Nov. 29, 2016
"The Stack" 11-28-16
The Stack is back on this Monday and I am certainly not ready to start the beginning of a long work week after a nice long holiday weekend. Are you? To help make Monday easier, today’s “the stack”, like every Monday recaps what happened Sunday in the NFL so let’s get right to it and hopefully make your Monday a little less painful with this read in “the stack” for today, Monday, November 28th:
Atlanta 38 Arizona 19
The Cardinals appear to be done. They just couldn’t keep pace with Atlanta’s high flying offense on Sunday. Taylor Gabriel (former Brown) had a big day with two touchdowns and Matt Ryan outdueled Carson Palmer. Injuries have not helped the Cardinals, but this was once again another game in which they could not get much going.
Baltimore 19 Cincinnati 14
The Bengals fought hard, but lost another close game. Maybe if A.J. Green had played this would have been different, but the Bengals have to play with who they have on the active roster. Just Tucker was the big reason why the Ravens were so successful. He had four field goals, two of which were over 50 yards. He is a tremendous weapon.
Buffalo 28 Jacksonville 21
The Jaguars started off strong with an opening drive touchdown and played the Bills tough for much of the first half, but once LeSean McCoy got in the endzone near the end of the second quarter, the Bills finally awoke on offense. They still found themselves trailing in the fourth quarter, but took the lead 28-21 with a Tyrod Taylor touchdown pass. McCoy finished with over 100 yards on the ground and the Bills beat the two win Jaguars who can’t seem to catch a break.
Tennessee 27 Chicago 21
Give the Bears credit. When they were trailing 27-7 the Bears could have easily given up, but Matt Barkley led the Bears to a couple of touchdowns and had a chance to win the game late, but couldn’t get it done. Shows a lot of character regarding this Bears team. Too bad they had to face Super Mariota who once again had another strong game and has positioned the Titans very nicely for a shot at the AFC South.
New York Giants 27 Cleveland 13
Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. found a way to keep the Browns at bay, but it was Jason Pierre-Paul who is making headlines with his interception for a touchdown. Nice to see him be dominant after his fireworks injury a couple of summers ago. Granted this did happen against the winless Browns, but it has to feel good for Pierre-Paul to do stuff he did before his injury in this game. The Giants continue to put pressure on the Cowboys.
San Diego 21 Houston 13
Don’t know if it was a lucky hunch or not, but I had a good feeling that the Chargers could come into Houston and take down the Texans. The Chargers are a better team than the Texans, but they just play in a more difficult division. Philip Rivers and company did just that with three touchdown passes from Rivers as the Chargers handed the Texans their first home loss of the season.
Miami 31 San Francisco 24
Colin Kaepernick played by far his best game of the season with almost 300 yards passing and three touchdowns plus 113 yards rushing. He tried to run it in with the 49ers driving late to tie the game, but the Dolphins defense stopped him and hung on to preserve the win and get them to win number seven on the season. Hard to think they are at this point after the beginning of the season started as poorly as it did.
New Orleans 49 Los Angeles 21
Jared Goff played pretty well in his second career start. He threw three touchdowns and had some pretty good poise of the offense, but he could not match Drew Brees and the Saints offense. Brees was masterful and running back Mark Ingram had a big day against a Rams team that normally has a very good defense. Not on this day though. The Saints are still players in the NFC South.
Tampa Bay 14 Seattle 5
Didn’t know how well the Seahawks would play without Earl Thomas on the defensive side, but it was the offense that had issues getting anything going. Russell Wilson threw two interceptions and was the team’s leading rusher which is most of the time never a good sign. The Seahawks were stymied on offense almost all day as the Bucs defense brought pressure and played very well overall in keeping the Bucs in it for the NFC South title.
New England 22 New York Jets 17
Leave it to Tom Brady to lead the Patriots on a game-winning drive over the arch rival Jets on the road in a game that the Patriots were trailing. Brady and the Patriots were far from perfect in this game and they did lose Rob Gronkowski in the first quarter, but the Jets have hurt themselves a lot this season with turnovers and they committed another turnover late when Ryan Fitzpatrick got strip-sacked as the Jets lost another one to the Patriots.
Oakland 35 Carolina 32
What a fun game this was to watch. The Raiders were in control of this one and then Derek Carr left the game with a finger injury. He came back with a glove on and after Cam Newton helped give the Panthers a lead, Carr led the Raiders back with some clutch passes to Michael Crabtree and then a big touchdown pass and two-point conversion to tie the game. He led them down the field again for the game-tying field goal. What a win for the Raiders. Tough loss for the Panthers, but they aren’t completely out of it in the NFC South.
Kansas City 30 Denver 27
This game went a full 75 minutes, but it was the Chiefs who prevailed despite have under 100 yards of offense in the first half. Their defense and special teams made up for it though with a safety and kickoff return for a touchdown on the subsequent kickoff. Tyreek Hill is a star in the making for the Chiefs with a kickoff return, rushing and receiving touchdown. The receiving touchdown came with 12 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs trailing. The subsequent two-point conversion was good and we would go to overtime where the decision by Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak to try and win the game in overtime with a 62-yard field goal will be debated for quite some time if the Broncos fail to make the playoffs. The Chiefs would kick the game-winning field goal with no time remaining after the field goal pinballed off of the left upright and in. What a finish! What a game!
Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles 8:30 PM ET ESPN MNF
I initially thought the Packers were going to win this game, but then started leaning towards the Eagles since the Packers can’t stop anyone. Now I’m right back to the Packers. At some point Aaron Rodgers and company will figure it out and they are the far more desperate team now. They feel like they can win out. I won’t put it past them.
Prediction: Packers 34 Eagles 30
Coming up Tuesday: MNF recap plus other top stories in sports world