The Tampa Bay Bucs had a first half of the season that they wish they could take back. After starting the season with eight losses, the Bucs have won three straight, which should at least keep Greg Schiano on the sidelines for the rest of the season. The Bucs defense was tremendous Sunday, forcing Matthew Stafford into four interceptions to lead Tampa Bay to a 24-21 victory in Detroit. The Lions still hold the lead in what has been a battle of mediocrity in the NFC North. Detroit will need some consistency if they want to hold on to the division after losses to the Steelers and Bucs. They will be home to take on the Packers on Thanksgiving in a huge divisional game.
2. Rivers, Chargers hand Chiefs 2nd straight loss
After a shocking 9-0 start to the season, the Chiefs have finally come back down to earth as we should have expected. They had a tough task against the Broncos last week in Denver, and mixed in with another matchup with Peyton Manning was what could have been considered a trap game against the Chargers. Phillip Rivers made a Chiefs defense that has carried them all season look atrocious. Rivers threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns to lead San Diego back in the AFC playoff race with a 41-38 win. The Chargers join the 5-6 club for the final seed in the AFC playoff race that will likely come down to tiebreaker scenarios. The Chiefs were glad to see the Broncos lose as well, which keeps them tied with Denver atop the AFC West. They will meet for the second time in three weeks Sunday in Kansas City in what will be a pivotal game for both teams. The Chargers remaining schedule will make it difficult for them to have a shot at a playoff spot with the Bengals, Broncos, and Chiefs still remaining on their schedule.
3. Rams stun the Bears in blowout
The Rams find themselves in games every week with Kellen Clemens behind center. Sunday, their defense forced three turnovers that would put Josh McCown and the Bears away, 42-21. The Rams rushing attack was lethal as they ran for 258 total yards and three touchdowns to improve to 5-6 on the season. It will be a tough hole for them to climb to enter any playoff discussion, but they have made things interesting with a backup QB. The Bears backup has played well, but McCown threw a pick and had a fumble that proved to be costly in St. Louis. The Bears are are still tied for first place with the loss and could get Jay Cutler back soon. They’ll get to face the Vikings next week, who ended in a rare tie Sunday against the Packers.