Watching and blogging the early games.
It's about 4pm, so I've got to jet. We're out.
[FINAL, Bills 17, Jets 14] Bills win their first game of the season, 17-14 over the Jets.
[Bears 20, Lions 17] As soon as hit "UPDATE", all sorts of hell broke out with the Bears/Lions. After the Lions scored to take a chunk out their deficit, the Lions' Smith intercepts a Griese pass and returns it 64 yards for the touchdown. Then Devin Hester on the kickoff return, takes the ball 97 yards for the touchdown.
So about 3 minutes ago, the score was Bears 13, Lions 10. Now the score is Bears 20, Lions 17.
[Bears 13, Lions 10] Jon Kitna completed a 4-yard touchdown pass making the Bears/Lions game interesting. Will a win over the Bears validate the Lions? Or will the Bears missing four starters be the reason for the Lions success?
[Bills 17, Jets 14] Respond! The Jets responded after the Bills went up 17-7 on an 11-play, 64 yard drive. Pennington's efficiency continues, 26/31 255 yards and TD.
[Raiders 21, Dolphins 7] Even though Daunte Culpepper is 4/11 for 48 yards, the quarterback ran for his second touchdown on the day giving him three total. The Raiders have called 11 passing plays to 30 rushing plays so far.
[Cowboys 35, Rams 7] Not convinced the game was over? Tony Romo connected on his third touchdown pass -- fourth TD overall -- on a 17-yard strike to Jason Whitten. Romo is 20/31 for 329 yards passing and three scores passing. On the last touchdown drive, Romo went 3/3 with passes of 24 yards, 23 yards and 17.
[Bills 17, Jets 7] Even though Chad Pennington is 22/25 for 216 yards passing, the Jets have only one touchdown to their credit. They are now 10 points behind after a 46-yard Rian Lindell field goal and Michael Gaines 1-yard touchdown reception from Trent Edwards. Edwards is 22/27 for 234 yards passing.
[Bad Griese?] Griese stat line: 18/32, 154 yards passing, TD and 2 picks.
[Cowboys 28, Rams 7] You can write "game over" on this one. With over nine minutes left in the third quarter, Romo completed a 37-yard touchdown pass to Crayton to take a 21-point lead. Why is this over? No Steven Jackson and an 8/19, 72 yards passing day from Marc Bulger.
Turf Show Times: "Now I think is a good time to bench Bulger. They know we're gonna throw. Might as well have Gus get the beating now."
[Examining late games] The Seahawks play the 49ers. The Chiefs play the Chargers .The Bucs play the Panthers. The Broncos play the Colts. If you live in Cincinnati, you're stuck with the Steelers and the Cardinals. Not sure who the idiot was that gave us a game that will likely end in a blowout. So much for ratings. Sure, there's Steelers fans everywhere. But the Broncos and Colts would appeal to a much larger NFL community. This is reason #1 why I'll likely move over to the rain-delayed NASCAR race because I really have little interest watching the Steelers dominate Arizona.
[Browns 27, Ravens 6] The Browns keep clicking off points against the league's toughest defense. After a 13-yard pass to Edwards and a 2-yard run by Lewis, Anderson completes a 49-yard pass to Winslow. Even an illegal contact couldn't stop the "soldya". Then Lewis went 2-yard run, 2-yard loss and then Anderson, on third down, threw an incomplete to Edwards. Dawson kicked the 20-yard field goal to take a three touchdown lead.
[NASCAR update] Still under a rain delay.
[Cowboys 21, Rams 7] After throwing two incompletes passes to start the second half, Tony Romo throws a short pass to Crayton, whom took the pass 59 yards for the touchdown.
[Bills 7, Jets 7] Chad Pennington, throws a touchdown pass in his ninth straight game after a 5-yard toss to Laveranues Coles on a 7-play, 78 yard drive.
[Ravens miss FG attempt] The Ravens opened the second half with a nice drive highlighted with a 30-yard reception by Willis McGahee. However, the Ravens offense stalled after a holding call deep into Browns territory. So Matt Stover attempts a 41-yard field goal. Wide right.
[Lamont Jordan] Jordan helped off the field after a reception. Silver and Black Pride: "Oh, No, Lamont Jordan is down, looks like it might be the balky back"
[Bills 7, Jets 0] It took midway through the third quarter before the Bills/Jets saw the first score of the game. The Bills went 56 yards on 10 plays ending with a 10-yard Marshawn Lynch touchdown run. Trent Edwards, rookie quarterback with the Bills, is 16/20 for 186 yards and a pick. Dock Ellis at Buffalo Rumblings says of Lynch: "He wants it so much. The son of a gun is STRONG! What a heart! We needed that!"
[Cowboys 14, Rams 7] With two minutes left in the half, Tony Romo completed passes of 7 yards, 4 yards, 15 yards, 7 yards, 19 yards, 12 yards that ended with a 15-yard touchdown run by Romo. Also on the drive, Romo fumbled the ball at the Dallas 17-yard line and scrambled 37 yards after recovering the ball.
[Browns 24, Ravens 6] The Ravens, with a chance to tighten the score to two touchdowns, instead kick a field goal. With second-and-one at the Cleveland 12-yard line, the Ravens went one-yard rush, incomplete, incomplete and incomplete. The last incomplete, a pass intended for Todd Heap, was the result of a spectacular defensive play by Browns' secondary Brodney Pool. This game is at halftime.
[Packers 7, Vikings 6] After the Vikings joined the land of the scoring with a 44-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell, the Packers went three-and-out. The Packers' punter, Ryan, shanked the punt 33-yards to the Minnesota 42-yard line. After a 40-yard pass from Holcomb to Wade, the Vikings went 2-yard run, incomplete, offensive hold and 9-yard pass that fell nine yards short of a first down. Ryan Longwell kicked a 34-yard field goal to reduce the deficit to one point.
[Rams 7, Cowboys 7] The offensively struggling Rams gets an assist from Special Teams after Dante Hall returned an 85-yard punt tying the game at 7 with the Cowboys.
[Bears 7, Lions 3] Brian Griese's stat line: 11/18, 94 yards passing, TD. Griese completed a 15-yard pass to Muhsin Muhammad to take the lead over the Lions.
[Browns 24, Ravens 3] After the off-sides that changed a missed field goal into a new set of downs, the Browns ran six more plays capped off by a 1-yard Jamal Anderson Touchdown run.
Brian Billick threw a challenge well after the PAT was kicked. He's freaking out. Freaking out badly. The commentators "believe" Lewis didn't cross the goalline. Baltimore gave up their first rushing touchdown since last November.
Chris: "Billick, you were too slow throwing the flag. Baltimore is completely off their game today, and I'm loving it. For the record, Lewis' dangerous extension of the football on the leap was shy of the goal line."
[Raiders 14, Dolphins 0] On 12 plays that covered 58 yards, the Raiders' quarterback Daunte Culpepper rushed in for a two-yard touchdown. Gonzo: " Have I mentioned recently that Adrian Peterson is pretty great? Because he is."
[Adrian Peterson] With six minutes left in the second quarter, the Vikings Adrian Peterson has already rushed for 108 yards on 10 attempts -- 55-yard rush the longest.
[Cowboys 7, Rams 0] It took until midway through the second quarter for this game to see its first scoreboard change. Tony Romo and the Cowboys went 80 yards on eight plays scoring with a 2-yard run by Julius Jones.
[Browns/Ravens] The Browns went three-and missed field goal after the fumbled kickoff return. Two runs for six yards by Jamal Lewis and an incomplete pass to Winslow. However, the Ravens jumped off-sides on the missed field goal attempt giving the Browns a new set of downs. Durrr.
[Falcons 17, Texans 7] Joey Harrington and Michael Jenkins hooked up for a second time after a 7-yard touchdown pass taking a 10-point lead. The Falcons took possession after the Texans' Leach fumbled the ball on a 3-yard pass play that was recovered by Nicholas at the Houston 34-yard line.
[Browns/Ravens] On the ensuing kickoff, the Ravens' Figurs fumbled the return giving Cleveland's offense the ball at the Baltimore 31-yard line.
[Browns 17, Ravens 3] Jamal Lewis (28) and Jason Wright (15) combined with two rushes of 43 yards on an eight-play, 49-yard drive. Phil Dawson kicked a 41-yard field goal to take a two-touchdown lead.
[Browns 14, Ravens 3] Hey, the Ravens are on the board. After Ed Reed returned a Derek Anderson interception 20 yards, the Ravens ran four plays finishing with a 21-yard field goal. On the interception, lead writer at Dawgs by Nature says, "UGH ...a near perfect first quarter ruined by Anderson's miscue. Again, what is his obsession with throwing into triple coverages?"
[Raiders 7, Dolphins 0] With everyone else playing into the second quarter, the Raiders and Dolphins are left with 10 minutes in the first. Why? Weather. Raiders' starting quarterback early line, 1/3, 7 yards and a touchdown. That's an 81.9 passer rating. The touchdown pass was described on the Raiders blog: "McCown would not have been able to thread that needle. Way to go Daunte."
[Falcons 10, Texans 7] Joey Harrington and the Falcons respond. After the Texans marched down the field to take the lead, the Falcons offense went eight plays for 68 yards finishing with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Harrington to Jenkins.
[Green Bay 7, Vikings 0] Favre did it. Brett Favre breaks Dan Marino's all-time passing touchdown record after a 16-yard strike to Greg Jennings. Congrats Brett! Vikings fans weren't happy before the game about the Favre coverage.
"I have never, in my life as a sports fan, heard anything as nauseating as today's pregame shows. Why did it take two hours to hear that Favre is almost as close to the all-time interception record as he is to the all-time touchdown record?"
Even Gonzo is relieved that Favre got the record, "Now his stupid record is out of the way."
[Texans 7, Falcons 3] The Texans respond after the Falcons kicked a field goal with a 7-play, 74-yard touchdown drive on a 35-yard Schaub to Davis touchdown pass. Must have been a great catch. Some of the comments on the Texans blog.
"That was even more amazing on replay!"
"Effing Amazing catch by Apostrophe." (I guess that's a nickname for Andre Davis)
[Browns 14, Ravens 0] What a start by the Browns. After Leigh Bodden picked off a Steve McNair pass, on the first play after change of possession, Braylon Edwards ran a seam route down the left sidelines for a 78-yard touchdown. Derek Anderson, with 5:46 left in the first quarter is 5/6 for 119 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Even Browns fans are surprised. Brutus Buckeye says, "Wow. Wow. I don't know what else to say."
[Lions 3, Bears 0] Robbie Gould's 52-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Rogers and returned 33 yards by Kennedy. Without recording a first down, Hanson kicked a 49-yard field goal for the early lead.
[Falcons 3, Texans 0] A 29-yard Joey Harrington pass to Michael Jenkins on third down set up a 28-yard Anderson field goal.
[Browns 7, Ravens 0] The Browns took care of business early. On their opening drive, the Browns went 55 yards on nine plays finishing with an Anderson to Jurevicius 10-yard touchdown pass.
Games I'm interested in.
Division rivals, Browns and Ravens square up in Cleveland. Pittsburgh heads to Arizona for the late game. Both are on CBS in Cincinnati. Revenge of the Birds (Cardinals blog is our newest member). If there's a Chargers fan out there wanting to blog, step up.
More early games.