Colts 18 - 49ers 14
I said in the beginning of the season that the Niners were going to be one of the most improved team in the NFL. I hate to gloat, but this game validated my suspicions.
SF looked impeccable on defense. They effectively neutralized the run and consistently took away the deep routes. And if that wasn't enough, they sacked Manning three times and put pressure on him almost every passing play. This caused overthrows, underthrows, and a lot of hurried passes.
This is his how bad it got for Indy. The only TD pass was from Joseph Addai to Reggie Wayne. That's it. The rest of the points came from Matt Stover FGs when well engineered drives stalled out. Otherwise, there were plenty of 3 and outs that can be credited to the aggressive nature of the Niner defense.
The thing that kept Indy in it was their defense. Other than allowing a long TD run early on, they didn't let Frank Gore get into a rhythm and would not allow Alex Smith to get in one, either. They made the big plays down the stretch, when they really needed to.
Bottom line, the Colts showed enough weaknesses against an underrated 3-4 defense, to provide the rest of their opponents some quality film to study.
Ravens 30 - Broncos 7
Finally the dream has been put on delay, Denver's offense has met a premier defense and looked a little human in the process. That said, the biggest storyline in this game was the Denver defense allowing the mediocre Baltimore offense to do more than enough to win the game.
The real test for Denver will be how they bounce back against a rejuvenated Steeler team next week.
Vikings 38 - Packers 26
I give some credit for guts to Aaron Rodgers for making it interesting down the stretch. In fact, he didn't play too badly for an overrated QB. But as we can see from the outcome of this game, Mr. Favre is the superior QB. The old man is phenomenal.
Titans 30 - Jags 13
Long awaited, long overdue, and much needed, congrats to Tennessee on their first win of the year. I am glad it was against the Jags, who will probably fire Jack Del Rio at the end of the year.
In other NFL news this weekend, I think it is important to note that KC, TB, and Washington did not lose this week. All three had bye weeks. Congrats to them too.