First and 10: Falcons clutch at home in NFC clash, Vikings step up
The only significant difference between these two teams appears to be Atlanta's ability to run the ball. The Falcons' Michael Turner had 110 yards on the ground to help the Falcons jump out to the lead,
The Giants came out flat after their tough loss to the Eagles last week but
After two heartbreaking losses in a row, the football gods
We saw the old Jake Delhomme early in the Browns-Panthers game, leading Cleveland to a 21-0 lead over his former team in the first half. Then we saw the more recent Delhomme in the second half, with two consecutive picks, one that was returned for a touchdown and got Carolina back in the game. Delhomme did end up completing 24 of 35 passes for 245 yards and likely secured the starting spot moving forward
Credit the Minnesota defense for stepping up and
The Steelers seemed lucky to come away with
• The Steelers' James Harrison can't say anything after his helmet-to-chin hit on Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Harrison may have tried to lower his strike zone, but he didn't succeed. If defensive players really think they're being targeted unfairly, they should make sure Harrison isn't their spokesperson, because he has no right to speak out on this issue.
• Green Bay-Atlanta was slated by some as the game to determine the favorite in the NFC, but it was hard to come away thinking the Falcons are a prohibitive favorite to go to the Super Bowl. They'll gain a huge edge if they can stay at home throughout the playoffs, but they're right there with Green Bay and New Orleans and will likely face the Packers once again in the NFC playoffs.
• Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck may not declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft, so it could be a futile exercise matching him up with NFL teams. But the Panthers fell to 1-10 on Sunday, and despite a strong effort against Cleveland, look bad enough to end up with the worst record and take Luck if he goes pro. You have to think they'd give up on the Jimmy Clausen experiment in a second even though he has shown some positive signs amid a dismal season. The 2-9 Bills are probably interested in Luck as well, although Ryan Fitzpatrick has to be turning a lot of heads, showing a knack for making plays in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the 2-9 Bengals also have to be coveting Luck since Carson Palmer continues to struggle.