Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The NFL season is now officially headed down the home stretch as the Thanksgiving Day football games take place and the final six games of the season for the 32 teams take place as we head into the month of December following this week's action.
The big games this week features the New York Giants at Denver Broncos on Thanksgiving night on NFL Network.
Both of these teams are 6-4 and are in heated battles with numerous teams in their respective conferences for a wild card spot.
Then on Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals face the revitalized Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. The Pittsburgh Steelers will be at Baltimore in a huge game for possible playoff implications on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger says he will play despite suffering a concussion last week in the Steelers' surprise loss at Kansas City.
The Indianapolis Colts look to stay perfect this season when they play at Houston. The Texans are 5-5 following Monday night's crushing loss to Tennessee, and will be fighting possibly for their playoff chances in this one.
The BIG GAME of course will be Monday Night Football on ESPN when the New England Patriots take on the New Orleans Saints in the Louisiana Super Dome.
The Saints, thanks to home field advantage, are three-point favorites to win the game. After all, like the Colts they are a perfect 10-0 this season.
But never count out Tom Brady and the Patriots no matter what.
This game should live up to it's billing and New England fans are hopeful that Head Coach Bill Belichick makes the right call this time around if faced with another crucial fourth down decision in crunch time.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody from heftyinfo and here goes another shot at picking the winners for this week's full slate of games around the NFL.
(HOME TEAMS are listed in BOLD)
Thanksgiving Day Games
Green Bay over Detroit
Dallas over Oakland
NY Giants over Denver
Minnesota over Chicago
Miami over Buffalo
Cincinnati over Cleveland
NY Jets over Carolina
Seattle over St. Louis
Atlanta over Tampa Bay
Indianapolis over Houston
Philadelphia over Washington
San Diego over Kansas City
Jacksonville over San Francisco
Arizona over Tennessee
Baltimore over Pittsburgh
MONDAY NIGHT GAME
New England over New Orleans
Last week's record: 11-5
SEASON RECORD: 100-60
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The AFC North didn't change at all while that loud crash you just heard out in the AFC West is the Denver Broncos falling back to reality and second place as the San Diego Chargers took over the division lead with a 32-3 trouncing of the host Broncos at Invesco Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Chargers defense led the way with three turnovers and three sacks against Denver while Philip Rivers (pictured upper right) was efficient with 145 yards passing, including a TD pass and LaDainian Tomlinson continued to surge with 73 yards on the ground and a touchdown as well.
Back to the AFC North, where all four teams lost on Sunday including Pittsburgh losing at Kansas City, 27-24 in overtime. The Steelers blew a ten-point halftime lead against the lowly Chiefs and worse, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out of the game with a concussion. The first-place Bengals blew a chance to increase their lead in the division while losing at Oakland, 20-17 as the Raiders scored ten points in the final 37 seconds to steal the game from Cincy.
Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski threw a TD pass to tie the game and then Andre Caldwell fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which the Raiders recovered and Sebastian Janikowski kicked the winning 33-yard field goal.
The Baltimore Ravens blew a game at home against the undefeated Indianapolis Colts, 17-15 as Joe Flacco threw a costly interception in the final two minutes to seal the win for Indianapolis.
Of course, the cellar dwelling Cleveland Browns (1-9) found a way to lose a game again, 38-37 at Detroit as the Lions scored on the game's final play when QB Matthew Stafford (422 yards passing and 5 TD passes) found Brandon Pettigrew on a one-yard scoring pass following a pass interference call against the Browns in end zone.
Cleveland's Brady Quinn threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns in the loss.
In a big NFC matchup, the New York Giants got back to winning football as they topped the Atlanta Falcons, 34-31 in overtime on Lawrence Tynes' 36-yard field goal.
Giants' QB Eli Manning threw for 384 yards and three TDs to pace the win as the Giants (6-4) snapped their four-game losing streak.
Brett Favre (four more TD passes) led the way for the Minnesota Vikings (9-1) as they pasted the visiting Seattle Seahawks, 35-9.
The New England Patriots bounced back from their inane loss to the Colts last week to top the New York Jets, 31-14 and improve to 7-3 in the AFC East. Tom Brady passed for 310 yards and the New England defense forced five turnovers in the win. Patriots' defensive back Leigh Bodden intercepted three passes and returned one 53 yards for a touchdown.
How 'bout them Cowboys?
The Dallas Cowboys finally scored a touchdown in the final minutes to top the Redskins, 7-6 in Dallas as they improved to 7-3 and maintained a one-game lead over the Eagles and Giants in the NFC East.
Speaking of the Eagles, they traveled to Chicago and beat the Bears on Sunday Night Football, 24-20 as Donovan McNabb threw for a pair of touchdowns and LeSean McCoy scored the game-winning TD on a 10-yard run. The loss pretty much assured the Bears (4-6) of missing the playoffs for the third straight year.
Arizona struggled as QB Kurt Warner was injured in a 21-13 win over the St. Louis Rams.
The Jacksonville Jaguars survived Terrell Owens' 98-yard touchdown grab in a 18-15 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Green Bay rolled out to a 30-10 lead behind Aaron Rodgers' big day with 344 yards passing and two touchdowns before hanging on for a 30-24 win against San Francisco.
The Packers are 6-4 and in the wild card playoff hunt in the NFC but will be without Aaron Kampman and Al Harris on defense the rest of the season as both players were injured in the victory.
The New Orleans Saints, like the Indy Colts, remained undefeated at 10-0 with a 38-7 trouncing of the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Saints' QB Drew Brees passed for three touchdowns and the Saints defense intercepted three passes to pace the easy win.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The Game of the Week this Sunday will take place in the Mile High City of Denver when the Broncos host the surging San Diego Chargers with first place in the AFC West on the line.
The Chargers have won four straight while the Broncos have lost three consecutive games after getting out to a 6-0 start this season.
With both teams at 6-3, this game takes on huge proportions not only for the division lead with just six games remaining after this weekend, but also for a possible playoff spot as a "wild card" team.
The loser will sit at 6-4 and having lost to both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, teams that are now vying for wild card spots as well having been swept by the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals.
The Broncos face a rugged schedule the final seven games, playing San Diego and then the New York Giants on Thanksgiving Night. In December, the Broncos travel to Kansas City, Indianapolis and Philadelphia while hosting Oakland before finishing the regular season at home against the Chiefs.
Meanwhile, the Chargers will host Kansas City after this weekend's game in Denver. The month of December has the 'Bolts traveling to Cleveland, Dallas and Tennessee (Christmas Day game on NFL Network) while hosting Cincinnati. The Chargers finish the regular season at home against the Washington Redskins.
On paper, San Diego's schedule appears to be less challenging, but as this 2009 NFL season has proved so far, there are NO guarantees each weekend.
Led by quarterback Philip Rivers, the Chargers offense has been flying high most of the season and in particular the last four games. In addition, running back LaDainian Tomlinson enjoyed his most productive game this season (96 yards and two rushing TDs) when San Diego beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-23 last week.
If LT gets it rolling as in year's past, watch out!
The Broncos defense had been dominating teams through the first six games, especially in the second half of those games when opposing teams simply could not score much against the stingy Broncos' defense.
However, in the current three game losing streak, the Broncos defense has been riddled by points in losses to Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Washington. The Redskins scored 13 unanswered points in the second half last week and won the game, 27-17. It was the first time this season the Redskins scored more than 17 points in a game.
Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton was injured in that loss to Washington and may have to sit out this Sunday's showdown with the Chargers. Orton had been very effective through the first six games and was showing signs of getting back on track (after two terrible games in the losses) until the injury of his ankle knocked him out of action.
Does this mean the Chargers are a lock to go into Denver and take back the division lead?
Of course not, but if Orton cannot play and the Broncos start Chris Simms, the chances are much better for the Chargers. But once again, it seems like whenever there is a sure thing in this year's NFL, then just the opposite will happen.
One thing for sure, this should be an exciting game between these two bitter rivals and the surprising fact that first place is at stake only adds to the drama.
Other showdowns will happen this weekend in the NFL as well... so here goes another shot at picking the winners around the NFL.
(HOME TEAMS are listed in BOLD)
Carolina over Miami
Detroit over Cleveland
Pittsburgh over Kansas City
Jacksonville over Buffalo
NY Giants over Atlanta
Baltimore over Indianapolis
Green Bay over San Francisco
Minnesota over Seattle
New Orleans over Tampa Bay
Dallas over Washington
Arizona over St. Louis
San Diego over Denver
New England over NY Jets
Cincinnati over OaklandPhiladelphia over Chicago
Houston over Tennessee
Last week's record: 9-6
SEASON RECORD: 89-55
Monday, November 16, 2009
We learned a lot this weekend in the NFL as the teams prepare for the home stretch now that every team has had their "bye" week and the standings are really taking shape.
The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 18-12 to take sole possession of first place in the AFC North. By sweeping not only the Steelers, but also the Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals (7-2) are poised to win their first AFC North division title since 2005.
The game had it's price though as Bengals' running back Cedric Benson was injured in the game as was Steelers' safety Troy Palomalu, who had been playing tremendous football since returning from a Week One knee injury.
Another thing learned is you don't go for it on fourth down from your own 28-yard line with two minutes remaining in the game while leading by six points.
New England Head Coach Bill Belichick has made a career as a great coach at taking risks such as the one he made Sunday night in Indianapolis.
This time it failed and the Colts, led by quarterback Peyton Manning's four TD passes, rallied for the 35-34 win to remain undefeated along with the New Orleans Saints. Both teams are 9-0 as the Saints held off the stubborn St. Louis Rams, 28-23 in a game that saw Saints' QB Drew Brees throw two interceptions. Reggie Bush (83 yards rushing) scored twice for the Saints.
The Minnesota Vikings improved to 8-1 with a 27-10 win at home over the Detroit Lions. Vikings' QB Brett Favre threw for 344 yards and Vikings' wide receiver Sidney Rice caught seven passes for 201 yards while running back Adrian Peterson added two scoring runs to go with 133 yards rushing for the winners.
The San Diego Chargers continued their winning ways with a 31-23 home victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson scored two touchdowns and rushed for 96 yards in his most productive game of the season. Quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 231 yards and two TDs to pace a balanced offense for the 6-3 Chargers, who are now tied for first place with the Denver Broncos after this fourth straight win.
Eagles QB Donovan McNabb threw 55 passes in the loss while connecting for a pair of second half TD passes and totaled 450 yards for the day in the air.
The Denver Broncos lost the game and possibly starting QB Kyle Orton as well on Sunday in Washington, D.C. as the Redskins topped the slumping Broncos 27-17.
Orton had thrown two long TD passes to Brandon Marshall before leaving the game with a high ankle sprain and later left the stadium on crutches. The Broncos host the Chargers next week in a showdown for first place in the AFC West.
Jacksonville bolted into wild card contention with a surprising road win at the New York Jets, 24-22 as Josh Scobee kicked a 21-yard game winning field goal as time expired. The Jags (5-4) were led by Maurice Jones-Drew, who rushed for 123 yards and scored a 33-yard touchdown on the ground.
The Tennessee Titans won their third straight game after starting 0-6 as they blasted the visiting Buffalo Bills 41-17. Chris Johnson rushed for 132 yards and also had nine catches for 100 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the way.
Carolina topped Atlanta, 28-19 as running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathon Stewart combined for 174 yards rushing. Stewart scored two TDs in the win for the Panthers (4-5) and quarterback Jake Delhomme threw two scoring passes to Steve Smith.
Falcons running back Michael Turner left the game with an ankle injury after rushing for 111 yards on just nine carries.
The Arizona Cardinals improved to 6-3 and maintained a two-game lead in the NFC West as they beat the Seattle Seahawks, 31-20 behind Kurt Warner's 340 yards passing and two TD strikes, one to Steve Breaston and the other to All-Pro wideout Larry Fitzgerald to seal the win.
The Dallas Cowboys blew a chance to widen their lead in the NFC East, losing at Green Bay, 17-7 as the Packers defense rose up and stifled the Cowboys' offensive attack, sacking Pokes' QB Tony Romo five times while intercepting a pass and recovering two fumbles in this must-win game.
The Packers improved to 5-4 and remain in wild card contention with the win that saw improvement on defense and a balanced offense.
Miami rallied late for a 25-23 win over Tampa Bay as Ricky Williams (20 carries for 102 yards) broke off a long run to set up the winning 25-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter. Dolphins' running back Ronnie Brown (82 yards and touchdown run) left the game with an ankle injury.
The Kansas City Chiefs knocked off Oakland 16-10 behind the running of Jamaal Charles (103 yards on carries), who scored the Chiefs only TD with a 44-yard run. Both teams are 2-7 for the season.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Week Ten already in the 2009 NFL Football season and the standings are heating up around the league.
The AFC has races in two of the four divisions at the halfway point with one seemingly out of reach already and another getting to that point rather quickly.
The Indianapolis Colts pretty much punched their playoff ticket already when they topped the Houston Texans and now have a 8-0 record. The Texans have their bye this weekend and are 5-4 in the AFC South, four games behind the Colts.
The New England Patriots, who travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts on Sunday Night Football, have a two game lead over the New York Jets in the East however, the Jets did beat New England back in Week Two so that still is a race with half the season to go.
The two divisions with real races are the North and the West divisions.
Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are both 6-2 and face each other on Sunday in Pittsburgh. This is the key game in the AFC North this season as the winner will have sole possession of first place. The Baltimore Ravens are also a factor at 4-4 and play Pittsburgh twice in the second half of the season.
In the AFC West, the Denver Broncos have stumbled the last two weeks, getting hammered by both Baltimore (30-7) and Pittsburgh (28-10) and are 6-2, which still has them in first place in the division. But the once commanding three game lead is now down to just one game over the three-time defending division champion San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers have won three straight, including last week's 21-20 last second thriller in New York against the Giants.
The Broncos and Chargers face each other once again next week in Denver, so the Broncos will have incentive this week to get the lead back to two games as they travel to Washington to play the Redskins while the Chargers face the always tough Philadelphia Eagles in San Diego.
In the NFC, the East division is a log jam with Dallas, Philadelphia and the New York Giants all within two games of each other.
Dallas (6-2) has won four in a row and is in first place after topping Philadelphia, 20-16 last week. The Eagles (5-3) fly out to San Diego to face the Chargers, who topped the slumping Giants 21-20 last week. The Giants, along with Houston, have their bye this weekend and it couldn't come at a better time for this team, which has lost four straight games after starting the 2009 season with a 5-0 mark.
Minnesota, New Orleans and Arizona are on cruise control in their respective divisions at the halfway point. Arizona (5-3) has a two game edge over the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks while the Vikings (7-1) and Saints (8-0) each have three games leads.
The teams in the AFC and NFC that are chasing the division leaders have their work cut out in the second half of the season and it all gets started Thursday night when the NFL Network gets their evening edition of pro football going with the Chicago Bears (4-4) playing at San Francisco, which has lost four consecutive games after a 3-1 start this season.
After a tough go around last weekend, here goes another week of fearless forecasts...
(HOME TEAMS are listed in BOLD)
Chicago over San Francisco
Tennessee over Buffalo
Miami over Tampa Bay
NY Jets over Jacksonville
Pittsburgh over Cincinnati
New Orleans over St. Louis
Carolina over Atlanta
Minnesota over Detroit
Oakland over Kansas City
Dallas over Green Bay
Denver over Washington
San Diego over Philadelphia
Arizona over Seattle
Indianapolis over New England
Baltimore over Cleveland
Last week's record: 6-7
SEASON RECORD: 80-49
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The Pittsburgh Steelers, led by Head Coach Mike Tomlin (pictured right), showed why they are the defending Super Bowl champions on Monday night by dismantling the host Denver Broncos, 28-10 to improve to 6-2 and a first-place tie heading into their key showdown next week against the Cincinnati Bengals, which topped visiting Baltimore, 17-7 to stay tied for first place.
The Broncos meanwhile, lost for the second straight game and saw their once commanding three-game lead in the AFC West shrink to just one game over the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers, led by quarterback Philip Rivers' three TD passes, including the game-winner to wide receiver Vincent Jackson with just 21 seconds remaining, won their third consecutive game, 21-20 over the New York Giants.
The NFC East is turning into a great race after seeing the Giants lose their fourth consecutive game after starting 5-0. The Dallas Cowboys now lead the East with a 6-2 record after winning Sunday night in Philadelphia, 20-16. Speaking of the Eagles, they are now 5-3 with the loss at home and will travel to play the San Diego Chargers in a huge matchup on Sunday.
The New England Patriots took a stronger hold on first-place in the AFC East with a 27-17 win over Miami on Sunday. The Patriots are now 6-2 and lead the Jets by two games and Buffalo and Miami by three games at the midway point of the season.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals (5-3) now have a two game lead over both Seattle and San Francisco after they rode the rifle arm of QB Kurt Warner (five TD passes) to crush the Chicago Bears, 41-21.
Both the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints had come from behind wins to remain undefeated for the season. The Colts toppled the Houston Texans, 20-17 while New Orleans spotted Carolina a 14-point second quarter lead before besting the visiting Panthers, 30-20 to post their first-ever 8-0 start.
And finally, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first game of the season by whomping the Green Bay Packers in the final 11 minutes of the game for a 38-28 victory. There will be NO winless teams in 2009.
Monday, November 9, 2009
The Hollywood production "2012" comes out this weekend and millions will flock to see what the ancient Mayans predict will be the end of this world on the big screen.
Of course, it is just a fictitious movie adaptation of the end times on planet Earth.
The Mayans were a paganistic society that used calendars and according to the ancient legends, the Mayan calendar calls for 2012 as the final year of this planet's existence.
Normally, this site stays off the subjects of this type, but there is an interesting notice to all of this hoopla regarding 2012.
The man Harold Camping (pictured above) is a devout Bible teacher and holds no high titles of doctrine in a mega-church or any other denomination. Camping, a co-founder and the President of Family Radio Inc., which is a Bible based radio ministry started over 50 years ago in 1959, has been teaching (from the Bible) that the end times for this world will come on May 21, 2011 with the rapture of the believers by Christ and then five months later the final day of Earth will be October 21, 2011. He has a book titled "Time Has An End" which was published in 2005 on this subject.
Take note now, that's 2011 and not 2012 as the Hollywood hype machine would have people to believe.
Camping has been studying the scriptures for nearly 70 years and feels this is the truth arrived at from the Bible, as he always puts it, while hosting a nightly call-in show "The Open Forum" on Family Radio.
Back in 1994, Camping had a book called "1994?" based on past Bible study that did not call for the end of the world in 1994, but the possibility it could occur.
Of course it did not and he has been held to ridicule by many (both religious and non-religious) since then.
That doesn't faze the 88-year old Camping who insists this will come to pass in 2011.
Family Radio is a world wide organization and resides in Oakland, CA.
For further info. on Mr. Camping and Family Radio, contact them at Family Radio, Oakland, CA 94621 or call the offices at 1-800-543-1495. They also have a website at www.familyradio.com
and there people can really check out this organization.
It's an interesting thing that people are discussing these "end times" and have been for centuries. It's no different in our day in the 21st century as people continue to talk about the subject and now of course the ridiculously hyped movie is coming out as well on the subject.
What does it all mean?
God only knows.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
H.R. 3962 passed the U.S. House of Representatives at 11:07 p.m. on Saturday, November 7th, 2009 ... nine years to the day when George W. Bush and Al Gore were up for election in what turned out to be a huge controversy that still has the country divided regarding politics.
That being said, the Health Care Reform Bill (with the PUBLIC OPTION) is alive and well and now will advance to the Senate for debate and procedural measures.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) pounded the gavel after announcing the bill passed 220-215 with one Republican, Anh Joseph Cao (Louisiana-2nd District) coming aboard for the final vote.
If all goes well, the House and Senate will go into conference and hopefully provide a bill to be signed by President Barack Obama by year's end.
There are some significant games being played this weekend in the NFL.
The Dallas Cowboys travel to Philadelphia to face the surging Eagles, fresh off their 40-17 thrashing of the New York Giants last week. Both teams are 5-2 and tied for first place in the NFC East.
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has been brilliant since the Eagles laid that egg in a loss at Oakland three weeks ago. Dallas Cowboys' QB Tony Romo has also been rolling as the Cowboys have won three straight games since a setback in Denver.
Meanwhile, the New York Giants, who have lost three straight games, will be hosting the San Diego Chargers (4-3) in the feature game on CBS late Sunday afternoon.
The Giants' defense has been uncharacteristically generous against the run in the losing streak, as the Philadelphia Eagles ran for near 200 yards in last week's win.
The Chargers are basically in a must-win situation the rest of the season after seeing the surprising Denver Broncos get off to a 6-0 start and a commanding lead in the AFC West.
In the AFC North, first place is also on the line in Week Nine as the Baltimore Ravens travel to play the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are tied for first place with Pittsburgh at 5-2 and Baltimore, coming off a 30-7 thrashing of the Denver Broncos, are 4-3 and could force a three-way tie for first in the AFC North if they win this one and Denver beats Pittsburgh in the Mile High City on Monday Night Football.
The AFC South could be settled early this year as the Colts host the Houston Texans on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts are 7-0 and did struggle to beat the San Francisco 49ers last week while Houston throttled the Buffalo Bills, 31-10 to improve to 5-3 for the first time in their eight year history.
Should the Colts win and improve to 8-0, they would have a huge four game lead on the second-place Texans. Houston can make it a race with a win.
The NFL's only other unbeaten team, the New Orleans Saints, host the Carolina Panthers (3-4) and could further solidify their first place lead in the NFC South with a win.
It looks to be another exciting week with the games scheduled for the beginning of the second half of the 2009 season. This week's predictions...
(Home teams are listed in BOLD)
Jacksonville over Kansas City
Green Bay over Tampa Bay
Baltimore over Cincinnati
Chicago over Arizona
Indianapolis over Houston
Atlanta over Washington
New England over Miami
NY Giants over San Diego
New Orleans over Carolina
Seattle over Detroit
San Francisco over Tennessee
Philadelphia over Dallas
Denver over Pittsburgh
Last Week's Record: 8-5
SEASON RECORD: 74-42
Friday, November 6, 2009
Congrats to the New York Yankees, who defeated the Phildelphia Phillies in six games to capture their 27th World Series Championship. Hideki Matsui (pictured right) was named the World Series Most Valuable Player after driving in six runs in the decisive game.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
This is for all those who want to oppose blogsite views but don't have the balls to step up and post a real name or photo of who it is doing the commenting. There is another word for these types, but let's keep it PG-rated.
Remember the "Patriot Act"?
Take off the mask and grow a pair!
Remember the "Patriot Act"?
Take off the mask and grow a pair!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Brett Favre returned to Green Bay and threw four touchdown passes to lead the way as the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Packers, 38-26 to improve to 7-1 and a two-game lead in the NFC North.
The win was a huge success for the future Hall-of-Famer, who in two wins over the Packers, threw seven TD passes and no interceptions.
The New Orleans Saints remained unbeaten after winning 35-27 against Atlanta on the Monday Night Football game. Drew Brees threw three TD passes and the Saints' defense scored their sixth touchdown this season in the victory.
Indianapolis struggled at home, but came away with a hard fought 18-14 win over the San Francisco 49ers to remain undefeated. Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning was held without a touchdown pass in the game.
The Philadelphia Eagles absolutely dismantled the New York Giants, 40-17 to improve to 5-2 and a first-place tie with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.
Eagles' QB Donovan McNabb threw for three touchdowns and rookie LeSean McCoy had a 66-yard scoring run for Philadelphia, who faces the Cowboys in a mid-season showdown on Sunday Night football in Philly.
Speaking of the Cowboys, they won their third straight game with a 38-17 rout of the visiting Seattle Seahawks. Tony Romo had three TD passes to pace the win for Dallas.
The Baltimore Ravens took apart previously unbeaten Denver, 30-7 as the Ravens defense limited the Broncos to just 200 total yards of offense in the game. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco hit veteran wideout Derrick Mason with a 20-yard scoring pass to go along with 125 yards rushing by Baltimore.
Miami (3-4) climbed back into the race in the AFC East with a 30-25 road win against the New York Jets (4-4) as Ted Ginn, Jr. led the way with two kickoff returns for touchdowns. The Dolphins had just 104 yards of offense for the game but won anyway as the two kick returns and Jason Taylor's 48-yard fumble return for a score did the trick.
Tennessee and St. Louis both won their first game of the season.
The Titans beat Jacksonville 30-13 behind two long TD runs by Chris Johnson (228 yards rushing in the game) and a TD pass from quarterback Vince Young, who was making his first start at quarterback in over a year.
The Rams beat the host Detroit Lions, 17-10 as running back Steve Jackson ran for 149 yards and scored the winning TD on a 25-yard run with under two minutes to go in the game.
The Chicago Bears blasted the Cleveland Browns, 30-6 in Chicago to improve to 4-3 and a second-place tie with Green Bay in the NFC North.
Houston beat the Buffalo Bills, 31-10 as running back Ryan Moats scored three times and had 126 yards for the game. The win gave the Texans a 5-3 record for the first time in the teams' eight-year history at the mid-season mark.
Carolina got a measure of revenge from last year's stinging playoff loss at Arizona by pasting the Cardinals, 34-21 behind a pair of touchdown runs from Jonathon Stewart and a defensive score by Julius Peppers on a 13-yard interception return.
Arizona QB Kurt Warner threw five interceptions in the game as the Cards (4-3) turned the ball over six times in the loss.
The San Diego Chargers improved to 4-3 with a 24-16 win over the Oakland Raiders as running back LaDainian Tomlinson scored two touchdowns to pace the offense. It was the Chargers' 13th consecutive win against the Raiders.
The way the Republicans are acting smacks of desperation as they unveil their version of health care reform that does NOTHING for the public (that means you and me and every other tax-paying citizen in this country) and gives the health insurance giants more of what they already have, without that "bothersome" PUBLIC OPTION.
How about the way the right is acting just because the GOP won the governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey?
It means nothing.
Just think back four years ago to when California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had all four of his proposals shot down by voters in the state and then won the governor's race one year later in the election in 2006.
All the talking heads on the Fox Channel are all giddy now because the GOP won two states as far as governor's races are concerned.
So... what now?
I just hope health care reform doesn't get pushed back further and further on the congressional agenda as now the 2010 campaigns will be in FULL SWING following these "off-year" elections.
It boggles the mind that the people elected to represent the country and its citizens care more about their own asses getting re-elected and licking the boots of corporate America and the health insurance giants that pump millions and millions and millions of dollars their way on a continuing basis.
Now that is sick!
So... what now?
God only knows...
God help us because we here in this country we call the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA need all the help we can get.