Early Sunday in Review: Surprises Abound

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November 11, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) drops back as San Diego Chargers defensive end Antonio Garay (71) and defensive end Vaughn Martin (92) rush during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

 

 

In a game that mirrored the scoreboard of the previous one, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also put up 34 points. A team that started the season with a 1-5 record has now won five straight to get to 5-4, making them easily one of the hottest teams in football. Josh Freeman has been a huge reason for the surge as he piloted the Bucs to today’s win over the Chargers. Tampa Bay scored on all sides of the ball, including special teams.

The Giants are the defending Super Bowl champions, had an angry Eli Manning, and were 4.5 point favorites heading into Cincinnati. Somewhere along the line, no one told the Bengals any of that. Cincinnati crushed the New York Giants today, blasting the defense with Andy Dalton’s career-high 4 touchdown passes. The Bengals created turnovers throughout the game, something Dalton didn’t do for the first time this year. A fifty-seven yard strike from Dalton to Green set the tone for the game on their very first possession, and they never looked back. Final score: 31-13.

At home, the Carolina Panthers failed to do much of anything against the hot Denver Broncos. Then again, who can blame them? Peyton Manning helped the Broncos offense put up 36 points as he steered them to another win in a stretch that they have only lost to the New England Patriots. I don’t know about anybody else, but they might be the best team in football right now.

In the latest score coming in, Tom Brady and the Patriots held on to a close win over the Buffalo Bills. The Bills rallied late, but Brady’s 237 yards and two touchdowns sealed the victory at home. It wasn’t an overly dominant performance by the Patriots offense, but when you put up that many points, it doesn’t matter too much. Despite some continuing holes in their defense, the Patriots now have the sole lead of the AFC East.

Falcons no longer undefeated? Giants getting pummeled by the Bengals? Surprise surge by the Buccaneers? What do all these questions mean for the teams trying to reach the playoffs? I guess we’ll just have to wait for week 12. Enjoy the remaining football games today!

 

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