Week 11 in the NFL was a good week for home cooking – 12 home teams were winners and only 3 visiting teams got a victory. The three home teams that took a lost each held the lead at one point or another in their game. And, the three losing home teams are all last place teams in their respective divisions.
For the second week in a row, the first game of the week, played on Thursday Night, put up a comeback margin that could not be exceeded by any of the teams playing on Sunday or Monday.
WEEK 11 RECAP
There were 15 NFL games played in Week 11. Of those 15 games, 9 were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game. All 6 teams that never trailed in the game were home teams and 6 of the 9 teams that overcame a deficit were home teams. It was a good week to be playing at home.
Week 11 included three games in which the winning team overcame a deficit of 10 points or more. And, for the second week in a row, the Safe Harbor Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner comes from the Thursday Night Game.
INDIANAPOLIS VS TENNESSEE
Week 11’s Thursday Night Game featured an intra-divisional affair providing the Tennessee Titans an opportunity to stay within shouting distance of the division-leading Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have been playing a little inconsistent of late and have found themselves trailing early in several games – a few that they came-from-behind to win; and, a few that they were never in the game. Thursday Night would be more of the same.
The Titans started off the game with an 8 play, 80 yard touchdown drive capped off by a Chris Johnson 30 yard touchdown run through a hole over right tackle. After holding the Colts to a 3-and-out, the Titans followed up with an 11 play, 68 yard drive that ended on a Johnson 7 yard touchdown run, giving the Titans a quick 14 – 0 lead. This made it 3rd weeks in a row that the Colts gave up 14 or more points before getting on the scoreboard.
In the second quarter of this game, the teams alternated scoring field goals: first, the Colt’s Adam Venatieri hit from 48 yards out; then, Tennessee’s Rob Bironas connected on a 25 yarder; and, lastly, Venatieri was good again from 30 yards out. As the teams went into the halftime locker rooms, the Titans were holding the lead at 17 – 6.
The Colts got the 3rd quarter going with an 11 play, 74 yard drive that ended with a Donald Brown 6 yard touchdown run around left end to make the score 17 – 13. When Tennessee’s Devon Wiley fumbled the kickoff and Indianapolis’ Dan Herron recovered at the Titian’s 20, the Colts found the end-zone again two plays later on an Andrew Luck 11 yard scramble, touchdown run, giving the Colts the lead at 20 – 17. A 50 yard Venatieri field goal on their next possession bumped the Colts’ lead up to 23 – 17 as the teams entered the 4th quarter.
A Titans’ field goal early in the 4th quarter brought Tennessee to within 3, at 23 – 20. After exchanging punts, the Colts went on an 11 play, 80 yard drive culminating with an 11 yard touchdown run by Brown putting the Colts back up by 10.
Tennessee managed to score a late touchdown on a Ryan Fitzpatrick to Delanie Walker 19 yard touchdown pass. But, when the Titans failed to recover the on-sides kick, the Colts were able to secure the victory and become the Week 11 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winner.
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Week 10 – Winner (To read the Week 10 article, click here.)
Week 9 – Winner (To read the Week 9 article, click here.)
Week 8 – Winners (To read the Week 8 article, click here.)
Denver coming from 14 behind to beat Washington, 45 – 21.
Week 7 – Winner (To read the Week 7 article, click here)
New York Jets coming from 11 behind to beat New England, 30 – 27.
Week 6 – Winner (To read the Week 6 article, click here.)
Week 5 – Winner (To read the Week 5 article, click here.)
Denver coming from 14 behind to beat Dallas, 51 – 48.
Week 4 – Winner (To read the Week 4 article, click here.)
Seattle coming from 17 behind to beat Houston, 23 – 20.
Week 3 – Winner (To read the Week 3 article, click here.)
Week 2 – Winners (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)
Houston coming from 8 behind to beat Tennessee, 30 – 24.
Arizona coming from 8 behind to beat Detroit, 25 -21.
Week 1 – Winner (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)
Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego, 31 -28.