In a season that continues to shock and amaze, we can add sadden as well as the NFL lost one of it's most energetic personalities with the death of the Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis this weekend. Davis didn't always make the right moves, just look at the past ten years of drafts, but he cared more about his team and about football than almost anybody involved with the NFL. Football is what it is because of him and he will be missed.
Oh Yes They Did!
Don't look now but the Cincinnati Bengals are quietly making themselves relevant in the chase for the AFC North. Taking advantage of a soft opening schedule, the Bengals have a 3-2 record after 5 games. What makes this even more impressive is that the top two play-makers on their team, QB Andy Dalton and WR AJ Green, are both rookies. I don't think they can keep this up in Cincy but for now, the whole city is in Carson who? Mode.
The Oakland Raiders honored their fallen leader, Al Davis, with a win on Sunday. The gameball for this has to go to the leg of K Sebastian Janikowski. Janikowski nailed 4 crucial field-goals in the win, including 3 from 50 yards or more. That is an NFL record folks, and how you win a game.
QB Tim Tebow finally made it onto the field in the fourth quarter of the Broncos game against the San Diego Chargers and promptly scored two quick touchdowns and was within striking distance of the winning one before time ran out. Look, Tebow is never going to light it up like Peyton Manning but he's a smarter QB than Michael Vick with all the same intangibles plus a few that separates him from other running QB's. His performance should be enough to get him the start after Denver's bye.
Oh No They Didn't!
The Giants went out Sunday and again alerted the NFL that they are the most inconsistent team in the league. After winning three straight, the G-Men looked to have an easy one with the Seattle Seahawks coming cross country to play the early game, but there's a reason you play the game. Seattle embarrassed the Giants at home by beating them 36-25. New York couldn't stop anything and couldn't get anything going on the ground and when you add up those two facts, you're gonna be in trouble and they were.
Atlanta cruised out to a 14 point advantage in Sunday night's redemption game against the Green Bay Packers. Then they inexplicably forgot how to play offense and didn't score again the rest of the game. Green Bay took advantage of this by slowly whittling away at the 2 score deficit before going ahead for good in the fourth and eventually winning 25-14.
The Tennessee Titans entered this Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers looking to make it known to the rest of the league that they are the real deal. Facing a Steelers team that had been gashed a week earlier on the ground by Houston and that was sporting a number of injuries to key areas, the Titans looked to be in prime position to get the road win. Then the game started and before you know it, Pittsburgh was up 21-3 at half and cruised to an impressive 38-17 win.