Monday NFL Roundup: The Bills Are For Real

Once again, the NFL proved that the "on any given Sunday" mantra is real. After the Colts played their hearts out on Sunday Night Football against the Steelers, it's hard to imagine anything more improbably happening. But the NFL is insanity, and this week was one of the best I've seen in a long time.

Bills break 15 game losing streak to Patriots  Thanks to four interceptions by Tom "Haircuts are for sissies" Brady and an incredible offensive performance, the Buffalo Bills finally pulled off a win against their division rivals, the New England Patriots. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 369 yards and two touchdowns on the game, and the Bills overcame an early 21-0 deficit to win 34-31 on a last-second 28-yard Rian Lindell field goal. Buffalo sits atop the AFC east at 3-0, while the Patriots are tied at second with the Jets.

Panthers get first win against the sinking Jaguars   Cam Newton finally slowed down, only throwing for 158 yards against the Jags, after throwing for over 400 in each of his first two games. But, Newton did have the game winning touchdown pass with just four minutes left in the game, giving Carolina the win, 16-10. The game was a slopfest, and the terrible weather was a factor in the low scoring affair. Both teams now sit at 1-2.

San Francisco beats Cincinnati in the battle of the inept  In a game where offensive talent was clearly missing, the San Francisco 49ers got help from an unlikely source. Rookie running back Kendall Hunter ran for the game winning seven yard touchdown with just under four minutes to go. The 49ers improve to 2-1, while the Bengals fall to 1-2.

Cleveland ekes out a win against Miami Without starting running back Peyton Hillis, the Browns needed Colt McCoy to have a big game. He struggled for the majority of the game, but made the big play when it counted, throwing the game winning touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi with just 43 seconds left. Browns go to 2-1 while the Dolphins stay at 0-3.

Detroit continues to impress with comeback against the Vikings In a tale of two halves, the Lions beat the Vikings in overtime, 26-23 on Jason Hanson's 32 yard field goal in overtime. The Lions overcame the 20-0 deficit without any semblance of a running game, and Matt Stafford was incredible in the second half. Vikings are now 0-3 after losing every game in overtime, and the Lions are now 3-0.

Houston's defense disappears against the Saints In a highly entertaining, back and forth game, the Saints ended up on top, winning 40-33. Mark Ingram scored the go-ahead touchdown with under three minutes to play, his first score  of his career. Houston falls to 2-1, while the Saints improve to 2-1.

Dream Team loses again as Vick is hurt The Giants beat the Eagles, and their not even paying a ton of free agents! Michael Vick hurt himself again, this time breaking his hand, and the Eagles lost a second straight game. Eagles now sit at 1-2 in the NFC East, as the Giants are at 2-1.

Tenessee beats Denver, 17-14 The Titans lost #1 receiver Kenny Britt, likely for the season, but Matt Hasselback continues to look very good directing the Titans offense. Hasselback threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns, whereas contract recipient Chris Johnson ran 13 times for 21 yards. The Titans are now 2-1, and Denver is 1-2.

Oakland takes big win over the Jets I don't know when the last time was the Jets were punished by a team like that, especially on the ground. Darren McFadden ran for 171 yards, the team as a whole ended with 234 yards. The Raiders just punched the Jets in the mouth with a 34-24 wins, causing both teams to be at 2-1.

San Diego beats Chiefs, 20-17  While Kansas City didn't look nearly as bad as they did during the last two weeks, the Chiefs had their moments, and ended up losing to go to 0-3. The Colts will face them in Week Five, looking to get what will likely be their first win. The Chargers increase their win total to 2, and the Chiefs fall to 0-3.

Ravens with another blowout After losing to the Titans in Week Two, the Ravens came out and jumped on Rams as soon as the ball was kicked off. The Ravens take the game 37-7, improve to an impressive 2-1, and Rams join the winless club.

Rodgers lights it up against Bears.  Aaron Rodgers throws for 297 yards and three touchdowns, and the Packers beat the rival Bears yesterday 27-17. Rodgers also had help, a 5.2 YPA for Ryan Grant and a defense that forced two interceptions. Packers improve to 3-0, Bears fall to 1-2.

NFC West showdown ends up favoring Seattle This may be a stretch, but the NFC West is awful.

Bucs break five game losing streak against the Falcons The Bucs finally beat the Falcons again, in a game devoid of any kind of offense. The defense reigned supreme here, with the final score being 16-13, Bucs. The Buccaneers are now 2-1, while the disappointing Falcons are 1-2.

Monday Night:

  • Washington over Dallas: 24-21
Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.

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