Posted by: Michael Renusz | October 10, 2010

NFL Recap: ’72 Dolphins break out the champagne


Manning threw for 244 yards in the win, but his lack of TD's really hurt my fantasy team

We all know what Don Shula and Mercury Morris are up to tonight. The Indianapolis Colts beat the Kansas City Chiefs 19-9 meaning there are now no undefeated teams left in the league. It should also put to rest any speculation about whether or not Head Coach Todd Haley will rest his starters after the Chiefs clinch home field advantage.  I watched this game and by about the third quarter, I was wondering why. Both teams played awful, and the Colts have to get to work in order to become legitimate AFC contenders again.

Speaking of AFC contenders, the Chargers could be in some serious trouble now that they officially have the worst special teams unit of all time. The Raiders were able to block two punts, returned one of them for a TD, and one for a safety as they beat the Chargers for the first time in 30 years by a score of 35-27. Philip Rivers piled up another 400 yards in the loss, but a couple of fumbles also really hurt the team. Jason Campbell came on in relief of Bruce Gradkowski, and was phenomenal, leading a few drives of 90+ yards for touchdowns. Raiders fans should savour this moment, because a win against the Chargers is about as rare as a no-hitter in the playoffs.

This time, Donovan McNabb came into the Overtime period fully aware that ties can indeed happen in football, as McNabb helped the Redskins to a 16-13 upset win over the Packers. Graham Gano drilled a 33 yard field in the extra period after LaRon Landry intercepted Aaron Rodgers. Both teams now sit at 3-2.

Here’s a quick look at other games:

The Cardinals upset the suddenly ordinary looking Saints 30-20 in the first start for undrafted rookie QB Max Hall. Hall was held without a TD, however.

Chris Johnson was up to his usual tricks as the Titans beat the Cowboys 34-27. Johnson had 131 yards and two TD’s while Tony Romo threw three interception for the ‘Boys in the loss

The Bills got off to a great start before losing to the Jaguars 36-26. The Bills now sit at 0-5, and are probably already figuring out which QB to take in the draft with the first overall pick next April.

The Ravens used the ground game to beat the Broncos 31-17, despite another big day for Kyle Orton.

Matt Forte was excellent for the Bears in a 23-6 win over the Panthers, who are riviling the Bills for the worst team in the league. The Bears were without Jay Cutler this week, who I can only assume was in New York getting sacked by Justin Tuck.

The Tampa Bay Buccanneers continued their surprising success with a 24-21 win over the disappointing Bengals. Josh Freeman was really great in this one, throwing for 280 yards, a TD and an interception.

The Falcons are now tied for the league’s best record at 4-1 after a win over the Browns. Cleveland drops to 1-4 with the loss.

The Giants shutdown Houston running back Arian Foster and destroyed the Texans 34-10. Hakeem Nicks was the star in this one, with 12 catches, 130 yards and two touchdowns.

Shortly after becoming the favourites to win the NFC West, the St. Louis Rams got destroyed by the Detroit Lions 44-6. Shaun Hill outplayed Sam Bradford in this one, throwing for 227 yards and 3 TD’s.

The Sunday night game has just kicked off as Kevin Kolb leads the Eagles into Candlestick to face the winless 49ers. Don’t forget about the Monday Night game either, which should be a great one. Brett Favre will take a break from sending pictures of his penis to sideline reporters and will lead the Minnesota Vikings into the Meadowlands to face his old team, the New York Jets. Randy Moss will suit up as a Viking in this game for the first time since ’04.

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  1. I was just talking to my brother about the Rams’ chances of winning the division yesterday, and with two straight softies coming up against Detroit and Carolina, we agreed they were easily on the way to 4-2. Way, way off, apparently.

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  4. I think 8 wins could be enough to win that division, it’s pretty bad

  5. Just read this:

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    Looking at the 49ers’ schedule, it’s not even that far-fetched…

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