San Francisco @ Atlanta – Whew!!! I got this pick right, but I have to tell you that I feel for the 49ers. I mean they have played some great football, but no W’s yet. They dominated this Falcons team and they came thisclose to getting their first W, but it just wasn’t meant to be. They held Matt Ryan in check (273 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) and even kept the Falcons ground game under 100 yards. For the Falcons, these are the types of ugly games you have to win in order to be in the hunt later in the year. Test passed for the Falcons, moral victory to the 49ers. Inquisitive Mind 1 – 0 for the week.
Cincinnati @ Cleveland – The Battle of Ohio and the winner is the Browns? Seneca Wallace got the start for the Browns and he managed this team to a victory. The Browns seem to have found their key to success and that’s to keep giving Peyton Hillis the ball. Hillis had 27 carries for 102 yards and 1 TD. The Browns were also able to stop the run by keeping the Bengals, as a team, to 67 yards. TO had a big game and a long TD reception, but it just wasn’t enough. I got the over/under of TO losing it and starting to make his way for his exit out of Cincy at 3 weeks (under). Inquisitive Mind 1 – 1 for the week.
New York Jets @ Buffalo – This was a blowout and wasn’t even as close as the 38-14 score indicated. Funny stat was that Mark Sanchez threw for 161 yards (2 TDs) and LT had a monster game of 133 yards (2 TDs) on the ground. Add in Shonn Greene’s 117 yards on the ground and this was a TKO by halftime. Inquisitive Mind 2 – 1 for the week.
Seattle @ St. Louis – Remind me never to pick the Seahawks again. They showed up in St. Louis and laid an egg. Sam Bradford looked good while the Rams got a gutted out performance from Steven Jackson. The Seahawks just looked terrible. Inquisitive Mind 2 – 2 for the week.
Denver @ Tennessee – Just as I am ready to think that the Titans might be real this year, they put up a performance like this. This was the first game where the Titans looked like they put it on cruise when they feel they are the better team. The Broncos showed up and fought to the end with Kyle Orton having another monster game with 341 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. That’s twice in the same year that Orton has thrown for over 300. Denver played well and snuck a win. Inquisitive Mind 2 – 3 for the week.
Detroit @ Green Bay – I could almost put Bears jerseys on the Lions and it would have been a similar game to the game from last Monday night. The Packers were up, but then they started losing steam because they can’t run the ball and the Bears came back to beat them. Fast forward to this weekend in what should have been a run away win for the Packers. The Packers were up and then all of a sudden a few penalties, Shaun Hill throwing a few bombs (one to Calvin Johnson) and the Lions were right back in this thing. If they had another minute in this game,...the Packers would have lost back to back games. Inquisitive Mind 3 -3 for the week.
Baltimore @ Pittsburgh – The best game of the week!!!!! Mendenhall was able to get his 79 yards on the ground but more importantly his 2 TDs, but this was a defensive struggle. This was a rare occasion where you couldn’t be mad as a Steelers fan for this loss. Yes it was at home, and it was a division loss, but you’ve gone 3-1 without Big Ben. The Ravens were happy that Houshamdzadeh finally contributed and I think this opens up their offense a little more. Baltimore will be dangerous, but I think the Steelers are in the drivers seat in the AFC. Inquisitive Mind 4 – 3 for the week.
Carolina @ New Orleans – Looking at the score I would have imagined that Drew Brees and half of the offense didn’t play. The Saints won this game but they haven’t looked like the team that beat the Vikings on opening night. It seems as though the loss of Reggie Bush has severely changed what they do. Yes, Lance Moore is playing well, but something ain’t right. We’ll need to watch this one a little more. Inquisitive Mind 5 – 3 for the week.
Indianapolis @ Jacksonville – I can’t believe what happened. Yes the Jaguars play the Colts tough in Jacksonville, but this Jaguars team is basically done, so what do they do, go out and beat the Colts. David Garrard hasn’t looked this good since East Carolina. He was an efficient 17 of 22 for 163 yards and 2 TDs. The Jaguars were able to get out on top of the Colts quickly and held on to the win with a 59 yard field goal by Josh Scobee. What’s wrong with the Colts? We know they can’t run the ball, but this team looks to be lacking something also. Inquisitive Mind 5 – 4 for the week.
Houston @ Oakland – Arian Foster ran just about anywhere he wanted. He only played 3 quarters due to a benching by his team for the first, and he still managed to get 131 yards rushing and another 56 yards receiving. The Texans jumped out on the Raiders, but the Raiders did battle back to make this a game. If they could have stopped Foster, they may have won this one. Inquisitive Mind 6 – 4 for the week.
Washington @ Philadelphia – I guess I got my wish, eh? Vick gets hurt after becoming a sandwich and on trots Kolb. I think that Andy Reid should have been fired on the spot for insisting that Kolb is the heir apparent for the QB position with the Eagles. HE IS NOT THAT GOOD. Am I the only one that sees that? Kolb performed ok, throwing for 201 yards, but outside of that, he just doesn’t have ‘it’. At no point in that game did the Eagles team react like, ‘Kolb is in the game, now we’re going to win’. McNabb had a decent game and the Redskins were able to salt this one away late. The Philly fans gave McNabb a standing ovation at the beginning of the game (they should have) and Andy Reid gave McNabb a big hug after the game (as he was probably saying, we can jump in the hot tub time machine and go back a few months and not trade you, come with me now). What will the Eagles do now with Vick probably out for a game or two? Kolb? Inquisitive Mind 6 – 5 for the week.
Arizona @ San Diego – This is the Chargers team that I’ve been waiting to see all year long. These are the type of stats that they should be putting up each game with Rivers throwing for 241 yards (2 TDs), Tolbert (you can really put in any back here) running for 100 yards (1 TD), and Gates receiving 144 yards (2 TDs). In my best Arnold voice ‘Go Chargers Go’!!!! Inquisitive Mind 7 – 5 for the week.
Chicago @ New York Giants – This is what I was expecting from the Giants front 4 LAST year when I said that they would knock several QBs out of a few games. Jay Cutler was sacked 9 times in the first half against the Giants. Chalk it up to an offensive offensive line and Jay Cutler have sticky fingers (holding on to the ball too long). Nevertheless Todd Collins entered the game and had an uneventful outing also. He was retired after taking a bad hit. Enter Caleb Haine. At least he survived and for those that look for silver linings, in my humble opinion, Haine is better in this offense than Cutler would be. If Hanie gets a start or two or some decent mop up duty with Collins injured, he might be the closest thing to Kurt Warner for this Mike Martz led offense. The Giants ended the game with 10 sacks (3 a piece for Umenyiora and Tuck) and decent performances from both Jacobs and Bradshaw (hold on to the ball fellas). The Giants may not be dead after all. Side note: The funniest thing I’ve heard said about this game came from Terrell - ‘after Collins bounced passed the ball to Chester Taylor he cut the TV off’. The Bulls do need a back up point guard. Inquisitive Mind 7 – 6 for the week.
New England @ Miami – Special Teams!!! That’s all anyone can say. I think the Dolphins are still wondering how this butt whuppin happened. In two minutes and 16 seconds the Patriots scored 14 points and from there the route is on. How does Patrick Chung block a field goal and a punt from the same side of the formation? You are taught early on special teams (and any offensive line play) to block inside out. Meaning take away the inside gap from the defender because that’s the fastest way to the QB/kicker. I imagine that that will be ingrained in the Dolphins special teams unit this week. No catches for Moss and only 50 yards receiving for Brandon Marshall. Chad Henne looked terrible with his 3 INTs and Tom Brady became the youngest QB to reach the 100 win plateau. Great game by Davone Best and if you haven’t already, add him to your fantasy team. Inquisitive Mind 7 – 7 for the week.
Wow, a .500 week. Shoulda, coulda, woulda, been better. All we can do is look forward to next week. So far the season record is a painful 35-27, and the experts aren’t too far ahead.