A quick look at the doings inside the NFC North:
The Eagles gift-wrapped one and handed it to the Packers. Whoever that punt returner is for Philadelphia – he should have to spend the rest of the season picking the crumbs from the folds of Andy Reid’s gut. Brett Favre, aka the only human capable of giving John Madden wood anymore, got his 148th career victory, tying him with John Elway for the all-time lead. Maybe one day Favre will be able to tie Elway’s record of crappy commercials co-starring Mike Ditka.
The Lions also got in the victory column early, beating the Raiders 36-21. Detroit was actually up 17-0 in that game before Oakland came storming back, taking the lead 21-20 in the fourth quarter. Typical Lions meltdown – until Detroit decided to start acting like a real team, putting up 16 unanswered in the final frame. I don’t know what it means that Josh McCown went 30/40 with 313 yards – maybe that Detroit’s pass defense is suckage personified. Phenom Calvin Johnson did okay in his first game, throwing up 70 on 4 with a TD, but trails AD as early rookie-of-the-year favorite.
The Bears D was sick for about three quarters – then made everyone sick by giving up 14 in the last quarter plus a few seconds, including a TD pass by Ladanian Tomlinson. Rex Grossman’s line: 12/23, 145 yards, o TD, 1 INT. Sounds about right. Jeez, don’t the Bears still have Brian Griese? It’s gotta be time to go to him, right? Plus, Mike Brown has suffered his yearly season-ending injury. The Bears will still probably finish 11-5 winning butt-ugly games featuring stupid missed field goal returns and other flukey crap.