The weekly NFL recap: Week 11

With all the controversy back in 2011 when quarterback Carson Palmer left his former team. The Cincinnati Bengals, the now Arizona Cardinals QB was finally able to stick it to his former team on a game-winning drive.

The game started off slow for Palmer as he started the gaming tossing two picks in just the first quarter alone. Going into the second quarter, Palmer was able to toss a beautiful touchdown pass to Darren Fells and thus continue to light up the Bengals secondary which led them to a 317-yard, four touchdown victory.

To add the cherry on top, Palmer was able to lead the Cardinals on a 70-yard game winning drive just 52 seconds after the Bengals tied the game late in the fourth quarter. In an effort to get the win over his former team, Palmer connected with J.J. Nelson and Larry Fitzgerald twice in the span of 24 seconds on a perfectly executed drill before Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro nailed a 32-yarder at the buzzer, reported NFL writer Jeremy Bergman.

Photo Credits: Sportal.co.nz

Photo Credits: Sportal.co.nz

Despite Palmers success this season, he is still going overlooked upon the chance of being voted MVP. In fact, Palmer now leads the league ahead of Tom Brady in touchdown passes – Palmer has 27 recorded touchdown passes while Brady has 24.

In other news, the San Diego Chargers got demolished this past Sunday as they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs with a score of 33-3.

Those who watched knew that the game was over when Kansas City player Justin Houston picked off Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers pass in the third quarter and returned the interception 16 yards for a touchdown to turn the game into a blowout. Houston used his instincts and athleticism as he read Rivers eyes and jumped the screen and took off for the end zone.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy is getting anxious as his team has now lost six straight games and divided themselves from the men and the boys. Surely McCoy can’t be all to blame due to his team’s mental and physical mistakes but changes certainly need to be changed lightning quick.

After the Chiefs running back Charcandrick West left the game due to a hamstring injury, Spencer Ware gave the Chiefs a boost as Ware rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Even though the Chiefs main running back Jamaal Charles is injured and out for a while, after last Sunday’s game it’s evident that the Chiefs have an extremely dangerous running game.

With Cowboys quarter back Tony Romo is now back in the game, Romo has proven that despite the mistakes, he can fix them with some pretty terrific plays when under pressure, was proven in the win of 24-14 over the Miami Dolphins.

After throwing two interceptions on Sunday’s game Romo was able to come back with the win as he changed plays at the line of scrimmage to pick up third-and-longs, hit big plays down the field and improvise when under pressure.

Photo Credits:  SportingNews.com

Photo Credits: SportingNews.com

NFL writer Gregg Rosenthal reported, at 3-7, the Cowboys are only two games out of the NFC East lead. Their chances can’t completely be discounted in the division if their defence continues to play like this. Miami only had nine first downs in the entire game. Ryan Tannehill had 13 yards in the first 29 minutes and the Dolphins couldn’t sustain their offense the whole game. Rolando McClain’s pick-six typified a great outing from the Cowboys’ linebacker group, led by McClain and Sean Lee.

On Miami’s defensive line, Ndamukong Suh and Oliver Vernon dominated the Cowboys from line for the majority of the game, especially when Romo would fall back for the pass. But the Cowboys made the wise choice of focusing on the run game in the fourth quarter making the Dolphins’ defence absolutely exhausted. Dallas ended the game running 27 more plays in the game than what Miami did.

Connor Allen
Assistant Sports Editor

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