The Colts survive a late comeback by the Broncos 23-17 in a game that saw five interceptions and a combined total of only 528 yards of total offense for both teams. Indianapolis now goes to Kansas City for their round 2 game.
In a great see-saw battle, the Buccaneers held on to nip the Arizona Cardinals 30-27 in front of their home-town fans. Jameis Winston had a solid day, despite throwing three interceptions, hitting on 20 of 29 passes – three of which were TD’s. Receiver Mike Evans was particularly effective, hauling in all six targets sent his way, and scoring twice. Tampa Bay also sacked Cardinal signal caller, Carson Palmer, six times in the game.
The Cowboys are a true enigma in this replay. All this talent, and, at least up to now, very few victories! But, Dak Prescott and the Boys broke out against the Eagles with a convincing 38-6 victory at home, to bring Dallas’ record to 3-4 for the season. And, this time, it was the defense that stepped up – limiting the Eagles to only 193 yards of total offense.
Shades of 1973 O.J. Simpson!! Bills’ runningback LeSean McCoy ran for an incredible 218 yards on only 14 carries as the Bills pounded the Texans 27-7. McCoy’s first run of the game was for 57 yards and his final run was for 68 yards! Plus, Buffalo’s defense was stellar, holding Brock Osweiller and Houston to under 300 yards of offense.
Great game between two premier quarterbacks, and, despite three Saints’ turnovers (to none for the Lions), in the end, it was Drew Brees over Matthew Stafford 24-16.
I had such high hopes when I started this project. The Cowboys had such an amazing season last year and I couldn’t wait to begin my Dallas replay. Who knew that I couldn’t coach my way out of a paper bag!! The Cowboys lost 31-24 last night in Green Bay, despite a furious fourth quarter rally that saw Ezekiel Elliott score three late TD’s, dropping their record to 2-4 for the season. I’m starting to feel like Rex Ryan . . . . .
In the second upset of the tournament, the Cincinnati Bengals pounded the Miami Dolphins behind quarterback Andy Dalton’s three touchdown passes 36-23. The Dolphins were particularly hurt by their 15 penalties for 122 yards!