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NFL report card: Week 8

It was clearly a disappointing afternoon of football, if the measure is close games. Instead of having multiple games go down to the wire, the Baltimore Ravens trashed previously undefeated Denver; the Philadelphia Eagles, even without Brian Westbrook, dismantled the New York Giants. The Arizona Cardinals, who some of us (okay, me) mistakenly thought were ready to take flight, imploded at home against a bad team. The Indianapolis Colts beat the San Francisco 49ers in a surprisingly close game that was hardly a classic and not even a thriller. There were only two games all day that made you go "Wow."

In Green Bay, there was great theater as the Minnesota Vikings came to town with a familiar face at quarterback. Brett Favre went into Lambeau Field and passed for four touchdowns, including the one with just more than 3 minutes left that secured the Minnesota Vikings' victory over the Packers. It was a game that had everything: big stars, big lead, big comeback, big revenge motive, big disappointment. The Vikings, significantly, have a 2 1/2 game lead on the Chicago Bears and Packers, swept the second-best team in the division, and stay on the New Orleans Saints' heels for home-field advantage in the NFC.

Miami climbed back into wild-card contention by going on the road and beating the new York Jets, one of at least a dozen teams in the league that is impossible to predict from week to week. Jets Coach Rex Ryan seemed to miss the point when he pointed to the statistical edge his team had and said the outcome didn't make sense. It made perfect sense if can't tackle Ted Ginn Jr., who was angry about being benched and returned two kicks for touchdowns. The game had an NFC feel to it: rough and nasty.

3 I-told-you-so picks

Titans over Jaguars: About time. I think I picked Tennessee wrongly about four times and finally got it right. The win would seem to indicate that Vince Young will be the starter for awhile now in Nashville.

Texans over Bills: Best start Houston has ever had. The Texans should now get on with the business of making the playoffs for the first time, as well.

Ravens over Broncos: After three very, very tough losses for the Ravens, this was a game they had to have, even though the opponent came in undefeated. I'm still looking for the Ravens, despite a tough schedule, to bust out.

Pardon these 3 picks

Cardinals over Panthers: Most disappointing performance of the day for any team in the NFL. Just when it appeared the Cardinals had gotten their defense together and were ready to look like the defending conference champs, they reverted to their old form against a Carolina team that lost at home to Buffalo last week. This was an awful home-field loss for Arizona.

Jets over Dolphins The Jets are in that grouping with the Cardinals, Bears, Giants and others that you cannot figure from week to week. They shut down the Miami Wildcat offense but couldn't find Ted Ginn Jr.

Giants over Eagles: What happened to the G-Men? Eli is suddenly a turnover machine. Brandon Jacobs, the Big Brute, has turned into Mr. Tiptoe. And the Giants have given up about 40 points a game in the last three losses. Boy, does Philly have their number.


Michael Wilbon

 |  November 1, 2009; 7:56 PM ET  |  Category:  NFL , Post Pro Picks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Mike, what are you smoking? You picked the Bills to win, and you blew it. Wow, you must have changed your mind the minute you made that pick.

Posted by: jjmckenna | November 3, 2009 6:48 PM
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I may be the only one that feel this way but I did not see the great homecoming of Brett Farve as anything but a win for the Vikings which they would've won if the Packers had Farve as starting QB. You media types blew this way out of proportion and never mentioned the rest of the players involved. I was expecting Farve and Rogers to meet at mid-field with pistols drawn and pace it off at ten steps...Good job with the hype though.

Posted by: AfricanusX | November 3, 2009 7:45 AM
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I'm lovin it.....some could call a few upsets but most were just the cream rising to the surface. Shouda known the Titans and Vince were due. And Philly showed us what the Cards win over the Giants really meant.

Posted by: howard_sergio | November 2, 2009 7:30 PM
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Um you definitely chose the Bills.

"The Bills just don't look like a good football team but somehow have won three games. A dome team, outside in the cold? I can't believe I'm taking the Bills."

I told you so.

Posted by: csbrobinson | November 2, 2009 2:18 PM
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BTW, can you use your connections at ESPN to get Mike Greenberg fired? Jesus, waking up to him like like nails on a chalkboard irritating. Hook him up with a 22 year old employee, or something to that matter.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | November 2, 2009 8:41 AM
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Thank the Lord we have a REAL FOOTBALL team in Baltimore to watch every weekend here in Washington.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | November 2, 2009 8:37 AM
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