Cardinals 27, Browns 21 – Cleveland jobbed itself with four turnovers, three of which led to Arizona touchdowns, but got jobbed by the refs in the last minute when Derek Anderson hooked up with Kellen Winslow at the last second for what appeared to be at least a game-tying touchdown, because the defender clearly pushed him out of bounds. However, the refs called it incomplete, and it could not be reviewed.
Raiders 34, Broncos 20 – The story may have been all about JaMarcus Russell making his first appearance in a game, but the actual on field production was about Josh McCown, who threw for three touchdowns despite getting booed and jeered by the Black Hole faithful, and Justin Fargas, who rushed on a woeful Denver run defense for 146 yards and a score. The Broncos were held to under 100 yards rushing total, and the game was pretty much sealed when Jay Cutler threw a late pick to Fabian Washington.
Buccaneers 27, Saints 23 – Another McCown brother playing well at QB? Luke McCown was 29-37 passing for two scores and more than 300 yards, leading the Bucs to the game winning touchdown after a trick play by the Saints failed when Reggie Bush screwed up the toss on the reverse.
Giants 21, Bears 16 – This looked like such a collapse game for the Giants. There were the requisite picks from Eli Manning, fumbles, and other turnovers to contend with, but despite the turnover-free play of Rex Grossman, the Bears couldn’t take advantage of those mistakes, and Eli led a late drive with a touchdown to Amani Toomer to take the lead.
Steelers 24, Bengals 10 – One great opening drive from the Bengals and nothing more. The Steelers won the game despite various efforts to give it away (Willie Parker fumbled twice and would have had more if not for the replay challenges.) The Bengals couldn’t catch breaks most of the time, and even when they could get turnovers and stops, they couldn’t get them in the end zone, as Carson Palmer was throwing passes above the hands of receivers all night.
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