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Three proud NFL franchises feel the cold

The New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans experience chilling Week 6 losses.

October 19, 2009|SAM FARMER

The New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans -- three proud NFL franchises.

Cold, colder and coldest.

The Jets lost to one-win Buffalo, the Eagles lost to one-win Oakland, and the winless Titans, well, they should warm themselves by burning the video from Sunday's 59-0 obliteration at New England.

"You never go into a game thinking it's going to be like this," said Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, whose team put on a record-setting performance at snowy Gillette Stadium. "It's just our day today."

Two hundred miles down the Eastern Seaboard, it certainly wasn't the Jets' day. They lost in overtime to the Bills, 16-13, when Buffalo's Rian Lindell -- who was wide right on a chance to end it in regulation -- kicked a 47-yard field goal with two minutes, 44 seconds left in the extra period.

It was a bitter blow to the Jets, who have lost three in a row after a 3-0 start. Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, who had never started a game when it was colder than 55 degrees at kickoff, was as frigid as the near-freezing night. Five of his passes were intercepted.

That was surprising, but Philadelphia's 13-9 loss at Oakland was stunning. The Raiders showed they still have some life, particularly on defense, racking up six sacks of Donovan McNabb.

This was an Oakland team that for the first time in franchise history had lost three consecutive games by at least 20 points each. This time, quarterback JaMarcus Russell got the ball into the right hands, those of tight end Zach Miller, who scored with an 86-yard catch and carry.

That was the only touchdown of the day in Oakland. Meanwhile, the Patriots had plenty of touchdowns to spare.

Tom Brady threw six scoring passes, an NFL-record five in one quarter, as the Titans went slip-sliding to their most lopsided defeat since they started playing as the Houston Oilers in 1960.


Hot potato

The Steelers and Browns had a three-minute, 55-second stretch in the third quarter that was both utterly memorable and forgettable.

In all there were five turnovers in rapid-fire succession:

4:09 remaining -- Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted.

2:38 -- Cleveland's Derek Anderson fumbled. Steelers recovered.

1:50 -- Pittsburgh's Willie Parker fumbled. Browns recovered.

:21 -- Anderson fumbled. Steelers recovered.

:14 -- Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall fumbled. Browns recovered.


Hitting triple digits

Although he came into Week 6 leading the NFC in rushing, Minnesota's Adrian Peterson had gone four games without rushing for 100 yards. He did that and then some Sunday, gaining 143 yards in 22 carries against Baltimore.

The Ravens, who had gone 39 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, now have done so in consecutive weeks, first against Cincinnati's Cedric Benson and now against Peterson. On deck after Baltimore's bye is Denver's Knowshon Moreno, the leading rookie rusher.


Winless wonderland

The 2-4 Washington Redskins can place the blame in a lot of places when trying to explain their disappointing start, but they cannot point a finger at the schedule makers.

In every game this season, the Redskins have faced a winless opponent: New York Giants (0-0 when they played), St. Louis (0-1), Detroit (0-2), Tampa Bay (0-3), Carolina (0-4) and Kansas City (0-5).

After the loss to the Chiefs, Coach Jim Zorn was stripped of his play-calling duties, probably the first step toward his firing.


Perfection isn't perfect

Most teams wouldn't quibble with shutting out a division opponent, but Green Bay has to be a little troubled by this stat from its 26-0 shutout of Detroit: the Packers were flagged 13 times for 130 yards. Then again, the Lions, playing without Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, mustered only 149 yards of offense.


Decoy no longer

After a two-game lull in which he averaged fewer than three yards per carry and saw his role dwindling, Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew called himself the world's most expensive decoy.

That wasn't the case against St. Louis, though, as the onetime UCLA star ran for 133 yards in 33 carries and scored three touchdowns.


Creampuff city

Before their game at New Orleans, the Giants had played Tampa Bay, Kansas City and Oakland in consecutive weeks. That terrible trio accounted for a combined 23 points.

The Saints scored 34 in the first half.


Quotes of note

Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati receiver, whose team lost to Houston after three consecutive last-minute victories: "We've been saying that we can't keep winning with the way we've been playing. We've got to be consistent for all four quarters."

Tramon Williams, Green Bay cornerback, after the 26-0 blanking of Detroit: "It feels like a 50 to zero game, but we didn't quite get there. I felt we should've put more points on the board."

Tom Coughlin, Giants coach, on Saints quarterback Drew Brees: "I don't know that we ever hit him."

Phillip Daniels, Redskins defensive end: "When you lose to teams that you know you should beat, when teams that hadn't won a game come in and beat us, it just makes it tough. Everybody's looking at us as a win right now, and until we change things and turn that around, they're going to continue to look at us that way."

Brett Favre, Vikings quarterback, on the Ravens, who scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to claw their way back into the game: "I hate to say that I was not real confident because I'm confident in our team, period. But offensively, they probably just felt like, 'We could do whatever.' "


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