Andrew Mazza: Grade 8
During the eleventh week of the National Football League (NFL), some major games occurred. The Carolina Panthers kept a perfect season alive by clutching a game against the Redskins 44-16. Quarterback Cam Newton recorded a personal record of five passing touchdowns, and luckily for the Panthers, an early pick six was nullified after a penalty on the play. The New York Giants and New Orleans Saints had a bye week, so there was no loss for either team. Quarterback Tony Romo came back and improved the Dallas Cowboys’ record to 3-7 with a victory over the Miami Dolphins. To continue with the NFC East theme, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers overcame the Philadelphia Eagles 45-17. Quarterback Mark Sanchez started the game off really well but unfortunately could not keep the early lead with a few interceptions.
Some other major scores were recorded this week. The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense held the San Diego Chargers to 3 points while scoring 33 themselves. The previously undefeated Cincinnati Bengals joined the Arizona Cardinals with 2 losses in an extremely close game between the two (34-31). The Bengals almost came back in the end, scoring 17 points in the final quarter. That, however, was no match for the Cardinals’ 21 points in the third quarter. Congrats to all of the teams! Keep up the good work!