– It’s going to be a LONG season for the Dallas Cowboys. Joe Randle started off the day with three rushing touchdowns and the Boys jumped out to 28-14 lead, but the defense just couldn’t stop anyone and Brandon Weeden couldn’t do much when he needed to. He might have completed 22 of his 26 passes but they were mostly short passes, with only three completions going for over 19 yards. Devonte Freeman had his best day as a pro with Tevin Coleman out, as he ran for three touchdowns of his own and 141 rushing yards on 30 carries, adding five catches and 52 yards as well, but in the second half Matt Ryan and Julio Jones took over, with Jones ending the day with two touchdowns and 164 receiving yards on 12 catches, as the Falcons ultimately won 39-28. Weeden either needs to learn how to make the important throws when his running game can’t bail him out, or Matt Cassell is going to be under center soon and either way, this Cowboy team greatly misses Tony Romo.

– Oakland jumped out to a 17-3 lead against the Browns in Cleveland by halftime, and while Josh McCown actually led the Browns to two touchdowns to Gary Barnidge and early season hero Travis Benjamin, it wasn’t enough as David Carr, Latavius Murray (who had 139 rushing yards and a score on 26 carries), and the Raiders held on for their second straight win, 27-20.

– The Colts jumped out to a 14-0 lead after a first quarter Frank Gore touchdown and a pick-six of Marcus Mariotta by Dwight Lowery for a 69 yard return, but after that the Titans came back and were actually winning for much of the next three quarters. Andrew Luck was sacked three times, threw two picks, and Mariotta recovered to score on passes to Kendall Wright and rookie Dorial Green-Beckham, but Luck and the Colts came back in a big way in the fourth quarter. Luck made the score 27-21 with a 35 yard pass to Phillip Dorsett and took the lead on an 11 yard strike to Donte Moncrief, and when the Titans went for a two-point conversion to tie the game with 47 seconds left, the Colts defense came threw in a big way, pushing Jalston Fowler all the way back to the 16, and the Colts get their first win by a 35-33 score.

– One thing is for sure- The Vikings are tough to beat in Minnesota now that they have Adrian Peterson back. The Chargers found that out the hard way, as Phillip Rivers was sacked four times, lost a fumble and was picked off, while AP ran 20 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns, as the Vikings move to 2-1 with a dominating 31-14 over San Diego. It got so bad that Kellen Clemens came in for the final few series for the Chargers, and he hooked up with Keenan Allen for his second touchdown catch of the day, almost single-handedly accounting for all the Chargers points on the day.

– The Jaguards came crashing back to earth this week in their trip to Foxboro, as the Patriots destroyed them by a final score of 51-17. Tom Brady threw his 400th touchdown pass, a short yarder to Danny Amendola, then let his running game do the rest of the work, as LaGarrette Blount ended the day with three rushing scores in what became a rout.

– The Jets miracle start is over and the Eagles finally have their first win, as they marched into MetLife Stadium and stunned New York by a 24-17 score. Ryan Fitzpatrick was picked off three times, and Brandon Marshall actually helped Philadelphia on a call ruled a fumble, which was actually his attempt to lateral the ball while he was being tackled to nobody in particular. The Eagles were leading 24-0 at one point, and Fitzpatrick did wind up throwing two scores of his own, but this game was long decided by that point.

– Luke McCown actually had a good game replacing Drew Brees, throwing for over 300 yards and completing 31 of 38 passes, but the Saints simply could not stop Cam Newton, and the Panthers move to 3-0 after a 27-22 victory. Newton hooked up with tight end Greg Olsen for both his passing touchdowns and ran another in for 13 yards, while the Saints relied on Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson and a 74 yard punt return by Marcus Murphy for their scoring. The Saints are also in trouble after starting the season 0-3.

– The Ravens and Bengals kept trading leads in the craziest fourth quarter on the day, but in the end the Bengals came out on top, outlasting Baltimore 28-24. Andy Dalton had his best game of the season with three touchdowns, including an 80 yard bomb to AJ Green and a seven yarder late that put Cincinnati ahead for good. The Ravens fought back when CJ Mosley recovered a lost fumble by Dalton and returned it 41 yards for a score, and the ageless Steve Smith Sr added a touchdown pass to give Baltimore their final lead of the game. But Baltimore just couldn’t convert on their final drive amidst penalties and dropped passes, and the Bengals held on to push their rival to 0-3, while starting their season off 3-0.

– Ryan Mallett got his first win as the Texans starting quarterback thanks to a huge games from running back Alfred Blue, and Houston beat Tampa Bay 19-9.

– We end with the game that started late after pyrotechnics scorched the field and forced the maintence crew to repair the area before action could start, and by the end of the game the Steelers almost wished they were still in a delay. Pittsburgh wound up winning an ugly game against the St. Louis Rams, but at a huge cost, after Ben Roethlisburger was lost for the game and probably longer, after being hit at his left knee, forcing it to bend in a way the knee is clearly not meant to. Michael Vick finished the game and Ben left the arena on crutches, but right now it is possible he fractured the knee and could quite possibly be out for the season. We will know more tomorrow.

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