Tennessee 31, Indianapolis 21
The Titans scoreed 25 unanswered points as they rolled over their divisional foe in a huge Monday night victory and improved to 7-0.
LenDale White finished drives for the Titans by punching in two goal line touchdowns. After a Chris Hope interception, running back Chris Johnson added a touchdown of his own to seal the victory.
The Colts, who surprisingly drop to 3-4, were stopped by the Titans twice on fourth down in the second half. As a result, they lost all the momentum and the Titans took complete control.
The Monday night game presented a great opportunity for the Titans to prove themselves as the best team in the league to a national audience. They caused turnovers, got the tough yards on the goal line and Kerry Collins made plays in the air when he needed to.
What more do you want America?
New York Giants 21, Pittsburgh 14
Two of the NFL's heavyweights matched up in what could be a preview of the Super Bowl. The Giants (6-1) capitalized on Pittsburgh's (5-2) fourth quarter mistakes to come from behind and win a big game on the road.
In the final fifteen minutes, the Giants scored on a safety when a snap to the punter went out of the end zone to tie the game at 14. The Steelers were using a backup long snapper due to an injury earlier in the game.
Also, Ben Roethlisberger threw two of his four interceptions in the fourth quarter, which proved to be an absolute disaster for Pittsburgh.
Eli Manning connected with tight end Kevin Boss for what would be the game-winning touchdown with three minutes to play.
The Giants are off to a great start and seem poised to defend their title.
New Orleans 37, San Diego 32
The Saints (4-4) and Chargers (3-5) combined to score 69 points as they put on an offensive showcase for the fans in London.
Throwing for 339 yards and three touchdowns, Drew Brees continues to make a case for league MVP. Brees' performance helps the Saints return to .500 as they head into their bye week in last place of the very competitive NFC South.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers also put up big numbers. Rivers threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns, however his lone interception came with under two minutes to play.
Dallas 13, Tampa Bay 9
The Cowboys (5-3) outlast the Buccaneers (5-3) in a defensive struggle.
Filling in for the injured Tony Romo, Brad Johnson managed the game. Offensively, the Cowboys are not nearly as dangerous without Romo taking the snaps. They are averaging 13 points, that's down from 29, without Romo and only gained 192 yards of total offense against the Bucs.
Johnson was able to find recently acquired Roy E. Williams for a touchdown, his first as a Cowboy.
The Bucs could not find the end zone, settling for three Matt Bryant field goals.
Philadelphia 27, Atlanta 14
In a match-up of two NFC playoff hopefuls, the Eagles improved to 4-3 with a win over the Falcons (4-3).
Brian Westbrook proved to be too much for the Falcons to handle as he rushed 22 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Before Sunday, Westbrook had been held under 100 yards all year. Look for him to play a huge role in the Eagles' push for the playoffs.
Matt Ryan threw two touchdowns, but also two interceptions, including one that was picked off by Lito Sheppard in the end zone.
Don't worry Falcons fans. The young quarterback has a shown a lot of promise this year and has Atlanta right in the midst of a tough race in the NFC South.
Carolina 27, Arizona 23
A 21-point explosion in the third quarter sparked a comeback victory for the Panthers (6-2).
Steve Smith had five catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. The small receiver always makes big plays, and Sunday was no exception as Smith caught a Jake Delhomme pass for a 65-yard score.
Anquan Boldin had two touchdowns of his own for the Cardinals, who at 4-3 are one of the biggest surprises half way through the season. The Cards are all alone in first place of the NFC West.
Miami 25, Buffalo 16
This AFC East divisional game pitted the last place Dolphins (3-4) against the first place Bills (5-2), and look what happened.
The Dolphins' defense kept the Bills out of the end zone until the third quarter, while Ricky Williams and company did enough on offense to pull off the upset.
After winning only one game last year, Dolphins fans have to feel pretty good about their 3-4 record after eight weeks.
The Bills missed out on an opportunity to separate from the rest of the division.
New England 23, St. Louis 16
The Rams (2-5) took a two-game winning streak into New England but were unable to knock off the Patriots (5-2).
Down 16-13 early in the fourth quarter, Matt Cassel and the Patriots scored 10 unanswered and put the Rams away.
The Patriots are not putting up the record-breaking numbers they did a year ago, but they are still winning football games. No one should have written off this Pats club after Tom Brady's season-ending injury. There is too much pride in New England for them to pack it up until next year.
New York Jets 28, Kansas City 24
In typical Brett Favre fashion, the gunslinger throws three interceptions but rallies to throw two touchdowns, including the game-winner with one minute to play.
After Brandon Flowers returned a Favre interception 91 yards for a touchdown, Favre orchestrated a vintage two-minute drill ending with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Laveraneus Coles.
The Jets (4-3) will rely on Favre's magic in every game down the stretch.
The Chiefs fall to 1-6.
Washington 25, Detroit 17
The Lions (0-7) hoped to pull of a huge upset with a 10-6 halftime lead, but Redskins (6-2) receiver Santana Moss had different plans.
Moss scored two touchdowns in the second half. The first came on a 50-yard pass from Jason Campbell. Moss finished with 9 catches for 140 yards. His second score came when he returned a punt for 80 yards.
The Redskins appear to be among the league's elite. Their next two games against the Steelers (5-2) and Cowboys (4-4) should tell us how good they really are.
Baltimore 29, Oakland 10
The Ravens improve to 4-3 with a win over the Raiders (2-5).
A 19-0 halftime lead was never threatened as Joe Flacco threw for 140 yards and one touchdown.
The Ravens are over .500 but not instilling any fear in the teams that will be competing for wild card spots with them. Their defense is not as dominant as it has been in the past. Their offense is very similar to Ravens' teams of the past: boring.
Cleveland 23, Jacksonville 17
In a battle of mediocrity the Browns (3-4) edged out the Jaguars (3-4) by a couple of Phil Dawson fourth quarter field goals.
Weren't both of these teams supposed to be in the playoffs this year? I don't see either of them making a serious run in the second half of the season.
Instead of the playoffs, how does 7-9 with a mid-first round draft pick sound?
Houston 35, Cincinnati 6
Speaking of bad football, the Texans (3-4) destroyed the Bengals, who fall to 0-8.
After enjoying a playoff run a couple of years ago, the Bungals have returned. They can't pass, they can't run, and they really can't tackle.
Marvin Lewis should be the next coach to get dumped.
Seattle 34, San Francisco 13
And finally, the winner of the worst game of the week goes to the Seahawks (2-5) and the 49ers (2-6).
The 49ers secured their place at the cellar of the NFC West with the loss to Seattle. The combined record of the teams in the NFC West is 10-18. With both Seattle and St. Louis pressing hard it will be interesting to see if the 49ers can hold on to last place all year.
I feel sorry for anyone who had to watch this game. Say a prayer for all those poor people on the West coast who got stuck with this local game instead of the Giants, Steelers matchup.
Tennessee 31, Indianapolis 21