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AFC/NFC East Week Ten Recap

Staff Writer

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012

Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012 16:11


In Week Ten, the New York Giants travelled to Cincinnati to take on a struggling Bengals team. The Bengals were heading into this game with a four-game losing streak. The Giants were fresh off a loss to the Steelers.

   Cincinnati snapped their four game skid in a rout of the New York Giants. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw a career high four touchdown passes as the Bengals went on to defeat the Giants, 31-13.

   The holes in the Giants secondary that Bengals receiver A.J. Green talked about during the week were present in the loss.

   The Giants defensive unit that was so great in getting turnovers and sacking the quarterback just a few weeks ago, has been dormant for two straight weeks.

   The front seven failed to complete a sack this week and only one turnover was forced.

   Cincinnati recovered two fumbles and pulled in two interceptions as the Giants turned the ball over four times.

  Eli Manning contributed two interceptions and accounted for one lost fumble as he failed to find the end zone all afternoon.

   The Giants offense failed to get going against a tough Bengals D. So far this season, the trend appears to be that the Giants go as Manning goes.

  He’s accounted for 3 TD’s in the four loses and 9 in the six victories. If the Giants want to remain on top of the NFC East, Manning will need to improve.

     In a crucial NFC East matchup, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles faced off at Lincoln Financial Field.

  The Cowboys came out swinging and led 10-7 at the half. Michael Vick went down in the second half with a dangerous concussion.

   Nick Foles ran onto the field with cheers from the crowd. Vick did not return. Foles briefly rallied the Eagles for 10 straight points until the Cowboys started forcing some turnovers.

   The Cowboys brought an interception and fumble back for touchdowns and Dwayne Harris brought back a punt 78 yards for a score.

   The final was 38-23 in favor of the Cowboys. It looks like the season may be over for the Eagles.

  If Vick can come back from his injury, the Eagles coaching staff may decide to keep him out.

   The team that was touted as the “dream team” before last season, has shown nothing since then.

  The Cowboys now are 1 1/2 games behind the Giants in the NFC East.

     With the Redskins on bye this week, not much has changed in the NFC East.

   The Giants did drop a game to the Cowboys but still have a 1 1/2 game lead. With the Giants heading into the bye, they’ll look to straighten things out with their offense.

   The Cowboys are improving every week and it seems like the Eagles are done for. It looks to be a two-team race in the NFC East between the Giants and Cowboys.

   The Cowboys take on the Browns in what should be an easy win. Washington and Philadelphia meet up in D.C. in a game the ‘Skins should win.

     The Dolphins faced a strong Titans team this week in Miami. Tennessee has been an up-and-down team so far this season but have found their stride of late. Much of this has been due to the reemergence of star running back Chris Johnson.

   The once strong run defense that Miami boasts was absent this week as Johnson ran for 126 yards and one touchdown as the Titans went on to defeat the Dolphins 37-3. Tennessee’s passing game was relatively quiet all afternoon.

  Jake Locker, in his first game since getting injured in week four, threw two touchdown passes and only 122 yards.

   The Miami offense was as silent as it’s defense. Miami ran for only 54 yards on 15 carries as a team.

   Rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill threw 3 interceptions and no touchdowns. One interception was brought back by Colin McCarthy of the Titans for a touchdown.

   The once solid offense and stout defense of the Miami Dolphins has faded away in the middle of the season.

  They’ll need to turn things around if they want to be able to challenge the Patriots for the top spot in the AFC East.

     Match ups between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots are always exciting.

   This week’s game did not disappoint. New England won this one, 37-31. Having scored first, the Patriots were in position to win.

   The Bills were playing catch-up all afternoon. The Pats improve to 6-3 and the Bills fall to 3-6 and most likely will not be a threat in the AFC East. Bills quarterback

   Ryan Fitzpatrick actually outplayed Tom Brady but did not do enough to give his team the win.

   Fitzpatrick threw for 337 yards and 2 touchdowns and Brady threw for 237 yards and 2 scores.

   Brady gave his team what they needed to win and did not turn the ball over, something Fitzpatrick did twice.

    The Patriots have shown their balance on offense all season. Historically, Brady has held onto a pass first offense. Now with new running back Steven Ridley, the Patriots have been able to keep a balanced offense.

   With this two pronged attack, the Patriots will be able to win the AFC East and challenge the best teams of their conference this postseason.

     Seattle is one of the toughest places to play in the NFL. The weather’s always bad and the fans are as loud as thunder.

   Unfortunately, the New York Jets drew the Seahawks in Week Ten.

   So far this season, the Seahawks have one of the best defenses in the league.

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