Miami @ Cincinnati – We can already start the ‘Pack Your Bags’ Tour with our first game. The Bungles (yes, we’re back to calling them this) were horrendous. Carson Palmer looked like the Joker out there (please tell me you saw Shannon Sharpe pre-game on CBS) and other than the two passes for TDs to TO (one was pure luck), they didn’t do anything. Palmer (17 of 38 for 156 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) was outplayed by Chad Henne (24 of 37 for 217 yards, 1 INT). Let that sit with you for a second. Marvin Lewis, Pack Your Bags. Inquisitive Mind 0 -1 for the week.
Jacksonville @ Dallas – The ‘Pack Your Bags’ Tour now heads to Dallas. You mean to tell me that you get a Jaguars team that has been bad for the majority of the year, a home game, and you come out and play like this? Yes, Jon Kitna ended the game with 4 INTs, but I think only 1 can the blame be laid at his feet. The rest of the Cowboys looked listless and the most telling stat of this game is as follows: D. Garrard – 17 of 21 for 260 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, and a QB Rating of 157.8. I don’t even think that you can do that on Madden. He was 12 for 12 at one point and he looked like Peyton Manning. I wasn’t sure that he was going to miss. Again, Dallas can’t run the ball, and they had only 17 carries by RBs yesterday (5 carries by Kitna). If you didn’t see the post game by Wade Phillips, it just totally underlines the fact that, Wade Phillips should, Pack Your Bags. Jerry can’t keep taking it on the chin like this, as he actually apologized to the Cowboys fans. My quote - ‘IF they lose to this Jaguars team, they shouldn’t even show up for the rest of the year’. Inquisitive Mind 0 -2 for the week.
Washington @ Detroit – Ok, let’s get this out of the way. Matthew Stafford looked good, going 26 of 45 for 212, with 4 TDs, and 1 INT. Ndamukong Suh basically sealed up the Rookie Defensive Player of the Year IMHO. But let’s get to the meat of this game. You are going to tell me that you pulled Donovan McNabb for Rex Grossman? Because Rex had a better grasp of the 2-minute offense than Donovan?!?!? There is nowhere outside of Grossman’s mother’s house that anyone should even THINK that. I mean this is borderline sacrilegious. Donovan was, of course, his PC self during the post game press conference, but you have to be wondering what he really wanted to say,….’you pulled me for #*$(ing Rex Grossman? This ain’t Florida? This is the NFL. Are #*$(ing serious?’ I’m with you Donovan, I’m with you. Next week the ‘Pack Your Bags’ tour might be headed to DC. Inquisitive Mind 0 -3 for the week.
Buffalo @ Kansas City – Although it took almost a game and a half, the Chiefs found a way to beat the Bills. It hurts me to even say that because the Bills suck, but they played with a LOT of heart yesterday. Jamaal Charles had 177 yards on 22 carries and the chiefs had some luck on a missed field goal by Ryan Lindell. Finally a win this week for me!!! Inquisitive Mind 1 – 3 for the week.
Green Bay @ New York Jets – You have a bye week, you’re rested and then you host a beaten up Packers team and you can’t even get a TD?!?!? I actually almost threw something at the TV because of this game. 4th and 18 and you go for a fake punt? And then after the game you say that the punter is able to make that call himself when he wants to. Are you kidding me??!?!? Then we wonder why the shelf life of coaches seems to be getting shorter and shorter? Inquisitive Mind 1 – 4 for the week.
Denver @ San Francisco – This is the first time that I can actually say that I’m proud of the 49ers. They toughed out a win and Troy Smith looked like he should have been starting all year long. Maybe it was the trip to London, I’m not sure. Let’s see if the coaches can get this right and start Smith the rest of the year. Of course, 29 carries by Frank Gore helps any QB. Interesting fact: Kyle Orton has thrown for over 300 yards a game 5 out of the 8 he has played this year. Of those 3 he didn’t, he threw for 295 in one of them. Inquisitive Mind 2 – 4 for the week.
Tennessee @ San Diego – Well, Vince played this week and he got hurt again. Trot out Kerry Collins and that equals a loss to the struggling Chargers. The Chargers usually don’t get going until the second half of games and it almost cost them again. I can’t root for this Chargers team because of the dysfunction, but they were able to stop the normally unstoppable Chris Johnson (59 yards). Philip Rivers had a great game with 305 yards, 2 TDS, and 1 INT and with all that’s been said and done, the Chargers are sitting at 3 and 5 midway through the season. At least they still have a chance to make some noise, but we’ll have to see. I still say, Norv Turner, Pack Your Bags. A team with this much talent shouldn’t be barely winning games. Inquisitive Mind 2 – 5 for the week.
Tampa Bay @ Arizona – LeGarrette Blount showed up and led the Bucs on the ground with a 22 carry, 120 yard, 2 TD performance. He will definitely be starting for the next few games for the Bucs as they figure out who can consistently run the ball for them. Add to that Josh Freeman is becoming the QB that some thought he could be. He looked good yesterday leading that Buc team. They may have found their QB of the future. Inquisitive Mind 3 – 5 for the week.
Minnesota @ New England – Favre got the start, Favre got hit, Favre left the game, Jackson played well. How about we cut out the beginning of all of that and let Jackson start? I know that Favre is your guy and I’m a Favre guy, but let Jackson start and play. He can manage this team for a week or so while you let the old man get healthy because we know IF the Vikings make the playoffs (that’s a big IF right now), you’re going to want a healthy and rested Favre unless Jackson is just playing lights out. The Patriots lucked out in this one. If I’m Randy Moss, I would miss being in New England also. The Vikings have terrible play calling and game management. Brad Childress, you have been compromised, so please please please Pack Your Bags now. Inquisitive Mind 3 – 6 for the week.
Seattle @ Oakland – Michael Bush (9 carries 51 yards, 1 TD) and Darren McFadden (21 carries, 111 yards) proved which team had the better stable of running backs while Jason Campbell (310 yards and 2 TDs) played well two times in a row (gasp). The Raiders looked like the team that I thought they could be. The Raiders defense was all over Hasselbeck and I’m surprised that he’s even upright today. The only bad in this game is that the Raiders lost Nnamdi Asomugha to an ankle injury. Inquisitive Mind 4 – 6 for the week.
Pittsburgh @ New Orleans – Timely interceptions from the Saints sealed this game. The Steelers seemed to be off a little on offense and then their defense had several memory lapses that allowed Drew Brees just a hint of freedom. Brees ended with 305 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT, but he was bottled up the majority of the game as the Steelers held the Saints to 30 yards rushing for the game. Inquisitive Mind 4 – 7 for the week.
Houston @ Indianapolis – That’s what I get for going against the grain. The Colts got out early on the Texans and that was it. The Texans had problems protecting Matt Schaub last night and the Colts were able to trot out anyone with a pulse to catch a ball. I guess that’s what differentiates the good teams from the decent teams. The Colts are in first and that’s all that matters. I think Dwight Freeney is still finding ways to hit Schaub as I type. Inquisitive Mind 4 – 8 for the week.
Well, not only was this a terrible week, but I missed a game. The Panthers played the Rams and it’s easy to say now that I would have picked the Rams, but either way I missed that game. (Malik, think of it this way, you didn’t have a chance to be mad at me for picking against your beloved Panthers). So, with a 4 and 8 week, that brings me to 63 – 53 for the season and I can honestly say that it’s going to be hard to get back into this race. Wish me luck.