The legend of Robert Griffin III continues to grow each Sunday. Every dexterous escape, accurate deep pass, and first down sprint makes transforms him from a buzzed about rookie to a larger than life ghost story for opposing defenses. He inched closer to boogeyman status yesterday with another strong performance, but the New York Giants have their own legendary figure under center, and he’s scary good too. Yes, RGIII is the real deal, but Eli Manning is a champion.
At the end of the fourth quarter, the Giants D had RGIII staring at a 4th and 10 in their own territory. What happened next may end up on the Washington QB’s career highlight reel, as he escaped a sure sack and delivered a strike to Logan Paulsen that preserved the drive. He followed that with a picture perfect go ahead touchdown toss to Santana Moss with 1:30 on the clock. The lead was short-lived, however, as the cold-blooded Manning responded with a 77 yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz, only a few plays later to crush the DC faithful. Whitt is currently on suicide watch and not answering his phone.
The Jets’ overtime loss ended with a Mark Sanchez fumble, which seemed as inevitable as this sentence ending with a period. The Jets were game, and did not make it easy for the Patriots by any stretch of the imagination, but New York’s other team just seems snake bitten. Sanchez had an awful first half, including a botched handoff that led to a safety, but Rex Ryan’s squad played the Pats to a close 16-10 in the first half despite scores by the New England offense, defense and special teams.
With the sweet dewy breath of Football Jesus breathing down his neck, Number 6 came to play in the second half. Sanchez was 9 for 10 in one fourth quarter touchdown drive and he followed it with another that ended with a Nick Folk field goal to take a 26-23 lead. How did Tom “Bad Modelf*cker” Brady respond to the adversity of the second half? Only by marching his team down the field for a game-tying field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, and the eventual game-winning field goal in overtime. The new rules mandated that the Jets get one drive to put some points on the board after New England took the lead, but the game ended as it was seemingly destined to, with a sack resulting in a Sanchez fumble to seal the deal. This week in New York should be a doozy, as the calls for Tim Tebow behind center will only get louder.
— Welcome back (finally) to Chris Johnson who finally found the end zone (twice!) for the first time in 11 games and ended up with 195 rushing yards in the Titans close victory over the Bills, 35-34.
–The Texans had never beat the Ravens before Sunday. With Ray Lewis out of the lineup, they made up for lost time and looked like the bullies by thrashing Baltimore 43-13.
— Whether the Saints win two or 12 games this season, one thing is for sure: Drew Brees is going to earn his paycheck. After falling down 14-0 and 21-7 against Tampa Bay, Brees stormed back with 311 yards and four TDs. Oh, yeah, that was just in the first half. And despite Roman Harper’s best efforts, the Saints’ D managed to hold out to record their second straight win.
— The Browns couldn’t continue their winning ways from week six, falling to the Colts 17-13.
— Christian Ponder only totaled 58 yards through the air, but Adrian Peterson’s 23 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown helped improve the Vikings to 5-2.
— Another day at the office for Aaron Rodgers as the Packers made slight work of the Rams 30-20. The QB’s final line: 30-37, 342 yards passing and 3 TDs.
— The Cowboys escaped Charlotte with a 19-14 victory over Cam Newton and the Panthers. It’s probably safe to say now Cam’s definitely hit his sophomore slump and his post-game press conference proves the former Heisman Trophy winner is all sorts of stressed out these days.