What a day for the unexpected, and costly turnovers - the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go into Cincinnati and literally take one from the Bengals 24-21, the shaky Arizona Cardinals don’t score and offensive touchdown and still defeat the Saints 30-20 as Drew Brees throws three interceptions. In classic AFL style, the Raiders and Chargers had everything but the Holy Roller as the Silver and Black outlasted the Chargers in a shocker 35-27. Finally “Old Man Savvy” one ups a second up and comer in as many weeks as Donovan McNabb and the Redskins defeat Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 16-13 in overtime.
Bucs 24 – Bengals 21 – Josh Freeman led the Bucs on two scoring drives in the last two minutes of the game. Carson Palmer threw three picks and a pass interference penalty on Terrell Owens killed a potential game-winning drive.
Jags 36 – Bills 26 – David Garrard was solid, throwing for 3 touchdowns while MJD 32 was his usual self. The offense got a huge boost from Marcedes Lewis who caught two of Garrard’s touchdown passes. The Bills have improved with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center.
Falcons 20 – Browns 10 – Michael Turner had the breakout game we’ve been waiting on as the Dirtys improve to 4-1. The Browns Peyton Hillis was brought back to earth after having 28 yards on 10 carries.
Lions 44 – Rams 6 - The Lions looked downright scary yesterday they capitalized on every Rams miscue. Quarterback Shaun Hill did a good job of spreading the ball around. Steven Jackson still racks up the yards no matter what the case (25 carries 114 yards).
Colts 19 – Chiefs 9 – Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe dropped a touchdown pass that would’ve put the Chiefs up 13-9 late in the 3rd quarter. One thing is for certain; this Chiefs defense is for real, and if they had any hint of a quarterback they’d still be undefeated.
Redskins 16 – Packers 13 Overtime – Donovan McNabb has made great use of his weapons (or lack thereof) in DC. Chris Cooley has been rejuvenated as he is a big player in this offense again. The Packers will continue to struggle in the running game. The bulk of pressure is going to lie on Aaron Rodgers arm, the fact that he’s probably out for a week with a concussion proves they need a Plan B ASAP.
Bears 23 – Panthers 6 – The starting quarterbacks combined 15 for 38 for 92 yards, Matt Forte opened his ground game up (22 carries 166 yards 2 tds) Todd Collins threw 4 ints. in a butt-ugly game.
Ravens 31 – Broncos 17 – The Ravens used Ray Rice to chew up the clock and honed in on the Broncos inability to run the ball. Kyle Orton manage to pass for over 300 yards again, but his lack of a running game proved costly.
Giants 34 – Texans 10 – The Giants defense for the second week in a row have stifled one of the “better” quarterbacks in Matt Shaub, last week it was Jay Cutler. Hakeem Nicks scored twice as Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns. The Texans just could not get it going dropping back to back games to the NFC East.
Cardinals 30 – Saints 20 – The Cards won this one without a rushing or receiving touchdown while the Saints were done in by four turnovers and a poor running game (see Packers). The Super Bowl hangover has officially kicked in.
Titans 34 – Cowboys 27 – The Titans tried too hard to outphysical the Cowboys when they didn’t have to and it almost cost them the game. Vince Young played well and didn’t look like a game manager. Great idea to use Chris Johnson heavy down the stretch. The chopping block is being prepared in Dallas.
Raiders 35 – Chargers 27 – I told you this game had the potential to get wild – the only participants missing were Dick Enberg and Bob Trumpy. Jason Campbell deserves a second look.
Eagles 27 – Niners 25 – I’m happy to hear that the 49′ers brass believes Mike Singletary will right the ship and will keep him through the remainder of the season. Kevin Kolb played well last night but you would be crazy to think that Michael Vick isn’t trying to get extra treatments so he can face the Falcons on Sunday.