Team in trouble? Lost your QB? Facing a fierce foe? No problem! This was the week of close calls – few of them wins for the underdog – but closer than expected all the same. Let’s review:
NY Giants at Chicago Bears (Bears won, 27-21)
To get the week off to a great start, this one was a lot closer than most people expected it to be. But the interceptions (among other things) are killing the Giants. To their credit, Chicago is really good at causing turnovers. And to their credit, the Giants are really good at turning it over this season.
Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills (Bengals won, 27-24 OT)
Apparently Buffalo is on a quarterback streak. Thad Lewis started for the ailing EJ Manuel after being promoted from the practice squad earlier this week and he did a great job holding down the fort against a solid team.
Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns (Detroit won, 31-17)
Matthew Stafford must have ripped the top off a can of spinach and downed it at halftime. He and the Lions trampled all over the Browns in the second half, scoring 24 unanswered points.
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (Chiefs won, 24-7)
It’s good for football when the Chiefs and Raiders are competitive, and it’s been awhile since that has happened. This game was a good start – and holy sacks! After tasting the turf TEN TIMES it’s no wonder Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor had so many interceptions.
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings (Panthers won, 35-10)
Unless you are a Panthers fan you were probably hoping this one would end in a win for the Vikings after what Adrian Peterson endured last week. Good showing by the Panthers all the same.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Eagles won, 31-20)
Well hey there, Nick Foles! The Eagles backup QB had quite a day against the plague-infested Bucs.
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens (Packers won, 19-17)
The Packers may have lost wide receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb but came away with a win. And a lot of confidence in the leading scorer…kicker Mason Crosby.
St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans (Rams won, 38-13)
Apologies to the good fans out there, but the Texans deserved to lose this one based on fan behavior (or misbehavior) alone. It’s time for the league to step in and address out of control fanatics. As fate would have it, after cheering when Matt Schaub went down with an injury and backup T.J. Yates came in, Yates proceeded to throw a Pick 6…the very thing that has been haunting Schaub as of late.
Pittsburgh Steelers at NY Jets (Steelers won, 19-6)
The defense looks to be back in Pittsburgh, as are the wins as a result.
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks (Seahawks won, 20-13)
And the streak continues: 11 consecutive home wins. Although the Titans did put up a good fight in this round.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos (Broncos won, 35-19)
This one could have been a lot worse – in fact, it was only a 2-point game at the half. Nicely done, Jags.
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots (Patriots won, 30-27)
This game came down to one factor: Tom Brady being Tom Brady. In what has to be one of his most gratifying wins, Brady led the Patriots down the field at lightening speed in the last minute for a game-winning touchdown. It was awesome.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (49ers won, 32-20)
Four forced turnovers sealed the deal for the Niners in this one.
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (Cowboys won, 31-16)
A collective sigh of relief was probably exhaled last night in Dallas by fans of both teams – the Cowboys didn’t look rattled after their heartbreaker of a loss last week, and RGIII definitely looks like RGIII again.
Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers (MNF on ESPN)
Bolts vs. Colts should be a great matchup in the Normal Girl Game of the Week. Can’t wait to see how this one shapes up for both teams.
Bye: Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins