Well, we had another interesting weekend on the gridiron. I thought, just maybe that this would be the week that I picked all the games correctly, but that’s why they play the game. I was surprised by a few of the outcomes, mainly the first one on deck.
Tampa Bay @ Dallas – I didn’t think that the winner of this game would have 13 points. The Bucs came out and dominated early but got only 2 field goals. They need those TDs and the Cowboys would have folded. The Cowboys didn’t look like the team that many thought they’d be. The offense couldn’t get it going, but maybe Mark Colombo smacking some heads around really did get the Cowboys ‘interested’ in this game. Roy Williams gets his first TD as a Cowboy. Inquisitive Mind 0 -1 for the week.
Washington @ Detroit – The Redskins don’t seem interested in their games either. They have started slow the last two weeks and this was against a terrible Detroit team. Thanks to Santana Moss (1 receiving TD, and 1 return TD), the Redskins live another week in a game they should have lost. Inquisitive Mind 1 -1 for the week.
Buffalo @ Miami – I think that I am going to refrain from picking the Dolphins games for the rest of the year. It seems that every time I pick them, they lose, but every time I pick against them they win. This was a sloppy game but Tedd Ginn Jr. finally showed up. He had 7 catches for 175 yards and looked great. Can he do it next week is the big question. 4 turnovers by the Buffalo Bills killed any chance of them winning this game. The Bills are now tied (5-2) with the Patriots in the AFC East. Inquisitive Mind 1 – 2 for the week.
St. Louis @ New England – The Patriots came from behind to win. The Rams are playing better since losing their head coach and having their new coaches deal nullified by the NFL. They just could close the game out. Randy Moss had a good game with 102 yards and Kevin Faulk filled in admirably for the injured Maroney. Inquisitive Mind 2 – 2 for the week.
New Orleans @ San Diego - I can't believe this one. San Diego is officially off the list as a favorite. They haven't been able to close a game out all year. They get a hobbled Saints team at home and get killed. Both QBs threw for over 300 yards and 3 TDs, but Rivers threw his only pick late in the game. I can't pick the Chargers anymore, someone please remind me next week. Inquisitive Mind 2 -3 for the week.
Kansas City @ New York Jets - Were those boo birds we heard aimed at Brett Favre? Yes, they were and rightfully so. Brett does look beat up a little, but the three picks were bad throws. The Jets got lucky ans snuck out a win over the Chiefs who were without their top offensive threat and down to their third QB. Inquisitive Mind 3 -3 for the week.
Atlanta @ Philadelphia - Welcome home Matt Ryan. Ryan and the Falcons jumped out to an early lead, but that was about it. The Falcons played decently but the Eagle defense and Brian Westbrook turned the tide. The Eagles gave up two TD catches to Roddy White but forced Ryan into two interceptions, and kept the Falcons running game under 70 yards. Brian Westbrook came back from broken ribs to rush for 167 yards and 2 TDs while leading the Eagles to victory. Inquisitive Mind 4 -3 for the week.
Oakland @ Baltimore - This was over after the the first half. The Raiders were already down 19 by that time and their offense looked atrocious. The Ravens defense ruled this game by getting a safety to put the first 2 points on the board. Inquisitive Mind 5 - 3 for the week.
Arizona @ Carolina - In a matchup of former NFL Europe quarterbacks, Jake Delhomme and Kurt Warner impressed. Each had a good day passing, although Warner almost eclipsed the 400 yard passing mark (381 yards). It was his understudy Jake Delhomme who was lucky enough that Steve Smith has small feet on his 'stay in bounds' 65 yard TD that ended up being the game winner. Welcome back Anquan Boldin, who quickly got back in form by scoring 2 TDs. Inquisitive Mind 6 - 3 for the week.
Cleveland @ Jacksonville - The Browns played their second most impressive game (the first being a loss in a close game at Pittsburgh) with a win in Jacksonville. They didn't make the mistakes that they normally make and they didn't really have the numbers to show how they won. Derek Anderson was average going 14 of 27 for 246 and 1 TD, while Jamal Lewis had 20 carries for 81 yards and a TD. The Browns defense played that bend but don't break in allowing the Jaguars to control time of possession, total yardage, and first downs. Inquisitive Mind 6 - 4 for the week.
Cincinnati @ Houston - Matt Schaub was almost perfect going 24 of 28 for 280 yards and 3 TDs. That pretty much says it all. Houston dominated a terrible Bengals team (are the Bengals regressing to their losing ways) from the start. Andre Johnson had his 4th straight 100 yard game. Things are looking good in Houston now. Inquisitive Mind 7 - 4 for the week.
New York Giants @ Pittsburgh - I picked the Giants but I have to admit that the Steelers gave this game away. The Steelers went for it on 4th down twice late in the game and couldn't get first downs either time. An injury to their long snapper cost them a safety, while the Giants defense hammered Big Ben into 4 INTs. At the end of the game, the Steelers let the Giants hang around and win this close game. Inquisitive Mind 8 - 4 for the week.
Seattle @ San Francisco - Talk about a bad gift. The 49ers made the Seahawks look like an NFC West power. Seneca Wallace, filling in for Matt Hasselbeck (again), went for 15 of 25 for 222 and 2 TDs. The Seahawks had a total of 39 yards rushing and won this game. The highlight of this game was new head coach Mike Singletary sending Vernon Davis to the showers early and then his post game interview. Inquisitive Mind 8 - 5 for the week.
Indianapolis @ Tennessee - The Titans underperformed and still beat the Colts. Their running game has been their bread and butter but the Colts limited the Titans to 88 rushing yards. Kerry Collins picked up the slack and had a great game passing the ball. His numbers aren't going to jump out at you, but he managed the game and used the passes to get those much need first downs as they kept Peyton Manning on the bench. Manning hooked up with Dallas Clark twice for TDs, but his timing with his receivers is still off. The Colts have a chance at the playoffs, as a wildcard, but I don't see them making it this year. Inquisitive Mind 9 - 5 for the week.