Honestly, I watched none of the early games today and spent the afternoon at a sports bar for the late ones. I didn’t miss a hell of a lot on the early games, clearly.
Bengals 35, Titans 6 – I don’t quite believe the result here, but clearly Tennessee is on a slide against teams it should probably handle easily. Putting up only six points against Cincy’s anemic defense is quite a feat in offensive futility. Chad Johnson went off with three touchdown receptions in the game.
Vikings 41, Giants 17 – Eli Manning throws three pick sixes to the Vikings defense, negating any necessary attempts at offensive by Minnesota.
Buccaneers 19, Redskins 13 – Four fumbles by the Skins isn’t going to cut it, and yet, they got back to within six points of the Bucs, yet Jason Campbell was picked off late yet again in an otherwise good start.
Seahawks 24, Rams 19 – Boy, I had no idea St. Louis was starting Gus Frerotte, otherwise I wouldn’t have picked them to cover and win last Wednesday. In what seems to be the usual twist of fate for a mediocrity at quarterback, Frerotte fumbled the ball at the 1 yard line of the Seahawks on 4th down with 27 seconds left after giving up 17 2nd half points to Seattle.
Browns 27, Texans 17 – Two touchdown passes for Derek Anderson and 134 rushing yards from Jamal Lewis keeps Cleveland on the playoff push, winning its fifth straight at home and five out of the last six — picking off Texans QB Matt Schaub twice also helped.
Jaguars 36, Bills 14 – Again, maybe it’s time to put David Garrard in the discussion of “good quarterbacks” in the NFL. Leading his team from a deficit against the Bills and helped along by touchdowns from Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew has to count for something, especially when he still hasn’t thrown a pick this year.
Saints 31, Panthers 6 – Roll over, pussycat. Play dead. John Fox will be looking for a coordinator’s gig in a few weeks.
Raiders 20, Chiefs 17 – Arrowhead Stadium has lost about as much home-field luster for the Chiefs as possible this year — Oakland’s Justin Fargas rushed for 139 yards and the Raiders got a stop on 4th down late to seal the game. The Chiefs got two scores and 150 rushing yards out of Kolby Smith, elevated to starter as Larry Johnson is still out and Priest Holmes retired.
Photo: AP/Al Behrman