A week ago, you may recall that I declared the New England Patriots were the best team in the NFL. Today, I am declaring that I am an idiot. The Pats were embarassed by Peyton Hillis and the Browns, 34-14 on Sunday. Hillis ran all over the Pats, racking up 184 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Browns rookie QB Colt McCoy threw for 174 yards and added an impressive 16 yard rushing touchdown. Of course, the other storyline here is that Browns coach Eric Mangini needs all the wins he can to save his job, and picks up a big one with a one against his former mentor and estranged friend, Bill Belichick. The Pats fall to 6-2, while the Browns are at 3-5.
When the schedules were released earlier this year, the game that no one circled on their calendars was an AFC West rivalry game between Oakland and KC. Nonetheless, the Raiders picked up a wild 23-20 come from behind Overtime win, and are just behind the Chiefs for the division lead. Sebastian Janikowski kicked a game tying field with 3 seconds left, and added a 33 yarder in overtime to win it. According to a drunk person I walked past on the way to the grocery store last night, it was the biggest win for the Raiders since 2002, and they are probably right. With the win, they move to 5-4, while the Chiefs fall to 5-3.
In Philadelphia, Michael Vick returned to the lineup and played just as well as he did before his rib injury. The Eagles upset the Colts 26-24 behind Vick’s 218 yard passing performance and 74 yards on the ground. Peyton Manning had to throw the ball 52 times, but was picked off twice by the Eagles. At 5-3, the Colts are tied for the division lead, but they could be in some danger as the AFC South is easily the toughest in the league.
In other games:
The Bills proved they are not much better in Toronto than they are in Buffalo, as they dropped a close one to the Bears, 22-19 at Rogers Centre.
In a key NFC matchup, the Falcons bested the Buccanneers, 27-21 behind a 2 TD performance from Michael Turner.
The Jets needed OT to beat the Lions 23-20, and the Lions lost QB Matt Stafford to injury…again.
Brett Favre threw for a career high 446 yards as the Vikings beat the Cardinals in OT, 27-24.
Want my new pick for best team in the NFL? Probably the New York Giants, who crushed the Seahawks 41-7.
Speaking of crushing, the Packers absolutely embarrassed the Cowboys on Sunday Night football, 45-7. When is Wade Phillips getting fired?
I’d say the Saints are starting to look like a Super Bowl contender again, but their 34-3 blowout win against the Panthers doesn’t really count, because it was against the Panthers.
The Ravens were quietly dominant against the Dolphins in a 26-10 win. The Ravens didn’t even have to punt during the game.
And lastly, my Chargers put together an excellent second half to down the Texans, 29-23. Philip Rivers has to be MVP at this point, no?