The Red Zone: Insane Finishes

Falcons 22, Bears 20 – Qualifying for the bizarre in the end.  Kyle Orton is officially a good QB to me now, having led the Bears on an incredible drive for the go-ahead score, and finishing it with a perfect fade throw to Rashied Davis, putting it where only his guy could get it. But then, the Chicago coaching staff decided to squib kick, and those ten extra yards wound up mattering: Matt Ryan, finishing off a 300+ yard day (first of his career), hit Michael Jenkins at the 34 of Chicago with one second left. Jason Elam then redeemed himself from 48 out after missing one that might have iced the game for the Falcons earlier.

Cardinals 30, Cowboys 24 – We all saw the punt block in OT that won the game (nice play.)  But there are concerns now to addressa bout Dallas’ D, which not only couldn’t get any pressure on Kurt Warner (who hit Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston all day), but looked like a colleciton of talent more than a squad. The same went on offense, where Tony Romo fumbled as much as he threw for touchdowns.

Rams 19, Redskins 17 – So, after beating Dallas and Philly on the road and getting a good jump start on the season, Washington gives up five turnovers en route to allowing St. Louis its first iwn on the season. What  a letdown.

Eagles 40, 49ers 26 – Thankfully, Donovan McNabb led a comeback, because this didn’t look good Philly at the end of hte first half, after San Francisco returned a blocked FG for a score and took a 26-17 lead in the third. The Eagles’ defense got into turnover mode, though, creating short fields and reminding the NIners that they are, well, the Niners.

Texans 29, Dolphins 28 – Houston looked posed and ready to blow another one, and Matt Schaub seemed more than ready to comply with two early picks, and Ronnie Brown putting Miami up with less than two minutes to go. Then, Schaub hit Andre Johnson on a crucial fourth down, leading to the game-winning QB draw.

Colts 31, Ravens 3 – Now that’s the Peyton Manning we’re used to. Two scores to Marvin Harrison, one to Reggie Wayne.

Saints 34, Raiders 3 – Drew Brees keeps doing this every week: 3 TDs, 320 yards, 26-30. He accounted for more yards by himself than the entire Oakland offense (226).

Bucs 27, Panthers 3 – Three picks from Jake Delhomme doom Carolina as Jeff Garcia returns to lead Tampa down the field regularly. Warrick Dunn reels in the yardage for a 115-yard day.

Jets 26, Bengals 14 – Looked clsoe for a little bit, but three TDs for Thomas Jones (2 rushing, one receiving) helped send Cincy to the land of 0-6.

Jaguars 24, Broncos 17 – Too many turnovers early and too little defense for Denver. Guess that performance against Tampa Bay was a one-week deal. Maurice Jones-Drew becomes the 2nd running back in the past three weeks to make the Broncos’ D look silly, and unlike Jay Cutler, David Garrard kept the mistakes to a minimum (he did lose a fumble.)

Packers 27, Seahawks 17 – All you need to know about this game: Charlie Frye started for Seattle and threw for 86 yards. Yikes.

Chargers 30, Patriots 10 – This is the San Diego offense we were expecting, going downfield often and using all the weapons at the disposal of Philip Rivers:  he hit Malcom Floyd, Antonio Gates, and Vincent Jackson with TD passes.

One Response

  1. Anqwan Boldin should be back after the bye week, but I’m not as worried about his absence as much before yeaterday, because I thought Breaston was quite impressive(as was Tim Hightower). Also, Ken Whisenhunt owes Sean Morey and Monty Beisel a steak dinner, at the very least, for pulling his ass out of the fire yesterday.

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