NFL Review, Week Three: Bad Challenges, Tricky Snaps and Playboy Bunnies

It’s time for a little Tuesday review of the past weekend’s NFL games. As usual, we’ll start with the Texans.

The Texans appeared to make more of an effort against the Tennessee Titans than they did against the Steelers just weeks earlier. But they still got their asses kicked. One might think this might mean it was some time for changes in Texans Land, especially in the area of quarterback, where starter Matt Schaub had his second straight awful game, going 17 for 37 for 188 yards and three interceptions.

One would think wrong. Because while the Cleveland Browns are contemplating switching Brady Quinn in for Derek Anderson, the Texans are sticking with Schaub. This is kind of strange seeing as how Schaub has been awful so far. (And a quick note to Matt Schaub: Dude, I hate to say this, but I warned you when you arrived in Houston that Richard Justice would turn on you.) And seeing as how scoring is up in the NFL, you would think that Kubiak would want to do something to get on this little point scoring thing. Of course, the offensive line still sucks, so it’s doubtful that any quarterback could do much better, but it would be nice to think that Kubiak is contemplating some changes in his failed plans.

And as for the plays that Gary Kubiak refused to challenge on Sunday, which might actually have gone in his favor, he took the high road and blamed his assistant coaches. Way to stay classy, Kubiak.

Things could be worse, however. You could be a fan of the Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams or Kansas City Chiefs. This is kind of hard to believe, but these three teams are actually worse than the Texans. The Chiefs have used four quarterbacks this season. The Rams offense is making the Texans offense look like a powerhouse. And the Lions are making the Texans front office seem well-run.

The Oakland Raiders blew a big fourth quarter lead on Sunday and lost to the Buffalo Bills on a last second field goal. Because of this, Raiders coach Lane Kiffin is once again on the verge of being fired. In fact, there were reports that he was supposed to have been fired yesterday. But the dysfunctional Raiders failed to pull the trigger – though it’s possible the trigger on Kiffin’s head coaching career could be pulled today. Or tomorrow. Or Friday. Or next week. Or next month. Or never.

The major upset of the weekend involved the Miami Dolphins beating the New England Patriots behind some single-wing offensive scheming that found the ball being directly snapped to running back Ronnie Brown on multiple occasions and leading to Miami touchdowns on multiple occasions. The loss meant the end to the Patriots 21-game regular season winning streak.

And in what could be a sad preview of things to come, the Jacksonville Jaguars running game dominated the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Jaguars got the win over the Colts, and if the Colts defensive unit, which though injured is still better than that of the Texans, couldn’t stop running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor, then what hope should the Texans have this weekend? Probably not much.

In major NFL injury news, New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey is out for three to six weeks after having surgery for a sports hernia. But a bigger loss will be that felt by the Green Bay Packers as defensive back Al Harris could be out for the season after possibly suffering a ruptured spleen against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

The fantasy football studs of the weekend were Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner who ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Then there’s Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown who rushed for 113 yards and four touchdowns while also finding time to throw for one touchdown. But the ultimate fantasy stud of the week is Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett, who is supposedly engaged to Playboy bunny and reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson.

-- John Royal

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