Monday Morning Quarterback: NFL Week 3

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You don't need no stinkin' game recaps here, you can turn on the TV or go elsewhere for that. I'm here to tell you what didn't happen but should have

Tennessee Titans (29) at New York Giants (10)

Chris Johnson ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns but that wasn't the story. The Giants missed two field goals, had two drives inside the Titans 6-yard line end in turnovers, gave Tennessee a safety with a chop block in the end zone and committed five personal fouls, including two by offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie that led to him being yanked from the game.

The Jets had the headlines in NY all week with the Braylon Edwards fiasco but the real player news is in the Gaints locker room. The players on the Giants are starting to speak back to the coach on the sidelines and through the media. Loosing is never fun but this team is in jeopardy of falling apart. Tom Coughlin is not a happy camper and needs to get control now before it gets away.

Pittsburgh Steelers (38) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13)

Tampa Bay's Aqib Talib intercepted Charlie Batch's first pass of the day to set up a 40-yard field goal but it was all Steelers after that.

The Steelers are now 3-0 with Ravens coming to the Steel Citi next week. If they can get through that divisional matchup with a win, they have a bye week and then Big Ben is back for the Browns game at home in week 6. The Steelers boast the league's best scoring defense after three weeks giving up an average of only 11 points per game and are off to one of the more surprising starts of
the 2010 season.

San Francisco 49ers (10) at Kansas City Chiefs (31)

Who said the Chiefs are rebuilding? After starting 0-4 a year ago and winning only 10 games the previous three seasons combined, the Chiefs are 3-0 for the first time since 2003.

The offense of the 49ers (0-3), managed only a field goal until the final play from scrimmage. This morning, the 49ers who have scored only 38 points this season, the second fewest in the NFL behind the Carolina Panthers, fired offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye. Mike Johnson will move from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. Offensive assistant Jason Michael will take over as quarterbacks coach.

At the moment, these two franchises are going in opposite directions. With Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs lead the league in rushing but lost in the Chiefs hot start is their defense which has only let up and average of 12.7 points per game. The 49ers who were supposed to run away with the NFC West haven't really done anything well and will need to get thing turned around quickly before thing snowball.

Dallas Cowboys (27) at Houston Texans (13)

A record crown at for a Texans game of 71,456 at Reliant Stadium watched the Dallas Cowboys give of the Houston Texans in an old fashion Texas ass whoopin' yesterday. Frankly, the game wasn't even as competitive as two touchdown game.

There is a lot of parody in the NFL and often teams aren't as good as they seem one week or as bad as they seem the next. Expectations have simply gotten too high for Houston and two low for Dallas. We are going to have to wait a few more weeks for the true character of these two teams to show.

Atlanta Falcons (27) New Orleans Saints (24) OT

hartleyGarrett Hartley who was last year's playoff hero almost blew the Vikings game in week 1 and missed a 29 yard field goal to win yesterdays game. To put things in perspective, an extra point is 20 yard field goal.

When a team loses confidence in it s kicker, the team plays different and it even changes the play calling. Yesterday Drew Brees, who was 30 of 38 for 365 yards and three TDs, drove the Saints into game-tying field goal range at the end of the fourth quarter and Hartley didn't do his job. Harltey is now 4 of 7 on field goals this season. My guess is that if Hartley misses one more reasonable attempt over the next two weeks that Sean Payton will make a change.

"This is a huge victory for us," Matt Ryan said. "We have a lot of high expectations of ourselves and we fought the entire game to get us in position to win." Matt, you know what, you are absolutely correct. A win is a win, even if it's a gift. Good win for the Falcons.

Philadelphia Eagles (28) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3)

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That was pretty much about it.

Oakland Raiders (23) at Arizona Cardinals (24)

Is this the year of the anti-kicker or what?  Sebastian Janikowski missed a 32-yard field goal as the game ended to allow the Arizona Cardinals to escape with a 24-23 victory. The Cardinals' home opener was a sloppily played game littered with mistakes on both sides from start to finish and Janikowski made the final one.

Oakland (1-2) committed 11 penalties for 123 yards, Arizona seven for 104.

Ultimately this one was on Jankowski. Before yesterday, he had not missed three field goals in a game since Sept. 9, 2007, when he was 0 for 3 against Detroit

San Diego Chargers (20) at Seattle Seahawks (27)

leonwashington2Philip Rivers threw for a franchise record 455 yards, but it wasn't enough.

If anyone was concerned about the health of Leon Washington, that question has now been answered. I don't think teams will be kicking the ball to Leon Washington anymore. With a metal rod in his right leg, Washington returned two second-half kickoffs for touchdowns of 101 and 99 yards, making up for a long list of Seattle mistakes, and the Seahawks held off Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers 27-20.

Seahawks WR Deion Branch had the best quote of the day. "I really truly appreciate the Jets for letting him go, for sending him here for pretty much nothing."

New York Jets (31) at Miami Dolphins (23)

Has this turned out to be one of the best rivalries in football or what?

The Jets defense, the Dolphins defense.... What defense? There's no defense when these two teams play? It seems that no lead is safe when these two play. You almost assume that if one team jumps out to a two or three touchdown lead that the other will come back. This game, like almost all their games came down to the final possession where uncharacteristically for the evening, the Jets defense made a play when it counted.

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears tonight. Another great NFL rivalry...... - Mike Cardano

Mike is the founder of Around the Horn Baseball & Xtra Point Football.


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