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Around the NFL (9/17/09 Edition)
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published September 17, 2009


Oakland Raiders fans were pretty much silent after the San Diego Chargers last minute game winning touchdown drive. 

Around the NFL


By Jason Lewis


Can anybody in Cleveland stop Adrian Peterson?

No player in a Browns uniform seemed to be able to stop Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.  It seemed like none of them had much interest in stopping him either, as Peterson ran for 180 yards and three touchdowns.

On Peterson’s 64-yard touchdown run he stiff armed three Brown’s defenders and shoved one out of bounds before running down the sidelines.

Peterson made life very easy for quarterback Brett Farve in his debut with the Vikings.   Farve never had to take any chances downfield.  If Peterson stays healthy, and the Vikings defense continues to play at a high level, Farve will not have to put in nearly as much work as he is used to. 


Vick one step closer to starting

Well, probably not. 

Eagles quarterback Donovan may miss next week’s game because of fractured ribs suffered late in the Eagles blowout victory over the Panthers, but if he does miss any time, he will be back before Michael Vick can take the field starting week three. 

Even if Vick was available to play this past week, he may not have seen the field.  At the moment he is listed as the Eagles third string quarterback. 

The Eagles signed quarterback Jeff Garcia, meaning that Vick may fall even further down the dept chart.  Garcia is really the second best quarterback on the team, only behind McNabb.


Miracle in Cinncy

Too bad that miracle was not in favor of the Cincinnati Bengals. 

The Bengals pretty much had their game against the Denver Broncos won.  They had just capped off a 91-yard touchdown drive to give them a 7-6 lead with 40 seconds to play in the game.

The Broncos Eddie Royal slips and falls on the Broncos own 13-yard line on the kick off return, sealing the victory even more.  The game was as much of a wrap as it could be.  When Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton threw a deep out to wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who was double covered, the Bengals cornerback played it perfectly, knocking the ball away.  Game over… right?

Just one problem.  The ball shoots straight up in the air and lands right in the arms of Broncos receiver Brandon Stokely, who races down the field all by himself for the winning touchdown.

That had to be the worst way to lose a game.  The Bengals, their coaching staff, the 65,000 Bengals fans at the stadium, and all of the Bengals fans watching the game on TV, must have felt as helpless as can be because there was nobody between Stokely and the endzone, and there was not a player who could have caught him.  The only thing that could have stopped Stokely was a trap door at the 20-yard line.

There are probably Bengals fans right now sitting around, staring at a wall, and wondering, how in the world did they blow that one?  It was as sure as a sure thing can be and they still lost.  


Bears fans already jumping ship

It did not take long for Chicago Bears fans to turn on their latest quarterback.  After Jay Cutler’s four-interception performance at Green Bay, many of their fans feel like their season is already lost.

They pinned their hopes on the quarterback with the rocket arm, but he simply fell on his face in his first game as a Bear, and against their long time rival at that.

To make matters worse, star linebacker Brian Urlacher will be lost for the season with a wrist injury.  Now that’s a double whammy.  


Mark Sanchez is the real deal

Well, at least for a week. 

In his rookie debut Sanchez lit it up like he was still at USC, as he threw for 272 yards and a touchdown in the Jets victory.  If USC still had him the Ohio St. game would not have even been close.  If Sanchez can carve up an NFL secondary like that imagine what he would have done to the Buckeyes.

The other first round quarterback, Matt Stafford of the Lions, who was the No. 1 pick in the draft, did not have as good of a day as Sanchez.  Stafford threw three interceptions in his rookie debut.  But he is playing for the Lions, who have now lost 18 games in a row, and 24 out of their last 25 games.

But on the bright side, Stafford got a first hand look at a legit quarterback during the game, as Saints quarterback Drew Brees continued to put up EA Madden video game type numbers.   Brees threw for 358 yards and six touchdowns in the Saints victory over the Lions. 


Monday Night let downs

For the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, that was pretty much the case. 

Both teams were underdogs to teams with Super Bowl aspirations.  Both teams had the lead late in the games, and both teams snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

The Raiders actually played well for the most part and took a 20-17 lead over the San Diego Chargers with just over two minutes to play.

But did anybody really think that Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers was not about to lead his team on a game winning touchdown drive?  And he did it was ease. 

Maybe this is a moral victory for the Raiders.  Yeah, probably not.

The Bills had an even tougher loss because they had their game against the New England Patriots almost wrapped up.  They led the game by 11 points with just over two minutes to play. 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady brought his team within five points with a touchdown pass.  At that point all the Bills had to do was run out the clock.

That’s simple to say, but the Bills proved that it is hard to do, especially because Bills kickoff returner Leodis McKelvin decided to not only run the ball out of the endzone instead of taking a knee, but then he decided to fight for extra yards after he was wrapped up by Patriot defenders.  That play had fumble written all over it, and that is exactly what happened. 

The Patriots took the ball at the Buffalo 31, and everybody knew the game was pretty much over.  Three plays later Brady throws the game winning touchdown pass.  


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