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Crazy field goal, crazy game

November 20, 2007|By ROBERT KELLER / Pulse Correspondent

Week 11 in the NFL held a few surprises.

The best game this week was the Cleveland at Baltimore game. The teams came into the game fighting for second place in the AFC North. The Ravens starting quarterback was Kyle Boller instead of the struggling Steve McNair. After an impressive comeback by Baltimore to go up 30-27, the teams lined up for a 51-yard field goal attempt by Browns kicker Phil Dawson. The kick hit the upright, bounced down and just across the crossbar, where it hit the bar that holds up the uprights, before popping back out and being ruled no good. With discussion, the referees determined that it was a good kick. The Ravens, who had started to go into the locker room, had to come back out and go into overtime. The browns won the toss and drove the ball down the field to take the game with a winning 33-yard field goal. The Browns won 33-30 over the Ravens.

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This week, I went 4-0 with my picks as Baltimore fell to Cleveland, Washington fell to Dallas 28-23, the Miami Dolphins stayed winless as they lost to Philadelphia 17-7, and the Green Bay Packers continued to dominate as they beat the Carolina Panthers 31-17. Overall, I am 21-19, or 53 percent, for the season.

This week, I predict that the Packers will continue to dominate and defeat a division opponent, the Detroit Lions. Washington will shut down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Baltimore will defeat San Diego Chargers by a small margin, and the Cincinnati Bengals will fall to the Tennessee Titans. The Packers have been exceptional in the passing game, and the team is gaining a run attack. Washington has the wide receiver and tight end weapons to stop the Bucs. The Ravens showed some ability in their loss this week. The Bengals just plain stink.

St. Louis managed to win its second game of the year, while the Dolphins continued their winless season by losing their 10th straight game. The Dolphins have very few chances win a game down the stretch, and I'm not holding my breath. There have been so many upsets this season that they might come back and win against a very difficult team. It all just depends on how badly they want to win. Maybe, they just want to share the 1976 Buccaneers' winless record.

On a brighter note, the playoffs are almost here with only a month and a half left to the season.

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