The Patriots deliver an epic F-U to the Steelers by choking their game away, but karma hits them back. A surprisingly compelling early slate, with some huge injuries and even a snow game.
Let's face it: week 16 is the most crucial week of the season. This year was no exception, as division champs were crowned, alternate January plans were made, and Sebastian Janikowski nailed a historic kick in a meaningless game.
Week after week, it's the same thing. Some awfully crappy teams show up for just long enough to make the games surprisingly thrilling. Mediocrity is competition if everyone's mediocre!
Ten early games, and only one features two teams with winning records. Rex Grossman, Matt Moore, Brodie Croyle, Daunte Culpepper and Chris Redman all took snaps today. But what's this about upsets?
On a shortened Sunday slate, two huge upsets looked possible late. But that's why they play 60 minutes (or in Houston and Washington's cases, 45).
I'm sure the fact that they were facing the Lions and Browns defenses had nothing to do with their spectacular numbers. But some quality defenses had tough afternoons as well.
Dear NFL. Sorry for making fun of the crappy games every week. I guess you heard my complaints, because every single game today was within a score at the start of the fourth quarter.
Why would a football player carry singles in their uniform pants? Heading to the strip club after the game? Buying off the refs? Or just throwing a little cheddar the Ravens' offense's way after having their way with them?
That vaunted Broncos defense finally ran into a better one, while some quality teams struggled. Also, the usual terrible ones did too.
The Patriots are good and the Bucs are terrible, in any language. Wait, they speak American over there?
Our early games promised two marquee match-ups, and though one disappointed, we learned a bit about who's for real.
I know it's cruel to keep featuring the Raiders today, but it was cruel of CBS to put them on my television. And really, holy crap, JaMarcus.
• I was rather impressed with Calvin Johnson's endaround touchdown where he eluded about three tackles by himself and had great wide receiver blocking downfield. The Buccaneers adorably recovered the onside kick late in the game and nailed a field goal, but couldn't get another onside kick to go their way. Can Detroit…
PIT 12, BUF 0
I hope you fantasy team's not playing against Josh — er, Jeff — Reed today: he's got four field goals. And hey, what the hell is up with those Steelers' uniforms? I thought the Bills were playing the Hamilton Tiger Cats for a second.