"When Patrick Ramsey is your back-up," Pennington explained, "it's not hard to look good."
Bengals 30, Browns 0
Cincinnati, entering the game with the worst ranked defense in the NFL, dominated Cleveland, shutting out the Browns and intercepting quarterback Charlie Frye four times.
"Yeah, well it's not that big a deal," shrugged Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "They're the friggin' Browns, y'know. They average about, what, four wins a season?" After a brief interruption by an NFL representative from the commissioner's office, Lewis clarified that what he meant
to say was, "The Browns may be down but they are a team with great talent and the NFL being what it is, any team can beat any team on any given day."
Cleveland receiver Braylon Edwards angrily confronted Frye on the sidelines after one interception. Teammates had to separate the two, though Frye downplayed the argument. "We play for the Brown," he groaned. "You expect us to be
Redskins 17, Panthers 13
Steve Smith scored a touchdown.
What else from this game could you possibly care about?
Vikings 31, Cardinals 26
Arizona's J.J. Arrington returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, prompting commentator Matt Vasgersian to declare the score "just what the Cardinals need"—indicating both that Dennis Green's squad would play better with a lead, and that Vasgersian has never before watched the Arizona Cardinals play
Despite the 99-yard kickoff return touchdown, a 99-yard fumble return touchdown, and 405 yards of passing from rookie Matt Leinart, the Cardinals lost the game, in part because they only ran the ball six times. "They say a solid running game is the key to a championship caliber team," noted Green before trailing off about gravy, shouting at a random reporter about the "alleged moon landing" and gnawing on the corner of his podium. Minnesota bounced back after a dreary four game losing streak, but since it was against Arizona, we'll pass on any declarative statements about the team's status until next week.