MINNESOTA VIKINGS VS. DETROIT LIONS:
Ok, now....I mean....this is awkward. The Lions have now been losing for longer than my 15 month old daughter has been alive. 19 games in a row. 21 months. Alright, so they DID play against Brett Favre and our man, Adrian Peterson, but still. I'm guessing they are desperately trying not to tie the record of most losses in a row (26) by the Tampa Bay Bucs in 1967-77.
Another record that was broken is what I like to call the "Perfect Attendance" award by Brett Favre. Although he has retired twice now (but never during the actual season), he has started for 271 consecutive games. Ok, let's break that down. HE HASN'T MISSED A GAME SINCE 1992!! Damn.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS VS. NY JETS:
So, basically, the Jets and their rookie QB--Mark Sanchez--outplayed Tom Brady and his Patriots. The score was 16-9, but New England wasn't able to score a single touchdown, only 3 field goals for 3 points each. The most interesting thing about this game is that the Jets' coach, Rex Ryan (isn't that the best name? It's so "comic book villain"), actually called season ticket holders and left a voicemail telling them to "be loud" during the game so it would confuse and hinder the Patriots offense. Apparently it worked.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS VS. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES:
With no Donovan McNabb (he's out with a cracked rib) and Michael Vick not eligible until next Sunday, the Eagles went with Kevin Kolb to lead the team. Unfortunately the other team had Drew Brees, the guy said to be possibly the best QB in the league right now (remember his 6 touchdowns last week). Kolb did well, but he also threw 3 interceptions. On the other side Brees' 3 TDs helped lead the Saints to victory (48-22).
Reggie Bush, Kim Kardashians’s (on-again) BF, got his first rushing TD of the season. We will be keeping a watch on the Saints high powered offense but also looking at the Eagles to see if McNabb can play next week. If not, will Michael Vick get the start....and draw a few anti-Vick protesters to the stadium. (A few signs this week included “Do pitbulls bleed green?” and “My dog hates Vick.")
PITTSBURGH STEELERS VS. CHICAGO BEARS:
This was a battle of tough defenses. 17-14 isn’t the most exciting score but the 4th quarter was where all of the fireworks happened. Jay Cutler and his Bears were down 14-7. With 6 minutes left Butler passed the ball to Jonny Knox for a TD. Chicago was able to get the ball back and with 15 seconds they kicked a field goal to win the game and our little Gay Butler earned his first victory as the Chicago Bears QB.
NEW YORK GIANTS VS. DALLAS COWBOYS:
This was the game everyone was waiting for--and it did not disappoint! The new Dallas stadium is truly unbelievable. The celebrities were out in full swing--did you see George Bush rubbing elbows with John Madden? I wonder if they were discussing Turduckens? The GIGANTIC tv screen (at 72 feet wide I believe it is longer than our whole house) wasn’t hit by any footballs but a few came close. Um, so did no one think of this when they designed the stadium? I'm guessing the (guy) designers became so excited by the gigantor TV that they forgot to factor this in. Typical.)
The Giants pulled out a win 33-31. (Poor Cowboys) People were excited to see a showdown between two of the top QBs in Eli Manning (Paytons bro) and Tony Romo (Jessica Simpsons Ex). Eli had the better game by a long shot. He passed for 330 yards and 2 TDs to Romo’s paltry 127 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions. Luckily the Dallas Cowboys Running backs (RB's) had good games against a tough New York defense (Remember Osi Umenyiora). 105,000 + fans watched as Eli Manning calmly marched his team down the field and the Giants kicked a field goal with the clock expiring to win the game.
Things to note: The Giants are without their star Wide Receiver (WR) Plaxico Burress who is suspended due to legal issues (he shot himself in the leg with an unlicensed gun in an NYC club, a crime punishable by possible jail time in the state of New York. Idiot.) but the young WR's Steve Smith and Mario Manningham both had 10 catches for over 100 yards and each had a TD.
"Madden Watch"--the Arizona Cardinals beat the Jacksonville Jaguars and Larry "Fitz" Fitzgerald is still not hurt.
***A note on blog timing: I have now fixed the time when the blog is sent out to subscribers (to become a subscriber, enter your email address in the box on the top right hand side of the blog). Next week, the Monday morning post will actually arrive IN THE MORNING. Hooray!***
That's all for now, until next time!