Monday, September 25, 2006


WEEK 3 in the NFL was a laugher. My predictions were pretty good, a brotha went 9-4 (I'll be 10-4 when you count the Saints whupping da mess out dem Dirty Birds tonight!). John, where ya at? I still don't see what you predicted, nicca. Highlights:

W Panthers 26, Buccaneers 24: No way would I think Tampa woud score this many points. Well, Chris Simms finally threw a touchdown, and, hey, it only cost him a spleen! The 26-year-old QB was rushed to the hospital after the game and operated on after a game of punishing blows. He'll be alright but the Bucs say he'll be out about 6 weeks. For Carolina, Steve Smith returned and got 112 yards on 7 catches, while Keyshawn Johnson beat his former team with 7 catches for 97 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown reception.

W Colts 21, Jaguars 14: Peyton Manning was an ordinary 14-of-31 for 219 yards and the Colts needed an 82-yard punt return to score one of their 3 touchdowns. Still it was enough to beat the hard-hitting Jaguars, who outrushed Indianapolis 191 yards to 63 yards.

W Ravens 15, Browns 14: the Browns were up 14-3 and driving for the clincher when Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister (my early vote for MVP) snatched one in the end zone. Steve McNair then guided the Ravens down to set up the game-winning kick by 17-year veteran Matt Stover.

L Packers 31, Lions 24: "We're not good enough to overcome a lot of mistakes," Brett Favre said in an after-the-game news conference. Neither are the Detroit Lions, who I picked to win this game. Favre tossed 3 TDs Sunday, one of them a 75-yarder to rookie Greg Jennings.

W Bears 19, Vikings 16: Da Bears Rex Grossman has amassed 829 yards in 3 games this season to guide Chicago to 3-0. But they needed 4 field goals and a late fumble to squeak by the Vikes.

W Dolphins 13, Titans 10: Nick Saban told his boys to just "have fun," after an 0-2 start. Looks like they finally did. What's up with Dante Culpepper? No touchdowns and he got beat down with 5 sacks. Still the Fins win.

L Redskins 31, Texans 15: Mark Brunell broke the NFL record for most consecutive passes in an NFL game with 22 straight. The Texans' No. 1 pick Mario Williams didn't eeb much sniff Brunell, complaining after the game that he was being "triple-teamed". A rookie being triple-team? NIKKAplease!

L Seahawks 42, Giants 30: If you would have told me that the Seahawks would be up 42-3 in the fourth quarter, I'd have laughed in your face. If you would have told me that Eli Manning would engineer 27 straight points in the fourth I would have laughed and pointed. Seattle came out the gate with 4-reciever formations, something the Giants evidently had never seen before. Add some N.Y. turnovers, and it got ugly quick.

W Eagles 31, 49ers 24:
38-24. I was close on this one. Donovan McNabb threw for 296 and two touchdowns, building a 21-point lead at the half and driving a new nail in the coffin with each touchdown the Niners would score. Former Saints wideout Donte Stallworth watched in street clothes after a late hamstring injury before the game.

W Broncos 20, Patriots 16: The Pats should have lost both of their games yet they escaped to be 2-0. Not this time. The Branch trade finally catches up with them, big-time. Jake Plummer, after a horrible start, finally shows his gut.
New Orleans native Javon Walker scored two touchdowns (32 and 82 yards) as the Broncos nearly shut out the Pats. The Broncos hadn't allowed a TD all season until Tom Brady's toss in the endzone midway through the fourth quarter. Corey Dillon hurt his arm in the first half and did not return.

W Bengals 28, Steelers 20: This didn't exactly make up for the Bengals 31-17 defeat in last year's playoffs, but it just about did. In pre-game warmups, Steelers linebacker Joey Porter and Bengals wideout Chad Johnson was about to straight scrap before teammates separated the two. The Bengals now are tied atop first place with Baltimore.

L Jets 28, Bills 20: The Bills churned out 475 yards of offense and could only muster 20 points. The Jets' longest rush this season is 12 yards and it happened on a trick play: an end-around in the season opener. Somebody had to win. Right?

W Rams 21, Cardinals 13: This was the one that I said nobody cared about — and I was right! Kurt Warner continued to prove to his critics that his SuperBowl win with the Rams was a fluke. Dude tossed 3 picks and STILL Arizona had a last gasp at victory, driving inside the 20 yard line of the Rams with less than 2 minutes to play. But ... Warner fumbles the snap. The Cards lose. Coach Dennis Green goes ballistic in the locker room. Edgerrin James starts calling out names and saying he wants more carries. It's crazy. See, told cha nobody care.

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