From America to London: Highlights from Week 4 of the NFL
By Amy Lignor
On Monday night, you had to give it to the Chiefs. They hung in there. They tried hard, but just like the rest of the visitors to Lambeau Field, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers ran away with the game. He wore a huge smile, as always. Of course, that may be because his team was 3 and 0 at the
time, or it could just be that he knew his next game would be a match-up with the 49ers. Not exactly the most frightening team, considering how badly they’re playing.
From fumbles to picks, London fans got a game of sheer screw-ups Sunday morning as the Jets and the Dolphins beat on each other. One was working hard to try and earn another win this season, while another was working to hang on to the “new light” they’ve been given this year. And they did. The Jets walked away with the win, but a great deal of limping was a part of it, as they and their opponents chalked up double-digit flags. From fumbles to picks to unsportsmanlike conduct, Londoners got an eyeful as the Dolphins remained one of the worst in the NFL. Jet 27; Dolphins 14.
The Patriots had a bye, so there was no talk about the “most hated man in football” coming out and once again throwing a bazillion TD’s and eliminating yet another team. This time around, the talk was mostly centered on the Giants versus the Bills. If you think back, it was Super Bowl XXV where the Giants beat the Bills 20-19 to take the Lombardi Trophy home to NYC. This time around, of course, the Bills have a very vocal coach in Rex Ryan; a coach that stated his team was going to be among the best of the best this year.
Before this game, Ryan made sure to keep his mouth closed ahead of time, perhaps learning from the mistake he made when he spoke angrily about the Patriots who then came to Buffalo and took the win and the words right out of his mouth. Well, Ryan’s Bills saw it again as the Giants came to town and took the smile right off his face. Talk about penalties here, too. Even on a 78-yard possession where the Giants and the Bills received penalties galore, the Bills came away with absolutely no points whatsoever. Next trip toward the end zone…same thing. And then, when they did score a TD, the Bills got penalized for a chop block?! In other words, the team made Rex Ryan look like an idiot.
This must be stated, however. Eli Manning and the Giants offense wasn’t all that great. The defense made the huge plays. But after the Bills did score a TD in the second quarter, the Giants came back with a TD and a 2-point conversion. Eli Manning, although not looking his best this year, has evened his score 2-2, and Giants fans will be looking for far more wins in the near future. Manning has now tied Phil Simms’s record for most wins at 101.
The Chiefs had to deal with a short week and faced the undefeated Bengals who remained, unbelievably, undefeated. Although Chiefs QB Alex Smith is trying, he really is taking a severe beating.
When it came to the Eagles match-up versus the Redskins – two teams that are having a great deal of difficulty – the Redskins pulled the game out at the very end, with a TD that seemed to be as lucky as one could get. The Eagles went into this season assuming that they would lock up their division. So far, that seems to be the wrong assumption.
Falcons wiped the floor with the sorry Titans. And when it came to the Bears and the Raiders, Bears QB Jay Cutler actually looked like he was somewhat alive. And for the whole first half, the Raiders looked like they had not quite woken up. In the second half, the Raiders did arrive on the field with the result being, a Bears win (finally) by the slimmest of margins.
Will Seattle win their second on Monday night? Who knows? But they are a team that most definitely needs to start winning consecutively if they can have even the most remote shot at seeing the Super Bowl.