By Bryan Jeon
Chiefs 12 – 10 Raiders
Priest Holmes returned to the field for the first time since suffering a severe neck injury in 2005, which many thought would put an end to the career of Kansas City’s career leader in rushing yards and touchdowns. He was expected to play against Oakland as the third string but ended up with the most carries behind Larry Johnson, finishing the game with 4 carries on 9 yards and 1 reception for a loss of 6 yards.
Tennessee 38 – 36 Houston
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub goes down with an injury so leave it to backup Sage Rosenfels to engineer an incredible fourth quarter comeback that fell just short because of Rob Bironas‘ NFL-record 8th field goal of the game as time expired. Rosenfels threw for 290 yards and 4 TDs and 3 INTs to give Houston the lead in the final minute, 36-35, after the Titans led 32-7 to begin the fourth quarter. Kerry Collins, who played the whole game in place of the injured Vince Young, moved the Titans down quickly and set up Bironas’ 29-yard winner, as he kicked a perfect 8 for 8 today, including a long of 52.
New Orleans 22 – 16 Atlanta
Joey Harrington was a tad bitter to lose his starting job this week to Byron Leftwich. I have an itchy feeling he was praying for Leftwich to go down and that’s exactly what happened, as Harrington took over for the rest of the game for the injured Leftwich in the third quarter. He didn’t commit any turnovers but was only able to muster a field goal during his play. It is currently unknown how long Leftwich will be out, who suffered a high ankle sprain as he was tackled.
NY Giants 33 – 15 San Francisco
The Giants ‘D’ traumatized the opposing team’s offense yet again to reel off their fifth straight win. They forced four turnovers on Trent Dilfer, sacked him six times and recovered one of his fumbles for a 75-yard return, courtesy of Osi Umenyiora, who made the sack as well and also recovered another fumble. The Giants’ defensive end all but assured himself of a Pro Bowl selection when he sacked Donovan McNabb six times and forced two fumbles a couple of weeks back, and he now has 8 sacks and 3 forced fumbles on the year to go with that fumble return for a touchdown. Meanwhile, Amani Toomer became the franchise leader in touchdown receptions with 49, passing Kyle Rote on the all-time list with a first quarter strike from Eli Manning.
New England 49 – 28 Miami
Tom Brady threw for a career high and team-record six more touchdowns, five in the first half, to give him 27 through seven games. Peyton Manning had 22 through seven games in his record-setting 2004 season, when he threw for 49 TD passes. Brady is on pace for 61. Only two teams in NFL history have scored more than the Patriots through seven games, who have put up 279, led by the 2000 Rams, who put up 296 points. That’s an average of 40 points/game! The streaking Giants get the 0-7 Dolphins next week.