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NFL Monday Memo

Tim Tebow of the Broncos gets his first

Tim Tebow of the Broncos gets his first start against the Dolphins. The Denver Broncos defeated the Miami Dolphins, 18-15, in overtime. (Oct. 23, 2011) Credit: MCT

Our best and worst from NFL Week 7:

Comeback of the Week: Broncos 18, Dolphins 15. For the first 54 minutes, Tim Tebow couldn’t do anything right. For the last six minutes, he could do no wrong. Tebow rallies the Broncos with two TD passes to stun the winless Dolphins at home. He also scored the two-point conversion to tie it by running a quarterback draw that everyone in the stadium knew was coming … except for the Miami defense. Miami lost for the 12th time in their last 13 home games.
Rookie of the week: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys. Filling in for the injury-depleted Cowboys, Murray rushed for a franchise best 253 yards in the Cowboys’ 34-7 win over the Rams.
Game of the week: Jets 27, Chargers 21. Jets rally from 11 points down to beat the Chargers thanks to Mark Sanchez’s three TD passes to Plaxico Burress and another huge INT return by Darrelle Revis.
• Game of the weak: Browns 6, Seahawks 3. Three field goals by two teams over 60 minutes. In a word: yuck!
• Slump of the week: Lions. After getting off to a 5-0 start, Detroit has now lost two in a row at home. A week after losing an emotional game to the 49ers, which was followed by the coaches’ handshake that nearly led to a brawl, the Lions lose at home to Matt Ryan and the Falcons 23-16. Fortunately, it appears a knee injury suffered by Lions QB Matthew Stafford doesn’t appear to be serious.

* Jet of the week: Plaxico Burress, WR. He had just two TDs in his first six games, but had three in Sunday's win over the Chargers. All of the red zone variety, just what the Jets like. 

• Alarming stat of the week, Part I: Chargers QB Philip Rivers has thrown two interceptions in four of his six games, and has just 7 TDs and 9 INTs for the year.
• Alarming stat of the week, Part II: Titans RB Chris Johnson, who signed a massive contract extension before the season, is averaging just 2.9 yards per carry and has just 268 rushing yards in six games. Johnson had just 18 yards on 10 carries on Sunday.
• Meltdown of the week, Part I: Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman threw four picks in a 24-18 loss to the Bears in London.
• Meltdown of the week, Part II: Coming off a bye week and facing divisional rival Houston, the Titans appled up and were thrashed 41-7 at home.
• Meltdown of the week, Part III: Less than a week after trading for Carson Palmer, the Raiders are blown away, 28-0, at home by the AFC West rival Chiefs. After relieving Kyle Boller, who threw 3 INTs, Palmer threw 3 INTs of his own.
• Reeling: The Cardinals have lost five straight, and Kevin Kolb has done little to show that he’s the right guy to lead this offense.
• Red hot, Part I: Three more TD passes for Aaron Rodgers as the Packers move to 7-0 with a 33-27 road win over the Vikings.
• Red hot, Part II: Drew Brees passed for 325 yards and five TDs as the Saints crush the Colts 62-7 on Sunday night.
• Coach on the hot seat: Jim Caldwell, Colts. Looked like he was safe after Peyton Manning went down with a neck injury, but the way this team has failed to compete on a week-to-week basis might mean a change is in store.


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