The Red Zone: He’s Having So Much Fun Out There

Jets 56, Cardinals 35 – Loath to imagine the superlatives that sportswriters will ladel on Brett Favre following a 24-34 day passing with six TD passes (three to Laveranues Coles). Most of this was enabled by five turnovers by Kurt Warner, resulting in 34 2nd quarter points for the faux-NY Titans, one fewer than Arizona was able to scrape up in the 2nd half.

Chiefs 33, Broncos 19 – Larry Johnson runs all over the weak Denver D for 198 yards on the day, but this is the day where living dangerously via the play action pass can bite you in the butt: thrwoing picks, losing fumbles to a clearly talent-inferior team, yet one that gets revved up every time you come to town.  Mike Shanahan is now 3-14 when playing in Arrowhead Stadium; it is never a place where Denver can go an win easily, ever. (And if Kansas City were actually coordinated as a team, the score would have been that much more lopsided. There were three drives that KC should have scored touchdowns on; the first quasrter could and should have ended 21-0 or 24-0.)

Saints 31, 49ers 17 – The return of Deuce McAllister only makes Drew Brees more dangerous: Brees threw for 363 yards and three more touchdowns, torching the San Francisco secondary.

Panthers 24, Falcons 9 – Um, yeah. Like I said, Matt Ryan, meet a real defense, again.  Jake Delhomme hit Steve Smith for two TD passes and Muhsin Muhammad for one in the 4th to really ice it.

Jaguars 30, Texans 27 – Jacknsoville digs in when down 24-20, getting a score to go ahead and then kicker Josh Scobee pulls it out again after Houston forces overtime.

Browns 20, Bengals 12 – The less said about this game, the better, probably. It looked like a Cleveland win as soon as everyone shockingly discovered that Carson Palmer wasn’t playing in this cripple fight.

Titans 30, Vikings 17 – The league’s best defense forces four turnovers by the Vikes, getting two touchodwns from Chris Johnson, one from LenDale White, and Tennessee is now 4-0 for the first time.

Buccaneers 30, Packers 21 – Three picks off of Aaron Rodgers, plus leaving him with a separated shoulder, is something the first-year starter wasn’t quite used to.

Chargers 28, Raiders 18 – Up 15-3 at the half, Oakland had a stranglehold on San Diego’s offense, forcing Philip Rivers to fumble, throw picks, and look out of sorts. But since they are the Raiders, they let up, and LaDainian Tomlinson eventually broke out for 100+ yards and two touchdowns.

Bills 31, Rams 14 – An 18-point fourth quarter gets Buffalo to 4-0, even when St. Louis looked semi-decent on the field.

Redskins 26, Cowboys 24 – Essentially, Dallas’ problems boiled down to not enough use of Marion Barber in the game. They got away from what made them dangerous and enabled Tony Romo’s play-action passing, even in the face of a good Washington defense — and the Redskins will be even more dangerous when Jason Campbell, who played well, gets an even better handle on Jim Zorn’s offense.

Bears 24, Eagles 20 – Both sides got out to a quick start in this game, and then the defenses started hitting harder and harder, causing turnovers and various limpoffs. A decision I’m still trying to explain in the fourth quarter: 4th and 1 for the Eagles on the Bears’ goal line. Why is Andy Reid calling a fourth straight handoff to Correll Buckhalter? That worked so, so well the first three times.

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