Top QB rating: Drew Brees, Chargers (22 of 25, 281 yards, 5 TDS for a rating of 153.1).
Most passing yards: Jake Plummer, Broncos (499 yards on 55 attempts in a 28-41 loss to the Falcons). (Peyton Manning had 472 yards and 5 TDs in 35-45 loss to the Chiefs.)
Most rushing yards: Shaun Alexander, Seahawks (32 carries for 195 yards and a TD in a 23-17 win over the Panthers).
Most receiving yards: Rod Smith, Broncos (9 receptions for 208 yards in a 28-41 loss to the Falcons).
Most points: Chiefs outscored the Colts 45-35. Trent Green threw 3 TDs, including two to Tony Gonzalez, and Priest Holmes added 3 rushing TDs.
Least points: The Jaguars scored 6 points in a loss to the Texans.
Biggest blowout: Drew Brees threw for 5 TDs as Chargers beat Kerry Collins and the Raiders 42-14.
Sunday Night Game: The Bears defeated the 49ers 23-13 in a mostly forgettable game. Ken Dorsey completed 16 of 36 passes for the 49ers and Craig Krenzel completed 13 of 25 passes for the Bears. The sole offensive touchdown was a 49 yard pass to Bears WR Bernard Berrian in first two minutes of the game. The 49ers responded with an 80 fumble return for a TD by Dwaine Carpenter. The teams traded field goals until Nathan Vasher returned an interception 71 yards for a TD with 4 minutes left, sealing the Bears victory.
Monday Night Game: The Jets defeated the Dolphins 41-14. With 4 minutes to go in the first half, the teams were tied 7-7. Led by Chad Pennington’s 3 TDs (on 189 yards passing), the Jets scored 34 unanswered points. Curtis Martin and Lamont Jordan each had 115 yards rushing and a TD for the Jets. The Dolphins scored their second TD on a 29 yard pass from Jay Fieldler to Derrius Thompson with only 5 seconds left.
Top QB rating: Jay Fiedler, Dolphins (13 of 17, 203 yards, 2 TDs for a rating of 154.8).
Most passing yards: Donovan McNabb, Eagles (376 yards in a 34-31 OT win over the Browns).
Most rushing yards: Ahman Green, Packers (15 carries for 163 yards in 41-20 win over the Cowboys).
Most receiving yards: Chad Johnson, Bengals (7 receptions for 149 yards in a 23-10 win over the Broncos).
Most points & Biggest blowout: Chiefs beat the Falcons 56-10. Priest Holmes and Derrick Blaylock each rushed for 4 TDs for the Chiefs. The Falcons lone TD was a 75 yard punt return by Allen Rossum.
Least points: Titans score 3 in a loss to the Vikings.
Sunday Night Game: None.
Monday Night Game: The Bengals defeated the Broncos and Jake Plummer 23-10. Carson Palmer had 198 yards passing, 149 of which went to Chad Johnson. Rudi Johnson had 119 yards rushing and a TD on 24 carries. Shayne Graham added 3 FGs.
Top QB rating: Daunte Culpepper, Vikings (26 of 37, 425 yards, 5 TDs for a rating of 125.6).
Most passing yards: Culpepper, Vikings (425 yards in a 38-31 win over the Saints). (Matt Hasselback was second overall with 349 yards in a Seattle loss to New England.)
Most rushing yards: Reuben Droughns, Broncos (38 carries for 176 yards in 31-3 win over the Raiders).
Most receiving yards: Koren Robinson, Seahawks (9 receptions for 150 yards in a 20-30 loss to the Patriots.)
Most points: Vikings score 38 led by Culpepper’s 5 TDs. Brett Favre and Packers score 38 against the Lions.
Least points: Raiders score 3 in a loss to the Broncos.
Biggest blowout: Jake Plummer throws for 3 TDs and Droughns runs for 176 yards as the Broncos beat the Raiders 31-3.
Sunday Night Game: Aaron Brooks and the Saints climbed back from a 14-0 deficit to pull within 7 in the 4th quarter, but were overmatched by Culpepper’s 5 TDs and fell to the Vikings 38-31.
Monday Night Game: The Bucs and Rams each scored a TD in each of the first three quarters, but the Rams held the Bucs scoreless in the 4th for a 28-21 victory. Marc Bulger had 2 TDs and Marshall Faulk and Steven Jackson each had over 40 yards rushing for the Rams.
Top QB rating: Daunte Culpepper, Vikings (36 of 50, 396 yards, 5 TDs for a rating of 128.4).
Most passing yards: Tim Rattay, 49ers (38 of 57 for 417 yards in a 31-28 win over the Cardinals).
Most rushing yards: Reuben Droughns, Broncos (30 carries for 193 yards in 20-17 win over the Panthers).
Most receiving yards: Andre Johnson, Texans (12 receptions for 170 yards & 2 TDs in 28-34 loss to the Vikings).
Most points: Titans, with Steve McNair and Chris Brown, outscore the Packers 48-27.
Least points: Cowboys, Dolphins, Falcons and Redskins each score 10 in losses.
Biggest blowout: Peyton Manning and Colts defeat Raiders and Kerry Collins 35-14; Titans beat Packers 48-27.
Sunday Night Game: Jamal Lewis rushed 28 times for 116 yards, but Kyle Boller completed just 9 of 18 passes for 81 yards. A fumble return for a TD by Ed Reed and punt return for a TD by B.J. Sams carried the Ravens to 17-10 victory over Washington. Redskins QB Mark Brunell completed just 13 of 29 passes for 83 yards.
Monday Night Game: Steve McNair threw for two touchdowns and Chris Brown had two rushing TDs as the Titans defeated the Packers 48-27. Brett Favre threw two TDs and three interceptions for the Packers.
Top QB rating: Drew Brees, Chargers (16 of 20, 206 yds, 3 TDs for a rating of 149.2).
Most passing yards: Byron Leftwich, Jaguars (24 of 49 for 318 yards in a 17-24 loss to the Colts).
Most rushing yards: Tiki Barber, Giants (23 carries for 182 yards & a TD in a 14-7 win over the Packers).
Most receiving yards: Eric Moulds, Bills (10 catches for 126 yards & a TD in a 17-31 loss to the Patriots).
Most points: Chargers, led by Brees and LaDainian Tomlinson, to a 38-17 victory over the Titans.
Least points: Packers score 7 points in a loss to the Giants. Brett Favre completes 12 of 18 passes for 110 yards.
Biggest blowout: Josh McCown and Emmitt Smith led the Cardinals to a 34 – 10 victory over the Saints and Aaron Brooks
Sunday Night Game: Marc Bulger, Isaac Bruce and Marshall Faulk lead the Rams to a 24-14 victory over the 49ers and Tim Rattay, Eric Johnson and Kevin Barlow.
Monday Night Game: Trent Green threw for 223 yards and Priest Holmes had 125 yards rushing and two TDs as the Chiefs overcame a 14 point second quarter by the Ravens to hold for the 27-24 victory.
Knowing that professional coaches are now bearing the brunt of blame when teams underachieve, WagerOnSports.com today announced odds on which current NFL head coach will be the first to be fired or resign from his position.
The premium sports betting destination online, WagerOnSports.com has calculated the odds on all 32 NFL head coaches becoming the first coaching casualty this season. Marty Schottenheimer, head coach of the San Diego Chargers, is currently the favorite to be the first coach to get a pink slip at 3/1 odds. In what could be a closely contested race to see who can keep their job longer, WagerOnSports.com has listed Miami’s Dave Wannstedt at 7/2 odds following a disastrous pre-season for the Dolphins. Other head coaches that could be looking for work next season include: Jim Haslett (4/1), Dennis Erickson (4/1), Butch Davis (5/1) and Mike Martz (8/1).
—PR Newswire “Odds are Several NFL Coaches are on the ‘Hot Seat'; WagerOnSports.com Announces Odds on First NFL Coach to be Fired.”
Wannstedt resigned 9 games into the 2004 season after the Dolphins started 1-8. Davis was fired 11 games into the 2004 season with the Browns at 3-8. Erickson was fired at the conclusion of the 2004 season. Martz was fired after the 2005 season, missing the second half of the season due to a heart infection. Haslett was fired by the Saints after the 2005 season. Schottenheimer defied the odds—he wasn’t fired by the Chargers until after the 2006 season.
The final destination was expected, although the journey was a little more circuitous than anticipated. Kurt Warner will begin the season as the Giants’ starting quarterback, with Eli Manning as his backup.
“Kurt will start, I’m giving Kurt the ball and saying ‘Kurt, let’s go win,’ ” coach Tom Coughlin said Sunday in announcing his long-awaited decision on which quarterback will start the Sept. 12 opener in Philadelphia.
If a clairvoyant had made the pronouncement a month ago, the response would have been, “Yeah, so?” Warner is the veteran, a two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl participant. Manning is a wet-behind-the-ears rookie, albeit with a rare pedigree, but nevertheless inexperienced at this level.
—Vinny Ditrani, The Record “Giants hand the ball to Warner; Manning’s last game made decision easy”
Kurt Warner led the Giants to a 5-2 start, but was replaced by Eli Manning after two consecutive losses. Eli started the final 7 games of the season, amassing a record of 1-6. He threw 6 TDs and 9 interceptions. After the season, Warner signed with the Cardinals. He lead the team to the Super Bowl in the 2008 season and retired after the 2009 season. The Manning-led Giants won the Super Bowl in the 2007 & 2011 seasons.