Week 9 NFL Grades and Recap

NFL Week 9 Grades: The Bears Dominate, Another Manning Comeback and a Typical Cowboys Performance

11/5/12 in NFL   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Nov 4, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Bears guard Lance Louis (60) catches a tipped pass against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. The Bears beat the Titans 51-20. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US Presswire
The Bears put on another dominating performance against  the Titans in a blow out victory

Chicago Bears: A+
Is it possible that the 7-1 Bears are actually underrated? The constant drama surrounding quarterback Jay Cutler always leaves the impression that the Bears are a ticking time bomb, but other than their Week 2 loss to Greenbay, they been consistent all season. The Bears destroyed the Titans on Sunday, and made a strong case for being the best team in the league during the first half of the season.
Denver Broncos: B
The Broncos didn’t play great, but were able to pull out a late game victory behind another Peyton Manning fourth quarter comeback. For all the talk about Eli’s fourth quarter heroics, we tend to forget that the older Manning brother is the master at gaming winning drives. Peyton broke a tie with Dan Marino for most fourth quarter or overtime game wining drives (48) with his win over Cincinnati on Sunday. Eli has 28 such drives, so he still has a while before he can take the crown from his brother.
Atlanta Falcons B:
Atlanta didn’t have a spectacular game, but being able to pull out a gritty win against the desperate Cowboys was impressive enough. This was a game that the Falcons could easily have lost, but they stayed focus and overcame a few mistakes. Atlanta looks more impressive every week, but that first loss should be coming soon because they can’t go undefeated, can they?
Carolina Panthers: C
Carolina won an ugly game against the Redskins in what was supposed to be a high-scoring showdown between Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III. Neither team looked particularly good, but a win will probably do wonders for Newton’s psyche. This quarterback matchup could be a marquee one for years to come.

November 4, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman (33) is tackled by New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the fourth quarter of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE
The Giants put on another lackadaisical home performance against the Steelers.

New York Giants: D
How is it that the Giants play so bad at home? New York was up by 10 points at the end of the third quarter and then completely fell apart, failing to score a single point in the fourth. Now is not the time to panic because the Giants are still one of the best teams in the league and have a two game lead in the NFC East division race. But the way that they play at home, New York fans would almost prefer them in a wild card spots instead of having home field advantage during the playoffs.
Dallas Cowboys: D
Dallas had real shot at winning their game against Atlanta and possibly turning their season around, but of course, they failed in a typical Cowboys way. Missed tackles, missed catches and overall poor play cost the team what could have been an impressive victory or the 8-0 Falcons. The Cowboys would probably have to win seven of their next eight games to have a realistic chance at making the playoffs.
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11/5/12   |   krsmntng   |   6697 respect

not for long. The pack will catch up.

11/5/12   |   burn_in_the_light_of

Ugly? Really? Carolina flat out dominated Washington from the start of the game, not allowing any TDs until the very end of the game. They deserve at least a B. Atlanta's game was uglier yet you rank them better.