The Red Zone: Week 8, Early Games.

Insult of insults — have to watch the Washington-NE game on Sopcast due to Fox’s stupidity. Not everyone outside of the Bay Area in the state of California is a Niners fan.

Steelers 24, Bengals 13 – Pittsburgh continues to treat Cincy as its second home, as Big Ben hooks up with Hines Ward twice.  Cincy gets one touchdown from Palmer to Houshmanzadeh after a Ben pick, but the rest was all field goals.

Browns 27, Rams 20 – Steven Jackson fantasy owners have an 80% chance of swearing off fantasy football next year. The RB returned and scored a TD before leaving with a back injury. Marc Bulger showed flashes of being back, hooking up with Torry Holt, but Derek Anderson hurled passes to Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards, as the Browns are now the second best team in the AFC North. Weird.

Titans 13, Raiders 9 – Destroying the concept of “offensive football” yet again. Sole touchdown comes from Titans RB Chris Henry, who tore it up with LenDale White due to an obviously not-quite-back Vince Young under center. The Titans D-line incited all manner of dumb penalties on the part of the Raiders.

Giants 13, Dolphins 10 – That’s only that close due to a touchdown by Ted Ginn from Cleo Lemon with under two minutes to go — but, Miami fucked up the onside kick in Wembley, which was a mess of mud by the fourth quarter and unsuitable for trying to drive the ball into the ground for an onside.

Eagles 23, Vikings 16 – The poor luck for the Vikings just keeps rolling. Kelly Holcomb goes out with a neck issue in the second half, and they had to put Brooks Bollinger in.  They’ll be eyeing Brohm, Woodson, Ryan, and Brennan a lot come next April.

Colts 31, Panthers 7 – Shitty first half for Peyton, much better second half as he threw to Reggie Wayne for a score and Joseph Addai for another (Addai also rushed one in.) Old Man Testaverde was injured in the 2nd quarter and replaced by David Carr, who didn’t fare much better. John Fox, you are on the NFL Coaching Hot Seat!

Lions 16, Bears 7 – And Detroit sweeps the season series thanks to four picks by Brian Griese — a week after all the good talk about how this was a different Chicago team with Griese under center. Hate to say I told you so….

Photo: AP/Tom Uhlman

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