ROFLZberger: The Steelers led the Giants for most of the way this evening, but when the fourth quarter came around, the Giants came alive and the Steelers came undone. New York took advantage of a bad snap on a punt for a game-tying safety, then marched decisively down the field for their first touchdown of the game to make it 21-14. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s offensive line imploded, and Ben Roethlisberger was utterly unable to get anything started for the home team. Cheers to the Giants, who (sorry, Tennessee) can reliably lay claim to being the best team in the NFL right now.
Welcome to the NFL, Mike Singletary. Your team sucks: Today marked Mike Singletary’s first game as head coach of the 49ers, and it also marked his first loss, as Seattle smoked the hapless Niners, 34-13. Singletary’s finest moment was sending TE Vernon Davis off the field after being penalized for slapping an opponent. Meanwhile, Seneca Wallace led the Seahawks with 222 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, 0 turnovers, and 0 plays like this. Hey, you can’t win ‘em all.
You know, when Matt Schaub lights you up, you have problems: Things have gone from bad to worse to clusterfudged for the woeful Bengals. They’re starting Ryan Fitzpatrick after Carson Palmer’s elbow proved unusable for the balance of the 2008 season, and their decision to release Rudi Johnson has effectively ruined their rushing attack; Cincy’s feature tailback is now, uh, Cedric Benson. Meanwhile, Houston looked like a finely tuned machine for the first time ever, as Matt Schaub threw for 24-28, 280, and 3 TDs. The score was 35-6, and it was scarcely that close.
Does Phil Dawson demand that people call him Phil The Thrill? Because he should: If you’d asked Jacksonville fans and Cleveland fans two months ago what a realistic projection would be for their teams at this point in the year, nobody would have said 3-4. But after the Browns put this game away with two late Phil Dawson field goals, 23-17, that’s where both teams find themselves. The Jags had a chance to win this game, driving into striking position in the last minute of play, but Matt Jones couldn’t haul in a pass in the end zone, and now he’ll have to snort the pain away once again. SNIFFFFFFF!