Well, football fans, the NFL is a lot of things but it’s never short on #fancrazy excitement. This week was no exception. Sunday’s NFL action saw not one, not two, but three games go to overtime as divisional jockeying picked up steam.
|Wanna see a crazy catch? Google Gary Barnidge.
First, let’s start with one of the day’s biggest surprises. The Philadelphia Eagles hammered Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, as QB Sam Bradford overcame two red-zone picks to throw for 333 yards and strengthen his team’s position in the NFC East. In Kansas City, it was bad news all around for the Chiefs. First, they lost superhero running back Jamaal Charles early in the game to a blown ACL. Then Jay Cutler led the Chicago Bears on an exciting two-score comeback late in the game, and they beat the Chiefs in an 18-17 thriller. The Bears did this without injured wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal–remember, they had already lost Brandon Marshall in the offseason–but they stormed back anyway, making it a very exciting weekend for Chicago sports fans! On Sunday night, the New York Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers on a last-minute highlight reel catch in the back of the end zone by tight end Larry Donnell (what is it with the tight ends this week?), and the Giants pulled it out 30-27.
All that, and we haven’t even gotten to the OT games yet. And there were three! In Baltimore, backup-turned-starter Josh McCown dropped 457 yards on the Ravens as they pulled out a 33-31 win. Tight end Gary Barnidge had 139 receiving yards and a touchdown that might be the catch of the year so far! We can’t do it justice without you seeing it, but let’s just say this–he caught it with his ankles, knees and hands! Really, go look it up. Talk about crazy! In Cincinnati, the surprising Bengals went to 5-0. Tight end Tyler Eifert racked up two scores and Andy Dalton threw for 331 yards as the Bengals beat the disappointing Seattle Seahawks 27-24. The Seahawks are still struggling to work Jimmy Graham into the passing attack, and their aerial attack struggled even though supersub running back Thomas Rawls ran for 169 yards and a score. Another 5-0 surprise is the Atlanta Falcons, who pulled out a 25-19 win over RG3 and a struggling Washington team. breakout running back Devonta Freeman‘s 153 yards and a score fueled the offense, as Matt Ryan overcame two interceptions. If Freeman is available in your fantasy league somehow, go get him–he’s not a fluke.
Last but not least, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos also joined the 5-0 club. Surprising, you say? Well, it is, when you consider that Manning threw two interceptions and the Broncos had to hang on to beat the Oakland Raiders 16-10. The Broncos are getting a lot more of their scoring from kicker Brandon McManus and their defense than most would have expected, and they’ll have some sorting out to do if they want to be a serious threat down the line.
How do you think the Chiefs will manage without their big star? Who will be the first undefeated team to drop? Will the Broncos’ offense turn it around? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter and tell us what you think. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app to Play, Shout and Win!
May the brackets always bust in your favor,
Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer