Tom Brady Returns to Form
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady looked like the Brady of old on Sunday as he dismantled the Tennessee Titan defense. The Patriots won 59-0 behind Brady’s 380 yards passing and six touchdowns. He completed 29 of 34 attempts and was finally connecting with Randy Moss on the long ball. Moss caught three of Brady’s TD passes, while Wes Welker had two and Kevin Faulk had one. These are pretty impressive numbers considering that Brady and most of the starters only played one possession in the second half so these stats were basically put up in one half! Look for Brady to continue to get stronger as the season goes on, especially next week against terrible Tampa Bay.
Saints Remain Unbeaten, Demolish the Giants
New Orleans crushed the New York Giants 48-27 in a battle of unbeatens in the NFC. The Saints were up by double figures essentially the entire game and the Giant defense had no answer for New Orleans’ high-powered offense. Drew Brees had another huge day, throwing for 369 yards and four touchdowns, while all seven touchdowns were scored by a different player. New York QB Eli Manning could not get into a rhythm at all and completed just 14 of 31 passes for 178 yards with one TD and one INT. Running backs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for just 81 rushing yards and breakout WR Steve Smith had only four catches for 44 yards. It doesn’t get any easier for the Giants as they get Arizona next week and then travel to rival Philadelphia in Week 8.
Raiders Upset Eagles
The Oakland Raiders pulled off an upset Sunday, shocking Philadelphia 13-9. The only touchdown during this less-than-spectacular game came late in the first quarter as Raider TE Zach Miller had a nice catch and run TD that covered 86 yards. Other than that, it was a game of field goals. It’s hard to explain how the Eagles lost this game, as they didn’t turn the ball over at all and intercepted Oakland QB JaMarcus Russell twice. Donovan McNabb was good, but not great and Brian Westbrook made the most of his six carries, rushing for 50 yards. Philly needs to get Westbrook more involved next week against Washington if they want to get back on track.
Jets Rookie QB Does His Best Ryan Leaf Impression in Week 6
I know what all you New York Jets fans out there are thinking, but no, a 66-year old, under the influence Joe Namath would not have played any better than Mark Sanchez did on Sunday. The rookie out of USC had a game that he will forever want to erase from his memory bank as he threw five, yes five, interceptions in a 16-13 overtime loss to the horrendous Buffalo Bills. You could clearly see that the cold weather and wind bothered Sanchez throughout the game and he didn’t look comfortable in the pocket at all. His offensive line gave him more than enough time to throw on most of his attempts; he just wasn’t making good decisions at all. Sanchez finished the day 10-for-29 for 119 yards and the five INTs. That effort earned him a solid 8.3 passer rating on the day. New York RB Thomas Jones was the only bright spot for the Jets in this game as he set the team record with 210 yards rushing.
Vikings Squeak Past Ravens
Minnesota remained undefeated, holding on for a 33-31 victory over Baltimore. The Vikings dominated the first half, but things got interesting after intermission as five touchdowns and four field goals were put up in the last two quarters. The Ravens trailed 27-10 early in the fourth quarter, but scored three TDs in the last eight minutes to briefly take a 31-30 lead. After a Minnesota field goal gave them the lead back at 33-31 with two minutes left, Baltimore kicker Steven Hauschka had a chance to win the game, but missed a 44-yarder as time expired. The Vikings move to 6-0 as Brett Favre once again was superb, throwing for 278 yards and three scores. Fantasy beast Adrian Peterson racked up 16 points for his owners this week and he didn’t even score a touchdown! This just shows how valuable he is in fantasy. I’ll take 166 total yards from him any day of the week.
Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Tennessee All Still Winless
The NFL still has three teams without a win in 2009. Tampa Bay lost to Carolina 28-21, St. Louis came up just short 23-20 in overtime against Jacksonville and Tennessee, of course, got pounded by New England 59-0. All three teams are 0-6 and it doesn’t get any easier for the Buccaneers as they get the Patriots next week, while the Rams draw the Colts. The Titans have a bye, which is probably a good thing. So, after next week there is a good possibility that all three teams will still be winless as they try and avoid matching the Detroit Lions of last season.