The NFL continues its strange season. Consider this: the top four teams in the NFC are the Packers (expected), 49ers, Lions, and Buccaneers. The AFC doesn't make any more sense, if the playoffs started today, the Bengals, Bills, and Titans would get in, while the Texans, Jets, and Colts would be home. Who'd have predicted all that prior to the season?
Atlanta finally shows some life against the Panthers The 3-3 Falcons have been inconsistent and disappointing in 2011, and it looked like Sunday's game was going to end the same way heading into the fourth quarter. But the Falcons defense and running game wore down the 1-5 Panthers, resulting in the final score of 31-17.
Lions lose first game, courtesy of the rising 49ers Both of these teams are 5-1, and are playing great football. The 49ers eked out the 25-19 win with gritty football, and with their weak schedule, could be in play for a bye spot in the playoffs. On the other side, the Lions will be measured once they play Green Bay. Green Bay remains undefeated with win over lowly Rams Green Bay continues to win behind stellar play from Aaron Rodgers, whose 310 yards and three touchdown passes puts him at 2,031 and 17 (!) for the season (with only three picks). Surely he can't keep up this 122.5 rating up all season… right? Meanwhile, the Rams are awful. It's either them or Miami for the #1 pick, in my opinion.
Giants edge the Bills as both teams hit 4-2 Eli Manning doesn't throw an interception, Ahmad Bradshaw runs fro over 100 yards, and the Giants win. Looks like a formula to follow from here on out. And no, I'm not biased because Bradshaw is on my fantasy team (100 yards and three touchdowns got me 31 points!). Steelers continue to have troubles with bottom feeders The Steelers (4-2) looked dominant in the first half, racking up a 17-3 lead on the 1-5 Jaguars. The Steelers only had 70 yards in the entire second half, and the Jaguars had a chance to win it as they got the ball with a minute to go, but they couldn't pull it off, losing 17-13. More bad news from Pittsburgh: Troy Polomalu left the game with concussion symptoms. The Dream Team gets a win, courtesy of Rex Grossman The overhyped Eagles got their second win against the surprising Redskins, as Rex Grossman reminded everybody why he is, well, Rex Grossman. Nine for twenty-two, 143 yards, and four picks will get you benched every time. But at this point, the 2-4 Eagles will take any win they can get.
Houston falls to second in the AFC South with loss to Ravens With no Mario Williams and no Andre Johnson, the Texans were going to be hard pressed to win against the Ravens. Sitting at 4-1, Baltimore looks to be the second best team in the AFC, behind the Patriots. The 29-14 loss puts Houston at 3-3, half a game behind the Titans for the South lead.
Raiders win on big plays against the Browns, 24-17 The Raiders lost QB Jas0n Campbell to a broken collarbone, but stuck with Kyle Boller for the win. Thanks to a 101 yard kickoff return and a fake field goal TD pass, the Raiders could overcome a middling performance from Boller. The real question is who will the Raiders turn to now?
Dallas crumbles at the end to give Patriots their fifth win The Dallas defense held the Patriots to 20 points, the first time the Patriots had been held under 30 all season. The last time the Patriots didn't score more than 20? Week 9 of last season (a 14-34 loss to the Browns), in which Rob Ryan (current defensive coordinator for Dallas) was the DC for Cleveland.
Tampa Bay pulls off the upset against New Orleans After getting blown out last week against the 49ers, the Buccaneers (4-2) responded with a huge win against the division rival Saints (4-2). Capitalizing on three Drew Brees interceptions and riding on a great performance from Josh Freeman, the Bucs get the win, and the division lead, with a final score of 26-20.
Bears crush the Vikings, 39-10 As Jay Cutler got time to throw, he shredded the Vikings defense. Devin Hester had a 48 yard TD catch and a 98 yard kickoff return. To finish it off, the Bears defense held Adrian Peterson to 39 yards. All that equals a huge Bear victory to pull them even at 3-3, while the Vikings sunk to 1-5.
MNF: Miami at New York (Jets) My prediction: Jets 27-14 While the Jets have been very disappointing so far, the Dolphins have just been awful, and losing QB Chad Henne isn't going to help that one bit.