Snap Judgments (cont.)
Posted: Sunday September 30, 2007 7:32PM; Updated: Sunday September 30, 2007 8:03PM
Weird, weird "shootout'' between the Jets and Bills. New York quarterback Chad Pennington completed 32 of 39 with two interceptions, and Buffalo's rookie passer, Trent Edwards, connected 22 of 28 times, with one interception in his first NFL start. That means both quarterbacks had the ball hit the ground just five times each, and yet the final score was just Bills 17, Jets 14.
Edwards showed a lot of poise guiding the injury-decimated Bills to their first victory of the season, which eases, at least for a week, the misery that has been a near constant in Buffalo this month.
Introducing your AFC East, ladies and gentlemen. The Patriots are 3-0, and the rest of the division is a combined 2-10, with both of those wins coming in head-to-head play (the Jets beat the Dolphins, and the Bills beat the Jets).
I like New England's chances of holding on.
I can't recall an offseason move I felt more confident about than the Jets improving their running game by trading for Thomas Jones. But Jones gained just 35 yards on 12 carries in New York's upset loss at the Bills, adding 20 yards on two receptions. So far, Jones hasn't made near the impact New York expected. Through four games and the Jets' disappointing 1-3 start, Jones' 254 yards rushing on 75 carries is ho-hum, at best.
Anybody in Baltimore getting the least bit concerned about Steve McNair, who has lost three of the past four games he has started, dating back to the Ravens' divisional-round homefield flame-out against the Colts?
Healthy or not, McNair isn't inspiring much confidence these days. If it weren't for Kyle Boller leading the Ravens to that game-winning field goal late last week against the Cardinals, McNair might be winless since last December.
I love the fact that the Vikings were wearing throwback uniforms against Green Bay, but you couldn't even tell. If only the Eagles had taken that approach last week, when they burned our corneas with those mustard explosions that doubled as uniforms. Minnesota's look was circa 1975 or so, in honor of ex-Vikings running back Chuck Foreman being inducted into the team's ring of honor at halftime.
Al Davis and the Raiders have long suspected that the league office has it in for them, but the conspiracy might go considerably higher than that. The Raiders-at-Dolphins game was delayed by lightning Sunday, marking the second time already this season that Oakland has had a lightning delay. The Raiders at Denver game in Week 2 was delayed for 25 minutes by lightning bolts.
And to think Oakland hasn't even played the Chargers yet.
I'm guessing by now Joey Porter realizes he's not in Pittsburgh any more. The always loquacious Miami linebacker guaranteed a Dolphins win this week at home against Oakland, but it was Raiders receiver Jerry Porter who actually delivered, scoring the game's first touchdown on a 7-yard pass from Culpepper.
The Steelers' Porter got his money in free agency, and he loved all the attention and respect the Dolphins lavished on him back in March. But if you could get him to tell the truth, you know he'd rather still be winning in Pittsburgh.
Was that really Terrell Owens busting his hump to get into position to throw one block late in Patrick Crayton's 59-yard touchdown scamper in the Cowboys' win over the Rams? Randy Moss is the consummate teammate in New England. T.O. is the voice of reason in Dallas.
We've apparently all tumbled into some kind of reverse universe.
Who is Quinn Sypniewski, and what is he doing catching a touchdown pass from McNair in Baltimore's loss at Cleveland?
Like some other teams, the Vikings pass out tickets that allow reporters to get into the chow line at halftime. The one they gave out Sunday looked kind of like an actual game ticket, but three words printed on the ticket caught my eye: No Weapons Allowed.
Good thing I wasn't packing for lunch, so to speak.
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