Parity doesn’t always show itself in the NFL.
It definitely didn’t in a couple Week 9 scores.
While most of Sunday’s action was competitive, the rest got out of hand. Here are the contests in which the outcome was decided long before the final whistle blew.
Believe it or not, this game was tied going into the second quarter.
How should Detroit be labeled?
And then Mikel Leshoure scored three touchdowns...in the second quarter. Joique Bell also added a ground touchdown, as the Lions didn’t struggle to move the ball at all. They averaged 6.4 yards per offensive play and racked up a total of 434 compared to the Jags’ 279.
Of course, that’s more than Jacksonville usually averages. Two fourth-quarter Blaine Gabbert touchdown passes were the only things that made the score appear at least somewhat competitive.
Even with a 31-point spread, the scoreboard doesn’t do justice to the Bears’ dominance. If it wasn’t for a stat-padding 80-yard Chris Johnson touchdown run after the contest had long been decided, it’d look even worse.
Chicago forced a whopping five turnovers on the afternoon. Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown, and Charles Tillman forced four fumbles. And no, that isn’t a typo (tweets via Bears Rapid Reports, Tom Fornelli).
CB Charles Tillman's four fumbles forced is the most in the NFL in 20 years for a single game.— Bears RapidReports (@CBSBears) November 4, 2012
Memo to players being tackled by Charles Tillman: COVER THE BALL AND JUST FALL DOWN.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) November 4, 2012
Also, that quintet of turnovers doesn’t even include the blocked punt Corey Wootton returned for a touchdown.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.