18-15.


The shocks of the weekend came from the Oakland Raiders (3-7) and the Kansas City Chiefs (3-7).

The Raiders beat the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals (7-3), coming back from 17-10 down with 30 seconds to go.

Raiders wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey (12) challenges Leon Hall (29) for possession -

Wide receiver Louis Murphy caught a 29 yard touchdown pass from Bruce Gradowski with half a minute left to tie the game.

But no overtime was needed, as the Bengals fumbled the kick off, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski was able to kick the winning field goal with 15 seconds to go.

The Chiefs did need overtime to create the other shock of the weekend, beating reigning Superbowl Champions the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4), 27-24 

Matt Cassel’s 61-yard pass to Chris Chambers set up the game winning 22-yard field goal from Ryan Succop.

Two bad teams can make a good game

The Detriot Lions (2-8) and the Cleveland Browns (1-9), possibly the two worst teams in the league, battled out a real shootout, with the Lions winning 38-37, thanks to a last second Matt Stafford touchdown pass to Brandon Pettigrew.

Other results

Chicago Bears 20 – 24 Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Cowboys 7 – 6 Washington Redskins

Green Bay Packers 30 – 24 San Francisco 49ers

Minnesota Vikings 35 – 9 Seattle Seahawks

New England Patriots 31 – 14 New York Jets

New York Giants 34 – 31 Atlanta Falcons

St. Louis Rams 13 – 21 Arizona Cardinal

Tennessee Titans 20 – 17 Houston Texans  

Full results and stats at ESPN or the BBC


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