Chargers 41, Broncos 3 – May I revise my selections for the worst division in football? I may be open to listening to votes for the AFC West, where everyone seems to be comfortably mediocre with flashes of occasional brilliance. The Broncos suffered repeated instances of fumble-itis (once again on the damn kick returns) and more interceptions than red zone savvy from Jay Cutler. The Chargers looked like last year’s team, as if Marty had never left, and I had to stare at the smug look on Norval’s face mocking me, and no amount of alcohol could make it better.
Colts 33, Buccaneers 14 – No Addai? No Harrison? No problem! Peyton Manning threw for 2 TDs, Kenton Keith ran for two more, and despite not having Bob Sanders at safety, the defense held Tampa Bay’s running game to 17 yards.
Ravens 9, 49ers 7 – I got switched to this game with the announcement of: “With the Chargers having this game in hand, we now switch you to a more competitive match between Baltimore and San Francisco.” I suppose CBS defines “competitive” loosely as being close in score rather than actual quality.
Bears 27, Packers 20 – Brian Griese can lead a team to victory? Who knew? Brett Favre and the Packer rushing game dominated in the first half, but couldn’t run up the score due to two strips of receiver James Jones by Chicago CB Charles Tillman. Green Bay came out flat in the second half, unable to run, and a Brett Favre interception wound up tying the score — then Griese hurled a TD pass to Desmond Clark for the winning six.
Photo: AP/Jack Dempsey