NFL Late Games Recap: Big brother wins another Manning Bowl
Denver 41, N.Y. Giants 23 One week after committing six turnovers, the Giants improved...to four turnovers, all Eli Manning interceptions. The Broncos offense, meanwhile, only scored 10 points in the first half, but exploded in the second. They were helped by the short fields Eli was giving them, and an 81 yard punt return touchdown by Trindon Holliday. Denver is 2-0 and are looking like the best team in the league. The Giants are 0-2 and are searching for answers.
Arizona 25, Detroit 21 The Lions led most of the game, until Rashard Mendenhall rushed 1 yard for the go-ahead score with 1:59 left. Detroit's offense was completely shut down in the second half, gaining just 84 yards, most of them on a drive that ended on a blocked field goal. A pick six is the only thing that kept the Lions in the lead as long as they were.
Oakland 19, Jacksonville 9 Two games in and the Jags have not kicked an extra point. Their first touchdown of the year came with 2:57 left in the game. They went for 2 and failed. I think we can go ahead and start 0-16 watch. I have no idea what to say about the Raiders.
New Orleans 16, Tampa Bay 14 This game was delayed more than an hour due to lightning. Obviously that's the right move, but I'm still a little bummed that it kept us from the Red Zone touchdown montage. I wonder if the conditions are hurting the offense. In Bucs Meltdown watch, in the third quarter, Freeman took a shot downfield, Vincent Jackson made a great catch and took it to the house. Of course, it was called back due to illegal formation. However, just before Red Zone shut down for the day, the Bucs took the lead on a huge pick six.
UPDATE: The Saints won the game on a field goal as time expired. Tampa missed a field goal with just over a minute left, setting up the final drive by New Orleans. The Bucs committed 10 penalties and were docked 118 yards.
What are your thoughts on the late games?