New Orleans 26, Atlanta 23 (OT)
This was the Falcons’ game to lose; they had 12 more first downs, 26 more plays, 118 more total yards, and 6:29 more possession time. However, Drew Brees and his Saints got the one stat that counts: the win. Their defense had a big stop against Michael Turner on a 4th-and-1 in overtime which set up the game-winning field goal. With no help from his running game (only 41 total rushing yards), Brees threw the ball 43 times, completing 30 of those passes for 322 yards. He has now thrown the ball a total of 379 times this season, which is by far the highest number in the league. Comfortably sitting atop the NFC South since the three other teams in their division lost yesterday, the Saints definitely need to allow Drew Brees to give his arm a break during the team’s bye week.
Buffalo 7, Dallas 44
Wow. Those Cowboys continue to confuse fans as to how good or bad they truly are. Two weeks ago, the ‘Boys seemed completely lost as the Eagles easily sent them to a 3-4 record. Now, they have taken care of Seattle and not only took care of, but destroyed the falling Bills. Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, and Dez Bryant were all at the top of their game today. Romo was 23 for 26 with 270 yards while throwing three touchdowns and no interceptions. DeMarco Murray continued his rookie outburst with 135 rushing yards and a touchdown. Dez Bryant caught six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Watching these three studs perform at the level they were playing at made me realize this team can be extremely dangerous if all three threats are playing up to their full potential. On the other side of the field, Ryan Fitzpatrick no longer has the poise he once had early on in the season (especially during his three interceptions), and this Bills team is looking more and more like an early season tease.
Denver 17, Kansas City 10
In a crucial divisional match-up, Kansas City went for it on 4th down as many times as Tim Tebow completed a pass…two times. I understand Tebow played a major role in both touchdowns (throwing for one and running for the other), but to be able to win on such poor quarterback numbers leads me to believe that the defense played a much greater role than the offense in this game – and they did. Denver held the Chiefs to only 258 total yards and forced Cassel to be 13 of 28 passing, even though four of those passes were dropped balls by Cassel’s receivers. So, the defense was in fact the larger contributor to this Broncos’ win, but the media will find a way to talk about the fact that the quarterback who completed fewer passes than Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky is now 3-1.
Washington 9, Miami 20
Following seven straight losses to start the season, the Dolphins have now put together two solid wins in a row. Furthermore, this is Miami’s first home win since game 1 of the NBA Finals – oh wait, that’s the LeHeat. The Dolphins haven’t won at home since November 14, 2010. Reggie Bush continues his push for relevancy, scoring both of the Dolphin’s two touchdowns. Even though Matt Moore had no touchdowns and one interception, he did throw an efficient 69%. Rex Grossman continues to tempt Mike Shanahan to pull his John Beck card out…again. Grossman has now thrown zero touchdowns and six interceptions in his past two games. That’s simply unacceptable. It’s hard not to feel bad for Shanahan, who has had nothing but problems since having to part ways with John Elway in 1999. The Redskins’ 3-1 start to the season can most assuredly be called a fluke, since they have now lost five in a row and sit at the bottom (yes, even behind the Dream Team Eagles) of the NFC East.
New England 37, NY Jets 16
The Patriots and Jets both came into this game sitting at 5-3 overall and 2-1 in divisional play. The winner of this game would, for the time being, sit atop of the AFC East with Buffalo’s loss. However, the Patriot’s two “kowskis” didn’t allow this game to even be competitive. Tight End Rob Gronkowski had an outstanding night with eight catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He has the second most receiving yards by a tight end, sitting behind Saints Jimmy Graham. It’s amazing how quickly Belichick (or Tom Brady) implements new pieces into his offense and fits them into the system perfectly. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski was another major contributor, tacking on three field goals, including a 50-yarder. Tom Brady just did his normal thing with 329 yards, three touchdowns, and a 118.4 passer rating. Even though New England hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 2004, this is a team you always have to consider dangerous and a legitimate contender.
Monday Night Football:
Minnesota vs. Green Bay 7:30 p.m. CT
8-0. Aaron Rodgers. Lambeau Field. Enough said. Pick: Packers
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