Raiders vs. Falcons – Keep them in bounds.

The Raiders and Falcons were tied at 20 with :40 left after a Raiders touchdown.  The Falcons had two timeouts left.  They had five completed passes in the last :40.  On three of them, the Falcons were able to get out of bounds to stop the clock.  Don’t let them get out of bounds!  Let them complete passes in the middle of the field so the clock will run or they will burn their timeouts.  Poor execution by the Raiders enabled the Falcons to get in position to win the game with a 55 yard field goal.

Steelers vs. Titans – Just give them the game.

The Steelers and Titans were tied at 23 and the Steelers had 4th and 7 from the Titans 36 with :54 left.   They could punt the ball and pin the Titans deep, essentially assuring overtime.  Or they could attempt at 54 yard field goal.  But if they missed the field goal, the Titans would be in great position to move into field goal position themselves.  Punt the ball.  The risk is too great, especially for the Shaun Suisham of the Steelers.  They went for the field goal.  They missed.  The Titans won the game on a field goal in regulation.  Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin just gave the game away.

Broncos vs. Patriots – Why aren’t they going for it?

Sometimes you might be watching a game and you get a feel for how it might play out.  The Broncos/Patriots game was starting to feel like a track meet.  Tom Brady was making it look easy going up and down the field on the Broncos defense.  So with the Broncos trailing 14-7 facing a 4th and 5 at the Patriots 39 yard line with just over 5 minutes left in the first half, GO FOR IT!  Instead they punted and the Patriots drove down the field for a field goal just before the half ended.  Game over.

 

Dolphins vs. Bengals and Ravens vs. Chiefs – Go for it!

The Bengals were trailing the Dolphins 17-13 and had 4th and 5 at the Dolphins 23 with 3:05 left in the game.  GO FOR IT!  If you make the FG, you only have one shot at holding the Dolphins as one first down will run out the clock.  The Bengals attempted a FG and missed.  Game over.

The Chiefs were trailing the Ravens 9-3 with under 5 minutes left in the game and had 4th and 9 at the Ravens 13 yard line.  GO FOR IT!  The Chiefs hadn’t move the ball well all day.  They are a team going nowhere.  Play for the win.  Instead they kicked a field goal and the game was over as they never got the ball back.