As we approach tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day games, you’ll notice that the holiday cheer isn’t exactly prevalent in the NFL. Jeff Fisher and Vince Young have a little bad blood in Tennessee, perhaps ending the quarterback’s tenure as a member of the Titans. The Minnesota Vikings have finally parted ways with Brad Childress after a season full of turmoil. There is, however, a little happiness in San Diego and New Orleans. Both teams are currently surging, and will receive early Christmas gifts this week.
Young Done in Tennessee?
After banging his right hand on the helmet of a defender in the third quarter of Tennessee’s game against the Washington Redskins, Vince Young suffered a season-ending torn flexor tendon in his thumb. However, in addition to Young’s season in Tennessee being over, his career there may be done as well. Young apparently wanted to test his injured hand, but Coach Jeff Fisher opted to bench Young in favor of rookie and sixth-round draft pick Rusty Smith. This didn’t sit well with Young, and after the Titans lost in overtime, he went into a post-game tirade that was said to even upset teammates.
Young reportedly launched his shoulder pads and jersey into the stands, exchanged heated words with Fisher and stormed out of the stadium. Though denying reports that Young has been banned from the facility, Fisher has acknowledged the fact that Young would no longer be his starting quarterback due to his actions on Sunday. Some are saying that either Fisher or Young will be done in Tennessee after this season, but team owner Bud Adams disagrees. “Oh, God yeah. He is under contract. I wouldn’t want to let him go. We are going to pay him a lot of money,” Adams told the Tennessean newspaper of Young.
After weeks of speculation, poor personnel decisions and confrontations with his own players, Brad Childress was relieved of his duties as Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Defensive coordination Leslie Frazier was promoted to fill the position in an interim capacity. The decision to fire Childress came just a day after the Vikings were blown out at home by the Green Bay Packers 31-3.
The Vikings had high expectations coming into the season, but are currently 3-7 and all but out of playoff contention. Childress’ relationship with his players has reportedly soured this season, some say causing a divide in the locker room. Of course, there’s the Randy Moss fiasco, which blew up in his face when the team cut the All-Pro after giving up a third round draft pick to acquire him. Then there was the highly publicized confrontation between Childress and wide receiver Percy Harvin during a team practice earlier in the months. Reports suggested that Childress had lost his locker room – now he’s lost his job.
Frazier, who has already named Brett Favre as his starting quarterback, will coach his first game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Back in Action
The rich will get richer this week as two of the NFL’s powerhouse teams will receive personnel upgrades this week, as two of the most electric offensive weapons in the league are slated to return.
The San Diego Chargers, who have the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs in their sights after three straight wins, have activated wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Jackson has just finished serving a three game suspension after sitting out the begging of the season because of a contract dispute. The timing of his return is perfect with wide receiver Patrick Crayton suffering a dislocated wrist in Monday’s game against the Denver Broncos. The Chargers travel to Indianapolis this week to play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night.
Meanwhile, the surging Saints will also get an offensive upgrade this week when running back Reggie Bush returns to the lineup. Bush, who suffered a broken fibula in Week 2, will help open up the offense for a team that has only scored a measly 68 points in the last weeks. The week of preparation will be short for Bush, as the Saints will head to Dallas for a Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Cowboys on Thursday.
Week 11 Scores:
Chicago Bears – 16, Miami Dolphins – 0
Baltimore Ravens – 37, Carolina Panthers – 13
Houston Texans – 27, New York Jets – 30
Buffalo Bills – 49, Cincinnati Bengals – 31
Cleveland Browns – 20, Jacksonville Jaguars – 24
Green Bay Packers – 31, Minnesota Vikings – 3
Washington Redskins – 19, Tennessee Titans – 16
Arizona Cardinals – 13, Kansas City Chiefs – 31
Detroit Lions – 19, Dallas Cowboys – 35
Oakland Raiders – 3, Pittsburgh Steelers – 35
Seattle Seahawks – 19, New Orleans Saints – 34
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 21, San Francisco 49ers – 0
Atlanta Falcons – 34, St. Louis Rams – 17
Indianapolis Colts – 28, New England Patriots – 31
New York Giants – 17, Philadelphia Eagles – 27
Denver Broncos – 14, San Diego Chargers – 35
NFL Power Rankings Top 10
1. New England Patriots – I’m wondering how long they can keep winning with these miniature receivers and suspect defense. Great win, though.
2. New York Jets – Santonio looks like an absolute bargain.
3. Baltimore Ravens – I had forgotten all about TJ Houshmandzadeh too.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers – Think they were a little upset about that New England game?
5. New Orleans Saints – This team has gotten it together at the right time.
6. Atlanta Falcons – They just continue to pile up the wins. New Orleans has their work cut out for them.
7. Indianapolis Colts – I’m still left baffled when Peyton makes mistakes.
8. Philadelphia Eagles – If their defense continues to play well, they’ll be a handful for anybody.
9. Green Bay Packers – The decision to roll with Aaron has never looked better.
10. Chicago Bears – Vintage Bears performance. Run the ball and hard-nosed defense.
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