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Tuesday, November 22, 2005 

Quick Slants - Week 11

After a few days of ISP trouble, I'm back online. Here's a look back at some of this weekend's games. (Records indicate record entering this weekend.)

Carolina (7-2) at Chicago (6-3)

This game featured two teams I wasn't not sure I trust. Both teams had easy schedules, with the Panthers slate ranking as the second-easiest behind only the Colts. Carolina's 6 game winning streak was impressive, but look at their opposition:
Green Bay, Arizona, Detroit, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, New York Jets

That said, I was still impressed by Chicago's win, which puts them in the driver's seat in the NFC North.

Indianapolis (9-0) at Cincinnati (7-2)

What a track meet! This game could have been over by halftime, but Peyton Manning's interception near the end of first half allowed Cincinnati to cut the deficit to 8 at the intermission. Both offensive lines dominated the opposing defensive lines - I hadn't watched an entire Bengals game until yesterday, and I was shocked how easily they manhandled the Colts linemen. I had expected Carson Palmer to have a good game against that secondary, but it was the ground game that should have the Bengals fans excited. It will come in handy as the weather turns colder. The 10-0 Colts now meet Pittsburgh next week, and could all but clinch a first-round bye with a win.

In other news, Philadelphia's loss to the Giants indirectly ended Donovan McNabb's season, as he has decided to get his hernia fixed. It's the right decision - McNabb's been hurt all year, and the Terrell Owens circus ruined any chance of the Eagles competing in the tough NFC East.

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