If September bring optimism for fans of football than October is the month where the contenders and pretenders start to separate themselves. Sunday saw several showdowns with dreams of raising the Lombardi trophy.
— New Orleans smacked around the upstart New York Jets, silencing (for a few moments anyways,) coach Rex Ryan and his boisterous bunch. QB Mark Sanchez, praised for his poise, finally looked like a rookie. With Brees and Co. on offense and a new and improved D, the NO looks unstoppable going into the bye week.
— My Patriots held on for a statement victory against the previously undefeated Baltimore Ravens. New England outplayed Baltimore all day. Brandon Meriweather was doing his best Ronnie Lott impression on D while Brady and the offense continue to improve.
— The Pats’ opponent next week, the Denver Broncos, continued to build the legend of Kyle Orton, although his noodle arm and poor decision-making had little to do with the Broncos run to 4-0. Instead the star was former problem child Brandon Marshall who sent about 5 Cowboys defensive backs to therapy and the unemployment line with this catch and run.
— The Lions returned to their losing ways by giving up 48 points to the Bears. Cheer up Detroit, you’ll always have last week.
— The only thing better than 60 minutes of Browns-Bengals football? 75 minutes of Browns-Bengals football. Despite both team’s better efforts to leave the game tied, effeminately named kicker Shayne Graham was able to sneak a game-winning field goal through the uprights.
— Gotty’s™ Titans moved to 0-4, one year removed from a 13-3 juggernaut. Desperate times call for desperate measures: Bring back Pacman!
— The Manning brothers continued to dominate the league, leading us frighteningly closer to a Giants-Colts Super Bowl, which will also be the first time the NFL initializes in-game breaks to film new commercials. Can anyone save us from the horror of Manning overexposure? Time will only tell.