Cincinnati @ Atlanta – Shootout!! It didn’t start that way, but it really ended that way. The Bengals spotted the Falcons 21 points by halftime, but whatever happened at half time, they might want to look into doing that at the beginning of each of their next games. Two Carson Palmer TD passes, a Mike Nugent field goal, and a fumble return by Adam Jones (the Artist Formerly Known as Pacman) and the Bengals are up 25-24. The good news, Carson Palmer looked like the Palmer of old. He threw for 412 yards and 3 TDs, and he worked his arm out by having 50 attempts (36 completions). The bad news, they lost the game. The Falcons, got up early and went to sleep but were able to get back on the horse with a monster game from Michael Turner (121 yards and 2 TDs), Matty Ice (Ryan) with a 299 yard, 3 TDs, and 1 INT, and Roddy White did his best Jerry Rice impersonation with 11 catches for 201 yards and 2 TDs. The Falcons are 5-2 and things are looking great in Hot-Lanta. Inquisitive Mind 1 – 0 for the week.
Washington @ Chicago – I am a sage or something. ‘The Bears normally play McNabb tough, but I imagine that you’ll see a big game from Arakbo and Landry, and maybe, just maybe big Haynesworth shows up this weekend’. Pretty much says it all. The Bears suck. I don’t know what else to say. The game was pretty much completed in a few plays on Sunday. Play 1 - Earl Bennett gets a big play downfield and is stopped at the one. The Bears offense lines up to run their play, then a challenge flag from Lovie. If you don’t have enough confidence in your team to get 1 yard, go home. They challenge the play and lose the challenge. Play 2 - They call a QB sneak and as Cutler reaches across the goal line (yes it was a TD, but so was Calvin Johnson’s TD in the first game of the season, karma is a #*$(%), the ball is knocked out of his hands and is a fumble recovered by the Redskins. Play 3 - The Redskins punt and the Bears drive all the way back inside the 20. Cutler throws the ball off his back foot (he does this ALL THE TIME) and DeAngelo Hall intercepts the ball (one handed, find the video, it’s nasty) and takes it to the house for a TD. All of this happens in a two minute span in the 3rd quarter. Lovie has to go. He didn’t challenge the turnover/fumble by Cutler but he challenged the ball being down at the one. The Bears were able to run the ball pretty well and then they let Cutler go pass crazy and he ends up with 4 INTs (not all his fault, but I digress). Can the Bears just start over? Inquisitive Mind 2 – 0 for the week.
St. Louis @ Tampa Bay – The Rams were up 17-6 at halftime and they just lost this game. I mean they literally stopped playing and lost this game. They did everything that they hadn’t been doing weeks before to lose. Sad, sad, sad. Inquisitive Mind 2 – 1 for the week.
San Francisco @ Carolina – Well I guess the situation at QB has been solved for the 49ers. Alex Smith was knocked out of the game and Carr took over and it looked a little better than a train wreck for the 49ers. They gave a Carolina team their first (and maybe only) win of the season. Singletary, it’s been good while it lasted, but I expect that you’ll be on your way out too. Let the Troy Smith era begin in San Fran. Inquisitive Mind 2 – 2 for the week.
Buffalo @ Baltimore – What in the world happened? The Ravens thought that Ray Lewis’ pre-game dance was going to win the game for them, but someone forgot to tell the Bills. Ryan Fitzpatrick looked great and if it weren’t for the play of Joe ‘Cool’ Flacco, the Ravens would have taken a nice ‘L’ here. Ed Reed got his INT in his first game back and Ray Lewis sealed the deal with a fumble recovery at the end of the game. The Ravens and Pittsburgh will be the two teams to beat in the AFC, write it down. Inquisitive Mind 3 – 2 for the week.
Philadelphia @ Tennessee – Kevin Kolb showed up. This is the guy that I have been talking about. Kolb goes out and pulls out a forgettable performance (26 of 48 for 231 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs), prompting the never flappable Andy Reid to declare Vick the starter after the bye week. Kolb got outplayed by Kerry Collins. Kerry Collins retired a year ago, but for some reason, he still plays for the Titans. Inquisitive Mind 4 – 2 for the week.
Jacksonville @ Kansas City – Dare I say two good games by Matt Cassel, in a row too. The Chiefs just beat a bad team in the Jaguars. Thomas Jones filled in the lead dog runner act and ended the game with 125 yards (on 20 carries) and a TD. Cassel had a 13 of 18 for 193 yards and 2 TDs performance that says he might be worth a quarter of his contract. At least I did get one part right on my prediction ‘This has blowout written all over it’. Inquisitive Mind 5 – 2 for the week.
Pittsburgh @ Miami – (Laughing). You can conclusively tell who has the ball when you have several people in a pile? Isn’t it the guy who comes out of the pile with the ball? Big Ben looked like he was testifying about the girl in the bathroom again ‘I had the ball at the bottom of the pile’, right and the young lady in the bar wasn’t drunk in the bathroom, right? (Maybe that’s a low blow). Nevertheless, the Steelers won and against a tough Miami team. Many were saying that the Steelers are depending on Big Ben’s arm more since his return, but he attempted 27 passes and they ran the ball 27 times yesterday. That’s balance. Inquisitive Mind 6 – 2 for the week.
Cleveland @ New Orleans – ‘This game ought to be entertaining and may not be the blowout that some expect’. I still can’t believe the final score on this one. I guess Drew Brees had that Jay Cutler disease and he decided that the other color jersey was the one to throw to. The Saints ought to pick up David Bowens and see if they can convert him to a TE because he can catch balls from Brees all day. Take away the two INTs for TDs and the one Hillis run (great field position) and the Browns didn’t show up for this game but put together enough to get this win. That’s all that really matters. Inquisitive Mind 6 – 3 for the week.
Arizona @ Seattle – This was an ugly game. If you were looking for offense, you were better off watching ANYTHING else on TV. Hasselbeck threw for 192 yards and a TD, while both of the Cardinals QBs threw for a combined 114 yards and an INT. They should pay the fans that had to watch this game. This had to be a form of torture. Inquisitive Mind – 7 – 3 for the week.
New England @ San Diego – Note to Norv Turner: Just pack it up. You and AJ Smith, just pack it up and head home. Thanks for your time and effort. Gates played and had a decent game, but I’m not sure what it is for this Chargers team. They suck too. Inquisitive Mind 8 – 3 for the week.
Oakland @ Denver – Wow!!!! This is the Raiders team that I thought would be showing up this year. No, I didn’t imagine them putting up 59 points a game or anything, but a team that was dangerous on both sides of the ball. Campbell (12 of 20, for 204 yards and 2 TDs), McFadden (16 carries, 165 yards, 3 TDs, plus 1 TD receiving), and this defense should be playing like this all the time. What was in the pre-game meal? Whatever it was, have it again. Inquisitive Mind 8 – 4 for the week.
Minnesota @ Green Bay – Brad Childress, pack up your tent and roll out. Please!!!!! Yes, Brett had a terrible game (two INTs for TDs) but at the end of the game they have a chance to win and you end up calling a Sprint Out for your 40 year old QB? Are you serious? Yes, you move the pocket and maybe that throws off the defense, but why not just protect him (you had for the majority of the night)? Who is calling this stuff? Then to make it all better, Childress dumps on Favre during the post-game press conference. There you go Chilly, be a man, now. The Vikings have sooooo much talent on both sides of the ball. This will be a waste if they can’t make it to the Superbowl. Inquisitive Mind 8 – 5 for the week.
New York Giants @ Dallas – Well, the good news is that Cowboys Stadium is now closed for the season. No more of the sickening amusement park ride that has been the Cowboys this year. The Giants started off the game terribly with Eli Manning throwing two picks and the Cowboys able to take advantage of those turnovers. Then it went horribly wrong for the Cowboys on a missed blitz pickup and Michael Boley hit Tony Romo and ended up breaking his clavicle. By this point the Giants went on a roll after this and seemed to break the game wide open. A few series with Jon Kitna at the helm and then the Cowboys caught fire again and made this game. In the end, Dez Bryant had his coming out party (3 TDs, 54 yards receiving, 118 return yards), and Manning looked almost like his brother by tossing 4 TDs (but also 3 INTs). I think part of Jerry Jones died last night when he saw Romo laying on the ground. Inquisitive Mind 8 – 6 for the week.
Well it was a fun week watching the games, but I’ve gotta get better than a little over .500. I think this week will be the turning point for a lot of teams as they head towards the playoff chase. So I’m sitting at 59-45 for the year and I’m not making up any ground on the leaders, but I still have some time. Mortensen, I’m coming after you.