NFL Week 8 Best Highlights of the Games 2009

The NFL in week 8 saw some of the best highlights and 2009 will long be remembered for a week full action packed teams going head to head. The games may be over but the plays and highlights will long live on. You have to agree this was a week to be remembered. Come along with me and take a closer look at the week that was! As always thanks to NFL.com for the best pictures of all the games.

I Believe

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice carries the ball during the NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice carries the ball during the NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Denver 6-1
Denver 6-1
Baltimore 4-3
Baltimore 4-3
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) reacts as he carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter of the NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) reacts as he carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter of the NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Denver Broncos 7

Baltimore Ravens 30

One of the biggest story going into this game is that Baltimore's defense has been starting to come up big against a passing offense and today they proved that.

Bronco Elvis Dumervil led the NFL with 10 sacks going into this game, today he did not sack Flacco once.

Baltimore's best chance in catching Denver's speedy defense off guard was in Ray Rice, who's averaging 6.0 yards per carry and has a team-high 33 receptions. He caught a career-high 10 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Vikings, and his 766 yards from scrimmage are fourth-most in the NFL. Today Rice had 23 carries rushing for 84 yards and one touchdown.

Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton looked rattled and uncomfortable in the pocket. Baltimore’s pass rush, which has struggled this season, put lots of pressure on Kyle Orton, and the hits obviously impacted his performance. Orton looked rushed in his progressions and he did not make the same quality of throws he’s been making all season. He threw for just 35 yards in the first half.

The Ravens Lardarius Webb returned the opening kick of the second half 95 yards for a touchdown to give his team a 13-0 lead. Webb made one cut and went virtually untouched for the score!

Denver’s defense was solid for much of Sunday’s game, but the offense and special teams were subpar as Josh McDaniels tasted defeat for the first time as an NFL head coach.

Baltimore Ravens' Steven Hauschka, right, kicks a field goal during the first quarter of the NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Baltimore. Ravens punter Sam Koch, left, holds. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Baltimore Ravens' Steven Hauschka, right, kicks a field goal during the first quarter of the NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Baltimore. Ravens punter Sam Koch, left, holds. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Keep Wearing Them Down

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak talks with Rex Grossman (5) and David Anderson (89) during the first half of the NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak talks with Rex Grossman (5) and David Anderson (89) during the first half of the NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
Houston 5-3
Houston 5-3
Buffalo 3-5
Buffalo 3-5
Houston Texans' Ryan Moats runs for a touchdown during the second half of the NFL football against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Dean Duprey)
Houston Texans' Ryan Moats runs for a touchdown during the second half of the NFL football against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Dean Duprey)

Houston Texans 31

Buffalo Bills 10

The Texans have won four of their last five games. With their 5-3 record, Houston is two games above .500 for the first time in franchise history.

The Texans wore the Bills down as they racked up 439 yards of total offense to 204 for the Bills, and made 24 first downs to only nine for the Bills.

Coming into this game Texans LB Brian Cushing led all NFL rookies with 56 tackles, after today you can a few more as well as one interception. Running back Ryan Moats scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Matt Schaub completed 25-of-34 passes for 268 yards but was intercepted twice, while Andre Johnson came up with six catches for 63 yards and Kris Brown kicked in three field goals.

As for the Bills, they took a 10-6 lead into the locker room at halftime, but Buffalo’s offense could not put a sustained drive together in the second half, Ryan Fitzpatrick was an ineffective 15-of-23 for 117 yards. High points for the bills. . Terrel Owens went into the endzone for one touchdown and safety Jairus Byrd had 2 interceptions.

Buffalo goes into a bye week and hopefully they can heal and get ready for their next matchup in week 10 against Tennesee.


Stop Looking At Me . . . I Can Get Up

Buffalo Bills' Terrell Owens looks on after he missed a catch in the end zone against the Houston Texans during the first half of the NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
Buffalo Bills' Terrell Owens looks on after he missed a catch in the end zone against the Houston Texans during the first half of the NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Is His Yawn Keeping Him Awake?

Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini shouts to his team in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears in an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini shouts to his team in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears in an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Cleveland 1-7
Cleveland 1-7
Chicago 4-3
Chicago 4-3
Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis (31) is tackled by Chicago Bears linebackers Hunter Hillenmeyer (92) and Lance Briggs (55) in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Chicago, 11/01/09 (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis (31) is tackled by Chicago Bears linebackers Hunter Hillenmeyer (92) and Lance Briggs (55) in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Chicago, 11/01/09 (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Cleveland Browns 6

Chicago Bears 30

After losing 2 straight games the Bears were lucky that the Browns came for a visit today, Jay Cutler went 17-of-30 and threw for 225 yards with an interception and yes it was enough to beat the Browns. As for the Browns Derek Anderson was just 6-of-17 for 76 yards and two interceptions.

The Browns having ranked the worse defense wasnt all bad today as they sacked Cutler four time and pressured numerous others. The Bears were forced to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns three times, and could not convert on a fourth-and-1 attempt. Seems they worked on their defense but where was some offense today. There were three fumbles and they turned the ball over five times -- with the Bears scoring directly off three of those turnovers.

On a high note today, ten years to the day he died, Walter Payton was honored by the Bears with a ceremony at halftime. Payton died from liver disease.

Not to change the subject but is it time for Mangenius to go?



Payton Lives On

Jarrett and Brittney Payton, son and daughter of former Chicago Bears great Walter Payton, wave giant flags during pregame ceremonies before an an NFL football game between the Bears and Cleveland Browns in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. The game was
Jarrett and Brittney Payton, son and daughter of former Chicago Bears great Walter Payton, wave giant flags during pregame ceremonies before an an NFL football game between the Bears and Cleveland Browns in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. The game was

I think We Need to Go this Way

Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora shouts at the officials during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora shouts at the officials during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
Seattle 2-5
Seattle 2-5
Dallas 5-2
Dallas 5-2
Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin (19) attempts to get around  Seahawks cornerback Ken Lucas, left, after making a reception in the first half 11/01/09 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin (19) attempts to get around Seahawks cornerback Ken Lucas, left, after making a reception in the first half 11/01/09 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Seatle Seahawks 17

Dallas Cowboys 38

The third-best team in a division that is striving to be halfway decent is how you can describe the Seattle Seahawks. Deion Branch scored his first touchdown of the season in Dallas, grabbing a 23-yard Matt Hasselbeck pass. Hasselbeck was 22 of 39 for 249 yards, with touchdown passes to Branch and Justin Griffith. He was sacked 3 times and I would hate to be in his body tonight. Julius Jones ran 15 times for 56 yards. Looking at the future games that are in store for Seattle, a home game against the Lions in Week 9 (temporary relief they can only hope) And after playing the Lions, the Seahawks play road games against the Cardinals, Vikings and Rams. They also have road games against the Texans and Packers later in the season. All in all it looks like a losing season for a team that has been one of the NFC's better teams for much of this decade. At least they have the Lions next.

As for the Cowboys, they sure have been on a roll since WR Miles Austin became a starter. Austin is a fourth-year player, who had appeared in 41 games without a start until three weeks ago. In those 41 games, he caught 23 passes for 435 yards and four TDs. In two starts since then, he's caught 16 passes for 421 yards and four TDs

Romo looked great today. He threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns. And maybe more importantly, he did not throw an interception. You gotta say that Romo and Austin really have something going. Romo also connected with Sam Hurd and Roy Williams. Marion Barber added a TD run and Crayton broke open the game with an 82-yard punt return, one week after a game-breaking 73-yarder. One sack for DeMarcus Ware making that 3 straight games with a sack in his column. (Didnt he just cash in on a $20 million signing bonus as part of a $78 million, six-year contract extension.)

The Cowboys meet the Eagles next week . .it is going to be interesting if the last few weeks and the consistency that the Boys are showing continues.


Take that

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is knocked to the ground by Dallas defensive end Jason Hatcher in the second half of Sunday's 38-17 loss. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is knocked to the ground by Dallas defensive end Jason Hatcher in the second half of Sunday's 38-17 loss. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Definition of a Real Jet

Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath looks on before the Jets play the Miami Dolphins at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath looks on before the Jets play the Miami Dolphins at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Miami 3-4
Miami 3-4
New York 4-4
New York 4-4
New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) flips over Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith (24) while carrying the ball during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo
New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) flips over Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith (24) while carrying the ball during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo

Miami Dolphins 30

NY Jets 25

Miami and the Jets might be the two most evenly matched teams in the AFC, and today they showed just that. It was a heartbreaking lose for the Jets but if you are Jet fan you are used to this kind of lose.

Imagine having to watch the tape of a game in which the Jets out gained Miami 378-104, but lost. Ginn's two touchdowns on kickoff returns, and Jason Taylor's 48-yard return of a fumble for a score made up for a whole bunch of Miami's offensive inefficiency.

Mark Sanchez, threw for three touchdowns. The Jets defense had six sacks and tamed the Wildcat. Their kicker, Jay Feely, against his old team matched his career long with a 55-yard field goal.

The Dolphins defense held strong in the end, and as the Jets drove to the Miami eight yard line in the final moments, it was a sack and a desperate Sanchez pass into the end zone that handed Gang Green their third loss in their last four games, and sending them into their bye week with a disappointing 4-4 record. And Miami a game they really should not have in their win column.

So as the Jets go into their bye week it is hard to define who they are. Maybe Joe Willie can give them a tip or two

Get Outta My Face

New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller, top, celebrates with teammate Nick Mangold (74) after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. The Jets lost the gam
New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller, top, celebrates with teammate Nick Mangold (74) after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. The Jets lost the gam

It Just Was't Enough

Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai, top, is tackled by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nate Clements in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai, top, is tackled by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nate Clements in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
San Francisco 3-4
San Francisco 3-4
Indianapolis 7-0
Indianapolis 7-0
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) gets past Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Keyunta Dawson, right, on the way to a 63-yard touchdown in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Mich
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) gets past Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Keyunta Dawson, right, on the way to a 63-yard touchdown in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Mich

San Francisco 49ers 14

Indianapolis Colts 18

San Francisco suffered their third consecutive setback despite a solid showing today and keeping Manning out of the end zone for the first time in 10 games. They sacked Manning three times in three quarters, more than the Colts' previous opponents had managed all season.

There were great sign for the 49ers today, as they showed an impressive team performance by leading the Colts 14-9 at at halftime. Michael Crabtree, who made his NFL debut last week, caught six passes for 81 yards for San Francisco. And then there was Alex Smith, who completed 19-of-32 passes for 198 yards with one score and an interception. But it was the 49ers' inability to convert on key situations hurt their chances to win

Looking at the Colts it was Peyton Manning and his record sixth 300-yard passing game of the season, and it was Joseph Addai's fourth quarter pass that lifted the Colts to their perfect at 7-0 season. Also need to note that Reggie Wayne had his third 100-yard receiving game of 2009 making this a career-high 12 catches for 147 yards. And it was WR Josh Morgan was flagged for 15 yards for his obnoxious celebration on TE Vernon Davis' touchdown. Giving the Colts great field position, which helped them gp down the field for a field goal to end the first half.

So can SF recover from this heartbreaker? Tennesee, Chicago and Green Bay are their next 3. Time will tell.

Where the Hell is My Team?

This is what the Day was like for the Giants . .All Day

Philadelphia Eagles' Leonard Weaver (43) breaks free of New York Giants defenders New York Giants' C.C. Brown (41) and Antonio Pierce (58) to run for a touchdown during the first quarter an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Philadelphia. (AP
Philadelphia Eagles' Leonard Weaver (43) breaks free of New York Giants defenders New York Giants' C.C. Brown (41) and Antonio Pierce (58) to run for a touchdown during the first quarter an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Philadelphia. (AP
New York 5-3
New York 5-3
Philadelphia 5-2
Philadelphia 5-2

NY Giants 17

Philadelphia Eagles 40


There are no words

I Think I Still Have the Ball .. But I Cant Feel Nuttin

Pain
Pain

FU

Move Out of My Way

St. Louis Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (21) stops Detroit Lions running back Maurice Morris (28) during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
St. Louis Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (21) stops Detroit Lions running back Maurice Morris (28) during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
St. Louis 1-7
St. Louis 1-7
Detroit 1-6
Detroit 1-6
St. Louis Rams safety James Butler intercepts a Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford pass in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. Butler was tackled in the endzone for a safety on the play. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
St. Louis Rams safety James Butler intercepts a Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford pass in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. Butler was tackled in the endzone for a safety on the play. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

St Louis Rams 17

Detroit Lions 10

St. Loius no longer has to hear about the NFL's longest current losing streak. It is now time for the Steve Spagnuolo era.

This play sums up the Rams: Safety James Butler picks off a pass in the end zone, starts to return it, doubles back to avoid a defender, gets tripped up in the end zone and costs his team two points with a safety. Rams 3, Lions 2

Steve Jackson entered the game as the NFL’s third-leading rusher, but was the only back in the NFL’s top 10 yet to score. So it was pretty appropriate then when his first touchdown of the 2009 season was the game winner in St. Louis’ win in Detroit in week 8.

Lucky the Rams get to savior this win with a bye next week . .and it gives them more time to get ready for whats ahead. Their schedule only gets tougher from here as they face the Saints in Week 10. Preparations for that one can wait, cant it? The Rams finally won a game. They should get some time to enjoy it. Cause they might not see another one for a while.

Cant Touch Me

Steve Jackson going in! Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Steve Jackson going in! Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

You Must Love Me

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson points to the crowd after scoring a second quarter touchdown during an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson points to the crowd after scoring a second quarter touchdown during an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Oakland 2-6
Oakland 2-6
San Diego 4-3
San Diego 4-3

JaMar aint so Fat . Look I can get my Hands Around Him

San Diego Chargers' Steve Gregory sacks Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 in San Diego. The Chargers won 24-16. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
San Diego Chargers' Steve Gregory sacks Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 in San Diego. The Chargers won 24-16. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Oakland Raiders 16

San Diego Chargers 24

The Raiders won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. And the Chargers went looking for the 13th straight win over Raiders and today they got it. They sacked Russell five times, with the other outside linebacker, Shaun Phillips, also collecting two.

The Chargers out-gained the Raiders 346-180 in total yards.LaDainian Tomlinson gained 56 yards on 18 carries and scored touchdowns in the first and second quarters. Vincent Jackson caught eight passes for 103 yards with one touchdown for the Chargers. And Phillip Rivers was 16 of 25 for 249 yards.

For Oakland, JaMarcus Russell completed 14-of-22 passes for the afternoon for just 109 yards, and just about all coming on short tosses to the tight end or running back coming out of the backfield, there were no touchdowns and one interception.

Interesting Oakland Coach Tom Cable said he liked what he saw from Russell, I'll hold back my comments on Coach Cable today.

You Know What I Really Want to Do ,, and it Aint a Handshake

San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner, right, shakes hands with Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 in San Diego. The Chargers won 24-16. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner, right, shakes hands with Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 in San Diego. The Chargers won 24-16. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Look Mom I Can Fly

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) is tripped up by Jacksonville Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson, lower left, in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/John Russell)
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) is tripped up by Jacksonville Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson, lower left, in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/John Russell)
Jacksonville 3-4
Jacksonville 3-4
Tennessee 1-6
Tennessee 1-6
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio looks up at the scoreboard in the second quarter in game against the Tennessee Titans 11/1/09. (AP Photo/John Russell)
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio looks up at the scoreboard in the second quarter in game against the Tennessee Titans 11/1/09. (AP Photo/John Russell)

Jacksonville Jaguars 13

Tennesee Titans 30

Last week: Both teams were on a bye.

Titans QB Vince Young has an 18-11 record as a starter. Making his first start since Week 1 of 2008. Young played mistake-free and he completed 15 of 18 passes on his way to an clean 125-yard, one-touchdown day. Add 31 yards that he got on the ground.

It must have been a nice change to be in the Titans locker room. I bet there was a whole different feel in that room that hasn't been seen or heard in the last 11 months (the last time they won a game). Winning usually changes things. and I am sure they felt relief, and an air of cautious celebration must have been surrounding them. I bet there were even lots of smiles;)

Im Mean and Im Winning this One

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young (10) looks for a receiver as he plays against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/John Russell)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young (10) looks for a receiver as he plays against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/John Russell)

Leader of the Pack

Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre (4) huddles with the offensive line the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers on Sunday, November 1, 2009. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL.com)
Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre (4) huddles with the offensive line the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers on Sunday, November 1, 2009. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL.com)
Minnesota 7-1
Minnesota 7-1
Green Bay 4-3
Green Bay 4-3

Minnesota Vikings 38

Green Bay Packers 26

After playing for 16 years in Green Bay, Favre came back to Lambeau Field as an opposing player for the first time. How good it must have felt for him to throw for 244 yards and four touchdowns Cool hand Favre was not be rattled in the least and having  Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice by his side only helped matters.

Thata Boy

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre (4) celebrates with running back Adrian Peterson (28) after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, November 1, 2009. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL.com)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre (4) celebrates with running back Adrian Peterson (28) after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, November 1, 2009. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL.com)

Here We Come Panthers

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) scores a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (29) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) scores a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (29) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Carolina 3-4
Carolina 3-4
Arizona 4-3
Arizona 4-3
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) is tackled by Carolina Panthers cornerback C.J. Wilson during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) is tackled by Carolina Panthers cornerback C.J. Wilson during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Carolina Panthers 34

Arizona Cardinals 21


When he is good he is very very good and when he is bad he is horrid! 5 turnovers for the Cardinals today and Kurt Warner committed every one of them. Larry Fitzgerald had 66 years in 6 catches. Certainly not the kind of numbers that make for a winning game.

As for the Panthers, they had their best game of the season. Steve Smith finally got his touchdown snapping an eight-game scoreless streak, he had three receptions for 56 yards. Juliue Peppers, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart all had a great game. And add to that list Sherrod Martin who had two interceptions. Only sour note for the Panthers was when Jack Delhomme had trouble breathing and had to leave the game.

To quote Thomas Davis at the end of the game,  as he went into the locker room “Sweet revenge, baby!”

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (58) intercepts a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston (15) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (58) intercepts a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston (15) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

Its Coming Right At You- Wake Up!

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) cals a play against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. [ (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) cals a play against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. [ (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
Atlanta 4-3
Atlanta 4-3
New Orleans 7-0
New Orleans 7-0
Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White prepares to break loose from New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer for a 68-yard touchdown reception Monday night at the Superdome.
Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White prepares to break loose from New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer for a 68-yard touchdown reception Monday night at the Superdome.

Atlanta Falcons 35

New Orleans Saints 27

Looks like the Saints are still on their way to perfection! Since joining New Orleans, Brees has beaten Atlanta five out of six times and he did it again on Monday night. He threw for 308 yards, bringing his passing yards total for the season slightly above two grand at 2,006,

It was the Saints most physical game so far and it was the defense that really came through on a night when the offense was playing a bit sloppy. 5 Turnover, 4 fumbles and 7 penalties  for 65 yards. The second half started with the Saints up 28-14 and then for the first 27 minutes into the 3rd quarter the Saints offense pretty much took a nap while Atlanta was starting to put big plays and points on the scoreboard.

The young Matt Ryan completed 19 of 42 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown,  but three of his passes were intercepted. The saddest moment for the Falacons was when Atlanta had a chance to take the lead later in the fourth quarter,  but Ryan was intercepted by cornerback Tracey Porter at the Saints' 2 with 8:30 remaining. And then Brees went 81 yards on 11 plays for a touchdown to make the score 35-24 with 3:03 remaining.


Add One for The Birds!

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) heads for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) heads for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Comments 22 comments

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Sara Tonyn 7 years ago from Ohio, the Buckeye State

Please pray for Browns' fans. We honest-to-God can't take much more pain.

Other than that, fun hub to read!


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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

I feel your pain Sara. . .for did you see the Giants the last few weeks. . though yesterday really was by far the worst. . good thing I started this hub it kept my eyes off of them! Just not our year!

Thanks for stopping by !


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Jai Warren 7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

That hub took a lot of work! Well done. Can't wait for Cowboys vs. Eagles. Hope it doesn't turn out like the Giants game earlier this year.


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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

Hey there Jai. . it was fun though. .sure gave me something to keep my eyes off of the Giant game which was painful! I agree on the Cowboys/Eagles . think Im gonna root for Romo. McNabbbbbbb rubbed me the wrong way for many days to come! I also am liking the Saints. which I never ever thought I would say that . .thanks for stopping by and checking this one out;)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Geez! I swear on my mother's eyes that I thought I commented on this hub! Thanks for reaching out to me, Wavegirl22! I really appreciate it. I really do believe that Eli isn't fully "heeled" from his injury (to pun or not to pun?) as he is not throwing well. He looks like he did back in 2004. I don't think anyone's picked up on it, but if you can, look at the tape. He's not applying much pressure on his plant foot...

BTW, Yankees lost, but I don't think they care all that much...If I know the Yankees, they wanna bring it back to da Bronx to really celebrate...They make a butt-load of money that way :D Yankees in 6, remember???

P.S. How long did this hub take you? You are a MACHINE my friend!


KellyEngaldo 7 years ago

Awesome! Very well done! "Cool hand Favre" - yes, he beat my team but I still love him. Great hub - wow! A ton of fantastic photos complete with commentary. You rock!


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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

dohn . .I know it is confusing for me too that I seem to be writing Hubs on football. . .you still must have last weeks highights on your brain! All the same you know I am happiest when I see you on whatever Hub I write:)

Elis,s foot and his lack of his line add to that the defense looked like they didnt know who they were covering ;(

As for the Yanks . I could not agree with you more. .bring it on home. . its always so much better to take in in your own house!

BTW . .the Hub didnt take that long . .I did as the games were going on . .that way I get the pics as they come . . its really a new fun thing for me to do . . besides all that I am learning as I go along this journey!

Thanks for coming by. . .


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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

Hi Kelly, thanks so much for the encouraging words. I am new to writing about football but I gotta tell you I am loving it! And it makes it all that much better when I hear that you like it. Stay tuned for more ;)


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Tickets 7 years ago from NH

Nice Job...Very extensive and detailed review of all the games. To Bad the NE Patriots were not on. I will check you out again next week.


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Artemus Gordon 7 years ago

There were several great moments in just the Monday night game alone. The interception by Grimes was an amazing leap. The Falcons need to make him a WR.


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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

Tickets, thanks for taking the time to check my Hub out. And for sure next week you will see the Patriots on here , I already have their helmut ready! Should be a good game with the Dolphins paying a visit!

Artemus Gordon . .couldnt agree with you more. .it was one great Monday night game.!


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Drew Breezzy 7 years ago from somewhere in my mind

I HATE WEEK 8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Drew Breezzy 7 years ago from somewhere in my mind

at least action jackson scored


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

That field goal by the Falcons at the end of the Monday Night game made me want to jump off a roof. Mangina should have never been hired in the first place, so yeah his exit is overdue and coming soon. Manning's problem is the foot and the only way to fix it is to stay off it. That ain't happening until February. The defense's problems have been there all year. They just hadn't played anyone good enough (except the Cowboys) to take advantage of it until the Saints game.


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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

Drew-u hate week 8 because the Jags got beat by the Titans or because of my hub:( or maybe ur fantasy teams got blown away??


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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

Drew-u hate week 8 because the Jags got beat by the Titans or because of my hub:( or maybe ur fantasy teams got blown away??

Eye - Eli swears his foot is ok . . the Giants need some good coaching and they need their swagger back . . and alittle heart and soul . . time will tell if anything comes back to them. Personally I wish it was Spagnolo that would come back ;(


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ShyneIV 7 years ago from Montreal

Drew hates Week 8 because his Jags lost and I'm guessing his fantasy guys didn't show up. Give him a Twitter hug and he'll be fine LOL. Great hub by the way. Awesome breakdown of the action from Week 8 and a lot of cool pictures to go along with it. It explains why you're no where to be found anymore on Sundays LOL. BTW, Silverback Gorillas are 3-0 baby!!!!


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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

I wanna do a Hub on the Silverbacks!!! And I am so glad you finally showed up! I cant do a Hub with out Shyne!!! You know I need your feedback. JUst cant do it without you.....:)


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ShyneIV 7 years ago from Montreal

Oh Stop, you've been hubbing way before I came along :oP


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

Players say lots of things. What they do on the field says more. Mcnabb claimed the sports hernia he had in 2005 wasn't affecting him for half the season before he finally ended up on IR and the Eagles ended up in the toilet.


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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

Shyne . it aint so. . we came on here prob about the same time . .and I was busy riding waves. .. which I continue to do and will do some more. .but you put the football bug in me .. and next i will have to brush up on my bb skills .. go SIlverbacks! But tonight it lets go YANKEESSSSSSS :)


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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY Author

thanks coachb . . Farve is the man !

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