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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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Los Angeles - LP: P. Maholm 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 12
San Francisco 5 Bottom 11th Inning
Philadelphia 5
Texas 1 Top 13th Inning
NY Yankees 0
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
Chicago WSox 1
Tampa Bay 7 Bottom 9th Inning
St. Louis 2
Washington 7 Bottom 7th Inning
Colorado 4
Detroit 2 Bottom 6th Inning
Arizona 3
Houston 2 Bottom 4th Inning
Oakland 1
Baltimore 0 Top 5th Inning
LA Angels 0
NY Mets 2 Top 5th Inning
Seattle 0
Calgary 7/24/14 8:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Tulsa 93 FINAL
San Antonio 95
Atlanta 108 FINAL
Minnesota 112
Indiana 57 FINAL
Chicago 60
Phoenix 56 3rd Qtr 6:59
Seattle 40
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2014 preseason     
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Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
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Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
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Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon




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