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Early Game Lasso: Gibbs Pulls a Chris Webber

by Ryan Hudson

Bills 17, Redskins 16 – Wow. Just…wow. As if things weren’t bad enough for the Redskins. Trailing by two points with 56 seconds left and no timeouts, Trent Edwards moved the Bills into position to attempt a 51-yard FG. As is expected now, Joe Gibbs called a timeout just before the snap, trying to freeze Rian Lindell. As the teams lined-up to do it again, Gibbs called a second timeout and well, you can’t do that. It’s actually a 15-yard, unsportsmanlike penalty. Obviously, Lindell drilled the 36-yarder, game over. Unbelievable loss for the ‘Skins.

Falcons 16, Rams 28 – Looks like Gus Frerotte found himself some bigger hands. Either that, or Atlanta isn’t very good. I think I’ll pick the latter. Frerotte had over 300 yards passing with three touchdowns. Hm, it also says here that Joey Harrington had three touchdowns – that’s a typo, right?

49ers 14, Panthers 31 –
In a battle of who could throw fewer interceptions, Vinny Testaverde (2) bested Trent Dilfer (4). San Francisco failed to accumulate more than 200 yards of total offense and lost two fumbles, making sure to leave no doubts about their awfulness.

Chargers 24, Chiefs 10 –
Kansas City is now 4-8 on the season – sorta makes you wonder how they’ve won four games. They had someone named Tyler Thigpen play quarterback at one point today (he went 2-6 for 41 yards).

Jaguars 25, Colts 28 – Jacksonville gave it their all, outscoring Indianapolis 18-7 in the second half, but in the end, it wasn’t enough. Peyton Manning went 20-29 for 288 yards and four touchdowns, as the Colts maintained their status as the AFC’s No. 2 team. Oh, and David Garrard threw his first interception of the season.

Seahawks 28, Eagles 24 –
AJ Feeley fell back to Earth a bit today, as he completed just 19 passes in 42 attempts with four interceptions. And let’s take a quick look at the Seattle running back situation. Shaun Alexander had 65 yards, on 20 carries. Maurice Morris had 64 yards, on just five attempts. Can you say controversy?

Jets 40, Dolphins 13 – Meh. Whatever.

Lions 10, Vikings 42 – Detroit has now lost four in a row after starting the season 6-2. My God, why hast thou forsaken me? Minnesota welcomed back Adrian Peterson as the Purple Jesus ran for 116 yards and two scores. As a team, the Vikings out-rushed the Lions 216-23. Don’t look now, but Minnesota has won three in a row, and four of their past five.

Texans 20, Titans 28 –
When Houston loses to Tennessee, and Vince Young throws for two touchdowns while Matt Schaub leaves the game with an injury and is replaced by Sage Rosenfels, they’ve got to do some second guessing, right?