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Looks like the head games the Patriots’ mastermind was trying to play during the week only served as motivation for the Browns. Who saw a 34-14 win coming for Cleveland? Certainly not me, but Colt McCoy and Peyton Hillis sure were studly against the Pats. Two New England fumbles were critical to them getting blown out, but even if they got those scores they did a poor job stopping Cleveland’s suddenly punishing rushing attack.

That’s the second time Mangini got a weak handshake from Belichick. I don’t know about you, but I sure as heck would want to wipe that smirk off Mangini’s face, that’s for sure. Nice win by his Browns. They’re not even close to a being a playoff team but at least they’re playing hard.

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Bart Scott Calls Lions Dirty for Chop Blocks, Dominic Raiola Says Shut Up

It wouldn’t be an NFL Sunday without an accusation of dirty play. Sometimes it’s players complaining about having their nuts grabbed, other times it’s that there was dirty play on the field. That’s what Jets linebacker Bart Scott says happened Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

“They are a good football team but by far the dirtiest football team I’ve ever played against since I played the Tennessee Titans,” Scott said. “Some of the stuff they do out there I understand, but I’ll just be happy with the victory. I swear to God I hope I see them again in life.”

So Scott goes with the hyperbole that Detroit’s the dirtiest team he’s EVER played, but only since the Titans. What was it that had Scott so upset? Apparently it was the three penalties the Lions drew for chop blocks. Lions veteran center Dominic Raiola obviously didn’t like being called dirty and responded: “Bart Scott talks to much. He needs to shut up and play football,” Raiola said. “Him and Jason Taylor talk too much. I mean, a cut block in football, that’s football. When you get cut, you get cut. So my response to that is shut up and play football.”

I know players are always trying to protect their knees so it makes sense why the Jets players would be upset about the chop blocks. I’d have to see the plays before evaluating how dirty Detroit is, but one thing we can all agree on is who the dirtiest team in the league is.

Derrick Mason: Channing Crowder Is Horrible, Not Walking the Walk

Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder was talking crap during the week leading up to Sunday’s game with the Ravens but Baltimore got the last word with a 26-10 win. Crowder not only lost the game, but he bitched afterwards that Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain spit on him. Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason, who was the target of Crowder’s words during the week, responded after the game.

“[When] he’s in the game, he’s getting knocked down, he’s getting pushed out of the way. The guy is horrible. Honestly, the guy is horrible. He’s probably a good guy. I’m not taking that away from him, but he’s horrible. He’s not a good football player.”

Mason also recommended that Crowder keeps his mouth shut in the future because his play doesn’t back up his words. “I don’t understand why this guy continues to talk,” Mason said. “This is not boxing. You can’t scare your opponent. You’ve got to go out there and play football.”

As for the spitting incident, it sure seems like it may have not only happened but it also could have been intentional. Mason says his teammates told him they had his back and that they were going to get Crowder back during the game. I don’t know if that means spitting on Crowder, but McClain denied the allegation. Regardless, what we have learned is that Channing will need to start playing better to earn the right to talk crap.

Channing Crowder Says Le’Ron McClain Spit in His Face

Channing Crowder has been all over the headlines this week.  Earlier in the week, he made some comments about Derrick Mason being an old man and Mason responded by saying he’s been catching passes since Crowder was still wetting himself.  According to the Dolphins linebacker, the war went beyond words during the Miami-Baltimore game on Sunday, which the Ravens won 26-10.

Crowder told The Miami Herald after the game that Ravens running back Le’Ron McClain spit in his face during the third quarter.  Crowder then proceeded to call McClain a “bitch-ass punk” and a “ho.”  Meanwhile, Mason was in the Ravens locker room telling reporters that Crowder is a “bad player” who will be out of the league before Mason — who’s 36 — retires.

Things kept getting uglier, at least from a verbal standpoint.  The most memorable quotes about the situation came from Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby.

Man, if I’d have seen that, there would have been a damn brawl out there, straight up,” Dansby said. “We don’t play that. We some tough guys. But if you take a cowardly way like that, you need to be straightened. Hopefully, Roger Goodell will look at the film and he’ll do something about it. If he don’t, we’ll see him in the street and we’ll have to handle it like men.”

Them there are fightin’ words — literally.  I’d be willing to wager nothing happens “in the street,” but it would probably be wise for Goodell to take a look at the situation and try to do something to diffuse it.  Otherwise the refs will need to be armed with stun guns and riot shields in the unlikely event that the two teams should meet in the playoffs.

Vikings Show Sign of Life, Come From Behind to Beat Cardinals

The Minnesota Vikings’ season isn’t over yet.  When they found themselves trailing the Cardinals 24-10 in the fourth quarter, it certainly appeared that it was.  Brett Favre picked a good day to set a career high with passing yardage, as the Vikings needed all 446 of them to pull out a 27-24 overtime victory.

The Vikings are the definition of a team in turmoil at the moment.  Brett Favre has had to deal with sexual harassment allegations and nagging injuries, the Randy Moss experiment was an epic failure, and it’s no secret that Brad Childress is coaching to save his job.  A loss to Arizona at home would have dropped Minnesota to 2-6 and all but signaled their decision to throw in the towel.

Instead, Favre led touchdown drives of 35 and 77 yards with under five minutes left in the game.  Adrian Peterson racked up 144 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns.  It’s extremely difficult to compliment Brett Favre on anything at this point, but you have to hand it to a 41 year old who can still lead a fourth quarter comeback and set a personal high while he’s at it.  Come to think of it, we don’t need to compliment Favre on his outstanding afternoon.  I’m sure he’ll be patting himself on the back for the rest of the season.

Browns Dominate the Patriots

The Cleveland Browns seem to be headed in the right direction under Eric Mangini.  Not long ago, Mangini was on the hot seat.  The competitive nature of the NFL makes it so coaches have a very limited amount of time to turn a struggling franchise around.  With consecutive victories over the Saints and Patriots, the Browns look to be improving dramatically.

Sunday’s match-up between Cleveland and New England had trap game written all over it for the Patriots.  Arguably the hottest team in football, the Pats traveled to Cleveland with the league’s best record (6-1).  Four minutes into the game, they found themselves trailing Colt McCoy and company 10-0 and the Browns never looked back, winning the game with ease by a score of 34-14.

The big story of the day was Peyton Hillis, who rushed for a career high 184 yards and two touchdowns.  New England couldn’t find a way to bring the big running back down and he was able to keep Tom Brady off the field, especially in the fourth quarter.  The Patriots had no answer for his north-south running style and as a result weren’t able to string together any type of comeback.

Hillis will likely steal the spotlight, but Colt McCoy deserves an equal amount of credit.  Statistically the rookie’s day was nothing special, but he protected the football and threw the ball well on the run, keeping a few plays alive with his legs and converting crucial first downs.

The Browns are now 2-1 since McCoy took over as the starter.  They’ve played the Steelers, Saints, and Patriots during that span.  You won’t find a more difficult three-game stretch than that, and at the moment it looks like Cleveland got their guy on draft day.

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Ndamukong Suh Attempts an Extra Point and Misses (Video)

Coaching quiz: if your place kicker suffers an injury in the middle of a game, who do you bring in to do the kicking?  If you answered “your 307-pound defensive tackle,”Jim Schwartz wants you on his staff.  When Lions kicker Jason Hanson was unable to attempt an extra point after injuring himself on a field goal attempt, Schwartz called on Ndamukong Suh to attempt the kick.  Suh banged it off the upright and missed, preventing Detroit from taking a 14-10 lead.  As a result, they now lead the Jets by only a field goal.

Regardless of the outcome, the attempt was quite the site.  I’ve seen linemen attempting kicks in high school a few times, but I must say this is the first time I’ve seen a 300-plus pounder line up for a kick.  You can scope out the Ndamukong Suh extra point video here.