For whatever reason, Eli will always be considered just an "OK" quarterback. Maybe it's because he is a contemporary of some very, very good quarterbacks—one of whom is his big brother—or maybe it's because he is kind of a doofus. Either way, here's your Sunday roundup. Enjoy.
NY Jets 27, Buffalo 11: This game started off like that much ballyhooed college game last night. Stalled drives, field goals, turnovers and missed field goals. Throughout the game, however, the Jets defense stifled the Bills and eventually Mark Sanchez was able to hook up with his big name receivers while managing not to screw everything up. There is now a three-way tie atop the AFC east.
Houston 30, Cleveland 12: Arian Foster and Ben Tate rushed for 124 yards and 115 respectively and each also scored a touchdown. Josh Cribbs had a 63 yard kickoff return but, this being the Browns, it was called back thanks to a Josh Cribbs penalty for grasping the face mask.
Miami 31 Kansas City 3: Matt Moore had three touchdowns and Reggie Bush rushed for almost 100 yards rushing and a touchdown. Man, there are some bad teams in the AFC. So much for all that Champagne, Rod Marinelli.
Atlanta 31, Indianapolis 7: All those people hoping for that Andrew Luck-Peyton Manning fistfight just had a great weekend. Earlier in the day, we saw Julio Jones and his athletic prowess in all its glory. He wound up with 131 yards and 2 touchdowns. Curtis Painter had 98. The only touchdown the Colts scored was on defense when Jerraud Powers returned an interception six yards. [USA Today]
New Orleans 27, Tampa Bay 16: Early in the first quarter, Drew Brees threw a touchdown. It was the 36th game in a row that he managed to accomplish such a feat. He is now tied with Brett Favre for second place in the Thoroughly Unimportant Records Record Book. Cherry on top: He extended his consecutive games with 20+ completions to 29. [Florida Today]
Dallas 23, Seattle 13: These Dallas headlines are just great. "Romo, Cowboys good enough to handle Seahawks." YEARGGHH! Super Bowl or bust, baby! [CBS Sports]
San Francisco 19, Washington 11: Here's an interesting quote: "After his fifth straight 100-yard game, a San Francisco 49ers franchise record, Frank Gore donned a dark green military-style jacket, green cargo pants and designer jewel-encrusted dog tags. 'They were a pretty tough defense, so I told myself I'm going to wear this - because I felt I was going to come out hunting on Sunday,' Gore said. 'It's my hunting outfit.'" [Sacramento Bee]
Mark Schlereth Reads An AP Style Game Recap: Eli. Manning. Hit Jake Ballard. For a 1-yard. Touch. Down. Pass. With 15. Seconds. Left> Giving the New. York. FOOTBALL! [shoutouts to the big man, Boomer] Giants. A 24-20 Win [Vic.Tor.Y., Come on, who's writing these?! over the New. England. Patriots. On Sunday. Repeating a comeback. VICTORY [YEARGHH!!]. Similar to the 2008 Super. Bowl. Between the. Teams.
The Giants. Won [gotta check to see if "victoried" is a word] That. One, 17-14, on Manning's 13-yard. Scoring. Pass to Plaxico. Burress. With 35. Seconds remaining. But on Sunday. It looked like the Patriots. Would. Win [prove victorious!] with a comeback. Of. Their. Own when Tom. [wait five full minutes, Stinkster] Brady. Threw a 14-yard. Scoring. Pass to Rob. Gronkowski, making it 20-17. With 1:36 to go.
But the Giants (6-2). Had enough time. To move 80. Yards. On eight. Plays - helped by a 20-yard pass. Interference penalty. Against. The Patriots (5-3). That put the ball. At the 1. With 30 seconds to play. Three plays later. Manning found Ballard in the back. Left. Corner. Of the end zone.
NY Giants, New England: As you can tell, this was a great game. I was cursing the Giants for allowing Brady to once again walk down the field at the end of the game and throw to a wide open "The Gronk" in the endzone and take an eventual 3 point lead. But then the little Eli that could marched his own team down the field and threw the game winning touchdown to his own tight end. 10>12.
Denver 38, Oakland 24: Tim Tebow rushed for 117 yards and threw for two touchdowns. Welp, he's a Hall-of-Famer now. Wish the public would make up its mind on this guy. Tebow was also responsible for Willis McGahee's resurgent game. When asked if Tebow had any encouraging words for Willis, he replied "Yeah. He told me to 'Come Forth.'"
Arizona 19, St. Louis 13: Offensive powerhouse and rocket-armed John Skelton threw for an earth-shattering 222 yards en route to leading his team to the promised land over a bitter foe in a hotly contested division game. He was able to find some chump receiver in the end zone for a 13 yard touchdown. It was probably the finest thrown ball in the history of time. Patrick Peterson also did some stuff.
Green Bay 45, San Diego 38: Aaron Rodgers continued his ridiculous video game-like proficiency and offensive dominance. He had four touchdowns on 21-26 passing. Phillip Rivers, meanwhile chipped in a couple touchdowns for Green Bay as well. Rivers then made it interesting when he and Vincent Jackson hooked up for two touchdowns in less than 2 minutes in the fourth quarter. It wasn't enough, though. You know, because of those other touchdowns he threw.
Cincinnati 24, Tennessee 17: The Titans were up 17-7 at the half, but Andy Dalton cannot be stopped. He had three touchdowns and 217 yards passing as the Bengals scored 17 unanswered points. Chris Johnson had 118 yards from scrimmage, but continues to be a snooze fest. The Bengals are now 4-1 on the road.