Seattle @ Chicago – Hassel beck looked like the Hasselbeck of old. He controlled this game and made the Bears defense look, average. The Bears offense looked like their offense of late, pretty much nothing. Cutler didn’t look like all of the cobwebs were gone for him from that concussion and the running game is just about as bad as it gets. Cutler took some more hits this game and it came from bad offensive line play (again). This was a game that even though the Bears played terribly, they (gulp) should have won this one. I don’t know what else to say. I do know this, I’m starting a Hanie fan club and I’m going to write a letter to Lovie, ‘PLAY YOUR BEST QB’. Hello Marshawn Lynch and welcome back to being a viable option on a decent team. Inquisitive Mind 0 – 1 for the week.
Miami @ Green Bay – The Packers have gone from the darlings of the league to a sad example of what injuries can do to your Superbowl aspirations. With no running game to speak of, defenses are able to just come after Rodgers and he may have come back a little early from his concussion too. He had some big plays, but in the end the Packers are just too beat up. The Packers were able to take this into overtime with a gutsy QB sneak, but the Dolphins ground game was the difference. Both Williams and Brown had over 60 yards and that’s what did it. Inquisitive Mind 1 – 1 for the week.
San Diego @ St. Louis – This is what I said on Friday - ‘The Chargers are killing themselves. They have to get off to a hot start or they don’t seem to be able to win. The Rams aren’t the best team out there but they really have a chance to win this game’. Rams win. Chargers need to clean house and that starts with Norv Turner. Only Wade Phillips is doing a worse job coaching. Inquisitive Mind 1 – 2 for the week.
Baltimore @ New England – This game came down to heart, determination, and veteran guile to get the win. Normally you associate that with the Ravens, but on this day, the Patriots were the ones that were celebrating. Welcome back Deion Branch, where have you been? Branch’s return to the Patriots this week and his 99 yards receiving was the catalyst for the Patriots. The Ravens had this game won, but couldn’t stop the Patriots when they needed to. All I’m saying, is Round 2 of this matchup will be a great game to watch. Inquisitive Mind 1 – 3 for the week.
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay – To answer my own question about the Bucs defense, Carson Palmer (Cincinnati) was just that bad against them. This game was never in question and seemed more like a Division 1 team playing against a Division 3 team. Drew Brees played catch and toss all day, while Chris Ivory put up 158 yards on the ground. Where did this guy come from? Inquisitive Mind 2 – 3 for the week.
Detroit @ New York Giants – Whatever’s happening in Detroit, I want some. The Lions didn’t win this game, but they were right there. They lost Shaun Hill (9 of 15 for 91 yards and 1 TD) to a broken arm early and put in Drew Stanton, and he goes out and throws for 222 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. A few plays here and there and the Lions win this game. Yes, that’s putting a lot of ‘if’s’ together, but they are close. The Giants got a strong running game from Bradshaw (133 yards) and Jacobs (2 TDs) and that seems to help (any QB) Eli Manning a lot. Inquisitive Mind 3 – 3 for the week.
Atlanta @ Philadelphia – It’s hard to win in Philly and maybe that’s why the Falcons didn’t even show up. I mean they had a bus that brought 53 players to the Linc, but I think they were Clone rejects or something. The Falcons stunk this up and that’s pretty much all you can say. Kevin Kolb actually looked good, real good (326 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT). Great game by Jeremy Maclin too. To Dunta Robinson and DeSean Jackson, get well. Inquisitive Mind 3 – 4 for the week.
Cleveland @ Pittsburgh – Big Ben looked rusty, but when you have that defense and the weapons he has, I could probably manage a win as the starting QB for the Steelers. With that said, a big game by Mike Wallace (3 catches for 90 yards, 1 TD) (thank God for that) and a good game by Mendenhall (27 carries for 84 yards, 1 TD). The Browns didn’t play as bad as I thought they would. McCoy looked decent. The Steelers are going to be (if they already aren’t) DANGEROUS. Get well Josh Cribbs. Inquisitive Mind 4 – 4 for the week.
Kansas City @ Houston – (Still scratching my head) The Chiefs had a great game from Cassel (20 of 29 for 201 yards, 3 TDs), both running backs (Jones – 100 yards, 1 TD Charles – 93 yards), a great game out of Dwayne Bowe (108 yards, 2 TDs), and they LOST?!?!? The Texans scored 21 points in the 4th quarter to get a comeback win against the Chiefs. My only issue with this game is as follows: When Matt Schaub drops back to pass, what’s the percentage of the time that you would think that he goes to Andre Johnson? 80%, 85%, 90%,….something close. Why not double cover Andre Johnson and roll the dice with Jacoby Jones beating you? Especially when the games on the line?!?!? (Mark and Tracy, I went Chiefs and they let me down.) Inquisitive Mind 4 – 5 for the week.
Oakland @ San Francisco – Great job Jason Campbell, you made Alex Smith look like he was a real good 1st round pick. The 49ers finally cracked the win column and although they played down to their competition, they looked pretty good. I am still wondering why Alex Smith isn’t holding a clipboard, but hey, I’m not a head coach. Inquisitive Mind 5 – 5 for the week.
New York Jets @ Denver – The Orton to Lloyd combination was slowed and the Jets escaped with a win in this one. The Broncos played well, got 3 turnovers, but couldn’t put points on the boards. LT ended the game with 55 yards on 16 carries (and 2 TDs) and had to be happy to see the scoreboard when they flashed the Chargers score. Welcome to the league Tim Tebow as he scored his first TD of his professional career. Inquisitive Mind 6 – 5 for the week.
Dallas @ Minnesota – I don’t think that either team was able to get answers to the big questions, like are we good enough to win it all? But, the Vikings were able to hold off the Cowboys and get a win at home for Randy Moss’ first game back (at home) as a Viking. All I can say is that AP got 24 carries (73 yards, 1 TD) and after being blanked in the first half, Moss at least got 5 touches in this game. Tony Romo was second on the team in rushing (with 31 yards) which spells doom in most cases. I’m all for firing both of the coaches in yesterdays’ game. Childress for mismanaging talent and the offensive play calling and Wade Phillips for just general malaise. Inquisitive Mind 7 – 5 for the week.
Indianapolis @ Washington – The Colts found a running game, Joseph Addai (138 yards, 1 TD) where have you been?!?!? The Redskins kept this close by having their own 100 yard back, Ryan Torain (100 yards, 2 TDs). This came down to a few defensive stops and the Colts were able to get them, and that was the difference. Inquisitive Mind 8 -5 for the week.
Tennessee @ Jacksonville – What did I say before this game? ‘Jacksonville has been playing so well lately. It hurts my hurt that they are going on national TV and they are going to lay an egg’. Both starting QBs got injured and we ended up watching bad football for the majority of the night. I understand wanting to keep Chris Johnson in the game to get his 100+ yards, but you were already up 20 and there was no way that Trent Edwards (no matter how much John Gruden was trying to give him credit) was going to bring them back. Inquisitive Mind 9 – 5 for the week.
Ok, at least this week was better. It seems as though each week gets tougher because teams are either playing down to their competition or the NFL is getting a little closer to parity. Not sure what the answer is. Nevertheless, that puts me at 51-39 for the season and I'm right on the heels of the ESPN guys.