The Red Zone: Week 7 Late Games.

Broncos 31, Steelers 28 – A good, solid win for the Broncos, if closer than it needed to be. With the number of turnovers from Big Ben Roethlisberger (2 INTs and a fumble) in the game, the Broncos opened up to a good, quality lead, but the Steelers made plays to keep themselves in it.  However, Jay Cutler led the drive at the end of the game to result in a 48 yard field goal for Jason Elam to win the game again. Being .500 in the AFC West is good enough to be in second place and behind the leaders by one game. The Steelers certainly blew a good chance to widen their lead in the AFC North, as the Denver pass rush got started and for the most part, was able to keep Willie Parker from outright killing them.

Chiefs 12, Raiders 10 – So when does the cry for JaMarcus Russell begin in Oakland? Losing at home to a Chiefs team prone to errata shows the Raiders aren’t quite ready to make that next step to being on the good side of mediocre.

Bengals 38, Jets 31 – Chad Pennington saved his job and then may have lost it via his team’s poor defense. Two early touchdowns to Laveranues Coles helped the Jets build a lead on the road, but the run defense leaked all day, allowing Kenny Watson to score three touchdowns on 130 yards rushing.

Seahawks 33, Rams 6 – The question really is whether or not Scott Linehan will be allowed to finish the season or not.   Darryl Tapp sacked Marc Bulger four times even as the Rams’ defense managed to keep Shaun Alexander from being much of a part of the game, although that doesn’t seem to be hard to do nowadays.

Cowboys 24, Vikings 14 – Despite the various miscues and fumbles on the part of Tony Romo, Dallas just has too many offensive weapons for Minnesota to handle — the big one in this game being Marion Barber III, who is the most difficult RB to tackle, so it seems. Or it may be that the Vikings may have some trouble with it.

Bears 19, Eagles 16 – Brian Griese led the Bears down the field, running the two-minute drill, and nailed one to Muhsin Muhammad in the end zone for the win. That’s right, Griese led his team to a win from behind. I’m shocked even typing this.  Philly doomed itself due to red zone inefficiency — getting within the 20 and settling for field goals three times isn’t good.

Photo: AP/Jack Dempsey


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