The (Monday) Morning After: Thinning the herd

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  • Texans beat Bears; Titans trounce Dolphins in upset
  • Falcons cough up first loss to Saints
  • Division races are shaping up, while some teams are just checking out
The (Monday) Morning After: Thinning the herd

Every week, the women at HerGameLife.com bring you the highlights, lowlights, and good fights from the weekend in pro football. HerGameLife is the premiere online destination for ladies who love sports, featuring football news from a female perspective, game day fashion and recipe ideas.

Seahawks 28, Jets 7. The Jets looked good on Sunday. Unfortunately, I’m talking about the ones flying over Centurylink for the Veteran’s Day ceremony.  The New York Jets, on the other hand, had nothing but problems. Tim Tebow came in for a struggling Mark Sanchez, but it wasn’t enough to bring New York back against the Seahawks. Sidney Rice and Golden Tate both had touchdown receptions for the Seahawks, while rookie quarterback Russell Wilson finished 12 for 19 for 188 yards. Seattle advances to 6-4 for the season while the Jets fall to 3-6. Jenny Goos @jennygoos

Texans 13 vs. Bears 6. It was a cold and wet November night (true football weather) in Chicago. Both teams came in with a 7-1 record, each with a formidable defense. The Texans D, was surprisingly led by former Bears safety Danieal Manning, who forced a fumble after a hard hit and also picked off Jay Cutler to cause two of the Bears’ four first-half turnovers. In spite of another strong Bears defensive performance that included two interceptions from Tim Jennings, their offense never did find the end zone. The Bears' dismal play continued throughout the rest of the game, led by back-up quarterback Jason Campbell after Cutler suffered a concussion at the end of the first half.  -- Laurie Pechie

49ers 24, Rams 24. A tie? Really? The 49ers came up short one David Akers field goal of a nice coming-out party for Colin Kaepernick at the Stick. Alex Smith left the game late in the second quarter with a concussion, giving Colin Kaepernick the rest of the game at QB. Several mistakes by both teams in the overtime period led to the first tie in the NFL since 2008. It was a perfect example of the parity that former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue was trying to achieve in the league during his tenure. Great for Paul, not so great for either team or their fans, who were left with that odd feeling of "Did that really just happen?" -- Jennifer Chan @jenniferleechan

Titans 37, Dolphins 3.  After last week’s debacle in Nashville, no one expected the Titans to keep up with the favored Dolphins, much less win in a blowout. The Dolphins were their own worst enemy, turning the ball over four times, including three interceptions by quarterback Ryan Tannehill. At the half, the Titans and returning quarterback Jake Locker led 24-3 and they continued to run all over the Dolphins in the second half. Last week Titans’ Head Coach Mike Munchak and the rest of the coaching staff were put on notice. Looks like Dolphins’ Head Coach Joe Philbin may be in the same boat this week after their worst loss at home since 1968. -- Lahari @Lahari_S

Bengals 31, Giants 13. Eli Manning and the Giants were unable to put together a win for the second consecutive week. The Bengals took advantage of the Giants' many mistakes on Sunday and dominated the game from the start, as quarterback Andy Dalton connected with A.J Green for a 56-yard touchdown on the opening drive. Notorious for an annual November slump, the Giants were inconsistent and lethargic throughout their performance. Manning’s now gone three games without a touchdown pass, the longest drought of his career. After a four-game losing street, the Bengals morale has to be soaring from a statement win over the defending Super Bowl champions. -- Jenny Couch @feetoffancy

Broncos 36, Panthers 14. The Panthers may have gotten the first word against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but that was just about all they would get. After Cam Newton connected with Greg Olsen for a quick touchdown, the Broncos took over and remained dominant for the rest of the game. The Broncos showed that they are no one-trick pony. The offense, defense, and special teams all had at least one TD. The Broncos defense made sure that John Fox’s return to Charlotte was victorious by sacking Cam Newton seven times, including one that resulted in a safety. The Broncos advance to 6-3, while Carolina falls to 2-7. –- Maddy Wold @MaddyWold

Ravens 55, Raiders 20. Historic: That’s the kind of day it was for the Ravens at M&T Bank stadium. From the first whistle, the Ravens were ready to play with something to prove. Unfortunately, the Raiders, coming off an extremely emotional week after the death of assistant coach Terrell Williams’ 4-year-old son, were unwitting victims of it all. Baltimore set a franchise record with their 55 points. In a game where everything seemed to go right for the Ravens, the cherry on top came from special teams on a fake punt from Sam Koch and a 105-yard kick return from Jacoby Jones that turned into touchdowns. With not many positive moments for the Raiders, they’ll need to put this game in their rearview mirror and prepare for the Saints. -– Nyerr Parham, @nyerr

Vikings 34, Lions 24.  Adrian Peterson...need I say more? The seemingly unstoppable running back came through in the clutch for the Vikings, running for a 61-yard touchdown and 171 rushing yards, over half of which came in the fourth quarter. But the Vikings strong finish came full circle from a solid start, led by Percy Harvin’s replacement for the week, Jarius Wright, who had an early touchdown and subsequent big-time catch. An early 10-0 lead and a crucial 18 points in the fourth quarter were enough to seal the deal and put the Vikes back on track after a rough couple of weeks. Following the bye, we’ll see if they can keep it going against some challenging matchups in the second half of the season. –- Nicolette Miller @its_miller_tyme

Patriots 37, Bills 31.  The Patriots proved that lightning can strike twice, beating the Bills for the second time this season. Hampered by penalties, Buffalo fought like stubborn bulls, springing a “deuces wild” Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller rushing attack onto the Patriots. However, the Patriots led throughout the game, Tom Brady working his Stetson magic while running back Stevan Ridley burned defenders. Yes, the Bills mustered up some Rocky Balboa spirit, closing in on Patriots territory to attempt a winning touchdown in the final two minutes of play. With 23 seconds left on the clock, Ryan Fitzpatrick gunned an interception to the Patriot’s Devin McCourty. New England fans cheered and Buffalo fans yelped, the Patriots retaining their top status in the AFC East. -- Erica @cuddle4butter

Buccaneers 34, Chargers 24. The Chargers traveled to Tampa Bay for their date with the Buccaneers, only to get stood up. After recent disappointing losses under head coach Norv Turner, the Chargers' unstable streak warped into another devastating loss. With the Bucs succeeding in every aspect, QB Philip Rivers struggled to keep up as he threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. The fourth quarter was a true make-it-or-break-it period for both teams, leaving the Bucs the stronger contender. While Bucs fans are celebrating their real shot at the playoffs, Charger fans are left behind crying a “Rivers” with an unlucky 4-5 record. –- Stacy Thereza @StacyCakezNFL

Saints 31, Falcons 27. Who dat said they gon’ beat them Saints? The Falcons were noticeably missing from that response. The Falcons are still the stars of the NFC South but even a pretty picture can have a stain to remind you that it’s real. Jimmy Graham had 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons were dealt their first loss of the season. If Atlanta had been able to gain a rushing yard, things may have gone a bit differently. Matt Ryan dropped jaws with his passing yards Sunday afternoon, but Michael Turner was wildly unimpressive. The Saints still have scraps to pick up, but smile big, Who Dat Nation, this Sunday was yours. -- Joye Pruitt @joyethewar

Cowboys 38, Eagles 23. In a battle of the NFC East basement, the Cowboys left Philadelphia with a convincing win, effectively ending the Eagles’ season. It was all hands on deck, as Dallas scored on offense, defense, and special teams. Losing the turnover battle and converting only one third down was too much for the Eagles. The game was pretty even before QB Michael Vick was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Hopefully he won’t miss much time, but regardless, it may just be too late to save head coach Andy Reid’s job. Could Oregon’s Chip Kelly end up in Philly? -- Nikki Sickles @HerGameLife

CRYSTAL BALL:

Chiefs vs. Steelers. The Chiefs might be all out of arrows to shoot when they face the Steelers on Monday night. This looks to be a tough game for the Chiefs, who are 1 for 7 in their past eight games. Matt Cassel must have butter fingers, because he alone has more turnovers than any team in the NFL except the Cowboys. Look for his Steelers counterpart, Ben Roethlisberger, to spread the ball around to different receivers and the Pittsburgh running backs to continue their dominance. If the Chiefs have any hope of winning this game, their defense must shut down the Steelers’ running backs and wide receivers but surly Todd Hailey will have no problem whupping the team that unceremoniously fired him mid-season last year. –- Meredith McCracken @twoshoesmagee

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