NFL Watch: Breast Cancer Awareness 2011 1The NFL once again reminds everybody that there are issues bigger than the game of football.

words // Brandon Richard

As they have for the past two seasons, the NFL observed the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month by having players, coaches and referees wear pink accented uniforms, clothing, footwear and accessories. Part of their alignment with the American Cancer Society, the NFL’s Crucial Catch campaign is focused on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are over the age of 40. To benefit Crucial Catch, the league will round up all pink apparel and accessories and auction it off with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society and related team charities.

In early Sunday action, the Cincinnati Bengals spoiled the Buffalo Bills’ perfect season with a surprising 23-20 victory at home. Detroit maintained their perfect record by handing the Dallas Cowboys a heartbreaking 34-30 loss after Dallas led by 14 points in the fourth quarter. The Houston Texans continued their mission to finally win the AFC South with a big 17-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Perhaps the most surprising result of the day happened in Philadelphia, where fans watched the “Dream Team” blow a 20-point lead to lose 24-23 to the San Francisco 49ers.

Check out some of the Breast Cancer Awareness gear worn on the field this past Sunday in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch: Breast Cancer Awareness 2011 2

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight vs. BearsCam Newton throws a pass in his Highlight Under Armour football cleats.

D'Angelo Williams wearing Nike Air Zoom Merciless vs. BearsD’Angelo Williams runs in Air Zoom Merciless Nike football cleats.

C.J. Spiller wearing adidas adiZero 5-Star vs. BengalsC.J. Spiller celebrates a Fred Jackson touchdown in the adidas adiZero 5-Star.

Andy Dalton wearing the Nike Air Zoom Super Bad 3 vs. BillsAndy Dalton runs for a touchdown in the Nike Air Zoom Super Bad 3.

Benjamin Watson wearing Reebok Molded NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid vs. TitansA close-up of Benjamin Watson’s Molded NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid Reebok football cleats.

Chris Johnson wearing Nike Vapor Jet Receiving Gloves vs. BrownsChris Johnson got back on track wearing Nike Vapor Jet Receiver Gloves.

Mike Wallace wearing Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly vs. TexansMike Wallace practicing his routes in the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.

Rashean Mathis wearing Nike Super Speed D vs. SaintsNike Super Speed D worn by Rashean Mathis of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tashard Choice wearing Under Armour Nitro III Mid vs. LionsTashard Choice runs in the Breast Cancer Awareness colorway of the Under Armour Nitro III Mid.

Kevin Ogletree wearing adidas adizero 5-star vs. LionsKevin Ogletree steps out of bounds in a White/Pink colorway of the adidas adiZero 5-Star.

Matt Cassel wearing Nike Air LT Superbad vs. VikingsMatt Cassel guided the Kansas City Chiefs to their first win in Air LT Superbad Nike football cleats.

Matt Schaub wearing Nike Air LT Superbad vs. SteelersMatt Schaub of the Houston Texans also wore the Nike Air LT Superbad in a big win over the Steelers.

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