Monday, September 26, 2011

Game Balls and Penalty Flags- Week 3

So who had Buffalo and Detroit both undefeated after three weeks? Ok, put your hands down, liars! With that, lets hand out some game balls and throw some penalty flags.


Buffalo Bills: No one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills! According to STATS LLC, since 1950, the Bills became the only team to overcome deficits of at least 18 points to win in consecutive weeks after falling behind New England 21-0 Sunday. (They were down 21-3 last week to Oakland). And, the Bills are leading the NFL in scoring. No one saw that coming!

Detroit Lions: The Lions are fourth in the NFL in scoring and third in points allowed. Two of the three wins are on the road including an impressive comeback Sunday after falling down 20-0 to Minnesota. Lions are 3-0 for the first time since 1980.

Cam Newton, QB Carolina: Newton did not pass for 400 yards, but more importantly, he led the Panthers to a comeback win. Newton hit Greg Olsen for a 16 yard touchdown with 4:20 left to seal the win and also found Olsen for the ensuing two-point conversion pass that helped Carolina win 16-10.

Colt McCoy, QB Cleveland: Colt McCoy threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi with 43 seconds left going nine of 13 for 80 yards on the final drive to rally the Browns to a 17-16 win Sunday over Miami.

Wes Welker, WR New England: Welker was the one bright spot in the Pats loss to the Bills catching 16 passes for a franchise record 217 yards and two scores. No matter who the Bills put on him, he got open and made plays.

Eli Manning, QB New York Giants: Just a week after getting booed (for winning no less) Manning carved up the Philadelphia "Dream Team" defense for 254 yards and four touchdowns. The Giants snapped a six-game losing streak against their division rivals.

Torrey Smith, WR Baltimore: The rookie's first three career receptions went for touchdowns totaling 133 yards in the first quarter for the Ravens as he started in place of the injured Lee Evans. Smith grabbed touchdown catches of 74, 41 and 18 yards finishing with five receptions for 152 yards.


Chris Johnson, TE Tennessee: Johnson has solidified his position as worst rich guy in the NFL. For the second week in a row, the self-proclaimed best player in the league was a non-factor in a Titans win rushing for 21 yards on 13 carries, a 1.6 yard average. He now has 46 carries for 98 yards this season, which ties him for 36th best among rushers.

Leslie Frazier, Head Coach Minnesota: For the third week in a row, the Vikings came out of the gates fast leading Detroit 20-0 only to lose 26-23. The Vikings led San Diego 17-7 week one before losing 24-17 and led Tampa Bay 17-0 before losing 24-20 last week. How does Adrian Peterson only touch the ball five times in the second half? Not a good start to Frazier's career in the Twin Cities.

Tom Brady, QB New England: A rare appearance for Brady on this side of the column. Brady had a career high four interceptions and had other passes knocked down at the line by the Bills defense. Brady clearly looked flustered most of the second half, a rare time Brady didn't stay cool in the pocket. For the record, Brady had only four picks all of last season.

Chad Ochocinco, WR New England: Eight-five dropped a routine pass at the five yard line in the fourth quarter that would have been an easy score for the Pats. Brady stared down his wide out in sheer disappointment. Ochocinco is struggling this year and the drop may land him in Bill Belichick's doghouse.

Kerry Collins, QB Indianapolis: Collins came out of retirement to help out the Colts in lieu of the injury to Peyton Manning although Collins still looks to be retired. Collins could only muster a 13 of 29 for 93 yard performance despite having a talented receiving corp in a game that even an average performance by Collins would have given the Colts a win. The Curtis Painter bangwagon is getting bigger by the hour.

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