NFL Monday Mood: Week 5  

October, 11, 2010

Scenes from Sunday:

• With less than two minutes left and his team ahead by a touchdown -- covering the 6½-point spread -- Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer throws an interception on third-and-13 from his own 38-yard line. Fifty-six seconds later, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers score, eliminating the cover. On the next series, Palmer throws another pick, and the Bucs convert that into a field goal with one second left, eliminating the Cincy win.

• With four minutes left, the Indianapolis Colts score a cover touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in a tight defensive battle that played out exactly as the wiseguys expected: long drives and a solid running game by the Chiefs that kept it within the eight-point spread. That touchdown was Indy's first of the day and put it up by 10. On the ensuing drive, Kansas City moves it to the Colts' 33, and on fourth-and-4, Chiefs coach Todd Haley decides to go for a 51-yard field goal. What the heck, he needs two scores. He gives life to all the bettors thinking the game was lost. Then Ryan Succop -- a Dickensian name if there ever was one -- misses wide right.

• In a tie game, Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby hits the goalpost on the winning field goal attempt as time expires. If he'd made it, the Packers, favored by 2.5, would have won by three. Instead, Green Bay lost in overtime.

And then there was Dallas gaining 500 yards of offense but losing to the Tennessee Titans. And the San Diego Chargers doing the same to the Oakland Raiders and losing, too.

And there is that poor guy in Delaware.