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Week 7 Wrap-Up

Washington Redskins 21, Arizona Cardinals 19:
I spent the first few days of the week deciding whether to take the Redskins or Giants as my survivor pick for Sunday's slate of games. I selected the former, so you can imagine how nervous I was when the Cardinals were going for two and attempting a decisive field goal a few minutes later. I was shaking, mumbling to myself and crapping my pants. Thankfully, Neil Rackers was wide left, and I had a change of clothes.

In my write-up of this game, I expressed concern regarding the Redskins' willingness to stick to the run. Despite being up 14-0 late in the second quarter, Washington had just one more carry (12) than Jason Campbell pass (11). Campbell threw a pick in his own territory at that juncture, setting up an Arizona's first touchdown. For all the money Daniel Snyder is paying him, I don't get how Al Saunders doesn't understand that the Redskins' strength is pounding the rock with Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts.

I thought it was a bad idea for Kurt Warner to play against a physical Redskins defense. Considering that he had torn tendons in his elbow and used a walker to get up and down the field, Warner played on a Pro Bowl level, compiling 282 yards and two touchdowns.

Unfortunately, Warner also had two picks and a pair of fumbles. That's the reason why the Redskins were victorious on Sunday; Arizona ran more plays and outgained Washington.

Buffalo Bills 19, Baltimore Ravens 14:
I was surprised to see Willis McGahee eclipse the century plateau on the ground - he had 114 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries - because I thought the Bills would go as far as to place 10 men in the box in an attempt to stop him. Not only did McGahee insult the women and children of Buffalo, he also trashed the city's restaurants. How can someone insult Applebee's and live with themself? I'm convinced McGahee sees horrifying ghosts at night.

I was also shocked to find out that going into Week 7, the Ravens were ranked third in most plays of 30 or more yards allowed (9). That would explain how the Bills converted a 1st-and-25 on two plays, one of which was a 23-yard Marshawn Lynch scamper. What happened to Baltimore's defense? Was Adalius Thomas that great of a player? Have Ray Lewis, Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle regressed that much?

I mentioned twice that I'm in a state of shock. I also have to state that I'm depressed. Kyle Boller actually played pretty well at Buffalo, completing 21-of-36 attempts for 191 yards and a touchdown. What does that have to do with my unhappiness? I can't make fun of him. I'm going to mope now.

New England Patriots 49, Miami Dolphins 28:
I know, I know... the Patriots were playing the 0-7 Dolphins. But Tom Brady's numbers are too good not to mention. Brady, who started the game 11-of-11 for 220 yards and four touchdowns, was on pace for 582 yards and 10 scores at halftime. Brady finished the game with 354 yards and six touchdowns. Both Wes Welker and Randy Moss eclipsed the century barrier and caught a pair of scores.

I'm not sure what else to say about this game. As JimmyP of my forum pointed out, "I think Brady bought some land in Miami to retire to - the Fins' endzone."

Oh, and Brady now has 2,125 yards and 27 touchdowns. With those numbers in hand, Brady is on pace for 4,857 yards and 61 scores, the latter number shattering Peyton Manning's mark of 49.

New York Giants 33, San Francisco 49ers 15:
I mentioned this a few weeks ago. I can't believe Trent Dilfer never managed to blow any games with the 2000 Super Bowl Ravens. He's so turnover-prone. A few games after he had five give-aways against the Seahawks, Dilfer fumbled thrice and threw two interceptions. One of the fumbles was crucial, as it set up the Giants at the 49ers' 30. The great field position led to an easy rushing touchdown by Brandon Jacobs. The next one was even worse; Osi Umenyiora scooped the ball up and returned it for six.

Of course I can't blame Dilfer for everything. Question: If a team places four defensive ends on the line of scrimmage, what do you do? I was confident the 49ers would pound the ball with Frank Gore. Instead, they insisted on dropping Trent Dilfer in the pocket, which resulted in all five of his turnovers.

As a closing note for this segment, I'd like to practice my British in the wake of the Giants playing against the Dolphins in London next week. Eli Manning has thrown an interception in every game this year. In British... OK, here it goes... Eli Manning has thrown a bloody interception in every game this year. I hope you're impressed; I spent thousands of dollars on lessons.

Detroit Lions 23, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16:
I'm convinced someone kidnaped Mike Martz. Maybe it was the St. Louis Rams ownership. Perhaps it was the National Organization of Self-Proclaimed Geniuses Society. I don't know... but in the first quarter, the Lions inexplicably ran the ball seven times and passed it only thrice. They finished with an equal amount of runs and throws.

Detroit's defense surrendered just 16 points, but I wouldn't say that number is indicative of how it performed. In the first half, Jeff Garcia was 19-of-20 for 197 yards and a touchdown. The Lions were fortunate because the Buccaneers had two untimely turnovers and a missed field goal.

Congratulations to Joey Galloway, who eclipsed 10,000 career receiving yards.

Tennessee Titans 38, Houston Texans 36:
Kerry Collins is the man. Period. Prior to last week, no one even knew he was still in the league. I thought he was laying in some gutter, drunk out of his mind, yelling racial slurs at everyone passing by. I forgot he was the Titans' backup. Yet, he somehow managed to lead an impressive game-winning drive to thwart one of the most unbelievable comebacks of all time.

And speaking of that comeback, I assumed the game was over and started following the 4 p.m. games. I found out that Houston took the lead when I flipped over to CBS to see James Brown, Bill Cowher, Shannon Sharpe, Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason staring blankly into space as they were giving their audience the play-by-play.

This is exactly why the NFL TV rules need to be changed. If CBS has the 1 p.m. games, it should be able to televize all of them, even if it's 4:30 or later. I actually don't get why each channel can't broadcast two contests every Sunday. This stupid TV rule just hurts the casual fan.

Oh, and I almost forgot. Rob Bironas is the man too. An NFL record eight field goals? The players better treat him to dinner.

New Orleans Saints 22, Atlanta Falcons 16:
You really have to feel for Falcons fans; Byron Leftwich looked pretty solid at New Orleans, going 15-of-23 for 145 yards and a score. However, Leftwich left the game with an injury, forcing Bobby Petrino to insert Joey Harrington at quarterback. Not that Harrington was particularly bad; I just pity anyone who is forced to cheer him on.

I love how the Saints became huge favorites after one good half in Seattle. No surprise Atlanta stayed within the number.

Rookie running back Pierre Thomas scored the decisive touchdown against the Falcons. Great. First, I have to learn the British language. Now, I have to go study French because Thomas' emergence will inevitably lead to an NFL game being played in France.

Kansas City Chiefs 12, Oakland Raiders 10:
I quit at this point. I'm going to stop trying to explain why the Chiefs aren't 1-6 or 2-5 right now. I have no clue how they're 4-3. It just doesn't make any sense.

It's time for JaMarcus Russell. Daunte Culpepper's inability to score more than 10 points against the Chiefs is troubling. The only place the Raiders are going with him is a sex cruise in Minnesota. Russell must start the next game. I don't want to hear that he's not ready. Oakland sucks and it's time to move on.

Cincinnati Bengals 38, New York Jets 31:
When the Jets were up 23-10 in the third quarter, I gave up on the Bengals. I figured their season was over; not only were they on the verge of dropping to 1-5, they were also very close to losing to a man who throws like an 8-year-old girl. Give Cincinnati credit though. They saved their season.

That said, the fact that the Bengals' defense surrendered 31 points to Girly Thrower and his entourage, including a quick, 3-play, 79-yard drive to open the game, has to be worrisome for the team moving on. Cincinnati won't be able to play a stop unit that can't get to the quarterback or contain the run every week.

I opined that the Raiders need to switch to JaMarcus Russell. The Jets must make the move to their young signal caller as well. Pennington played considerably well today, but at 1-6, the Jets aren't going anywhere. They need to look to the future.

Dallas Cowboys 24, Minnesota Vikings 14:
I don't think I'm too crazy in believing that the Vikings are a solid quarterback and a dependable receiver away from being a top-notch team in the NFL. Through three quarters of Sunday's contest at Dallas, Tarvaris Jackson had only four completions. Yet, Minnesota trailed the Cowboys by only a touchdown. How great would the Vikings be with someone like Kerry Collins (the non-drunk, non-racist, non-homeless version?)

Part of Minnesota's partial success against Dallas was the fact that the Cowboys killed themselves with mistakes. They fumbled in the red zone, eliminating the chance of a second score in the opening half. Later, Patrick Crayton fumbled in Vikings territory, allowing a defender to return the ball for a touchdown.

Why did Adrian Peterson carry the ball only 12 times? He had 63 yards, so it's not like he couldn't get anything on the ground.

Chicago Bears 19, Philadelphia Eagles 16:
I'm sorry, Brian Griese!!! I'm sorry!!! In the previous version of my mock draft, I foolishly stated that Griese is just as bad as Rex Grossman. ESPN should hire me to make dumb statements along with Merril Hoge on its new NFL Primetime.

Armed with 112 seconds and no timeouts, Griese marched the Bears down the field and threw the decisive touchdown to Muhsin Muhammad. What a weird Sunday. Who would have thought Griese and Kerry Collins would engineer impressive game-winning drives on the same afternoon?

One thing I didn't get is why Eagles fans booed their team when they kicked away from Devin Hester. I have the feeling some of them wanted Andy Reid to challenge Hester. Courage is one thing. Bringing a butter knife to a gun fight is just stupid. Give Reid credit; some squads don't get that kicking to Hester is just asking for trouble.

Speaking of Reid, I think it's time for him to step down, at least temporarily. The only reason I picked the Bears in this contest is because Reid's eldest son was arrested. I figured the Eagles would have no gameplan.

A funny thing that occurred during this contest: On a field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter, the Bears had to utilize one of their timeouts because they were confused. How can you be confused on a basic field-goal try? All you have to do is line up and kick!

Seattle Seahawks 33, St. Louis Rams 6:
Good thing Marc Bulger is back! The Rams haven't had a quarterback to commit five turnovers since Oct. 14!

Looking at the players on the field, it seems like St. Louis might have the worst team of all time. But I can't really say that because Orlando Pace and Steven Jackson are hurt, and Marc Bulger has like nine broken ribs. Imagine the Colts with a hobbled Peyton Manning, and without Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne.

Denver Broncos 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 28:
Exhibit No. 2,492,305 as to why the NFL is so difficult to predict. All the Steelers do is pound the ball. The Broncos are one of the worst teams against the run. Everyone had Pittsburgh winning, including myself (though staying within a field goal.) Well, take out one 27-yard gain by Willie Parker, and Pittsburgh was limited to just 97 yards on 25 carries. Go figure.

John Madden is the man, but I don't need him telling me that the Steelers must kick a field goal, down 28-21 with two minutes remaining. Well, at least he didn't say that Pittsburgh was four safeties away from taking the lead, or something.


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