NFL Wrap-Up: Week 11 East Divisions

Only a few weeks left and the East is a closer race than you would think.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

In Week 11, there were close games and there were blowouts.    There were comebacks and there were even some surprises.  When the dust settled, the picture’s cracks and flaws were revealed….all in a more clear view.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills  8  (5-5)
Miami Dolphins  35  (3-7)

The Bills and the Dolphins are headed in two very different directions.  The Dolphins continued on their hot streak with a third consecutive victory while the Bills lost their third straight game and are now just 5-5 on the season.  

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 209 yards on the game, but was doomed by 2 interceptions.  Yeremiah Bell and Nolan Carroll were the two Dolphins players who snagged the INTs and helped improve the once-down-trodden club to 3-7 on the year.  Bell also recorded four tackles and two pass deflections on the day.  

The Dolphins, while not overly exciting on offense, were able to play a clean game and avoided any turnovers.  Reggie Bush continued his impressive display of versatility with 32 yards rushing and another 34 receiving.  

Bills running back Fred Jackson was taken to the locker room in the third quarter with an apparent leg injury and did not return to the game.

New York Jets  13  (5-5)
Denver Broncos  17  (5-5)
(Thursday night)

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos had one final chance to win the game or take it into overtime.  Even with 95 yards to go and under six minutes to play, tying was never the first option.  Tebow scored on a 20-yard touchdown run on third-and-4 with less than one minute left to play and the Broncos nabbed their fifth win of the season.  

The Jets are now sitting smack dab in the middle of the AFC East with a 5-5 record and that is exactly what the Jets are… an average football team.  Offensively, Mark Sanchez and the Jets couldn’t really get anything going on the night as the team managed just 83 rushing yards and just 318 total yards for the game.  It was still better than the Broncos, who managed just 229 yards of offense….95 of them coming on their last drive.  

Previous to the final drive of the night, the Broncos had punted on eight consecutive drives.

Kansas City Chiefs  (4-5)
New England Patriots  (6-3)

The Chiefs and Patriots will face off Monday night at 8:30pm ET.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys  27  (6-4)
Washington Redskins  24  (3-7)

The Dallas Cowboys picked up their sixth win of the season in a back-and-forth overtime affair against their division rival Washington Redskins on Sunday.  It was a see-saw game which saw both teams go on runs at different points in the game.  

The Cowboys first used Tony Romo’s 22-yard touchdown throw to Dez Bryant to help put them up 10-0 to start the game.  The Redskins then scored 17 consecutive points while taking the lead on Jabar Gaffney’s 16-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Rex Grossman.  Both teams scored late in the fourth quarter to take the game to overtime where the Cowboys won it on Dan Bailey’s 39-yard field goal.  

Dallas was able to put together yet another squeaky clean performance on offense, gaining 353 total yards with no turnovers committed while allowing their opponents to rush for just 60 yards on the day.  Redskins receiver Jabar Gaffney was the lone bright spot for the team catching seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles  17  (4-6)
New York Giants  10  (6-4)

It was a sloppy game… a game of turnovers for both teams.  Fittingly, it was a turnover by Eli Manning in the final minutes that got the Philadelphia Eagles a much-needed victory as their season remains on life-support.
Vince Young started in place of injured quarterback Michael Vick for the Eagles and threw three interceptions, but also threw for two touchdowns and came through when it counted most.  LeSean McCoy rushed for 113 yards and Riley Cooper caught five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown, including the go-ahead score with just 2:50 left to play.

For the Giants, wide receiver Victor Cruz was brilliant yet again catching six passes for 128 yards and a touchdown.  Cruz caught a 47-yard pass from Eli Manning and rushed all the way down to the Eagles 21-yard line in the final minutes, but Eagles defensive end Jason Babin made yet another clutch defensive play and forced Eli Manning into a fumble that was recovered by the Eagles, sealing the win.

The Philadelphia Eagles have now committed eight turnovers in the red-zone this season which leads the NFL.  Both teams combined for five turnovers in this game and there were no points scored in either the first or third quarters.  Giants defensive linemen Chris Canty and Mathias Kiwanuka both had 3 tackles-for-loss on the night.

Conference Standings

AFC East
New England Patriots (6-3)
New York Jets (5-5)
Buffalo Bills (5-5)
Miami Dolphins (3-7)

NFC East
Dallas Cowboys (6-4)
New York Giants (6-4)
Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)
Washington Redskins (3-7)