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NFL Lines – Big Winners and Losers

Posted by Brett Nielson on 9/30/2011 9:09:26 PM

A list of this week's biggest winners and losers in NFL lines.


Victor Cruz
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw for four touchdowns last NFL lines Sunday afternoon en route to a 29-16 Giants victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Victor Cruz, who was replacing an injured Mario Manningham, received two of those passes. His first touchdown pass of the season went for 74 yards. But even more impressive was Cruz`s second touchdown that turned the tide of the game, when he scored in the fourth quarter while the Giants were down by two points. It was Cruz`s second touchdown of the contest, and the second of his career. He ended the game with three receptions totaling 110 yards.

Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills should be quite satisfied with their NFL lines Week 3 performance, after coming from behind 21-0 to the Patriots to winning the game 34-31. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick connected on 27 of his 40 pass attempts, whilst throwing for 369 yards. Stevie Johnson recorded eight receptions for 94 yards and one touchdown, with running back Fred Jackson recording 161 rushing yards. Although Buffalo’s defense did give up a large amount of yardage, though they did intercept the seemingly unstoppable Tom Brady four times. The Buffalo Bills are now still undefeated, and look to continue their winning streak through Week 4.

Wes Welker
Though on the losing side of the game, New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker engineered a standout performance last Sunday. The small wideout finished the game with career highs in receptions (16) and receiving yards (217), while also scoring two touchdowns. His second touchdown tied the game at 31 all with 3:25 minutes remaining.


Chris Johnson
Thus far this NFL lines season, the mercurial Chris Johnson has only recorded a paltry 77 rushing yards. During his team’s Week 3 victory over the Denver Broncos, Johnson only carried the ball 13 times for a meager 21 yards. Although he did connect for four receptions and 54 yards, the Titans’ coaching staff must be concerned with Johnson`s lackluster overall rushing performance to start the season – especially after he just got paid.

Philadelphia Eagles
Perhaps the biggest losers of Week 3 are the Philadelphia Eagles, who not only lost to an injury-depleted Giants squad, but also lost Michael Vick to a broken right hand. After such pre-season promise and glamour, the Eagles are off to a pedestrian 1-2 start, and that was with their starting quarterback in the lineup. Look out for their unpromising start of the season to continue this week when Vince Young or Mike Kafka will be leading the Eagles next week against the San Francisco 49ers.

Tony Sparano
Tony Sparano must really be feeling the heat these days in Miami, with his head-coaching job surely on the line – if it wasn’t already before last week’s game. With their 16-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Dolphins have now started this 2011 season a disastrous 0-3.  In the NFL lines match, Browns’ quarterback Colt McCoy threw a 14-yard touchdown to wideout Mohamed Massaquoi with 43 seconds to go to win the game. Losing games is one thing, but losing games in the last minute is quite another, and Sparano should be shouldering a substantial amount of blame for this loss. This NFL lines Sunday, the Dolphins will be facing the 2-1 San Diego Chargers where many believe their losing streak will continue to 0-4.

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