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Kearse happy; Tony Gonzalez's big day

Couldn't help but notice ex-Eagle Jevon Kearse smiling in front of the camera after the Titans knocked off the Bears to improve to 9-0 on Sunday. Kearse, of course, spent four seasons in Philadelphia, never really living up to expectations. In the offseason, he returned to Tennessee where he starts for the undefeated Titans. The numbers are underwhelming -- Kearse has 1.5 sacks and 20 tackles. But after the game, he took a piece of tape and applied it between the 9 and 0 on his jersey for the Titans' record. Ironically, it was Kearse who urged the Eagles to add his ex-teammate Juqua Parker, who has been one of the team's better defensive players with five sacks, second on the team to Darren Howard. Some other thoughts from Week 10: Speaking of the Titans, I was impressed that they found a different way to win Sunday against the Bears. Chicago bottled up Chris Johnson and LenDale White as the Titans managed just 20 yards rushing on 29 carries. With 2:15 left in the game and Tennessee up 21-14, the offense faced a third-and-five from its own 40. Rather than run down the clock and possibly punt, the Titans went play-action and Kerry Collins found tight end Bo Scaife for a 10-yard gain that ended the game. Collins completed 30 of 41 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns... If you're wondering if Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez can still play, hopefully you were watching the last drive of the Kansas City-San Diego game. The Chiefs, who were 15.5-point underdogs, took over down seven with three minutes left in the game. Gonzalez had a 9-yard catch, drew a 17-yard pass interference penalty and caught a 3-yard touchdown even though the Chiefs failed to pick up the 2-point conversion and lost. Overall, Gonzalez had 10 catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Hey Eagles fans, is that kind of tight end production something you might be interested in? If you stayed up for the ending of the Cardinals-49ers game last night, you probably started to have flashbacks. With 20 seconds left and the game on the line, San Francisco faced second-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Frank Gore couldn't get in the end zone, and the 49ers had to hurry. With three seconds on the clock, Michael Robinson got the carry from the 2 and couldn't get in. Game over. It was only Robinson's third carry of the game. Gore, meanwhile, has 728 yards on the season, fifth-best in the NFC. Two failed rushing attempts in a short-yardage situation with everything on the line in the fourth quarter. Sound familiar? Anquan Boldin has 10 touchdowns receiving. No other player has more than six. Nine of those TDs have been scores from the red zone. Oh yeah, and Boldin has missed two games... Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio is a smart man. Much was made last week about him tightening things up in the Jaguars locker room. Reports said he banned hats, restricted music and switched players around in the locker room. Then Jacksonville beat Detroit, 38-14. Smart move imposing those changes before you play the winless Lions, Jack. Maybe his actions did have a serious impact, but I'm going to wait to see how the team responds this week against the Titans... A day to forget for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger -- three interceptions in the 24-20 loss to the Colts. Many will focus on the fourth-quarter pick, which was huge and gave the Colts' offense the ball for the game-winning possession, but don't forget about the second-quarter INT. The Steelers were being aggressive with less than two minutes left in the half, and Roethlisberger was picked off, giving the Colts possession at the Pittsburgh 30. Indy drove for a touchdown, gaining momentum and reducing the Steelers' lead to 17-14... One more note on that game. What a stuff by Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster on Mewelde Moore in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh had second-and-goal from the Indy 1-yard line and was stopped. Then on third down, Foster drilled Moore for no gain, and the Steelers had to settle for a field goal. Huge sequence... Jon Gruden says Tampa Bay is where he wants to be. He was responding to speculation that he might be a good fit for the college opening at Tennessee. If you're like me, these comments really mean nothing. What's Gruden going to say? "Yeah I'm definitely interested." His team is 6-3, and he signed a three-year extension worth between $5.5 and $6 million in the offseason.

Kearse happy; Tony Gonzalez's big day

Jevon Kearse and the Titans are 9-0 after a win against the Bears on Sunday. (AP)
Jevon Kearse and the Titans are 9-0 after a win against the Bears on Sunday. (AP)

Couldn't help but notice ex-Eagle Jevon Kearse smiling in front of the camera after the Titans knocked off the Bears to improve to 9-0 on Sunday.

Kearse, of course, spent four seasons in Philadelphia, never really living up to expectations. In the offseason, he returned to Tennessee where he starts for the undefeated Titans. The numbers are underwhelming -- Kearse has 1.5 sacks and 20 tackles. But after the game, he took a piece of tape and applied it between the 9 and 0 on his jersey for the Titans' record.

Ironically, it was Kearse who urged the Eagles to add his ex-teammate Juqua Parker, who has been one of the team's better defensive players with five sacks, second on the team to Darren Howard.

Some other thoughts from Week 10:

Speaking of the Titans, I was impressed that they found a different way to win Sunday against the Bears. Chicago bottled up Chris Johnson and LenDale White as the Titans managed just 20 yards rushing on 29 carries. With 2:15 left in the game and Tennessee up 21-14, the offense faced a third-and-five from its own 40. Rather than run down the clock and possibly punt, the Titans went play-action and Kerry Collins found tight end Bo Scaife for a 10-yard gain that ended the game. Collins completed 30 of 41 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns...

If you're wondering if Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez can still play, hopefully you were watching the last drive of the Kansas City-San Diego game. The Chiefs, who were 15.5-point underdogs, took over down seven with three minutes left in the game. Gonzalez had a 9-yard catch, drew a 17-yard pass interference penalty and caught a 3-yard touchdown even though the Chiefs failed to pick up the 2-point conversion and lost. Overall, Gonzalez had 10 catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Hey Eagles fans, is that kind of tight end production something you might be interested in?

If you stayed up for the ending of the Cardinals-49ers game last night, you probably started to have flashbacks. With 20 seconds left and the game on the line, San Francisco faced second-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Frank Gore couldn't get in the end zone, and the 49ers had to hurry. With three seconds on the clock, Michael Robinson got the carry from the 2 and couldn't get in. Game over. It was only Robinson's third carry of the game. Gore, meanwhile, has 728 yards on the season, fifth-best in the NFC. Two failed rushing attempts in a short-yardage situation with everything on the line in the fourth quarter. Sound familiar?

Anquan Boldin has 10 touchdowns receiving. No other player has more than six. Nine of those TDs have been scores from the red zone. Oh yeah, and Boldin has missed two games...

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio is a smart man. Much was made last week about him tightening things up in the Jaguars locker room. Reports said he banned hats, restricted music and switched players around in the locker room. Then Jacksonville beat Detroit, 38-14. Smart move imposing those changes before you play the winless Lions, Jack. Maybe his actions did have a serious impact, but I'm going to wait to see how the team responds this week against the Titans...

A day to forget for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger -- three interceptions in the 24-20 loss to the Colts. Many will focus on the fourth-quarter pick, which was huge and gave the Colts' offense the ball for the game-winning possession, but don't forget about the second-quarter INT. The Steelers were being aggressive with less than two minutes left in the half, and Roethlisberger was picked off, giving the Colts possession at the Pittsburgh 30. Indy drove for a touchdown, gaining momentum and reducing the Steelers' lead to 17-14...

One more note on that game. What a stuff by Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster on Mewelde Moore in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh had second-and-goal from the Indy 1-yard line and was stopped. Then on third down, Foster drilled Moore for no gain, and the Steelers had to settle for a field goal. Huge sequence...

Jon Gruden says Tampa Bay is where he wants to be. He was responding to speculation that he might be a good fit for the college opening at Tennessee. If you're like me, these comments really mean nothing. What's Gruden going to say? "Yeah I'm definitely interested." His team is 6-3, and he signed a three-year extension worth between $5.5 and $6 million in the offseason.

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