Even at the collegiate level as Alabama, Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State will attest, each game is not a walk in the part or just another day at the office.
New Orleans, LA – Even at the collegiate level as Alabama, Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State will attest, each game is not a walk in the part or just another day at the office. The NCAA Championship Committee is having a very eventful time each week with their selection and ranking of Division 1 teams. The same can be said of the NFL as we move into week 11 of the 2014, season. There remain no undefeated teams in the NFL and a dismal Won – Lost record throughout the league. The Arizona Cardinals are atop the leader board at 8-1 going into today’s games and lead the AFC West. While at the other end of the spectrum but yet leading the Division are the New Orleans Saints at 4-5. Tampa Bay remains alone at the bottom of the NFC South at 1-8. Then there is the AFC West where the Oakland Raiders are chasing the NFL record books at 0-9. This season thus far has been quite amazing from the collegiate ranks to the Pros.
This Sunday at the Mercedes Benz Super Dome opened much differently than last Sunday vs the 49′ers. Instead of being 14 points down with 10:43 elapsed time in the first quarter the Saints lead 3-0, after 6:07 elapsed time in the first quarter on a S. Graham 31 yard field goal. The Bengals respond with a 12 play, 5:39, 77 yard drive, ending with a bazaar scoring play. A. Dalton pass short right to J. Gresham to the Saints one yard line for an 11 yard gain fumbles then recovers in the end zone, touchdown Bengals. Saints go six and out.
Quarter ends Bengals 7- Saints 3.
A lack luster second quarter produced two long possessions by each team, resulting in two field goals by the Bengals.
The half ends Bengals 13- Saints 3.
Third quarter begins the Bengals and the Saints trade six and outs with the Saints. The Saints Morstead punts 25 yards from the Saints 25 to the 50 yard line. The Bengals drive eight plays 50 yard, one penalty, 3:46 total elapsed time 8:57. Touchdown play A. Dalton pass short right to J. Gresham for one yard, one yard run after catch.
Bengals 20 – Saints 3.
The third quarter ends as the Saints are putting the finishing touches on an impressive 12 play, 80 yard, 1 penalty, 6:07 drive, to score on a D. Brees pass short left to K. Stills for 9 yards, TOUCHDOWN, the Pass covers 5yards, with Yards After Catch (YAC) accounting for 4yards. Elapsed time in the fourth quarter 04.
Bengals 20 – Saints 10
The Bengals with A. Dolton at quarterback proceed to distance themselves from the Saints by moving the ball 80 yards in 7 plays, 3:27 with, 3:31 elapsed in the fourth. The scoring play, a Dalton passes deep left to A. Green for 24 yards, YAC 1. The Replay Official challenged the runner was in bounds ruling, and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
Nugent extra point is GOOD, Center – C. Harris, Holder-K. Huber.
Bengals 27 – Saints 10
Not just another day at the office.
Dave Washington is a former 11 year NFL veteran and an All-Pro and Pro Bowl selectee. He is a featured writer with NNPA, Sports Writers Association, Sportales.com and Alcorn State University Graduate. A member of the famed Alcorn 18-0-1, SWAC and Black National FootballChampions “Dream Team”.