1. Drew Brees has big day against the Giants– This was the game of the day hands down and maybe the best game of the season. It was all offense and no defense and I knew it’d be an easy day at the offense for Drew Brees with the lack of a pass rush the Giants have. Many said Brees was on the decline and the Saints offense was nothing without Jimmy Graham and they put up 52 points. Both Brees and Eli Manning combined for 12 touchdowns. Seven from Drew which tied Peyton Manning’s record set in 2013 and Eli had a career day with five touchdown passes thrown of his own. The Saints are hot right now and are in the thick of things in their division.
2. Broncos remain undefeated– This was the game of the week. One of the 19 Super Bowl rematches on slate this year and two quarterbacks who are bound for Canton when it’s all said and done. Neither team had seen what the other had to offer coming into the game. Denver’s stingy defense hadn’t faced a quarterback as dynamic as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense hadn’t faced a defense quite like the Broncos all season long. The bye week was much-needed for Peyton and crew. He threw the ball exceptionally well and though he didn’t throw a touchdown pass, I was pleased with his performance and the offense will be able to complement the defense. The defense shined once again holding Aaron Rodgers to 77 yards passing and the Packers offense to ten points.
3. Bengals come back in Pittsburgh– Whenever these two meet up, it’s always a close game and the offense of the Steelers was ready to get back to its natural ways of scoring especially with Roethlisberger back under center. They got off to a hot start then Le’Veon Bell went down with a gruesome knee injury. The Bengals looked terrible in the beginning and turned it on when they had too late in the game intercepting Ben three times. Their defense made him work to move around and he still is far from 100 percent with that knee. The Bengals are now 7-0 for the first time in franchise history.
4. Seahawks hold off Cowboys– This was a battle of two teams looking to get back on track. The Seahawks have struggled significantly and the Cowboys haven’t won a game since Tony Romo went down with that collarbone injury. Dez Bryant made his return as well. This was all defense and no offense, my type of football game. Seattle pulled away and won a point, 13-12 to move to .500 at 4-4 and the Cowboys dropped their fifth in a row. I thought Matt Cassel would give this team a spark offensively but in these last two games, he’s looked as if he’s never played quarterback in his life.
5. Notre Dame hands Temple its first loss– Notre Dame has been in the spotlight plenty of times. Temple not so much. This was their biggest game in school history and they were hanging with the Irish for a majority of the game then, Notre Dame imposed its will and pulled away with an interception to seal the deal which gave Temple its first loss of the season. They’ve earned all our respect after that one.