Yesterday was quite an eventful day in the NFL with plenty of stories to go around. Here's a brief recap for those of you who spent entirely too much time trick-or-treating.
Buf @ KC - The Chiefs needed every one of Jamaal Charles' 177 yards on the ground (along with 61 receiving) to eek past the bumbling, stumbling, (not) fumbling Bills 13-10 in OT. 13-10 KC.
Car @ StL - Break up the Rams! Behind the strength of their defense (4 turnovers), the Rams held the listless Panthers (201 total yards) to 14 first downs and 25 yards on the ground. Tough to win when you're that one-dimensional - ask the Cowboys. 20-10 St. Louis.
Den @ SF (in London) - Another dud for the Brits. 3-0 SF at the half, this one turned into a fun one with 30 points scored in the 4th quarter alone. San Francisco got their 2nd win of the year 24-16 over the Broncos. Kyle Orton had his typical Sunday afternoon, dropping back 40 times and amassing 369 yards (265 Euro yards). Denver scored the first 10 points of the 2nd half, but not before the 9ers scored two TD's in just under four minutes to seal it. 24-16 SF.
Was @ Det - Stafford to Johnson was the M.O. of this one - 9 catches, 101 yards, 3 TD for Megatron. Washington's ineptness on 3rd down (2-14) didn't help any. 37-25 Detroit.
GB @ NYJ - Shutout for the first time at home since 2006, the Jets offense looked out of sorts all day. The Packers kept them in the game by looking just as bad, but when all was said and done, Dirty Sanchez couldn't lead Gang Green to victory. The Jets moved the ball well - 360 yards to 237 for GB - but their three turnovers told this story. The best team in the league puts up more than a goose-egg. 9-0 GB.
Mia @ Cin - The Dan Carpenter Show rolled in to Cincinnati and poured in 5 FG's (38, 42, 24, 54, 31) and an XP. T.O. caught two TD passes but got no help from the rest of the Bungles. 22-14 Miami.
Jax @ Dal - The Cowgirl Show fell to a pathetic 1-6 as Jacksonville dominated this one beginning to end. Kitna isn't the answer. Romo isn't the answer. Good to see MB3 finally came alive and scored a TD. Garrard stole the show (260 yards, 4 TD, 1 rushing TD). Wade Phillips needs to be out in Big D. 35-17 Jacksonville rolls!
Ten @ SD - The Bolts looked like a team with a chip on their shoulder after the Titans went up early. San Diego scored 26 of the final 32 points in this one and the Chargers D held CJ2K in check (59 yards rushing). When a team is dependant on VY or Kerry Collins, things aren't looking good. Perhaps SD is starting their run to the top? Stay tuned. 33-25 Chargers.
TB @ Ari - A high octane scoring game, these Bucs are for real. Improving to 5-2 and accumulating over 400 yards of offense, the boring, ho-hum TB team is on the radar as a legit contender. They have Josh Freeman (287 yards, 1 TD) who doesn't make mistakes, a running game that can pound the ball, and an opportune defense that can tack points on the board. Follow the Bucs. 38-35 TB.
Min @ NE - I watched simply because I was hoping Favre got his clock cleaned - and he did. Leaving bloodied and battered, the Patriots went on for a 28-18 win. Danny Woodhead took a misdirect snap in for a TD in the first quarter, All-Day AP was held under 100 yards (92 to be exact) and the Law Firm of BenJarvis Green-Ellis ran wild (112 yards, 2 TD). 28-18 Patriots.
Sea @ Oak - Silver and Black is baaaaaaaack!! The Raiders poured it on yesterday to bring them to .500. 4 and 4. Come on!! 545 yards of offense? 310 yards passing for Jason Campbell? Another 100-yard game (111 yards) for Run DMC? A defense that held an opponent to under 200 yards of offense (162 yards for Seattle)? Could these Raiders be dumb enough to believe they're a good team? It sure looks like it. Cable has these guys believing in themselves. Halloween game in Oakland - you better believe the Black Hole was ready to rock and roll for this one. Huge game next week in Kansas City at 4:15 EST. 33-3 RAIDER NATION!
Pit @ NO - A ho-hum game for most of the night, the defenses were good, the offenses not so good. The Saints did a little more and came out on top. The Saints are a pass-first, pass-second team with zero ground game (= trouble). The Steelers just seemed out of sorts last night. They're still a top-3 team in the AFC and a top-5 in the NFL. 20-10 Saints.
Hou @ Ind - Looking like a good one in the making tonight - Indy looking for revenge from their season opening loss in Houston. Addai and Clark are out but I'm sure Peyton and Co. will find new ways to move the ball. Should be entertaining to say the least.
Thanks for reading and I hope the week is starting off well and continues to get better.