Cowboys 34, Texans 6
Just for a change of pace, Terrell Owens
made headlines for doing something on the field instead of off it. Scoring three touchdowns, the Dallas receiver put himself in the media spotlight just days after head coach Bill Parcells
declared he was done talking about Owens. In response to the monstrous performance, Parcells faked a coronary to avoid speaking to the press... at least, we hope he was faking.
Considering he has overcome a preseason hamstring injury, a broken hand, a failed suicide attempt, fines for being late to practice, and mean-spirited chants from Philadelphia fans intent on hurting his feelings, Owens declared himself in line for "comeback player of the year" honors. Barring that, he requested a Lifetime Movie of the Week deal.
Giants 27, Falcons 14
New York upset Atlanta in more ways than one. Beside the upset victory, Falcons quarterback Michael Vick
was unhappy about Giants quarterback Eli Manning
's play. "What was all that 'throwing the ball to other players' stuff?" Vick ranted. "I don't think I saw him scramble around, tuck the ball, and take off running once the entire game!"
Further baffling to Vick was that when Manning dropped back to throw passes, his offensive line formed what Vick described as "a pocket" around Manning, blocking oncoming defenders from tackling--or "sacking"--the quarterback. Vick was not so lucky, getting "sacked" seven times. "I don't get it," Vick sighed. "Every time I'd try to do that throwing the ball thing, it was as though my offensive linemen expected me to just scramble around, abandon the play, and take off running, so they didn't put much effort into blocking. Where would they get that idea?"
Saints 27, Eagles 24
A year ago, New Orleans didn't even have a home field; now, they just might have the greatest home field advantage in the NFL. For the second straight week, the Saints won a home game thanks to come-from-behind fourth quarter scoring that left their opponents awestruck.