~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~
Welcome back, Canes fans, it’s everybody’s favorite time of the week. No, not because it’s Friday but because it’s time for the next segment of The Streak. Today we will look at weeks 137 thru 143, which will take us through the last three weeks of the 2010 season and the first four weeks of the 2011 season. No new faces this week, just a bunch of Canes grinding out the only way they know how.
The 15th week of the 2010 season saw 3 Canes score multiple touchdowns. In Dallas, Santana Moss had 2 touchdowns receptions, one from 10 and another from 5 yards out. This was a shoot out in Texas with the Cowboys prevailing 33-30 with a last minute field goal. Jimmy Graham continued his dominance with the Saints by getting the scoring started with an 18 yard pass from Drew Brees. The two would connect again from 1 yard out, but the Ravens finished strong in the 4th quarter to get the 30-24 win. The Bears continued their march towards the post-season with a 40-14 thrashing of Minnesota. Devin Hester scored on a 15 yard pass from Jay Cutler and then ran back a punt 64 yards. Really! Teams actually still kick to him? Anyways… Andre Johnson only scored once and the Texans could have used more scoring all around as they came up short against the Titans 31-17. Andre scored on a 12 yard pass from Matt Schuab.
Keeping up the multiple touchdown format, Kevin Winslow II had finished the day with 7 receptions for 98 yards including 2 touchdowns from 21 and 10 yards out from Josh Freeman. The Bucs inched closer to the playoffs with a 38-15 win at home against the Seahawks. Devin is back from last week this time helping push the Bears to a 38-34 victory at the hands of the Jets. Devin connected with Jay Cutler from 25 yards out as the Bears improved to 11-4 on the season.
JIMMMMYYYY. I think we all just love saying that. Mostly when Jimmy Graham finds the end zone. Jimmy connected with Drew Brees from 4 yards out but the Saints fell to the Bucs 23-13. We can’t go too long without bringing up Reggie Wayne. Reggie scored from 7 yards out on a pass from Peyton as the Colts managed to beat the Titans 23-20 on a 43 yard field goal as time expired. I swear Adam Vinatieri has ice in his veins. Not only did it win the game for the Colts, it allowed them to get into the post-season as well.
We’ll start 2011 off the way we ended 2010: with Reggie Wayne scoring on a 6 yard touchdown pass from ….wait…Kerry Collins? That’s right, Peyton has neck surgery and caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. I always believed Peyton was one of the more important non-Canes as far as the having an impact on The Streak. I truly believe if he was not hurt it would still be going. The Colts lost the game 34-6 to the Titans. On the other side of the ball, Andre Johnson had a nice game catching a 4 yard pass from Matt Schuab to go along with his 98 yards. Reggie also had a respectable game with 7 catches for 103 yards. Jimmy kept getting better and better for the Saints as he connected with Drew Brees from 5 yards out but this was a party to celebrate in Green Bay as the Packers defeated the Saints 42-34.
Week 2 of the 2011 season saw Andre Johnson continue his pace in his hometown as the Texans came into Miami and beat the Dolphins 23-13. Andre had 7 catches for 93 yards including a 23 yard pass as the Texans improved to 2-0. In a new city but the same results, Willis McGahee scored from a short distance as the Broncos squeaked by the Bengals 24-22. Willis had 101 yards on the day. Another back scoring for his team was Frank Gore, who scored also from a short distance. The 49ers let this one slip away giving up a 10 point 4th quarter lead and losing in overtime 27-24 to the Cowboys. On the same topic of tight games. Santana Moss connected with on an 18 yard pass from Rex Grossman in the 4th quarter to help the Redskins defeated the Cardinals 22-21 pushing the Redskins to 2-0.
Willis McGahee continued to provide dividends for the Broncos after he was released by the Ravens in the offseason. This time scoring on a 5 yard pass from Kyle Orton. In the end though, the Titans prevailed on a late 4th quarter touchdown to defeat the Broncos 17-14. Jimmy Graham helped the Saints notch their 2nd win in a row connecting with Drew Brees from 27 yards out for a 40-33 victory against the previously undefeated Texans. Two Canes in this game eclipsed the century mark. Jimmy had 100 yards on 4 catches and Andre Johnson, although he didn’t score, had 7 catches for 128 yards on the day. Another Cane that showed up in a new city this year was Greg Olsen. Greg scored the game winning touchdown on a 16 yard pass from Cam Newton as the Panthers defeated the Jaguars 16-10.
In just a little over a year, Jimmy Graham has made a name for himself as one of the top tight ends in the league. Jimmy scored his 3rd touchdown in four weeks connecting with Brees on a short pass as the Saints defeated the Jaguars 23-10. Jimmy finished the game with 10 catches for 132 yards. Another of the top tight ends in the league, Greg Olsen, returned to his former team to catch a late pass from Cam Newton but the Panthers came up short to the Bears in Chicago 34-29. The Panthers would have had a better chance if they didn’t kick to Hester, who ran a punt back from 69 yards out. How about a barn-burner! Frank Gore took a handoff from Alex Smith and took it 12 yards with 3 minutes left as the 49ers defeated the Eagles 24-23. Frank finished the day with 127 yards rushing on 15 carries. The Redskins were a surprise team early on last year, and part of it was due to Santana Moss who scored on a 6 yard reception to help the Redskins off to a 3-1 start with a 17-10 victory against the Rams.
There’s only one more segment left after this one, so hold on for just a little bit longer. After that I’ll have the pregame views of the Canes’ opponents, kicking off with the Canes first opponent, Boston College.