Week Four has almost come to an end, and as I write this, I’ve only seen one team playing in the Sunday nighter. San Diego, care to show up for the second half? Right now, it looks like Pittsburgh is responding well to my claim that they needed a statement game to prove their worth to the league.
Sticking on the topic of statement games, how ’bout those Denver Broncos. After an early Marion Barber touchdown, the Broncos completely shut down the Dallas Cowboys and moved to 4-0. They’ve now won more games than I thought they’d win all year, and I’m really curious to see if their defence can keep it up.
And then there’s Tennessee. I won’t get into too much detail today… but that was pathetic. I would not want to be Jeff Fisher right now. Without further delay, let’s get into the goods.
Matt Stafford flashed his potential in the first half of Detroit’s 48-24 loss to Chicago. He led the Lions on three touchdown drives, and finished the day 24 of 36 for 296 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Detroit has to be excited about what he’s shown thus far, even if his record may not be as sparkling as the Sanchize in New York.
I’d also like to contragulate two other quarterbacks making their debuts: both Chad Henne of Miami and Josh Johnson of Tampa Bay looked comfortable under center. Henne got the Dolphins their first win of the season in a cake walk over the Bills, while Johnson kept his team close to the Redskins, only to lose by three. Great debuts for both men.
The New Orleans Saints got by the New York Jets 24-10, without a strong day from quarterback Drew Brees. He threw for only 190 and no scores, and instead the Saints were led by their… defence? Perenially a laughing stock, New Orleans’ defence is thriving under coordinator Gregg Williams, and contributed two scores – a 99 yard interception return by Darren Sharper, and a fumble recovery in the endzone by Remi Ayodele. If the defence can keep up the strong play, New Orleans will be a force come January.
Matt Stafford may have a dislocated right kneecap. The Lions did not comment on the extent of the injury after the game, and Stafford will undergo tests Monday. Tough break coming off a career day for the young signal caller.
If the Cincinatti Bengals wanted to be taken seriously following their upset win over Pittsburgh, they sure didn’t show it. Yes they beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime – but they beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime. You cannot barely escape Cleveland with a win if you want to be a contender, you need to walk all over them and move on.
Tony Romo is crippling the Dallas Cowboys. He was 25 of 42 for 255 yards and a pick against the Broncos, and went without a passing touchdown for the second straight week. Even worse, he’s going to get someone hurt. He was constantly throwing high to his receivers, and in particular, he left Roy Williams out to dry with a high pass. Williams went up for the ball, and was drilled in the ribs by linebacker DJ Williams when he was coming down. If this keeps up, we may see Jon Kitna quarterbacking America’s Team soon.
Cleveland is bad, St. Louis is worse. 108 passing yards from Kyle Boller. 79 rushing yards from Steven Jackson. Three turnovers, all leading to San Fransisco defensive touchdowns. Right now, I’m looking at the Rams’ Week Eight matchup with Detroit and thinking that the Lions are going to blow out their opponent.
TWO POINT CONVERSION
– here’s how the Oakland Raiders’ last three first round picks performed against Houston; QB JaMarcus Russell (1st overall, 2007) 12 of 33 passing for 128 yards; RB Darren McFadden (4th, 2008) 6 carries, -3 yards; WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (7th, 2009) one catch for 18 yards. Yep, that sure is a black hole in Oakland alright – it’s pulling in talent and not giving it back
– the Miami Dolphins had eight different players run the ball against the Bills. Who says the Wildcat is dead?
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By the time I finished writing this, the Sunday nighter sits at 35-21 Pittsburgh. At least San Diego played 30 minutes of football.