Even though I had a Happy Halloween over the weekend, I didn’t get a chance to take in any NFL action due to a 5 hour hungover bus trip from Toronto to Ottawa on Sunday. There weren’t any huge surprises this weekend, as stud teams like Kansas City, Oakland and Tampa Bay continued their winning ways, while the usual losers like Dallas and Minnesota lost again. The only real shock seemed to be the Chargers beating the Titans despite their Special Teams doing everything they can to lose.
We are still searching for a team that really stands out as the best in the league, and as much as I hate to admit it, the New England Patriots might be it. The Pats are playing the way they did when they won their three Super Bowls–unspectacular, but getting the job done. A week after an awful road win against the Chargers, the Pats did everything right in a 28-18 win over Minnesota. Tom Brady threw for 240 yards and a TD, while BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 112 yards and a TD. Brett Favre was surprisingly accurate but was knocked out before he could throw any touchdowns passes. Tarvaris Jackson took over, and threw one in one of his 6 passing attempts. The Pats are 6-1, the Vikes are 2-5.
Elsewhere, Josh Freeman led the Buccaneers to yet another fourth quarter comeback, leaving some people to believe this guy is actually a franchise quarterback. The Bucs topped the Cardinals 38-35, with Freeman completing 72% of his passes for 278 yards and a score. He got a lot of help from his running game though, as LaGarette Blount broke through for 120 yards and two touchdowns. The Bucs are surprising everyone this year with a 5-2 record.
Speaking of surprises, the AFC West is filled with them. The Chiefs moved to 5-2, but needed a field goal in Overtime to beat the Bills 13-10. Jamaal Charles had another huge day, rushing for 177 yards (he’s averaging an outstanding 6.5 yards per carry this year). The Chiefs will have to keep it going though, because Oakland is breathing right down their necks for the division lead. The Raiders had their second straight huge win, 33-3 over Seattle. Oakland got big games out QB Jason Campbell (15-27, 310 yards, 2 TD’s), Darren McFadden (111 rushing yards) and Darius Heyward-Bey (5 cacthes, 105 yards, 1 TD). The Raiders are above .500 and are relevant for the first time since they went to the Super Bowl in 2002.
Here’s some other Halloween scores:
Donovan Mcnabb was benched as the Lions beat the Redskins 37-25 in Matthew Stafford’s return.
The Packers shutout a usually-solid Jets offense with a score of 9-0.
The Chargers snapped a 3-game losing streak with a 33-25 win over Tennessee, thanks to a big day from Philip Rivers.
The people of London, England took in a terrible matchup between Denver and San Francisco, where the Niners beat the Broncos 24-16.
Drew Brees was on fire in New Orleans, as the Saints knocked off the Steelers 20-10.
The Dolphins moved over .500 with a 22-14 win over the disappointing Bengals.
Sam Bradford threw for 2 scores as the Rams beat the Panthers 20-10.
In the Monday night game, the Colts and the Texans will battle for AFC South supremacy. The Texans surprised them in Week one, and with both teams sitting at 4-2, this game could be an important one.