Here are my re-caps, random thoughts & opinions from Sunday's action. Enjoy the read:
NY Giants 44 FINAL
- Well, there is good news for Raiders fans, sort of. JaMarcus Russell did complete over 60% of his passes. The bad news - he only passed for 100 yards. The Giants simply dominated this game from start to finish, and were without Eli Manning for most of the game. Ahmad Bradshaw is making his case to be the starting RB for the Giants. For Raiders fans, all I can say is - I empathize. It's time for Al Davis to do the right thing and turn the General Manager duties over to someone else.
Tampa Bay 14
Philadelphia 33 FINAL
- On the plus side for the Bucs, they did a decent job of shutting down the running game of the Eagles. Donovan McNabb was the leading rusher Sunday for the Eagles. But, the turnovers, missed opportunities, and the dropped passes beat the Bucs more than the Eagles did. I don't care who the QB is for the Bucs. When the WR's have almost as many dropped passes as receptions, there's a problem. On the flip side, Donovan McNabb had an efficient day; completing almost 80% of his passes. Rookie WR Jeremy Maclin showed us why the Eagles took him in the 1st round of the draft.
Kansas City 20 FINAL OT
- The Cowboys have a long way to go before being considered a serious contender. But, credit Miles Austin for stepping it up and making the most of his opportunities with Roy Williams out of the game. I don't think even Michael Irvin ever had 250 yards receiving in a game. The Chiefs kept it competitive and showed up ready to play, but the defense let this team down late in the game. Way too many missed tackles.
Baltimore 14 FINAL
- It's official. The balance of power has shifted in the AFC North. No way did I think the Ravens would lose this one after they were screwed by Tom Brady's personal referees last week. Credit the Bengals defense for coming out and dominating a Ravens offense that had been giving opponents nightmares all season. They made Joe Flacco look ordinary in this one. Cedric Benson is the first RB to rush for over 100 yards against the Ravens since Rudi Johnson did it in 2006. What makes this more impressive - they did it AT Baltimore. The Bengals are for real, and have now won seven or their last eight games going back to last season. It's time the AFC took this team seriously.
New England 17
Denver 20 FINAL OT
- Kudos to the Broncos for getting down 10-0 in this one and not deviating from their game plan. When all was said and done, the Broncos outplayed the Patriots in the passing game, the running game, and defense. Kyle Orton completed over 70% of his passes for 330 yards. The AFC West is now the Broncos' division to lose. Tom Brady's personal referees couldn't throw enough bogus flags in this one to help the Partriots out for a second consecutive week.
St. Louis 10 FINAL
- I think the Rams beat themselves in this one more than the Vikings beat them. The Rams actually had more rushing yards than the Vikings did. But, when you turn the ball over THAT many times against a good team, you don't have a prayer of winning. Good luck, Steve Spagnolo. On the flip side, another solid day for Favre. How long can his 40-year-old body hold up?
Detroit 20 FINAL
- Ben Roethlisberger has a solid day, throwing for 277 yards and completing just under 80% of his passes. But, he was sacked and hit a few times in this one; suggesting that there may still be some lingering O-line isues. Rashard Mendenhall is a better back than Willie Parker and should be the starter for the rest of the season. I would be surprised at this point to see the Steelers stick with Parker. On the flip side, the Lions were competitive and will not be a push over for any team that plays them. But, their secondary must play better if they want more wins.
Carolina 20 FINAL
- The Redskins blew a 17-2 lead in this one. Ouch. They simply fell apart in the second half. I don't know how else to explain it. When you get only 145 yards out of your passing game, and 57 yards out of your leading rusher, you won't win too many games. Jim Zorn's seat isn't hot. It's burning. Credit the Panthers for hanging in there and not giving up on the game. The turnovers are still a big problem for the Panthers.
Buffalo 3 FINAL
- The Cleveland Browns made history Sunday. They completed TWO passes all game long and WON the game. That has never happened, and most likely will never happen again. I'd be surprised if Dick Jaron lasted the month as the head coach of the Bills. That performance was inexcuseable. As for the Browns, is the football nation to believe that a QB who goes a whole game and completes TWO passes is a better option than Brady Quinn? Good job, guys. Look what Mangini has done to that team through five weeks. Wow. Seriously, how excited can Browns fans be about that win? TWO complete passes?? Not even JaMarcus Russell is that bad. Yikes.
San Francisco 10 FINAL
- I wouldn't have wanted to be a player in the locker after this debacle. What the hell happened to the defense? It just simply disappeared. Well, the 49ers have an entire bye week to think about how badly they let their home crowd down in this one. Their defense killed me in my fantasy league. Way to show up for the game at home, guys. Thanks. On the flip side, welcome back Michael Turner. When I give up on the guy in my fantasy league and bench him for this one, he goes for three TD's. Thanks a lot, Michael; appreciate it. Matt Ryan looks like he remembers that he has a pretty good WR in Roddy White. It's about time he quit trying to force passes to Gonzales. Yep, about time to get your young WR's involved in the offense. Where the hell was all of this against New England two weeks ago?
Seattle 41 FINAL
- Wow - did I misjudge this match-up. The Seahawks looked like a new team yesterday. They had it all working - offense, defense, special teams. I guess having Matt Hasselbeck back helps a lot. As for the Jags, they simply imploded. Perhaps the long road trip took its toll on them. Kinda hard to explain this collapse after dominating last week. What does Del Rio say to his team after this debacle?
Arizona 28 FINAL
- The Texans didn't start playing defense until the second half. Otherwise, they'd have dominated this contest. They had a chance to force OT, but were stopped at the goal-line. They're just too inconsistent and undisciplined to be considered a serious contender. They've spent the last three seasons drafting defensive players on draft day, yet their defense is getting worse. How do you explain that? Anyone? Anyone at all? The Cardinals will take this win, but no way should they have let the Texans back in this one they way they did. Their defense has issues of it's own, and their inability to run the ball will catch up to them sooner or later.
Tennessee 9 FINAL
- OK, NOW can we quit putzing around with 38-year-old Kerry Collins and see if Vince Young is the Titans QB of the future? Peyton Manning and that offense had control of this game almost from the start. The Titans had no chance in this one. Jeff Fisher's stubbornness is costing this team.
NY Jets 27
Miami 31 FINAL
- This was the best game this week. The Dolphins secondary gave up too many big plays. But, the Dolphins O-line was outstanding in this one. Chad Henne was not sacked in this game. The running game was solid and efficient. Great job of clock control at the end of the game to make sure the Jets didn't have enough time to score at the end. On the flip side, it's a miracle! Braylon Edwards has remembered how to catch passes. Wow. How about that, huh? So, what happens a couple of years from now when Edwards gets unhappy again and wants more money? Will he start dropping passes again to hurt his team? Hope your faith in Edwards is justified, Rex.