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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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