Perhaps one of the largest surprises around the league was the manhandling that the Jets gave to the young Colts. In New York, Sanchez gave the Jets offense signs of life with a perfect end zone strike. It was just one offensive highlight, as the Jets continued carry the football across the goal line early and often. Shonn Greene had three scores of his own to compliment 161 yards on the ground. The Colts were limited to just three field goals throughout the game, and their defense simply couldn’t hold on as they fell to a 2-3 record. The Jets improved to 3-3 on the season on the other end.Speaking of surprises, Tampa Bay’s offensive was a combination of fireworks and Josh Freeman. Freeman led the Bucs to a 38-10 romping of the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving no doubt from the beginning. The Kansas City faithful couldn’t be too pleased about their defense, as it led to a terrible 1-5 start. As Randy Covitz fittingly titled his Kansas City Star article, “Buccaneers extend Chiefs’ Misery.”
Finally, as the clock struck 4:55, the Eagles were stunned as the Detroit Lions finished off their comeback win in overtime. What started out as a very inaccurate day for Matthew Stafford turned into a offensive run in the second half. The Eagles defense gave up a double-digit lead, and Michael Vick and the offense didn’t have an answer for any of the Lions’ late scores. The Eagles move back to a 3-3 record, while the Lions get a much needed victory if they hope to keep postseason hopes alive.
That concludes the early afternoon games around the NFL. Some surprising upsets, a comeback or two, and a wild finish in more than one game makes for just another week in the young season. But then again, that’s why we love football Sunday.