Our early games promised two marquee match-ups, and though one disappointed, we learned a bit about who's for real.
•Vikings 33, Ravens 31. This was a beaut. The Ravens charged back from 17 down in the fourth to take the lead, but a couple Minnesota field goals put them back on top. Baltimore had one last chance, but Steven Haschka couldn't hit a 44-yarder as the clock expired. Me, I wouldn't know, as CBS cut away from this game with two minutes left to show me Jets/Bills. Thanks.
•Saints 48, Giants 27. This wasn't as close as the score indicates, if that's possible. New York couldn't lay a hand on Drew Brees, and the results showed it. Seven different Saints scored touchdowns, perhaps crapping on your fantasy team, but proving that New Orleans is a legitimate team. The Giants? The jury's still out.
•Texans 28, Bengals 17. Is this an upset? Who even knows. The Texans remain schizophrenic, and we still haven't figured Cincy out. Matt Schaub threw for 392 yards and 4 TDs, while Ced Benson was held to an anemic 44 yards.
•Steelers 27, Browns 14. Derek Anderson was better this week, but not much. The real story is Ben Roethlisberger, who tossed another 417 yards. And if the carries are to be believed, Willie Parker's days as starter in Pittsburgh are done.
•Packers 26, Lions 0.Daunte Culpepper, or Drew Stanton? No difference, and no points for Detroit. This one was over from the first drive.
•Panthers 28, Buccaneers 21. Jake Delhomme lead a clock-killing, game-winning drive? That must be a typo...oh wait, they only called one pass play on the 80-yard march. That's more like it. Deangelo Williams punched in the final TD, and both Panthers backs had at least 100 yards rushing.
•Jaguars 23, Rams 20. If this were the NHL, the Rams would get a point for getting it to overtime. As it is, they remain winless. Getting Marc Bulger back helped, but MJD carved up their defense for three touchdowns. The Jags won the toss and scored on their first OT possession.
•Chiefs 14, Redskins 6. Out of all the problems in Washington, they decided it was the QB; Jason Campbell was bench for Todd Collins at halftime, but it didn't help. Neither team found the end zone (though Collins was sacked in his own), as KC lands its first win of the year.