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49ers Tame Lions-There were some, myself included, who weren't sold on the San Francisco 49ers. I'm not ready to jump on their bandwagon, but I will recognize them as a legitimate contender. The NFC West, or the race for 8 as I've previously put it, looks to be San Francisco's to lose at this point with 5 wins already. They stifled a Lions offense that had been able to score at ease all season. Perhaps Head Coach Jim Schwartz was so ticked at Head Coach Jim Harbaugh because he had done what no team had previously thought of, double-teaming Calvin Johnson. I know what you're thinking, why haven't teams been doing that already?
Packers Are Lone Undefeated Team-I'm not sure if any of the Green Bay Packers broke a sweat on Sunday. Now that's not a jab at the St. Louis Rams, although they seem to be lacking all around, but a testament to Green Bay's dominance. Aaron Rodgers was okay I guess, 17-28 for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns. Not much to complain about, unless you're Brett Favre, in which you are disappointed Rodgers didn't reach 400 yards and 4 touchdowns?
Falcons Go Back To Their Roots-Noone was happier than Michael Turner to see the Falcons return to their run-heavy approach, except for his fantasy owners. Turner ran 27 times for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns as Atlanta took down Cam Newton 31-17. Atlanta should keep this in mind going forward. I'm not saying abandon the passing game, but at the very least run to set up the pass like you have the last few years. I don't care if you're Matt Ryan or Tom Brady, a running game will only open up the field.
Eagles Bounce Back-An overall solid performance by the Eagles as they likely knocked Rex Grossman out of the starting quarterback job in Washington. Philadelphia picked off Grossman four times and held the Redskins to 42 yards on the ground. The Redskins fast start seems like a distant memory and Head Coach Mike Shanahan will likely roll John Beck out there, who was the favorite in preseason to start under center.
Giants Survive Another One-It wasn't looking good for the G-Men, you could tell as Head Coach Tom Coughlin's face became brighter as the fourth quarter went on. Buffalo had the ball in field goal range with less than 5 minutes to go, as Ryan Fitzpatrick had the Bills offense clicking on all cylinders. Then an underthrown pass down the sideline by Fitzpatrick changed everything as Corey Webster saved the Giants from a late-game demise. Eli Manning led New York down the field for a Lawrence Tynes field goal and the 27-24 win. They're 4-2, but the Giants would probably like to see a few dominant performances for an entire game.
Steelers Cruise-It had all the makings of a blowout as the Steelers led 17-0 in the second quarter. That was more than enough, but Jacksonville hung around and made it a close one with a hail mary at the end of the game. A win is a win and Pittsburgh is 4-2, but this a game the Steelers should've won by at least double digits.
Brady Leads Pats Comeback-The quarterback play looked to be the key factor in this game. Could Tony Romo keep up with Tom Brady? The answer looked to be yes for most of the game. Romo was actually out-intercepted by Brady, 2:1. Then Head Coach Jason Garrett decided to quit while they were ahead and take the ball away from Romo. Now Romo has shown to be prone to mistakes late in the game, but you can't play not to lose against Brady. Especially when you're running game is average at best. Dallas was in the driver seat late in the game, but decided to take time off the clock and rely on their defense to hold Brady down. If you can't trust the guy to make plays late in the game, that would appear to be a red flag with the player you have under center.
Raiders Honor Davis-Playing their first game at home since Al Davis passed away, it was inconceivable to see the Raiders fail to honor Davis against the Browns. Darren McFadden led the way with 91 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. The Raiders took a big hit with Jason Campbell who appeared to break his collarbone and is unlikely to return this season. Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor are the current candidates to replace him. Yikes.
Ravens Outlast Texans-A valiant effort by the Houston Texans, but without their top players on offense and defense, they couldn't keep up with the Baltimore Ravens. Houston did their best minus Andre Johnson and Mario Williams, leading 14-13 midway through the third quarter. Baltimore eventually pulled away behind solid running from Ray Rice and timely passes by Joe Flacco. Arian Foster was bottled up by the Ravens, who were able to stack the box with Johnson out. The Ravens are coasting, the Texans are not. Luckily, Houston plays in the AFC South, where rivals are lacking to say the least.
Vikings To Fold?-This looked to be a competitive game on paper. Chicago can't stop the run and can't keep Jay Cutler upright. Minnesota runs the ball well and gets to the quarterback. That's why they play the game, as the Bears stomped on the Vikings, 39-10, and may have sent Donovan McNabb to the bench for good. McNabb wasn't awful, going 19-24 for 177 yards, but the Vikings season looks to be over. This isn't so much about McNabb's usefulness as it is about the Vikings giving their 1st round pick Christian Ponder some playing time. McNabb is on a one-year deal and was likely staying for only one season anyway. So they might as well see if Ponder has potential to be the franchise quarterback going forward.