~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~
OK, relax! It’s not Friday but we’ve got the weekly installment of “The Streak” for you a tad bit early. This week we will look back at the final four weeks of the 2005 season and the first week of the 2006 season. There will be some new names and probably some Canes Fan-Favorites!
Week 14 of the 2005 was a slow week for the NFL Canes. Nonetheless, the streak continued. Clinton Portis had a 15 yard gallop as the Redskins dropped the Cardinals 17-13.
Heading down the home stretch of the 2005 season, the running backs took over. Week 15 saw three NFL Canes get to the end-zone. Edgerrin James had a 1 yard run for the Colts but the big news was that the Colts dropped their first game of the season to the Chargers 26-17. Then Jarrett Payton had a 3 yard run but the Titans dropped a close one to the Seahawks 28-24. Also, Willis McGahee opened the scoring in Buffalo only to see his Bills drop one to the Broncos 28-17.
They say when a player “goes-off” he usually has a pretty good game. Santana Moss went off in week #16 scoring 3 touchdowns on 5 completions for 160 yards. Santana had touchdown catches of 17, 59 and 72 yards. Then Clinton Portis also went-off for 106 yards rushing including a 19 yard run on top of that. You probably win the game with these two in tandem, which the Redskins did, 35-20 over the NY Giants. Frank Gore also had a nice day scoring a late 4th quarter touchdown to push the 49ers over the Rams 24-20. Vinny Testaverde also had a 27 yard pass to Laveranues Coles but they were still defeated by the Patriots 31-21 on a cold Monday night in the Meadowlands.
The final week of the 2005 season brought us a crazy game between the Bills and the Jets. Roscoe Parrish scored on a 3 yard pass from Kelly Holcomb to put the Bills up in the 3rd quarter. Justin Miller took a kick off 95 yards late in the 4th quarter after the Bills had taken the lead to put the Jets up for good 30-26. The Redskins were in action trying to secure a 10 win season. Clinton Portis scored twice, once from 2 and the other from 22 yards out. This was part of a 122 yard performance. With the game on the line late, the Eagles had secured good field position until a sack by Phillip Daniels on Koy Detmer jarred the ball loose. Sean Taylor was on the spot to recover the fumble and scamper 39 yards to secure the win for the Redskins.
The Canes came out the first week of the 2006 season with a vengeance. Clinton Portis picked up where he left off from the previous season scoring on a 5 yard run, but the Redskins fell to the Vikings 19-16. Frank Gore scored twice on runs of 2 and 4 yards for the 49ers but fell to Edgerrin’s new team, the Cardinals, 34-27. Edge scored in his first game as a Cardinal on a 1 yard run. Jeremy Shockey connected with Peyton from 15 yards out but the Giants fell to the Colts 26-21. We also have a couple of new faces to start the year off. Charlie Frye found Kellen Winslow open from 15 yards out for his first NFL score. Unfortunately it came in a 19-14 loss to the Saints. Also making his NFL debut was Devin Hester who scored the first of his record setting punt returns for touchdowns bringing it back from 84 yards as the Bears shut out the Packers 26-0 in Lambeau Field.