EAGLES 27-REDSKINS 3 [Sportz 1-0 this week; 77-51 this season]: When it rains, it pour. In a downpour in Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, the Redskins season...for all purposes....ended. The Redskins lost to the Eagles 27-3 in a game dominated by big plays from Philly, nothing of note from Washington, a big injury and rain. It started off bad with Donte Stallworth catching an 84-yd TD pass against a confused Redskins secondary. Then, Clinton Portis breaks his hand and is knocked out of the game. Then a pass caught by Reggie Brown that flips in the air and brought down by Corel Buckhalter who runs the rest of the way for a TD. That play was worth 57 yards. And then with the Redskins driving....an interception returned for a TD....that was worth 70 yds. In between all of that was a bunch of big men rolling around in the mud and neither QB doing much of anything. I am one of the very few Redskins fans who stuck with Mark Brunell thru the bad times...and if we were still in it I'd want him in there. But the season is over...and the Jason Campbell Era needs to begin now.
COWBOYS 27-CARDINALS 10 [Sportz 2-0; 78-51]: Dallas romps the Cards....whee. Just another game in the "we're great/we're exploding" week to week drama in Big D. Oh, and there was the classic "fake spike" that didn't work here.
BEARS 38-GIANTS 20 [Sportz 3-0, 79-51]: The big game of the NFC did two things. One, it moved the Bears to a 2-game lead in the NFC race with a tiebreaker over both the Giants and Seahawks....and it put the Giants back to the pack in the NFC.
PACKERS 23-VIKINGS 17 [Sportz 3-1; 79-52]: Whoa, Brett Favre went off in the Metrodome. And another don't look now, but the Packers and Vikes are tied for the top of the Bears Division doormat. Plus, the Mighty Vikings that were a darling early in the year are falling back into their place.
NINERS 19-LIONS 13 [Sportz 3-2; 79-53]: This game perplexes me. I am one of those people that feels that Detroit is a decent team but has gotten some back breaks. But you don't lose at home to San Francisco. You don't do that. The Lions are 2-9 and are fighting for the top pick in the draft again. On the other end, the Niners are 4-5????
SEAHAWKS 24-RAMS 22 [Sportz 4-2; 80-53]: Ya know, there are teams that whine "well, we have had injuries, that's why we've been playing bad." Seattle has lost Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander and have still stayed afloat with Seneca Wallace and Maurice Morris carrying the load. Great coaching job by Mike Holmgren, too.
BROWNS 17-FALCONS 13 [Sports 4-3; 80-54]: All those Vick For MVP people can step back a little. Cleveland...yeah, Cleveland....went into the Georgia Dome and did in Atlanta. Atlanta is suddenly falling in the playoff race.
STEELERS 38-SAINTS 31 [Sportz 5-3; 81-54]: Big Ben did his thing...but this time didn't turn the ball over. Fast Willie Parker had a huge game, the defense held together just enough and the AFC is, again, imposing it's will on the NFC.
CHARGERS 49-BENGALS 41 [Sportz 6-3; 82-54]: Okay Bengals fans....now what? This was like watching two completely different games. The Bengals were lights out in the first half, getting Chad Johnson and Rudi Johnson involved in a 28-7 halftime lead. But the 2nd half was all San Diego. The Bolts outscored the Bengals 42-13 and watched as LaDainian Tomlinson bust up 4 TD runs...and nearly a 5th. Cincy has now fallen to three games back of the Ravens in the AFC North and out of the playoff picture. They've lost 4 straight games and 5 of 6....and are just 2-3 in "The Jungle".
RAVENS 27-TITANS 26 [Sportz 7-3; 83-54]: Steve McNair goes back to Nashville for the first time as the opponent and looked really good. Really good as he led B-more back for a win that put them 3 games up in the AFC North.
COLTS 17-BILLS 16 [Sportz 8-3; 84-54]: This is typical Indy. Win big in the big games....and then eek out wins over the bottom of the league.
DOLPHINS 13-CHIEFS 10 [Sportz 8-4; 84-55]: Well, now this Damon Huard/Trent Green QB controversy has more legs.
JETS 17-PATRIOTS 14 [Sportz 8-5; 84-56]: Um...is this true? The Jets are just a game back of the Patriots for the AFC East lead?? Is that right?? How?? By the way...this was Game 1 of the "fake spike" play that I saw on Sunday....and it didn't work here either. Oh, and nice class there Bill Belechik by showing no respect to Eric Mangini.
TEXANS 13-JAGUARS 10 [Sportz 8-6; 84-57]: When you get beaten twice by Houston, that should be automatic elimination from the playoffs. Also, Byron Leftwich is looking a bit better to you now, eh Jags fans??? This makes two out of three weeks that David Garrard looked like crap...and they didn't win this one.
BRONCOS 17-RAIDERS 13 [Sportz 9-6; 85-57]: Well, Denver won this game.