coach-a fact that anyone who's paid attention to the Redskins for the past three years will tell you isn't all that hard to believe."
In response, NBC commentator Chris Collinsworth
condescendingly accused Shockey of being undisciplined.
Saints 24, Buccaneers 21
Rookie running back Reggie Bush
finally scored his first touchdown of the year, returning a punt 65 yards with just over four minutes to go and putting New Orleans ahead for good. Bush exhibited further versatility by leading his team in receptions, catching eleven passes (more than any two other players in the game combined).
"Did you see that sack Mario Williams got last week?" Texans head coachGary Kubiak
told fans in Houston. "What a great hit. I've said it before and I'll say it again: game-breaking running backs with the ability to line up at wide receiver, return punts and keep defenses on their heels are a dime a dozen
. We're so happy we passed on that guy."
Bush wasn't the only Saint rusher to have a big day. Deuce McAllister
ran for 123 yards and a touchdown, giving
the opportunity to refer to the running back combo as "Thunder and Lightning" then pause for laughter as if he thought that was astoundingly clever, and hadn't in fact been used to describe at least two running back tandems every year for the last decade and a half,
including Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis
Colts 14, Titans 13
Indianapolis fans had a good laugh at the expense of Tennessee after 55 minutes of cockteasing the Titans into thinking they might actually get their first win of the season.
"It was hilarious when they got that first touchdown," Colts receiver Reggie Wayne
chuckled as he remembered Titans quarterback Vince Young
's scramble into the end zone. "I was like, 'Hey, Peyton, whattaya say we let them keep this lead until late in the fourth quarter then completely crush them with a late rally?' He figured it was worth it to see if we could make them cry."
After scoring just one touchdown in three and a half quarters, the Colts still found themselves only down by six. On cue, Manning led his team into the end zone, making sure to the winning two-yard score to
, as a running play in that situation would run the risk of running backs Joseph Addai
or Domanic Rhodes
exceeding Manning's fantasy value. "Of course a rushing play would have been the logical thing to do in that situation," admitted head coach Tony Dungy
. "But contracts with Gatorade, Master Card, NFL Sunday Ticket on DirecTV, Reebok and Sony expressly forbid Peyton throwing fewer than two touchdowns a game."
49ers 34, Raiders 20
On the day before Super Bowl XXXVII, Raiders center Barret Robbins
went to Tijuana, got completely drunk, considered committing suicide, wound up in a hospital and missed the game, causing a major distraction for his teammates, who went on to lose without ever making a contest for Tampa Bay. At this point, Oakland coach Art Shell
would trade his next five first round picks if his players could be half as disciplined as Barret Robbins.
Rams 23, Packers 20
's attempt at a fourth quarter comeback fell short. The veteran quarterback led Green Bay down to the St. Louis 11-yard line, but lost a fumble with just 44 seconds remaining in the game.
"It's a really good thing that guy came back," sighed Farve heir apparent