Miami Dolphins 38, New England Patriots 13
Great – with the Patriots having a bye in Week 4, we now have 14 days of listening to mindless chatter about whether this team is in trouble, whether Bill Belichick needs Tom Brady in order to win, whether this will turn out to be a lost year for New England, yada yada yada.
New England’s defense looked awful on all fronts. The linebackers were slow. Every time after Rodney Harrison took a bad angle to the ball, he outdid himself by somehow taking an even worse angle on the next play. The rest of the secondary was atrocious as well. Brandon Meriweather played as if being out of position was in style, and the way Deltha O’Neal tackled, you’d have sworn it was Deion Sanders himself inside that No. 21 jersey.
The Dolphins utilized the Ronnie Brown direct snap a handful of times and produced a handful of big plays. Did you ever think we’d see New England get repeatedly sucker punched by the same trick play again and again?
Bad news Pats fans: Randy Moss hasn’t been playing as hard this year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27, Chicago Bears 24
The football purist in me shudders when hearing that Brian Griese attempted 67 passes on Sunday. But given the way the Bears stopped the run their first two games, the aerial strategy – excessive as it was – made sense. And, of course, it worked.
Charles Tillman will be censured all week for the boneheaded personal foul penalty that he picked up in overtime (a penalty that negated a would-be fourth down and allowed Tampa Bay’s game-winning to continue). But that was a situation where a bunch of guys were fighting and Tillman happened to be the one who stood out the most. Jeremy Trueblood could have very well been the bonehead on that play had the ref only seen him.
Matt Forte had only modest rushing numbers against a formidable Bucs defense, but he did get far more involved in the passing attack. Yes, Barrett Ruud was able to make a spectacular interception on one of the passes that went Forte’s way, but if I’m a Bears fan, I’m pleased overall with what the rookie showed lining up as a receiver.
Of course, if I’m a Bears fan, I’m not encouraged that my team has blown double digits leads late in the fourth quarter two weeks in a row.
Who says character counts? Professional cry baby Antonio Bryant caught 10 passes for 138 yards for the Bucs. And first-rate jackass Jeremy Stevens – forever a first-round bust – had five receptions for 61 yards and a score.
By the way, Stevens should be suspended a game for his obscene touchdown celebration. If you didn’t see it, it was basically him pointing to the one part of his body that best describes what he is.
Atlanta Falcons 38, Kansas City Chiefs 14
Credit the Falcons for this: they’re at least taking advantage of their opportunity to beat up on weaker opponents.
How bad is Kansas City’s run defense? Sunday, the Chiefs gave up 186 yards on the ground and improved their rush yards per game allowed.
I wouldn’t be shocked if Herm Edwards loses this team soon. Any Chiefs player who looks to the field and sees Tyler Thigpen out there knows his head coach is not going with the guy who gives them the best chance to win.
How about Roddy White’s touchdown celebration? No matter how many you’ve seen, a standstill back flip always a) surprises you and b) impresses you.
John Abraham has a league-leading six sacks this season. Whatdaya think, does he get to 10 before his first hamstring pull of ’08