All across the USA today fans are either stoked about their favorite NFL team's play yesterday or completely dejected and frustrated. The Stack did very well this week so far going 11-1 with one more game tonight between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. More on that matchup in a bit. First, it's time for some reaction from all of Sunday's games so let's get right to it and see what's in "the stack" for today, Monday, October 22:
Tennessee 35 Buffalo 34
So Chris Johnson finally showed up. What a day he had rushing for 195 yards and two scores. The Titans may want to keep Matt Hasselbeck in at quarterback regardless of whenever Jake Locker is healthy. Clearly the Titans are responding positively to Hassebeck under center. Once again, the Bills defense fails to make a play late in the game. All that money they paid in the offseason has so far not beeen worth it.
Dallas 19 Carolina 14
Don't know if both teams really wanted to win this game. Cam Newton has become "Scam" Newton with his play this year. What a difference between year one and year two. His counterpart Tony Romo had a really good game. The Cowboys got a much needed win and can really make a statement if they beat the New York Giants next week.
Houston 43 Baltimore 13
Figured that loss to the Packers last week would wake the Texans up, but I didn't expect them to thump the Ravens that badly. Despite Terrell Suggs returning to the defense, the Ravens looked awful. Offensively they were nothing special either. Their defense has been bad (by Ravens standards) all year. The real AFC Super Bowl contender revealed themselves in this game Sunday. It certainly wasn't Baltimore.
Indianapolis 17 Cleveland 13
Both rookie quarterbacks played well in this one. Brandon Weeden didn't get any help from fellow rookie Josh Gordon who dropped a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. And I don't want to brag, but I did pick this score correctly. Just saying.
Minnesota 21 Arizona 14
Adrian Peterson was amazing against the Cardinals. He ran all over them. The Vikings defense was tenacious, sacking John Skelton seven times. And the Vikings won despite Christian Ponder having a God-awful day throwing the ball. 58 yards! 58 yards?! Come on man. Vikings can't have that again if they want to make more noise this season. The Cardinals are sliding downhill and fast. Don't know if they can recover.
New York Giants 27 Washington 23
Despite the loss, RGIII looked really good on Sunday. He has such poise. But there is a reason why Eli Manning has become the most clutch quarterback in the NFL. Another 4th quarter comeback. No lead for an opposing team is safe with Eli at the helm for the Giants.
Green Bay 30 St. Louis 20
The Pack is back. Aaron Rodgers has found his groove, though I'm not sure if he ever really lost it. Just seven incompletions. With how locked in he is right now, the Packers may be the most dangerous team in the NFC at this moment.
New Orleans 35 Tampa Bay 28
When you throw for 313 yards and four touchdowns in the first half as Drew Brees did Sunday, you should win almost every game. The Saints did just that on Sunday, but their defense is still a little concerning. They stiffened up after spotting the Bucs twenty-one points, but the Saints gave up a few big plays in the second half that got the Bucs back in the game. Now the Saints get Denver in Denver? Could be bad news for the Saints in Joe Vitt's debut as interim head coach.
New England 29 New York Jets 26
Yes the Patriots won, but this team just doesn't look like the Patriots we've seen in recent years or what we were expecting from them this year. The Jets put up twenty-six points against them. The Jets were ready for this rivalry game and I'm sure the Patriots were too, but the defense gave up big plays when you didn't expect it and the offense doesn't look as crisp as we're used to seeing them. A win is a win, but Bill Belichick will remind his team that they have a long ways to go.
Oakland 26 Jacksonville 23
Bad day for the Jaguars and their fans. Had Blaine Gabbert and Maurice Jones-Drew not gone down with injuries, the Raiders would have lost this game. They looked bad. But hey, a win is a win no matter how ugly.
Pittsburgh 24 Cincinnati 17
The Steelers overcame a lot of first half mistakes and injuries to five starters that kept them out of this game. Jonathan Dwyer (who?) ran for 122 yards and wrapped the game up with a big run. The Steelers found a way to win while the Bengals continue their recent disappointing slide. Both teams haven't looked great so far this season, but the Steelers are looking up while the Bengals are looking down.
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears 8:30 PM ET ESPN
The Lions got a much needed win last week in Philly. But they'll need to start scoring points prior to the start of the fourth quarter in this one if they want to beat the Bears. Chicago is looking really good so far. Jay Cutler is in a rhythm right now and that defense is playing out of their minds. This should be a really fun game.
Prediction: Bears 27 Lions 23
St. Louis Cardinals @ San Francisco Giants 8:00 PM ET FOX (Series tied 3-3)
The Giants have forced a game seven to decide who goes to the World Series. Ryan Vogelsong pitched great yesterday and the Giants have the momentum and the home field advantage. Matt Cain will take the mound for the Giants against the Cardinals Kyle Lohse. Game seven. Won the last two games in the series. The momentum is with the Giants and they will win this game.
Coming up tomorrow: MNF recap, Cardinals-Giants reaction and NFL week 7 power rankings.