NFL Early Game Recap: Somebody actually outfailed the Jets
N.Y. Jets 18, Tampa Bay 17 Bucs linebacker Lavonte David wins the Idiot of the Day award by a wide margin. A late hit penalty on Geno Smith in the final seconds gave the Jets the yardage needed to kick a game winning 48 yard field goal. Yes, the Jets are 1-0.
New England 23, Buffalo 21 The Patriots narrowly avoid an upset in Buffalo, kicking the game winner with 5 seconds remaining. Three turnovers helped the Bills take the lead before inevitably losing in heartbreak. At least EJ Manuel wasn't bad, going 18/27 for 150 yards, 2 TDs, and no interceptions.
New Orleans 23, Atlanta 17 It was deja vu for the Falcons, who again faced a 4th down deep in opponent territory to win the game. Again they could not convert and the Saints held on to win.
Chicago 24, Cincinnati 21 Up most of the game, the Bengals lost the game for good with 7:58 left. Their offense collapsed in the second half, gaining 30 yards total after their first drive of the half.
Seattle 12, Carolina 7 I'm guessing everyone wanted more points out of this one, but the Seahawks will take it. A DeAngelo Williams fumble inside the Seattle 10 in the fourth quarter ended up being the last offensive play for the Panthers. The football zeitgeist still blames Cam Newton.
Detroit 34, Minnesota 24 Adrian Peterson's first touch of the year? Fantastic. After that though? Well, Christian Ponder isn't very good, which is going to be a huge buzzkill for the Vikings. His three picks helped lead them to defeat. For the Lions, Reggie Bush was surprisingly good, including this sweet TD off a screen pass.
Indianapolis 21, Oakland 17 The Raiders surprised everyone by not totally sucking. In fact, they led until 5:20 left, when Andrew Luck ran it in from 18 yards. Even better for Oakland, Terrell Pryor showed some things, particularly on the ground, where he had 112 yards. Unfortunately, while driving late in the game, he took a bad sack, then threw the game ending pick. Still, it gives the Raiders something to look forward to.
Tennessee 16, Pittsburgh 9 When Darius Reynaud backed into the end zone and kneeled on the opening kickoff, it looked like a bad day was ahead for the Titans. Luckily for Reynaud, Lavonte David ended up doing something dumber. Even better for the Titans, they kept the Steelers off the scoreboard. Those 2 points were the only points Pittsburgh scored until very late in the game. The Steelers had 32 yards rushing total.
Miami 23, Cleveland 10 The Browns actually outgained the Dolphins. However, Brandon Weeden threw three picks, which killed most of Cleveland's momentum, such as it was.
Kansas City 28, Jacksonville 2 This guy's face pretty much says it all.
What are your thoughts and insights of the early Week 1 games?