Giants 16, Eagles 3 – The power must be in those ugly uniforms from last week, or maybe in the fact that the Lions’ secondary is awful. Either way, the Eagles were destroyed by the Giants defense to the tune of 12 sacks of Donovan McNabb, six by Osi Umenyiora alone. One Giant touchdown came via an Eli Manning TD pass to Plaxico Burress; the other via a McNabb fumble that Kawika Mitchell took to the end zone.
Colts 38, Broncos 20 – I wish I could say I was surprised, but the Indy offense operates way too efficiently and in both the passing and running games to be stopped by an AFC West team. With John Lynch out, that meant our good safety was out, and Jay Cutler’s failure to turn those early drives into touchdowns was fatal. It’s a Broncos team that can’t figure out how to get into the end zone with any consistency, and until they do, they won’t be winning games against top teams. When you lead 10-0 after your first two possessions early, you need to put the screws to teams defensively. Indy scored immediately on a TD pass to Dallas Clark, and the wheels came off in response as Denver settled for a FG, and then never scored again until late in the game. It reeks of fear and deciding that losing to Indy is inevitable.
Chiefs 30, Chargers 16 – Fortunately, Denver’s next game is against the Bolts, who as a team are much more inept offensively, as Norv Turner continues to wreck the assembled talent he inherited. Did anyone believe the Chargers would ever be in last place in their own division, never mind lose to the awful Chiefs? The defense gave up 24 unanswered points in the second half.
Seahawks 23, 49ers 3 – The game was over as soon as Alex Smith gave way for Trent Dilfer (bad shoulder), but the score would likely have been only a touchdown closer if Smith had stayed in.
Buccaneers 20, Panthers 7 – David Carr cannot throw 41 times a game and win a game for you. Jake Delhomme can’t do it either. In order to make Steve Smith available to be spectacular, the Carolina running game has to work. Right now, it doesn’t, and neither does its defense, which Tampa Bay picked apart handily — veteran QBs know how to do this, and for all the mocking he may take at times, Jeff Garcia is nothing if not a smart veteran QB.
Cardinals 21, Steelers 14 – Matt Leinart will probably be looking for another team to start for very soon, as the coaching staff seems to have no confidence in him and would rather place their fate with Kurt Warner. At this point, that confidence appears to be more than justified.
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