So the NFL wouldn't move the Monday Night Brett Favre vs. Green Bay
game at the Metrodome so that Major League Baseball could hold their
playoff game between the Twins and Tigers on Monday. I think we now
know which sport is the true national pastime, don't we???
CINCINNATI (3-1) 23
Cleveland (0-4) 20
THE STATS: CIN WR Chad Ochocinco 3-24-2 TD
THE STORY: Bengals have won last 2 games with just :14 and :04 (OT)
left on the clock. At this rate, they will run out of game time to play with.
Detroit (1-3) 24
CHICAGO (3-1) 48
THE STATS: Despite losing, Detroit had 25 first downs to 14 for
Chicago, and outgained Da Bears, 398 to 276.
THE STORY: Tough way for Detroit to end it's first winning streak --
of one game -- since the 2007 season.
Oakland (1-3) 6
HOUSTON (2-2) 29
THE STATS: HOU RB Steve Slaton 21-65-1 TD, 2-24- 1 TD receiving.
THE STORY: Oakland's record (1-3) perfectly balances out the Bay
Area San Francisco 49ers (3-1).
Seattle (1-3) 17
INDIANAPOLIS (4-0) 34
THE STATS: IND DE Robert Mathis 3 sacks.
THE STORY: Seattle's only win was against 0-4 St. Louis; combined
record of opponents in their 3 losses is 10-2.
Tampa Bay (0-4) 13
WASHINGTON (2-2) 16
THE STATS: Tampa Bay just 229 yards total offense.
THE STORY: The Redskins have been called the NFL's "best last-place
team" (see http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/recap?gid=20090913019). I'm
not sure that's meant as a compliment.
Tennessee (0-4) 17
JACKSONVILLE (2-2) 37
THE STATS: JAX QB David Garrard 27-37-323-0-3 TD, 126.3 rating, 8-38 rushing.
THE STORY: Tennessee quickly becoming the darlings of suicide pools everywhere.
NY GIANTS (4-0) 27
Kansas City (0-4) 16
THE STATS: NY Giants WR Steve Smith 11-134-2 TD.
THE STORY: I couldn't help myself, so I looked it up. While Steve
Smith of the Carolina Panthers was on bye this week, in every game
this season, Steve Smith of the Giants had more catches and yards
than Steve Smith of the Panthers, and Steve Smith of the Giants has
more TDs (2) on the season than Steve Smith of the Panthers (0).
Baltimore (3-1) 21
NEW ENGLAND (3-1) 27
THE STATS: NE QB TOM Brady 21-32-258-0-1 TD, 100.8 rating, 5-11-1 TD rushing.
THE STORY: New England's 3 wins have been by 1, 16, and 6 points, an
average of 7.7 points per game. In 2007, the last time Tom Brady was
the everyday quarterback, the Patriots outscored everyone by an
average 19.7 PPG.
Buffalo (1-3) 10
MIAMI (1-3) 38
THE STATS: MIA RB Ronnie Brown 20-115-2 TD; Ricky Williams 16-85-1 TD.
THE STORY: Buffalo managed just 10 first downs, only 8 of which came
from the offense, 2 more from penalties. I'm not kidding.
NY Jets (3-1) 10
NEW ORLEANS (4-0) 24
THE STATS: Jets passing game: 112 yards passing, 3 INTs, 4 sacks.
THE STORY: Nice job, Saints, in beating the undefeated New York
Jets. Your reward? Your next game in 2 weeks is against the
undefeated New York Giants (4-0).
St. Louis (0-4) 0
SAN FRANCISCO(3-1) 35
THE STATS: San Francisco 35 points on just 228 total yards (3
touchdowns by defense).
THE STORY: St. Louis scored 3 touchdowns. No, not for the game, but
for the ENTIRE season.
Dallas (2-2) 10
DENVER (4-0) 17
THE STATS: Dallas just 3-14 on 3rd down conversions.
THE STORY: I've been watching all of the prime time football games
lately, and for a moment, I thought all of the Dallas games were
being played at home.
San Diego (2-2) 28
PITTSBURGH (2-2) 38
THE STATS: PIT RB Rashard Mendenhall 29-165-2 TD; 2-26.
THE STORY: Pittsburgh starts a 3-game winning streak. How sure am I
that they will win 3 in a row? Next they play Detroit (1-3) and
Green Bay (2-2) 14
MINNESOTA (4-0) 21
THE STATS: MIN QB Brett Favre 24-31-271-0-3 TD, 135.3 rating.
THE STORY: What's the big deal with Favre playing against his old
team? He's played several games against Atlanta.
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