Bills 34, Patriots 31
The Bills finally ended their 15 game losing streak against the Patriots on Sunday. After trailing 21-0 in the second quarter, they pulled themselves together and stared into the face of adversity. It was Rian Lindell’s 28 yard field goal that clinched the game, but the real heroes are Fred Jackson, who had 74 yards rushing and a 1 yard TD dive that tied the game at 24, Ryan Fitzpatrick, who despite 2 interceptions threw for 369 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and corner Drayton Florence, who returned 1 of Tom Brady’s 4 interceptions for a “pick 6” shortly after Jackson’s run. People are trying to be convinced that the Bills are just a fluke, however, they may need to start convincing themselves that these guys might just be the real deal.
Raiders 34, Jets 24
#20 on the Raiders continues to strike fear into the hearts of every team he plays against. It’s no wonder Darren McFadden is the current leader in rushing yards heading into week 4, the man cannot be stopped. With 393 yards on the season so far, 171 of them coming against the Jets, he just eats through opposing defenses like a swarm of termites. Now he isn’t the only guy scoring for the silver and black. Denarius Moore and Michael Bush each added a TD to match McFadden’s 2, and that alone carried the team, proving that Oakland’s run game is clearly lethal. The passing game isn’t spectacular, yet consistent as Jason Campbell chalked up 156 yards on 18 for 27 passing attempts. The Jets contributed to their own demise with an INT thrown by Mark Sanchez and a combined 97 rushing yards between Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson. Looks like the Raiders finally got their revenge from last years 38-0 loss to NY last year, the largest home loss in Oakland’s history.
Lions 26, Vikings 23
The Lions have done the unthinkable even this far into the season. They are undefeated going into week 4. This win was anything but pretty. Being down 20-0 following halftime, Matthew Stafford led his team back into it with 2 touchdown passes to Calvin Johnson. Stafford tossed for 378 yards and 2 TDs, both to Johnson, and also connected with “Megatron” for a 40 yard completion that set up Jason Hanson for a 32 yard field goal to keep the Lions undefeated. Detroit is 3-0 for the first time in 31 years and, similar Buffalo, broke a 13 game losing streak in Minnesota. The Vikings continue to crumble as they failed to show up for the second half for the third consecutive time this season. They have blown leads in every game they’ve played and have had a somewhat sub par production on offense. I said at the beginning of the season that Donovan McNabb is not the solution to their quarterback problems and he’s proved me correct up to this point. He’s got to start being the star that the Vikes need him to be or he may find himself out of a job quicker than he thinks.
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