Week 10: Games at a glance

Originally Published: November 14, 2004
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Rams 23, Seahawks 12

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Marshall Faulk busted off a 40-yard run with just over 2:30 left in the game, carrying the ball all the way to the Seahawks' 13. St. Louis ran the clock all the way down to 30 seconds before kicking a FG to go up 23-12. Faulk. He made up for a lost fumble with his best yardage game of the season, carrying the ball 18 times for 139 yards and also catching five passes for 21 yards.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: Despite their inconsistent play the Rams are the favorite in the NFC West because the division is full of these types of teams. The key for this team is to get the ball into RB Marshall Faulk's hands because when he touches the ball 20-25 times the Rams are next to unstoppable.

UP NEXT: Seahawks (5-4) vs. Dolphins (1-8) | Rams (5-4) at Bills (3-6)

Packers 34, Vikings 31

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Ryan Longwell's 33-yard field goal sailed through the uprights as time expired. The Packers were helped on the final drive by a 37-yard kickoff return by Robert Ferguson. Brett Favre. Completed 20 of 29 passes for 236 yards and four TDs. Most importantly, he didn't throw any INTs after throwing three in his last game against the Redskins.

ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: There is now a lot of pressure on the Vikings and the coaching staff and some of it stems from the similarities between this season and last season. Last season the Vikings had a great start, lost to the New York Giants and watched the season fall apart as they missed the playoffs. Sound familiar? This

UP NEXT: Vikings (5-4) vs. Lions (4-5) | Packers (5-4) at Texans (4-5)

Colts 49, Texans 14

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Peyton Manning hit Brandon Stokley on a 69-yard TD reception on just the second play of the second half to put the Colts up 28-0. Manning. Another week and five more TDs for Manning, who now has 31 for the season. That puts him on pace for 55 TD passes for the season.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: I don't think the Colts should have (taken Peyton Manning out) for two reasons. One, right now Manning is extremely hot and has the opportunity to break a few very hard to reach records. It's nice to see a guy that in the zone still on the field making it happen for his team. Second, as scary as it might sound to defensive coordinators this team still hasn't completely found its offensive rhythm.

UP NEXT: Texans (4-5) vs. Packers (5-4) | Colts (6-3) at Bears (4-5)

Saints 27, Chiefs 20

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Trent Green's pass deflected off Derrick Blaylock's hands and was picked off by Orlando Ruff with 1:19 remaining. Joe Horn. Caught five passes for 167 yards. His final catch went for a 42-yard TD and turned out to be the game-winner.

ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: I don't think this win will silence the rumblings in New Orleans because this is the Saints'pattern. This team is just as inconsistent as they are talented and that's saying a lot. They've been in the situation where they will play well one week and then will get killed the next week so the fans and media are probably waiting with baited breath for next week's performance.

UP NEXT: Chiefs (3-6) vs. Patriots (8-1) | Saints (4-5) vs. Broncos (6-3)

Ravens 20, Jets 17 OT

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Matt Stover's 42-yard field goal sailed through the uprights in overtime. The Ravens got into field goal range thanks to a 10-yard completion from Kyle Boller to Travis Taylor. Boller. On a day when the Jets did a good job against Jamal Lewis, Boller made enough plays for the Ravens to win. Boller threw for 213 yards and two TDs.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: This loss is definitely going to linger because it's important for a team with a replacement quarterback to win the first game. This loss will only cause doubt to settle into the minds of the players despite how well QB Quincy Carter played.

UP NEXT: Ravens (6-3) vs. Cowboys (3-5) | Jets (6-3) at Browns (3-6)

Jaguars 23, Lions 17 OT

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David Garrard connected with Jimmy Smith for a 36-yard TD reception in overtime to give the Jaguars the win. Garrard. Starting in place of Byron Leftwich, Garrard completed 19 of 33 passes for 199 yards and two TDs. He also rushed for 42 yards on seven carries.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: Coach Mariucci has the ultimate confidence in his young quarterback. He feels Harrington's problems stem from his current lack of weapons at running back and wide receiver. Both areas are currently decimated by injury, but once those areas are replenished he feels Harrington will be okay. Harrington is very aggressive, but needs to realize when he needs to get rid of the ball. Going

UP NEXT: Jaguars (6-3) vs. Titans (3-6) | Lions (4-5) at Vikings (5-4)

Falcons 24, Bucs 14

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Brian Griese was picked off by Allen Rossum on third-and-20 with five minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Falcons leading 24-14. The Falcons never gave up the ball. Alge Crumpler. The tight end who is clearly Vick's No. 1 target, caught four passes for 118 yards and one TD (a 49-yarder).

ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: I believe Michael Vick is finally getting comfortable in this format of the West Coast offense. This offense is going to take a while for any young quarterback to get used to, but the staff has done a great job tweaking it to fit Vick. Also, he's been helped the past few weeks with the improved play of TE Alge Crumpler. The big tight end gives Vick a great asset down field to use to pick apart the defense.

UP NEXT: Falcons (7-2) at Giants (5-4) | Bucs (3-6) vs. 49ers (1-8)

Steelers 24, Browns 10

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Jeff Garcia's fumble was returned 24 yards by Russell Stuvaints for a TD to put the Steelers up 24-3 with just over nine minutes left. Jerome Bettis. Starting in place of Duce Staley for the second straight week, Bettis carried the ball 29 times for 103 yards and two TDs.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: Defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau has come over from Cincinnati and brought a lot of toughness to this squad. He puts the young players in the secondary in a position to succeed by giving them a basic scheme to follow.

UP NEXT: Steelers (8-1) at Bengals (4-5) | Browns (3-6) vs. Jets (6-3)

Bears 19, Titans 17 OT

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Billy Volek was sacked by Alex Brown and fumbled in the end zone for a safety in OT. Volek's fumble was recovered by Titans OT Fred Miller in the end zone, giving the Bears the safety. Bears defense and special teams. Accounted for all of the Bears' points (2 TDs, one safety and one FG) with one TD coming on a punt return (R.W. McQuarters) and the other on an INT return (Michael Haynes).
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: This win was all defense. This defense plays a very simple game due to injuries and the newness of their defensive strategy. Coach Lovie Smith wants and needs his team to know they must play as a team and understand what's going on at all times. The best way to accomplish that is by playing a "vanilla" scheme and that's what he's done.

UP NEXT: Bears (4-5) vs. Colts (6-3) | Titans (3-6) at Jaguars (6-3)

Bengals 17, Redskins 10

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The Redskins attempted onside kick was recovered by the Bengals with just over two minutes left in the game. Bengals defense. Recorded five sacks and picked off three passes (two Patrick Ramsey passes and one Mark Brunell pass).
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: The Redskins can point to a couple different factors outside of poor QB play to attribute for their poor play. One, the offensive line has been erratic at best this season and that may be attributed to the injury to Pro-Bowl lineman Jon Jansen. Second, the receivers have dropped a lot of passes this season and that's something the quarterback has nothing to do with. Finally, the running game hasn't been consistent at all, which has limited the 'Skins ability to play action on second down.

UP NEXT: Bengals (4-5) vs. Steelers (8-1) | Redskins (3-6) at Eagles (7-1)

Cardinals 17, Giants 14

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Kurt Warner's pass on fourth-and-two with just over one minute left was deflected and fell incomplete. Bertrand Berry. Signed in the offseason, Berry had his best game with the Cardinals, sacking Kurt Warner four times.

ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: The Giants primary problems are on the offensive line and at quarterback. At the beginning of the season, the Giants offensive line played excellent football and kept QB Kurt Warner completely protected. That protection allowed him to make his reads and manage the offense very well. Now with the breakdown of the o-line all Warner's previous problems are starting to come back into play.

UP NEXT: Giants (5-4) vs. Falcons (7-2) | Cardinals (4-5) at Panthers (2-7)

Panthers 37, 49ers 27

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Jake Delhomme connected with Muhsin Muhammad on a 26-yard TD to put the Panthers up 37-27 with just over 2:30 to play. Delhomme. Mired in a miserable season, Delhomme had his best day, completing 19 of 34 passes for 303 yards and three TDs.
ERIC ALLEN'S ANALYSIS: Not only is this team (49ers) the worst team in the league, but they are also the worst organization in the league. This organization used to be the darling of the league and it's amazing how far they've fallen so quickly. They seem to be battling hard for the No. 1 pick in next season's draft

UP NEXT: Panthers (2-7) vs. Cardinals (4-5) | 49ers (1-8) at Bucs (3-6)

Patriots 29, Bills 6

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Tom Brady hit Christian Fauria for a five-yard TD to put the Patriots up 20-0 right before halftime. That was more than enough. Corey Dillon. He just continues to pile up yards for the Patriots, carrying the ball 27 times for 156 yards.

UP NEXT: Bills (3-6) vs. Rams (5-4) | Patriots (8-1) at Chiefs (3-6)

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