I’m guessing Randy Moss was hoping for a better Sunday.
While the breakup with New England wasn’t necessarily acrimonious, there’s no doubt Moss wanted to prove to that his old team had given up on him too early. Moss did little to inspire Belichick’s doubters however, gathering only one catch for a measly 8 yards on the day and submitting a “please take me back” rant for the ages after the game.
Instead, it was the Pats’ day again as BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 100 second half yards against a disinterested Vikings defense. The hero of the game though was backup defensive lineman Myron Pryor, who did what millions of fans wished they could do, knock Brett Favre out cold. While Favre was carted off with an apparent broken jaw, he miraculously recovered in time for a press conference, insuring ESPN another week of speculation. Our loss.
The battle of Favre’s former teams was one of a series of ugly games in a ho-hum morning slate. Fresh off a bye week, the Jets looked sluggish rather than refreshed offensively as Mark Sanchez was unable to connect with any of his high-priced toys. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t much better, as the QBs fired blanks in the windy Giants Stadium. The Packers were able to avoid mistakes and took advantage of a questionable fake punt call by Sexy Rexy to take an early lead they never relinquished. Looks like we can’t crown the Jets champs just yet.
Bills fans are going to have to wait to celebrate your first win after blowing several opportunities to shock Kansas City on the road. Standing between the Bills and victory was their own brand of timely incompetence, as Ryan Fitzpatrick let the ball slip out of his hands for a late regulation pick and Rian Lindell missed an OT field goal. The Cheifs overcame shaky coaching from Todd Haley, who doesn’t seem to realize that Jamaal Charles can’t be stopped and should touch the ball 40 times a game. Look for Buffalo to get of the schnide next week against a Bears team built to lose this game.
– The Chargers saved their season for one more week with a come from behind win over the Titans. A gimpy Antonio Gates still managed to burn the Titans for over 100 yards.
– The Rams continued their quiet playoff run with an easy win over Carolina. Sam Bradford should be a top 5 QB by next year.
– The Bucs took the best shots of the Cardinals before prevailing on the road in a game of playoff hopefuls. Tampa, surprisingly is now one of 5-2 teams at the top of a weak NFC.
– A baffling decision by Mike Shanahan ended about as you would expect. Shanahan benched Donovan McNabb for sexy Rexy Grossman down one score at the end of the game in an apparent admission of defeat. Grossman complied by fumbling the ball on his very first play to give the Lions D a game clinching touchdown.