After 8 weeks, the picture is still as blurry as ever. The Steelers showed that the Patriots will not stroll through the AFC, especially if they have to play away from Foxborough. The Saints slipped up badly as they try to keep pace with the Green Bay Packers. Finally, the 49ers continued their amazing start to the season as they remain second only to the Packers. Let's find out what else happened over the weekend Rapid Recap style!
Minnesota Vikings 24 defeated Carolina Panthers 21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l4v_FOqVlo Quick Analysis: Two struggling sides met in the first game of the week and it was the Vikings who jumped out to an early lead. Carolina levelled the scores at halftime, but behind Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder the Vikings took a three point lead late in the fourth quarter. Olindo Mare missed a 31 yard field goal attempt in the final 30 seconds which would have sent the game into overtime. Player of the Game: Adrian Peterson (Vikings). 162 total yards on the ground and through the air and scored two touchdowns.
Houston Texans 24 defeated Jacksonville Jaguars 14 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGvBAmvLGvY&feature=channel_video_title Quick Analysis: In a similar pattern to the previous game, the Texans grabbed the early lead only for the Jaguars to tie the game before halftime. It was another RB in Arian Foster who was the difference between the sides charging forward for 112 yards and a touchdown. The Texans look secure at the top of the AFC South. Player of the Game: Arian Foster (Texans). Another great day for Foster as the Texans continue to roll.
Tennessee Titans 27 defeated Indianapolis Colts 10 Quick Analysis: As their disappointing season continues, the Colts found new ways to lose. Tennessee pounced on a block punt that was returned for a touchdown as the Titans led 20-0 after the first half. For what it is worth, the Colts did win the second half, and they will be hoping the second half of the season follows that same path. Player of the Game: Jason McCourty (Titans). Scores the touchdown from the blocked punt and has an overall solid game.
New York Giants 20 defeated Miami Dolphins 17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bGcfhCDJ0w&feature=related Quick Analysis: Miami enjoyed being able to leave Miami for an opportunity to actually win a game. Things looked promising going into the final quarter as the Dolphins led by 7 with the Giants struggling after the bye week. Eli Manning had a sublime fourth quarter rallying the Giants to their fifth win of the season. Player of the Game Eli Manning (Giants). 349 passing yards and 2 TDs helps the Giants avoid the trend of teams losing out of the bye week.
St Louis Rams 31 defeated New Orleans Saints 21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA4ICVw0yd0&feature=related Quick Analysis: The Saints must have been thinking that last week's game and this week's game were two automatic wins. Two winless teams in a fortnight? Great for the stats as they proved last week against the Colts, but not this week against the Rams who totally shocked the Saints with a 17 point second quarter that the Saints could not recover from. Player of the Game: Steven Jackson (Rams). A big day for the RB with 159 yards and two touchdowns in the massive upset.
Baltimore Ravens 30 defeated Arizona Cardinals 27 Quick Analysis: For a while there it looked like the Ravens were going to lose to the Jaguars and Cardinals in consecutive weeks. The Ravens trailed by 21 in the second quarter after the Cardinals scored three touchdowns in 5 minutes in the second quarter. Ray Rice helped to lead his side back to the win as he punched in three TDs in the second half. Player of the Game: Ray Rice (Ravens). Only 63 yards on the ground for the game, but his three second-half touchdowns were huge.
Detroit Lions 45 defeated Denver Broncos 10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc7Zp6FdEVU&feature=related Quick Analysis: After consecutive losses, the Lions were in danger of letting their good start go to waste as they headed to Denver. The Lions quickly turned a four point quarter-time lead into a 35 point lead by three quarter time. Tim Tebow couldn't get anything going for the Broncos as he turned the ball over twice and was sacked seven times. Player of the Game: Cliff Avril (Lions). Picks up two sacks and forces a fumble on both occasions.
Buffalo Bills 23 defeated Washington Redskins 0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNN7673ZMao&feature=related Quick Analysis: Just when we thought things were reverting to normality with the Bills stumbling over the past few weeks, Buffalo comprehensively dismantles Washington. The Bills put points up in each quarter against the injury-riddled Redskins who struggled to get any offense going. Player of the Game: Marcell Dareus (Bills). The Bills sack John Beck 9 times with Dareus contributing to 2.5 of them.
Pittsburgh Steelers 25 defeated New England Patriots 17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8C0DCs523I Quick Analysis: In the top of the AFC clash, the Steelers showed everyone how to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots. Keep the ball out of Brady's hands. It is easier said than done, but the Steelers held the ball for twice as long as the Patriots. This was in part due to the Patriots' offense that struggled to overcome the Steelers' defence and New England's woeful secondary which couldn't get off the field. Still, for as well as the Steelers played, the Patriots still had the ball in the final minute with a chance to steal the win in Pittsburgh. Player of the Game: LaMarr Woodley (Steelers). Sacks Brady twice as the Patriots never get into an offensive rhythm.
San Francisco 49ers 20 defeated Cleveland Browns 10 Quick Analysis: Congratulations to you if you picked the 49ers having more wins than the Patriots and Steelers after 8 rounds. The 49ers continued to pick up the wins as they disposed of the struggling Browns with a 17 point first half. The Browns' offense never troubled San Francisco enough only scoring once in the final quarter. Player of the Game: Frank Gore (49ers). Another strong performance from Gore with 134 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground.
Cincinnati Bengals 34 defeated Seattle Seahawks 12 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0an-M9us5Y&feature=related Quick Analysis: The Bengals continued their solid start to the season behind rookie QB Andy Dalton. Dalton put Cincinnati up by two touchdowns on a 43 yard pass to AJ Green. The Bengals blew the game out in the final quarter putting up 17 more points. Player of the Game: Reggie Nelson (Bengals). 5 tackles and an interception for the Safety.
Philadelphia Eagles 34 defeated Dallas Cowboys 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWnr8xgu5xY Quick Analysis: This is what we expected of the Eagles. With the electrifying Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy in full flight, the Eagles put up 24 unanswered points in the first half. Dallas was simply out of its league against the Eagles who have turned around their disappointing start to the season to be set for a playoff run. Player of the Game: LeSean McCoy (Eagles). Best performance by a RB on the week with 185 yards and 2 TDs.
Kansas City Chiefs 23 defeated San Diego Chargers 20 (OT) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtoZEB4XWBw Quick Analysis: Another team that has turned around a poor start to the season is Kansas City. The Chiefs led their divisional rivals by 10 at halftime after a strong first quarter. The Chargers settled in to a rhythm in the second half and had a chance to win it in the final minute of regulation when QB Phillip Rivers fumbled the ball away. The Chiefs had to wait until overtime to seal their fourth win in a row. Player of the Game: Derrick Johnson (Chiefs). 10 Tackles, 1 sack and an interceptionon a busy day for Johnson.