The New York Jets were the NFL’s highest scoring team after Week 1 averaging a robust 48 points a game. In the three following contests, Rex’s gang has scored a total of 38 points. This includes yesterday’s 34-0 assault suffered at the hands of a San Francisco 49ers team anxious to prove last week’s loss to Minnesota was nothing more than a blip on the radar.
If you’re a Jets fan waking up Monday morning, chances are the temptation to press the “panic button” has reached all-time high levels. Already one of the league’s finest defenses, San Fran had Mark Sanchez and the offense wrapped around their finger. On offense, a collection of nine 49er rushers tallied 245 yards against a team who appeared to never truly be interested in the game. Couple such with Santonio Holmes going down with a nasty, non-contact injury like Revis the week before and Sanchez looking as inept at quarterback as one can possibly look, the Jets could be imploding before our very eyes. The only question remains one we’re all weary of – how long before Tim Tebow takes over the starting reigns?
At least through the first month of the 2012 season, the Houston Texans can stake claim to being the best team in football (although Atlanta may debate this). They’re 4-0 for the first time in franchise history and continued the march to 16-0 with a 38-14 victory over divisional foe Tennessee. Houston’s obviously not missing Mario Williams as their defense still ranks near the top of the league in every relevant category. Said defense even baptized Jake Locker, restarting the Matt Hasselbeck era.
Matt Schaub, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson were never truly in jeopardy of allowing the game to slip from their possession. If there was anything positive to take away from this game if the Titans are your squad, at least Chris Johnson woke up. His 141 yards were three times as many as he had through the first three games. Aside from that, Tennessee best start looking at a wild card birth (or vacation spots). Houston may have this division clinched by Halloween.
— Speaking of undefeated teams, Matt Ryan and the Falcons are still clicking on all cylinders to the tune of 4-0 after a game-winning drive edged out the Panthers 30-28. Pray for Cam Newton, y’all.
— With Sunday night’s win over New York, the Eagles are now 3-1 with all three wins coming by a total of four points.
— Special teams were the name of the game in the Vikings 20-13 win over the underachieving Lions highlighted by Percy Harvin’s game-opening 105 yard kickoff return (plus a punt return later in the game) and Marcus Sherels 77-yard punt return. Both for touchdowns.
— Karma came a knocking for Seattle this week. Despite Marshawn Lynch’s 118 yards, the Seahawks had no late game
magic foolishness go in their favor ultimately losing 19-13 to St. Louis.
— Peyton Manning had a Peyton Manning-like day against the Raiders. His stats? How’s about 30-38 for 338 yards and three touchdowns.
— San Diego’s 37-20 win over Kansas City was not how the Chiefs wanted to follow up a thriller in New Orleans last week. At least, Jamal Charles pressing the X, O, triangle and R1 buttons was pretty awesome, right?
— In a battle of the wild cats (no Calipari), the Bengals beat the Jaguars 27-10. Don’t tell anybody, but A.J. Green is the real deal, folks (another six catches for 117 and a touchdown yesterday).
— Even with Drew Brees record-setting day – tying Johnny Unitas’ consecutive touchdown pass streak at 47 and eighth all-time in passing touchdowns – the Saints fell to 0-4 following a heartbreaking 28-27 loss to Green Bay.
— Robert Griffin III was impressive yet again. And had Billy Cundiff missed that last field goal against Tampa – he almost did – he probably would have been found tied up in a in southeast D.C. basement.
— New England spotted Buffalo a 21-7 lead. Then eventually ended up winning 52-28. Tom Brady, may we have your thoughts, sir?