The Red Zone: Single Wing Flies High

Dolphins 17, Chargers 10 – Ronnie Brown in the single-wing or “Wildcat” is still devastating teams that have defenses that ought to know better. Brown rushed for 125 yards, scored a TD, while Chad Pennington completed 75% of his passes with a TD toss. The Miami defense made the Chargers look like amateur hour, pressuring Philip Rivers and keeping LaDainian Tomlinson mostly out of the game.

Titans 13, Ravens 10 – Defensive battle with both Kerry Collins and Joe Flacco throwing picks, but Collins led a fourth-quarter drive when he had to, throwing to Alge Crumpler to win the game.

Colts 31, Texans 27 – Someone please put Sage Rosenfels on suicide watch. He committed three fourth-quarter turnovers (two fumbles and a pick) that allowed Indy to score 21 points in a little more than 2 minutes.

Panthers 34, Chiefs 0 – So whatever happened to building on last week, Herm Edwards?  DeAngelo Williams had three TDs, Muhsin Muhammad added a TD catch, and Jake Delhomme zipped the ball around at will.

Bears 34, Lions 7 – Detroit’s defense can make anyone, even Kyle Orton, look like an all-pro QB. Orton threw for two TDs and more than 300 yards.

Broncos 16, Bucs 13 – So, we can win a defensive battle. It would be more comforting if Tampa Bay’s offense didn’t have medicrities at QB and WRs pushing the line of “veteran” and “old.” Considering the inconsistency of every other AFC West team (in KC’s case, extreme shittiness), Denver may be in the driver’s seat in the division for longer than we all think.

Giants 44, Seahawks 6 – And the problem of Seattle playing early games on the East Coast continues unabated. However, this season, we may just chalk it up to a generic trend of suck.  Two TDs a piece for Brandon Jacobs and Sinorice Moss.

Falcons 27, Packers 24 – A Green Bay defense with injury issues was ripe for Michael Turner to run on it, and that made Matt Ryan more able to stick to what his team’s asking him to do: he threw for a TD, but mostly had fairly modest numbers otherwise, which is good enough to win.

Redskins 23, Eagles 17 – 14 points in the opening 8 minutes for Philly, only 3 more after that. Clinton Portis ran all over the Eagles for 145 yards, and with Brian Westbrook hobbly, Philly’s offensive plan didn’t work — it’s a pass-first team, and with Westbrook out, it becomes easily predictable.

Cardinals 41, Bills 17 – Buffalo gets its first loss of the season in Glendale after losing Trent Edwards to a concussion, and J.P. Losman’s fumbleitis never helps matters, ever.

Patriots 30, 49ers 21 – More due to J.T. O’Sullivan’s matching of 3 TD passes with 3 picks, keeping New England in front by allowing them to take advantage of mistakes. The Pats even stole a page fromt the Dolphins: Kevin Faulk got his second TD on a direct-snap 4th down play.

Cowboys 31, Bengals 22 – Closer than it looked all afternoon.  Cincy was a 2-point conversion away from tying it in the fourth quarter, and Dallas has serious issues to address with their defense right now.

Steelers 26, Jaguars 21 – Pittsburgh’s defense didn’t allow Fred Taylor or Maurice Jones-Drew to really get clicking, forcing David Garrard to try and beat them with his arm and legs.  Mewelde Moore stepped in ably enough for Willie Parker, and while Ben Roethlisberger is likely to fall apart by Week 9, he was still able to hit Hines Ward and Nate Washington for touchdowns.

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