Because the Bears don’t play until 7:15 tonight, I’m not sitting on the couch stewing about a loss or rejoicing in a win. I thought I’d give some observations from today’s early games while I flip around NFL Ticket on DIRECTV.
San Diego 18, Oakland 15 – 12:47 4th Quarter
The Chargers finally took the lead. After getting shut out in the first half, Nate Kaeding hit a field goal, Philip Rivers hit Antonio Gates for a touchdown and LaDainian Tomlinson scored.
St. Louis 14, Buffalo 13 – 9:27 3rd Quater
The Bills scored on a 22-yard touchdown run by Fred Jackson, who also scored on a two-point conversion attempt, but it was called back due to penalty. The Bills tacked on the extra point instead.
Oakland 15, San Diego 0 – Halftime
Oakland just trotted out Sebastian Janikowski for a 76-yard field goal attempt — into the wind — with 1 second left in the first half. It clearly would have shattered the NFL record for longest field goal by 13 yards, however, it came up about 12 yards short.
Washington 14, Dallas 7 – 2:00 2nd Quarter
Perhaps in the most surprising game of the three currently playing, the Redskins are making life difficult on Tony Romo and the Cowboys’ offense. Romo has just 86 yards passing and Marion Barber has just 8 yards rushing.
St. Louis 14, Buffalo 6 – 1:46 2nd Quarter
In Buffalo’s bid to go 4-0, the Rams are playing well defensively. Marshawn Lynch has just 15 yards on 7 carries for the Bills. Meanwhile, Trent Green is 6-13 for 62 yards in his promotion over Marc Bulger.
Oakland 15, San Diego 0 – 1:04 2nd Quarter
The Raiders are playing excellent defense and have contained LaDainian Tomlinson to 7 yards on 5 carries. Jamarcus Russell has looked good with 10-15 passing for 156 yards and a touchdown.
Carolina 24, Atlanta 9 – Final
Cleveland 20, Cincinnati 12 – Final
Jacksonville 30, Houston 27 – Final/OT
Tampa Bay 30, Green Bay 21 – Final
New Orleans 31, San Francisco 17 – Final
Tennessee 30, Minnesota 17 – Final
Kansas City 33, Denver 19 – Final
NY Jets 56, Arizona 35 – Final
NY Jets 56, Arizona 35 – 1:13 4th Quarter
Who says Brett Favre is too old to play football? He just threw his 6th touchdown pass of the day, this one to tight end Dustin Keller.
Tennessee 23, Minnesota 17 – 4:03 4th Quarter
Hold the phone on that 4-0 start. Adrian Peterson scored his second touchdown of the game to bring the Titans lead down to 6.
Tampa Bay 30, Green Bay 21 – 1:56 4th Quarter
Earnest Graham plunged in for a 1-yard TD to make it a 2-score game.
Tampa Bay 23, Green Bay 21 – 2:12 4th Quarter
Rejoice, Bears fans, Aaron Rodgers just got drilled and threw his third interception. It’s the Aaron Rodgers were were expecting to see this season but so far haven’t. The Buccaneers had a chance to run out the clock, but Earnest Graham just broke off a huge run down inside the 5 yard line. Looks like they’ll put up an insurance score and give the ball back to the Packers.
NY Jets 48, Arizona 35 – 4:49 4th Quarter
The Cardinals just scored again and are now down by 13. Kurt Warner has 402 passing yards and 2 touchdowns to match his 2 interceptions.
Tampa Bay 23, Green Bay 21 – 2:26 4th Quarter
God bless him, Matt Bryant — who lost his baby son this past week — just kicked the go-ahead field goal. Aaron Rodgers came out of the game after his touchdown to Greg Jennings and hasn’t returned.
Tennessee 23, Minnesota 10 – 6:59 4th Quarter
The Titans are well on their way to a 4-0 record, which is just shocking. I knew their defense would be good prior to this season, but the offense has been surprising.
Green Bay 21, Tampa Bay 20 – 6:10 4th Quarter
The Buccaneers were dominating at one point, making the Packers look about as bad as any offense in the league. They were up 20-7 until Aaron Rodgers hit Greg Jennings for a 48 yard TD. That was followed by Brian Griese’s 3rd interception of the day, returned 62 yards by Charles Woodson for the go-ahead touchdown. Tampa Bay is now in the red zone.
NY Jets 41, Arizona 28 – 7:33 4th Quarter
Brett Favre was questionable for the game, but there was never any doubt he would play and continue his consecutive starts streak. Favre has thrown 5 — yes, 5 — touchdowns in this game, 3 to Laveranues Coles and 2 to Jerricho Cotchery.
New Orleans 28, San Francisco 9 – 8:52 4th Quarter
The Saints have obliterated the 49ers in this one. Drew Brees continues to look unstoppable with 278 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. J.T. O’Sullivan is 14-29 for 190 yards and 2 interceptions.
Kansas City 23, Denver 13 – 11:17 4th Quarter
Shockingly, the Chiefs are up 23-13 on the Broncos, but there’s still a lot of football left to be played. Larry Johnson has 134 yards on 21 carries including a touchdown for the Chiefs. Jay Cutler has throw a TD and 2 INTs for the Broncos.
Jacksonville 27, Houston 27 – End of Regulation
Houston’s Kris Brown just drilled a 47 yard field goal to tie the game. Great game between two AFC South rivals.
Carolina 24, Atlanta 9 – 5:19 4th Quarter
The Panthers are typically a running football team, but they’ve had a great deal of success through the air today. Jake Delhomme has 294 yards and 2 touchdowns, one to Muhsin Muhammad (8 catches, 147 yards) and one to Steve Smith (6 catches, 96 yards).
Cleveland 17, Cincinnati 12 – 7:40 4th Quarter
Typically a high-scoring matchup, this game has been a battle of field position. Carson Palmer did not play in this game and it’s showing as backup Ryan Fitzpatrick has just 146 yards and 2 interceptions.