The Chargers and PhilLip Rivers jumpstarted their season with an impressive win over the Baltimore Ravens. Better late than never, they still have a shot for the playoffs given the Raiders lost earlier today. Joe Flacco showed the nation the formula for beating the Ravens: shut down Ray Rice, sptake a lead, and force him to pass. The Chargers worked that to perfection and looked like a playoff caliber team, however they'll have to be extremely lucky if they're going to make it to the postseason.
Tim Tebow hype should die down a bit after the Patriots romped the Broncos, but so should the Denver hype. Denver showed lots of heart and emotion like a college team, but they also committed many mistakes like a college team. That's what you get when you have a college quarterback, but when you play a HOF QB, you're toast. There was no chance for Tebow Time as Bill Belicheck ended the 6-game winning streak with ease.
Playing against the Cards must be annoying: they have a stingy blitzing defense, a dangerous punt returner, and a comeback mentality. Thats what the Cards showed against the Browns as John Skelton put up 10 points in the fourth quarter to send the game to OT. Patrick Peterson had a lengthy return and Jay Feely punched in the game-winning FG. After a 1-6 start, the Cards have pushed their way to .500
Peyton Manning can't play with a broken neck... Curtis Painter was pretty damn bad... Dan Orlovsky is not as bad... But Andrew Luck is pretty damn good. That's how the Colts QB progression looks to be as Dan Orlovsky and Donald Brown led the Colts to their first win of the season against the Tennessee Titans, 27-13. If the Colts can finish the season with only one win, they should draft Andrew Lucknand pull off another Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers QB/mentor combo.
There's nothing more fitting than a former Patriots coach ending the Packers run for perfection. Romeo Crennel made the most of his debut as interim head coach for the Chiefs at Arrowhead. So did starting QB, Kyle Orton. Orton faced the Packers previously this year in a forgettable performance, but the experience proved to be key on Sundays game. The Chiefs contained the Packers for most of the game, but a stout defense held KC to FGs, not TDs. Pack were the first to breakthrough with a TD, but the Chiefs used FGs to hold the lead. Eventually, Taylor Battle punched in a TD and the game was out of reach. On the Packers point of view, if you were to lose a game, it's better to lose it earlier. There's still plenty of time for them to get going again.