Tuesday, October 28, 2008

For my 100th blog post, it's...

...The Typical Guy's 2008 NFL Week 8 Review!

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Brett Favre once more displayed his do-or-die gunslingin' ways by pulling out a win for the New York Jets (4-3) against the Kansas City Chiefs (1-6), 28-24. Favre struggled throughout the game where he threw three interceptions, with one even being returned for a touchdown. But in the end, with just a minute left in the game, Favre connected with Laveranues Coles for a 15-yard touchdown pass in front of the end zone.

In Foxborough, Massachusetts, even with three sidelined running backs, the New England Patriots (5-2) still rallied to eke out a win against the St. Louis Rams (2-5), 23-16, as Kevin Faulk took on a bigger role in the Pats' running game. Faulk led the Patriots with 60 yards on 13 carries and added four receptions for 47 yards while Matt Cassel was 21-for-33 for a career-high 267 yards.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, it was a reunion of sorts as two former NFL Europe teammates with the Amsterdam Admirals, Arizona Cardinals' Kurt Warner and Carolina Panthers' Jake Delhomme, faced off against each other. And though Warner mostly had his way against a defense that entered the game ranked second against the pass, the Panthers (6-2) pulled off a stunning 27-23 comeback victory against Arizona (4-3), owners of one of the more potent offenses in the NFL.

In London - and yes, I do mean THAT London, as in London, England - the New Orleans Saints (4-4) beat the sagging San Diego Chargers (3-5), 37-32, as quarterback Philip Rivers' last-second Hail Mary pass into the end zone was knocked down by the Saints' swarming defense. The Saints' quarterback, Drew Brees, passed for 339 yards and three TDs, and is still on pace to break Dan Marino's single-season record for passing yards (5,084). Ironically enough, the game was the first time he faced his former team since he was San Diego's signal caller from 2001-2005. The Chargers, though, did get a big game from LaDainian Tomlinson, as he shrugged off a recent toe injury to rush for 105 yards on 19 carries and catch a touchdown pass.

And in Nashville, the Tennessee Titans remained as the NFL's lone unbeaten team (7-0) as their defensive grit and patient offense thumped the Indianapolis Colts (3-4), 31-21, hurting their chance to enter the playoffs even further, with the win being sealed right after the Colts' Peyton Manning's second of two interceptions.

So far, pre-season favorites, the San Diego Chargers and the Indianapolis Colts, have really been struggling to pick up their game. And while some will reason that Peyton Manning's off-season surgery and not having played in the pre-season tune-up games as significant reasons on why he hasn't been as sharp as usual, that's still unacceptable. He' still lobbing passes to the same people he's been playing with for years so it can't be a matter of the timing of his throw. Still, I'll let him slide on that one since an injury is an injury. But as for the Chargers, who knows what their problems are? Sure, Shawne Merriman is out for the season but that doesn't explain why a team with such a highly rated offense AND defense is down 3-5.

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