Thoughts From NFL Week 11: Chicago Bears and beyond

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders hands off the ball to Michael Bush #29 against the Minnesota Vikings on November 20, 2011 at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)

What an incredible way for the NFL start it's week 11 off with Tim Tebow leading his Denver Broncos to a last minute win against the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football.  Tebowmania...  catch it.  Since I still don't have the NFL Network (Damn you Time Warner Cable) I'm forced to listen to the talking heads on the various outlets that described the win as gutty, a fluke, inspirational, setting football back 40 years, great for the NFL, and bad for the Bronco franchise.  Chicago fans will see for themselves in a few weeks when the Caleb Hanie led Bears travel out West.  And speaking of out West, that leads me to my first thought...

1)  The Raiders are the only division leader with a negative point differential.  They've been outscored on the season by 19 points, and as a matter of fact, every team in that division has given up more points than they've scored.

2)  And one more Tebow thought...  What were the Jets thinking with their defensive game plan?  Why blitz him and give him an excuse to run?  Don't you want him putting the ball in the air as much as possible?  The old coaching saying goes; When you throw the ball 3 things can happen and 2 of them are bad.

3)  Is DeSean Jackson trying to become the biggest D-Bag in the NFL?

4)  The Buccaneers LeGarrette Blount had one of the best runs of the year, but I was equally as impressed with the block from Bucs RG Davin Joseph blasting Green Bay's Tramon Williams off Blount.

5)  I think it's safe to say I whiffed on my NFC West prediction, the Rams are bad and the 49ers could lock that division up with with their next win.

6)  If the AFC Wildcard wasn't so muddled up, I'd say the Titans should start rookie QB Jake Locker the rest of the way regardless of Matt Hasselbeck's injury, but with them being one of gour 5-5 teams in the Conference, it's still anyone's ball game.

7)  The Ravens offense is much more effective when they get Ray Rice his touches.

8)  Even though Jay Cutler injured himself chasing down the Chargers Antoine Cason after his interception, it was refreshing to see a QB do that rather than throw his hands up in disgust and gripe to a referee.  All NFL QB's should play as tough as #cuttydoesit.

9)  I think it's safe to say Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano is off the hot seat, even though I think the Miami ownership would like a high profile celebrity coach.  Could Mike Shanahan have the hottest seat in the NFL?

10)  Is Rob Gronkowski the best tight end in the NFL?

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