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Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills now 3-0

Updated on September 26, 2011

DETROIT LIONS

DETROIT 26 MINNESOTA 23 F/OT


The Detroit Lions erased a 20 point deficit on Sunday and rallied to a 26-23 overtime win against the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions are 3-0 for the first time since 1980. Minnesota carried a 20-0 lead into halftime but they were outscored 26-3 in the 2nd half and overtime. The win puts Detroit in a tie with the Green Bay Packers (3-0) in the division.

Matthew Stafford led the Lions to their 3rd straight win this season and 7th regular season win dating back to last year. Stafford was 32-46 with 378 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Calvin Johnson caught 7 passes for 108 yards and snagged both touchdown passes. B. Pettigrew also caught 11 passes for 112 yards. Jason Hanson was 4-4 on fieldgoals, including the game winning kick in overtime.

This is the second straight week that Minnesota gave up a second half lead. Although the Vikings played better as a team, they completely feel apart in the 2nd half. Donovan McNabb finsished the game 22-36 with 211 yards passing and a touchdown. Adrian Peterson was contained the last half of the game and finished with 78 yards rushing and a touchdown. Jared Allen did have a breakout game, sacking Matthew Stafford 3 times and finishing with 5 tackles.

The Detroit defense stepped up big in the 2nd half and applied constant pressure to McNabb. The Lions offense finally got started and controlled the rest of the game. The big difference in this game was the Lions defense in the redzone. The Vikings were only 2-5 in redzone scoring. The Lions will be tested once again as they travel to Texas to play the Dallas Cowboys next weekend.

BUFFALO BILLS

BUFFALO 34 NEW ENGLAND 31 F


The Buffalo Bills have finally ended their 15 game losing streak against the New England Patriots with a 34-31 win on Sunday. In doing so, the Bills are off to their best start since 1999. Last season, the Bills lost their first 8 games before going 4-4 in the final half of last season. Once again, the Bills had to come back from a double digit deficit. The Patriots jumped out to a 21-0 lead and the game seemed to already be over. Wrong, the Bills outscored New England 34-10 after that and won on a last second field goal. This was only the second time that the Bills have beaten Tom Brady.

Tom Brady led the Patriot offense, throwing for 387 yards and 4 touchdowns. Buffalo was able to pick off Brady 4 times on Sunday and the Bills took advantage of the turnovers. All of last season, Brady only threw 4 interceptions. New England managed 495 yards of total offense, but Buffalo was able to pull off a remarkable win at home. Wes Welker had a record setting day with 217 yards on 16 catches for the Patriots. He caught 2 touchdowns in the process.

Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the game 27-40 with 369 passing yards. He threw for 2 touchdowns and he was intercepted twice also. Fred Jackson sparked the Buffalo running game with 74 yards on the ground on 12 carries with a touchdown. Donald Jones was the Bills' leading receiver on Sunday catching 5 passes for 101 yards. The Bills managed 448 yards of total offense.

The Buffalo Bills became the first N.F.L. team to comeback and win two straight games after trailing by 18 points or more. The Bills trailed 21-0 against New England and 21-3 against the Oakland Raiders before winning both games. It was truly great to see that stadium packed. That was the loudest it has been there in years. Congrats to the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions.

With New England and the New York Jets both losing, Buffalo now leads the division with a 3-0 record. New England and New York are both 2-1 and the Miami Dolphins are now 0-3 after a one point loss to Cleveland. The Bills travel to Cincinnati next Sunday to play the 1-2 Bengals.


WHICH 3-0 TEAM HAS A BETTER CHANCE OF REACHING THE PLAYOFFS?

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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for the comment Kashmir. I believe they will also. Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL right now. Next few weeks will be interesting for sure.

    • kashmir56 profile image

      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi thelyricwriter, great hub, i think that Green Bay may go all the again this year, they are looking good so far .

      Vote up !!!

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Breezzy, your a great quarterback! lol. I couldn't believe they traded their starting quarterback and went with Luke. I could see if they did this earlier, but I believe they should have kept him there to teach Blaine, but it probably wasn't worth the 9 million they would have had to pay him. Business is business. I thought Blaine was one of the top 3 quarterbacks in the draft so it looks like you all have a bright future.

    • Drew Breezzy profile image

      Drew Breezzy 

      6 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      Surprise surprise ah if only my Jags had a started off so well.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for your comment. The Rams have a good quarterback and he will be good in time. He was just put in a bad situation.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for your comment. The Rams have a good quarterback and he will be good in time. He was just put in a bad situation.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      My hubby and I follow the NFL in the UK, I support the Rams and he supports the Redskins.

      Best of luck to both the Lions and the Bills, it's good to see them winning some games, hopefully the Rams might follow!!

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      I hear ya. Detroit is playing good this season and I believe they have a great chance to compete against the Packers. We will find out on Thanksgiving Day when they play.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      It's been a long time since I followed ANYTHING about the Lions. I used to live in Michigan but there poor reputation! I have a bro. that lives in MN so I am glad to know the Lions beat them! Ha.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      I was surprised at the line when it first came out and more surprised at the change. You make a good point. They go by so many records when they make the line as you probably already know. So many points for a home game, series record, ect. Just like last week when Buffalo was spotted 15 1/2 points the last time I checked. I should have bet but I don't bet the first few weeks until I get a feel for each team. I believe Detroit should be the favorite, but this is a game I will take. I believe it was moved up to 5 or 5 1/2. Not sure. I like Detroit on this one. The Viking game was big for the Lions. It erased a 0-15 mark for their last 15 games against Minnesota. Huge confidence factor. Dallas is hopping on one foot coming to this game, but the Redskins are a solid team this year.

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      Michael Kromwyk 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I wonder if the Detroit can continue this run against the 2-1 Cowboy side. Even though they were sloppy against the Redskins the bookies have Dallas as an early $1.94 leader for the game.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you both for the comments. You are right Paul about the first round picks. They are now paving the way. The defensive line is great. I can't wait to see them with Nick.

      I am surprised at Fitzpatrick. I watched him play at Cincinnati and he played awful. He has improved very much in the last two years. The Bills keep finding a way to win and that is all that counts.

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      Jason Marovich 

      6 years ago from United States

      I voted Detroit because they probably don't have divisional competition that matches the AFC East. The Bills are on a miracle ride with a QB from Harvard leading the way. Realistically, the Lions have a far better chance of seeing season-long production from their offense.

    • Paul Edmondson profile image

      Paul Edmondson 

      6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      All the first round picks for the Lions are paying off, although I think the Bills are a better team, although they have to stop getting down by so many points. That's bound to catch up with them.

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