Giants 36, Eagles 31 – New York essentially neutralized Brian Westbrook and then dared Donovan McNabb to beat them. He had a very good shot, too, as the Giants’ pass rush never really got going — but bad clock management and use of challenges left them behind the eight-ball late, and the line eventually broke down as Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw kept running at them.
Colts 24, Steelers 20 – Ben Rothelisberger throws a bad pick late to seal the win for Indianapolis after a back and forth game complete with acrobatic catches on both sides. Peyton Manning threw three touchdown.
Chargers 20, Chiefs 19 – I would actually defend the two-point conversion choice by Herm Edwards, but if I were a frustrated Chiefs fan, I’d be pissed that he hadn’t kicked the XP for overtime, too — especially when it wrecked the nice comeback Tyler Thigpen had made down the field. He threw for 3 TDs, matching Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers, who got going in the second half after the Bolts looked listless.
Panthers 17, Raiders 6 – Jake Delhomme can go 7-27 and throw 4 picks, yet the Raiders still lose. Such is the Commitment to Excrement.
Jets 47, Rams 3 – It was 40-0 at the half, ti wasn’t really even running up the score. 4 turnovers by the Rams in their own end has kind of taken the luster off of Jim Haslett’s interim tenure, hasn’t it?
Vikings 28, Packers 27 – The Vikings won on the back of Adrian Peterson — who basically comprised all fo that final drive, after Gus Frerotte threw a mountain of picks yet again, but they also got a lot of it from the aggressivenss of their defense, particularly Jared Allen.
Titans 21, Bears 14 – Chicago dared Kerry Collins to beat them and he threw 2 TD passes to do it. A 35-year old can still threw it around and score.
Dolphins 21, Seahawks 19 – More Wildcat to make the difference with Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown both scoring out of that formation, and yet no one can completely defend it, because those two running backs are very good athletes. Miami isn’t winning by impressive margins, but they are winning.
Falcons 34, Saints 20 – Atlanta’s defense gets to Drew Brees: he threw 3 picks on the day, including a pick-six, while Matt Ryan threw for 2 TDs to Roddy White and Jerious Norwood.
Patriots 20, Bills 10 – Turnovers from Trent Edwards are causig the Bills to sink like a stone, while New England is still in a tie at the top of the division with the Jets. Matt Cassel and BenJarvus Green-Ellis both rushed for scores.
Ravens 41, Texans 13 – Houston may have to go back to the well for a starting QB again: Matt Schaub gets hurt way too easily and Sage Rosenfels had another 4-turnover game, throwing two of his picks to Ray Lewis. Joe Flacco threw for two scores; Willis McGahee rushed for two others.
Jaguars 38, Lions 14 – Daunte Culpepper threw a pick on his first pass, which is probably a clear sign that the team would go 0-9 yesterday. Maurice Jones-Drew ran for three touchdowns and David Garrard threw for two others.