The Streak: Weeks 11-15
~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~
It’s Friday, so it’s time for our next installment of “The Streak.” This week we will look at weeks #8 thru #12 in the 2003 season that span the dates of October 26, 2003 through November 23, 2003; the heart of the 2003 season. Let’s see what the boys from NFL “U” were up to.
Week #8 in the 2003 season saw the Indianapolis Colts continue their winning ways pushing their record to 6-1 with the help of a 2 touchdown performance from Reggie Wayne. Reggie didn’t discriminate in his variety having a short 2 yard pass and a long 57 yard strike from Peyton Manning as the Colts defeated the Texans 30-21. Santana Moss also hit pay-dirt on a 60 yard pass from Vinny T. It just wasn’t enough, though, as Jets came up short against the Eagles 24-17.
Week #9 in the 2003 season was all about Santana Moss who had 3 touchdowns for the NY Jets as they lost a heartbreaking game in overtime to their in-city rivals, the New York Giants. Santana’s scores were all on pass plays from Chad Pennington of 8, 11 and 25 yards. Edgerrin James had a 1 yard plunge for the Colts who squeaked by the Fish 23-17, and Clinton Portis scored an early touchdown to put the Broncos up early on the Patriots, only to see his team lose late, 30-26.
Week #10 in the 2003 season brought 2 new names to the table as Phillip Buchanon and James Jackson both joined the party. Buchanon’s contribution was a 78 yard punt return for a touchdown as the Oakland Raiders were defeated in O.T. by the New York Jets, who also had a touchdown by Santana Moss of 65 yards from Chad Pennington. Jackson’s 1 yard run came as a member of the Cleveland Browns as they were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs. The win by the Chiefs pushed their record to 9-0 on the season.
The number for week #11 was 8. That is how many touchdowns NFL “U” produced for their teams. The biggest contributor was “Edge” with 3 scores as the Colts defeated the Jets 38-31. James’ runs came on two – 1 yard runs and a few yard run. Of course, Santana got loose again for a 48 yard pass for a touchdown from Chad Pennington. Reggie Wayne actually had 141 yards receiving this week but was shut out from scoring. The 2 guys from week #10 kept up their visits to the endzone. Buchanon and Jackson had both scored again on an interception return of 64 yards for Buchanon and two -4 yard runs by Jackson. Andre Johnson also had a 46 yard pass from Tony Banks as the Texans upended the Bills 12-0.
Week #12 saw a list of the usual suspects keep the ball rolling. Let’s start by one of my favorite favorites, Ed Reed, who returned a blocked punt 16 yards for a touchdown to help the Ravens defeat the Seahawks in a game that saw the Ravens erase a 17 point 4th quarter deficit to win 44-41. “Edge” also had 2 – 4th quarter scores as he brought the Colts back from 11 points down to defeat the Bills 17-14. Santana Moss and Andre Johnson both caught passes in their bids to bring their teams back from 4th quarter deficits as well. Santana’s 3 yard pass from Pennington put the Jets on top of the Jaguars to stay at 13-10. Andre’s catch for 10 yards tied the game up in the 3rd quarter, only to see his team succumb to the Patriots in overtime 23-20.
Stayed tuned for next week as more Canes get into the action!