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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.
|Los Angeles - LP: P. Maholm||7||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley||12|
|San Francisco||5||Bottom 11th Inning|
|Texas||1||Top 13th Inning|
|Boston - LP: J. Peavy||3||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: J. Happ||7|
|Miami - WP: J. Turner||6||FINAL|
|Atlanta - LP: M. Minor||5|
|San Diego - LP: E. Stults||0||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks||6|
|Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure||3||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: F. Rodriguez||4|
|Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar||8||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: Y. Pino||2|
|Kansas City||7||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Tampa Bay||7||Bottom 9th Inning|
|Washington||7||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Detroit||2||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Houston||2||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Baltimore||0||Top 5th Inning|
|NY Mets||2||Top 5th Inning|
|Calgary||7/24/14 8:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/25/14 9:00 PM|
|Ottawa||7/26/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||7/26/14 9:00 PM|
|Phoenix||56||3rd Qtr 6:59|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||Noon|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon|