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Week 3 Wrap-Up

New England Patriots 38, Buffalo Bills 7:
I thought the Bills had a shot when J.P. Losman went down with an injury; Trent Edwardsí first drive, which concluded in a touchdown, saw the rookie signal caller going 4-of-5 for 55 yards. Unfortunately, Edwards was only 6-15 for 42 yards and a pick the rest of the game.

Hereís a theory: Randy Moss likes playing against the Bills. Moss has scored a touchdown in all four games he has played against Buffalo.

Speaking of Moss, he is now the 19th player in NFL history with 11,000 receiving yards.

New York Jets 31, Miami Dolphins 28:
I thought the Jetsí defense was bad, but then I saw this stat on NFL.com around 2:10 p.m.: T. Green 11/15, 157 yards. Trent Green, 11-of-15 for 157 yards? It wasnít a fluke - Green finished 23-of-36 for 318 yards. Did Green sneak into Dan Marinoís mansion, cut off his arm and paste it onto his body? This is the only explanation I have.

Ted Ginn caught the first pass of his career, a 15-yard reception.

I thought my Jets -3 Double Money Pick was safe when New York was up 31-13. No. The Jets were one of five teams who had five backdoor covers on Sunday afternoon. I was burnt on all five occasions. I give up.

Baltimore Ravens 26, Arizona Cardinals 23:
Once is a coincidence, twice is a trend. Baltimoreís defense is simply incapable of focusing for 60 minutes. For the second consecutive week, the Ravens put the clamps on their opponent for three quarters. Like the Jets, Arizona came back in the final period with its backup quarterback. Baltimore won by three, but Iíd be concerned if I were a Ravens fan; the teamís not going to have the luxury of going against rookies and decrepit signal callers every week.

Even more worries for Baltimore: Steve McNair once again had to leave the game early. At this stage of his career, heís not even close to reliable. That said, Iíd take a one-legged McNair over Kyle Boller. The Ravens need a new quarterback next year.

Green Bay Packers 31, San Diego Chargers 24:
I had trouble picking the Packers-Chargers game this week. In fact, it was the reason I put my selections up so late. On one hand, I knew San Diego was the better team. On the other, Green Bay had the superior coaching advantage simply because Norv Turner was on the opposing sideline. The Chargers were clearly unprepared for the Packers, and consequently lost as a 6-point favorite.

I know A.J. Smith has made some excellent draft picks over the years, but when is he going to answer for hiring one of the most sub-par head coaches in NFL history? Itís irresponsible that his little quarrel with Marty Schottenheimer resulted in the hiring of Turner. All the talent San Diego has on its team is shamefully going to waste.

Iím an idiot. I benched Philip Rivers in one of my five fantasy leagues because I was frustrated with his ineffectiveness. Instead, I started Jeff Garcia against the Rams. All Rivers did was go 27-of-36 for 306 yards, three touchdowns and a pick.

Congratulations to Brett Favre, who tied Dan Marino for the all-time record for touchdown passes with 420.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24, St. Louis Rams 3:
St. Louisí first drive in the third quarter was aided by a recovered fumble, a Ronde Barber unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and an unnecessary roughness penalty on Derrick Brooks. Luckily for the Buccaneers, Marc Bulger threw a pick in the end zone. Bulger threw two other interceptions, while kicker Jeff Wilkins missed two field goals. Looks like Tampa Bay won because it shot itself in the foot less often than the Rams.

Well, what do you know? The Rams surrendered 6.6 yards per carry to the Buccaneers on Sunday. Iím so shocked.

Pittsburgh Steelers 37, San Francisco 49ers 16:
The 49ers are a good team, but they just werenít ready to go on the road and beat an elite team against the Steelers. Theyíll get there, but it wonít be this year.

Alex Smith had no touchdowns or interceptions going into Sundayís game, which was really bizarre not to have either after two weeks of regular-season football. Smith threw his first score and pick in the contest.

Philadelphia Eagles 56, Detroit Lions 21:
Unless you live in Philadelphia, you have no idea how much Philadelphiaís defensive line was criticized this week. Itís good to see that they answered the call; tackle Brodrick Bunkley started things off by terrorizing Jon Kitna on the first drive of the game. Meanwhile, ends Trent Cole and Juqua Thomas combined for five sacks and a forced fumble. Now, I know this was against Mike Martzís horrendous blocking scheme, but itís a start.

I love instant replay, but sometimes it doesnít work. Prior to scoring his second touchdown, Brian Westbrook fumbled before crossing the plane of the end zone. The call was ruled a score, but challenged by the Lions. Instead of correctly overturning it, the officials upheld the original call. Instant replay will never work as long as there are incompetent referees in the NFL. Iíll have more on this later.

Donovan McNabb was 14-of-15 for 332 yards and four touchdowns at halftime. Jon Kitna also had more than 300 passing yards. It almost felt like watching Hawaii play Texas Tech, or something.

Jon Kitnaís Quest for 5,000: Jon Kitna took a step closer to reaching 5,000 passing yards in a single season. Kitna compiled 446 yards at Philadelphia, giving him 1080 for the year. Heís on pace for 5,760 yards. Kitnaís my hero!

Kansas City Chiefs 13, Minnesota Vikings 10:
Letís see... Larry Johnson had 42 yards on 24 rush attempts. Adrian Peterson had 102 yards on one more carry. So much for success on the ground determining the outcome of a football game.

Herm Edwards is so conservative sometimes, itís disgusting. Down 10-0 in the second quarter on Minnesotaís 48, Edwards decided to punt on a 4th-and-1. Iím never betting or picking the Chiefs as a favorite for more than one unit ever again. Edwards is too inept a coach for me to burn my money on.

Indianapolis Colts 30, Houston Texans 24:
Looking at the numbers, I canít believe the Colts sucked against the run just nine months ago. No Texan back had more than 15 rushing yards on Sunday.

Seattle Seahawks 24, Cincinnati Bengals 21:
If I see the Bengals running another wide sweep for Rudi Johnson, Iím going to pull my hair out. Cincinnati ran this play about a dozen times against Seattle, and it didnít work once. In fact, it resulted in a loss of yardage on a crucial 3rd-and-1 during the Bengalsí second drive of the game.

With two minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Bengals already had seven penalties to Seattleís one. At least no one on Cincinnati drove drunk or slept with a 2-year-old.

Can someone tell me why the Bengals went for two at the end of the game? Taking a 21-17 lead, Cincinnati failed on a 2-point conversion instead of kicking an extra point. Seattleís decisive touchdown gave the team a 24-21 advantage. So, because of the botched conversion, the Bengals needed a field goal to tie; not win. Of course, it didnít matter because they fumbled the final kickoff of the game, but this is a mistake Marvin Lewis may commit again in the future.

Oakland Raiders 26, Cleveland Browns 24:
The Raiders lost a 16-0 lead, thanks in part to a fumble and a Brownsí kickoff return for a touchdown. Why am I not surprised?

They really need to disallow teams to ice opposing kickers. Just one week after Mike Shanahan screwed the Raiders, Lane Kiffin did the same thing to the Browns. This needs to stop.

Jacksonville Jaguars 23, Denver Broncos 14:
Although Jacksonville surrendered only 14 points and just 3.3 yards per carry to the zone-blocking Broncos, I wonít absolve its defense from any sort of blame. In the second quarter, the Jaguars allowed Jay Cutler to convert a 3rd-and-14 with a 49-yard pass to Brandon Marshall. On the same drive, Cutler completed a 30-yard dart to Marshall on a 2nd-and-24.

Speaking of Marshall, the young receiver caught seven passes for 133 yards. OK, I think itís fairly obvious that Marshall kidnaped Rod Smith and stole all of his talent.

New York Giants 24, Washington Redskins 17:
If it werenít for Herm Edwards, Tom Coughlin could have the title of most conservative coach in the NFL. On a 4th-and-1 in the first quarter, Coughlin opted to kick a field goal instead of go for the downs. In the next period, Coughlin chose to punt in a similar situation a few yards past midfield.

Carolina Panthers 27, Atlanta Falcons 20:
The Falcons had a shot at the Panthers. Itís too bad DeAngelo Hall had to ruin everything. Hall was single-handedly responsible for Carolinaís second touchdown of the game when he committed an unsportsmanlike penalty as the Panthers were setting up a 47-yard field goal.

More Atlanta ineptness: The team moved the chains in the first quarter but couldnít get any points on the board. On the first drive, Warrick Dunn fumbled in Carolina territory. On the next possession, the Falcons botched a 35-yard field goal.

Panthers... what are you doing? How do you allow Joey Harrington to throw for 361 yards and two touchdowns? What a disgrace.

Dallas Cowboys 34, Chicago Bears 10:
Iím sick of inept officials. Sick. Dallas sacked Rex Grossman on fourth down with three seconds remaining until halftime in Bears territory. Instead of giving the Cowboys a shot at a field goal, referee Ron Winter determined that the first half was over. Itís so frustrating that the greatest sport in the world is ruined by blind, corrupt and incompetent zebras. If I were Roger Goodell, Iíd consider firing Winter.

I canít say Iím surprised the Chicago crowd was chanting, ďGriese! Griese!Ē toward the end of Dallasí 34-10 victory over the Bears. Rex Grossman threw three interceptions Sunday night. The second pick was tossed into triple coverage. His final errant throw was the result of Grossman staring down his receiver. Should Lovie Smith make the change? I donít think it matters - Iíve stated repeatedly that switching to Brian Griese wonít matter because heís even worse than Grossman.


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