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Continued: Mark Craig's NFL Insider: Bengals happy with QB

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 12, 2013 - 5:22 PM

After an earlier Manning interception was returned to the Giants 12-yard line, Trestman figured the gift deserved seven points, not three. So he went for it on fourth-and-2 from the 4-yard line but failed to convert. Five plays later, the Bears led 7-0 thanks to Eli’s pick-six. Trestman isn’t afraid to go for it on fourth downs. He’s 4-for-6 in converting them this season.

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The high-powered Lions obviously aren’t so high-powered without Calvin Johnson.

With Johnson out because of injury, quarterback Matthew Stafford had just 262 yards on 40 pass attempts in last week’s 22-9 loss at Green Bay. That’s a 6.6-yard average, down from 8.1 the first four games. Stafford also was sacked five times.

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers heads into Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium having come a long way since the last time he was there. On Dec. 19, 2005, the Packers were getting beat 34-3 when soon-to-be-fired coach Mike Sherman pulled Brett Favre and gave Rodgers, a rookie, his first extensive NFL playing time. Rodgers responded with an interception and two lost fumbles, one of which was returned for a TD.

Three observations …

• The Falcons should trade Tony Gonzalez to the Chiefs.

The Falcons would get draft picks in a lost season and Gonzalez could finish his career where it started and on a team that’s contending.

• Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is riding a four-game stretch in which he’s had an interception returned for a touchdown, a dubious NFL record.

• Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin showed some class trying to take the heat off Tony Romo, who threw for more than 500 yards but added a fourth-quarter pick that led to a 51-48 loss to Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Said Kiffin: “I wanna say this: People will say, ‘Tony Romo throws the interception and we can’t win the big one.’ He went toe-to-toe with one of the best ever in the game of football and will be in the Hall of Fame. But don’t put that on him; you put that one on me.”

Two predictions …

• Denver, which has a semi-bye against Jacksonville, will be joined by the Chiefs and Saints at 6-0.

• The Jags won’t be the only winless team to lose Sunday. The Steelers and Bucs will join them.

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Pittsburgh - WP: B. Morris 8 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 7
Atlanta 0 Postponed
Philadelphia 0
Chicago Cubs 0 Postponed
NY Yankees 0
Tampa Bay 0 Postponed
Baltimore 0
Cleveland 0 Postponed
Detroit 0
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: T. Koehler 11
Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake 7
Seattle - LP: B. Beavan 0 FINAL
Texas - WP: R. Ross Jr. 5
St. Louis - WP: S. Miller 6 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: M. Estrada 1
Boston - LP: B. Badenhop 1 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Webb 2
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 4 FINAL
Houston - LP: L. Harrell 2
Toronto - WP: A. Loup 9 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 3
NY Mets - WP: J. Mejia 9 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. Arroyo 0
Oakland - WP: J. Johnson 10 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: Y. Herrera 9
Colorado - WP: J. Nicasio 3 FINAL
San Diego - LP: R. Erlin 2
Los Angeles - LP: B. League 2 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: Y. Petit 3
New York 109 FINAL
Brooklyn 98
Denver 105 FINAL
LA Clippers 117
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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