MINNEAPOLIS — Brett Favre saved Brad Childress’s job, but it doesn’t appear as if anyone can save Wade Phillips’s job.
Last night, the Green Bay Packers massacred the Dallas Cowboys 45-7 and immediately after the debacle, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said “people will suffer the consequences.” Despite that vote of confidence Jones gave Phillips this past week, I can’t imagine old Wade will be around by the end of the day. Owners have surprised me before, but I just don’t believe Jones is going to ride this one out.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns were unbeatable yesterday, Peyton Manning couldn’t pull off the same miracle ol’ Brett pulled off here at Mall of America Field and Oakland won a thriller to go to 5-4 on the season.
It was an exciting day in the NFL, but frankly, nothing was more exciting than the Brett Favre/Adrian Peterson-led comeback by the Vikings. If Favre had any time at all to throw, the Vikings would be unbeatable. As it is, a 41-year-old man playing on a broken ankle behind the most porous offensive line in the NFL had the greatest passing day of his already remarkable Hall of Fame career.
Let’s take a close look at the highlights of Week 9 in The League…
Green Bay 45 Dallas 7
Wonder how long Wade Phillips has as coach of the Cowboys. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 34 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns.
Minnesota 27 Arizona 24 (OT)
The Vikings scored two touchdowns in the final 3:34 of regulation, then Ryan Longwell won it with a 35-yard field goal in overtime. Brett Favre, in his record 293rd consecutive start threw for a career high 446 yards while Adrian Peterson had two touchdowns including a receiving touchdown, the first since his very first game in 2007.
Cleveland 34 New England 14
Cleveland rookie quarterback Colt McCoy scrambled for a touchdown while RB Peyton Hillis ran for a career-high 184 yards and two scores. Cleveland’s defense also beat the stuffing out of the Patriots.
NY Jets 23 Detroit 20 (OT)
Nick Folk kicked a 36-yard field goal with no time on the clock to tie the game at the end of regulation and then kicked a 30-yard field early in overtime to win it.
New Orleans 34 Carolina 3
Drew Brees, 27-for-43, 253 yards and two touchdowns.
Baltimore 26 Miami 10
The Ravens’ Joe Flacco, 20-of-27 for 266 yards and two touchdowns.
San Diego 29 Houston 23
The Chargers Phillip Rivers, 17-for-23, 295 yards and four touchdowns
Chicago 22 Buffalo 19
Chicago’s Israel Idonije, from Brandon, had three tackles and a half a sack.
Atlanta 27 Tampa Bay 21
Atlanta’s Michael Turner had 24 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Ryan, 24-for-36, 235 yards and a touchdown.
Philadelphia 26 Indianapolis 24
Michael Vick, 17-for-29 for 218 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 74 yards and another TD.
Oakland 23 Kansas City 20 (OT)
Sebastien Janikowski kicked a 33-yard field goal to win it in OT.
NY Giants 41 Seattle 7
The Giants Eli Manning 21-for-32 for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Ahmad Bradshaw had two rushing touchdowns.
Tonight, in the Monday Nighter, it’s the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati to play the Bengals.