Bengals Coug it; Raiders “win” Battle for Brady

For the second time in as many weeks, the Cincinnati Bengals blew a chance to potentially make the playoffs with a kick. Last week, it was a bungled snap on an extra point that prevented them from sending the game to overtime. This week, it was a missed 39-yard field goal that would have won the game in regulation. And the Steelers just prevailed in overtime, so the Bengals are eliminated.

What’s bad news for Carson Palmer is good news for Norm Chow, though. The Bengals’ loss, coupled with Kansas City’s win, keeps Chow, Vince Young and Tennessee Titans alive in the playoff hunt. But maybe not for long. The Titans trail the Patriots, 33-23 late in the fourth quarter. If they come back and win, they’d just need a Denver loss later today, and they’d be in. If they lose, Kansas City is in if Denver loses; Denver’s in if they win.

UPDATE: Patriots lead, 40-23. Game over. Bengals and Titans both out. So it’s either the Chiefs or the Broncos for the last AFC playoff spot.

How frustrating will it be for Titans fans if the Broncos lose? Everything they needed to happen today would have happened — except the Titans winning.

P.S. In other news, Detroit just beat Dallas, which costs them the #1 pick in the NFL Draft! So it’ll be Oakland (which lost to the Jets) that gets the first pick. Brady Quinn is theirs if they want him.

8 Responses to “Bengals Coug it; Raiders “win” Battle for Brady”

  1. Ken says:

    While the Cincinnati kicker missed the game winning field goal this week…last week it was not his fault…The center snapped the ball wide and past the holder, so the kicker never had a chance to try the extra point.

  2. Brendan Loy says:

    Oh, that’s right, I forgot that. Thanks.

  3. Brendan Loy says:

    The post is now corrected. :)

  4. Texasyank says:

    The Texans will find a way to mess up the Brady Quinn pick.

  5. Mad Max, Esquire says:

    I thought David Carr actually had a pretty high QB rating. The problem with the Texans is that they have a crappy defense.

  6. Texasyank says:

    The Texans defense is actually fairly good, if top-heavy with talent and not very deep. MLB Demarco Ryan will probably be the Defensive Rookie of the Year. CB Dunta Robinson can cover most guys, and (yes, yes, yes) Mario “I’m Neither Reggie Nor Vince” Williams has shown improvement.

    The problem starts with the O line, pretty much the worst I’ve ever seen and 60% injured most of the time anyway. I would like to see how Carr would have played behind five pile-drivers (as in New England) or five quick resilient guys (as in Denver). But Carr can’t think on his feet, can’t create, can’t produce when the game turns into streetball. He’s the anti-Elway. Coming into today, he had two touchdown passes in like his last seven games. Whatever good numbers he’s had have been mostly in garbage time (two weeks ago, the Patriots starting running the clock down in the second quarter). Auuuuugh. I’ve just reached the end of my rope.

  7. Mad Max, Esquire says:

    Sounds to me like the Texans need to go on a spending spree in the free agent market. At this rate, Kubiak will be out of a job by the time they get enough talent through the draft.

    As for the Bush/Super Mario debacle, if the Saints end up making it to the SuperBowl, the Texans passing on him will appear to be one of the dumbest moves since, well, since the NY Giants traded the house to San Diego for Eli Manning.