The New Orleans Saints finally won a football game.
It’s a huge surprise, I know, but the winless streak had to end somewhere.
The Saints’ 31-24 win over San Diego was their first of the year, and a monumental one for Drew Brees. Brees threw for four touchdowns, bringing his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 48, a new NFL record.
The previous record of 47 was held by Johnny Unitas, and stood for 52 years.
Brees not only broke the record, but did it with style, tossing for 370 yards to go with his four touchdowns. Wideout Marques Colston benefitted from Brees’ huge night, reeling in three of the TDs. Brees and the Saints head into their bye week on a high note, and hope to get hot heading into the middle of the season.
At the opposite end of the spectrum we have poor Mark Sanchez. The Sanchize has fallen flat on his face this year, bringing cries of “Tebow” from Jets fans. In the Jets’ 23-17
loss to Houston on Monday night, Sanchez became the first quarterback since, you guessed it, Stoney Case of the 1999 Baltimore Ravens to attempt 25 passes and complete less than half of them in four straight games.
That was a mouthful, but it’s nothing more than a long-winded way to say that Mark Sanchez is terrible. He ranks third to last in total QBR this year, above only Brandon Weeden and Matt Hasselbeck.
Cue Tebow-mania! Herm Edwards is already all over it, and ESPN has begun their around-the-clock Tebow watch.
Cardinals fans, I apologize. I jinxed your Cards last week by talking them up a little too much. The loss to St. Louis is a tough one for Arizona fans to swallow, but the Rams have assuredly improved this year and look like a squad that could win 8+ games.
What is going on in Green Bay? A year removed from a 15-1 season, the Packers have stumbled out to a 2-3 start. Their most recent loss was a second-half debacle to, of all teams, the Colts. Leading 21-3 at halftime, the Packers were outscored 27-6 in the second half, which led to a 30-27 loss. Andrew Luck looked very efficient, leading a game-winning drive in the final minutes.
Robert Griffin III got absolutely lit up on Sunday, and has been diagnosed with a concussion. The helmet-to-helmet hit came on a play where RGIII was scrambling, before losing his footing and slipping into the helmet of the Falcons’ LB Sean Witherspoon. The Falcons went on to win the game 24-17, and remain unbeaten.
There are several teams that downright confuse me, and those teams are led by the Chicago Bears. The Bears found themselves in a 3-3 tie at halftime against Jacksonville this week, and somehow went on to win 41-3. I know their defense is solid, but the offense is mind-boggling. If Jay Cutler has time to throw, the Bears are a contender in the NFC. If not, they may fall by the wayside in a tough NFC North.
Speaking of the NFC North, the whole division has me wondering. The Vikings are leading the division at 3-1.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Vikings. As in the purple team with Adrian Peterson.
The Packers and Lions led the division last year, and now find themselves at the bottom. I think Green Bay will still win the division, but I am much less confident about that than I was five weeks ago. I mean, Minnesota can’t really win the division right? And Cutler and the Bears have faltered down the stretch before.
And what about that Baltimore- Kansas City game? 9-6? Really? Kansas City’s fans even booed when Matt Cassel got hurt. If that isn’t adding insult to injury, I don’t know what is. The Chiefs may be the most confusing team of all; they can beat New Orleans but nobody else? Not that I expected them to beat Baltimore, but still.
Baltimore may be just as puzzling for only winning by a field goal in this game. One game, Joe Flacco seems elite. The next, he can’t even throw for 200 yards against KC.
Another wild week in the NFL- it seems we have to expect the unexpected in 2012. Parity seems at an all-time high, and excitement isn’t at a low. Yet another game was decided by a last-second field goal, this time by Pittsburgh’s Shaun Suisham.
I think I heard the phrase “Suisham if you got ‘em” eight times on SportsCenter on Sunday night. Just another thing I’m confused about.
Not confused about Buffalo, they are awful.
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