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The Cowboys saved their season… well at least for the time being with a 13-9 victory over Tampa Bay at home. All things considered, it was a pretty impressive effort for Wade Phillips and Co. because the team had to overcome the anemic play of QB Brad Johnson. Defensively, perhaps Phillips calling the plays did have an effect because this unit looked nothing like what we’ve seen over the past few weeks. With the win they moved to 5-3 and now head to New York for a critical mid-season match-up with the Giants.
Switching to AFC, the San Diego Chargers dug an even deeper hole for themselves with a 37-32 loss to the Saints in England. Luckily for them, they’re in a similar situation to the Seahawks. With this defeat, the Chargers fell to 3-5 yet only remain 1 1/2 games back of the Denver Broncos in the AFC West. And in case you didn’t catch Denver’s game last Monday, they were dismantled 41-7 by the Patriots. So it’s safe to say their lead isn’t insurmountable. As mentioned in an article earlier this week, we said San Diego needed to do two things to fix its season: get Tomlinson running the football consistently and begin to play pressure defense. Well they got one solved today. Tomlinson ran wild and ended up with 105 on the ground and another 65 and a score through the air. Unfortunately for the defense, they didn’t bring pressure and Brees ended up torching them. It’s about time the “fire Ted Cottrell” petitions get handed out in San Diego because a change is long overdue.
Bills fans can calm down a bit now. After jumping to a 4-0, and then 5-1 record, people were asking whether the Bills were now serious Super Bowl contenders in ESPN chatrooms. As we’ve said before, they have a nice little team in Buffalo that should make the playoffs, but legitimate Super Bowl contenders? no way. They were blown out in Arizona a few weeks ago and were beaten prettily handily (25-16) by Dolphins yesterday. Until a team can learn to win on the road, and do so consistently, all Playoff/Super Bowl talk is premature. Especially when the hated New England Patriots have managed to not only get back into the race, but tie themselves for the lead after its 23-16 win over St. Louis.