(3) Baltimore 34
Who says Washington doesn't hear the cries of hurting Americans all across the fruited plain? Who says it doesn't hear the calls of those desperate souls who are praying for hope, and pleading for change?
Consider the shrewd bit of politics that were engineered over the weekend when this city of losers sent the standard-bearer of its lost causes up to Detroit to give aid and comfort to a city ravaged by unemployment and even worse football.
Dan Snyder's Washington Redskins were a magnificent picture of incompetence worthy of the city they hail from, when they fell, 19-14, to a Detroit Lions football team that hadn't beaten anybody in over a year-and-a-half.
This mission of mercy won't soon be forgotten by the citizens of the Motor City, who can be excused this Monday morning if they're caught daydreaming about shorter unemployment lines, Japanese cars that get six miles to the gallon, and a responsive Washington.
There is every reason to believe that Snyder's gang will extend their program for the needy when the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the nation's capital Sunday.
Yes indeed, fellow Americans, hope has finally arrived...
Now onto a sampling of what the nation's sportswriters and columnists are saying about their football teams across every NFL city, because in the Grill Room we love the newspaper business, even if it hates itself.
(32) Detroit 19
(20) Washington 14
- Ravens' dominating defense and opportunistic offense live happily ever after...
- ...while quarterbacks are sent to their death in Cleveland.
(2) Pittsburgh 20
- The long-suffering Bengals are finally making beautiful music together...
- ...and the struggling Steelers seem to have forgotten how to play.
(16) Houston 24
- Jaguars' Smith speaks softly carries a big stick.
- Texans still a group of hombres who haven't learned how to shoot straight.
(12) San Francisco 24
- Favre's last-second bullet a real shot in the arm for WR Lewis.
- Singletary's post-game spin leaves GM McCloughan dizzy.
(6) Atlanta 10
- New England is moving in old, positive direction.
- The sky-high Falcons needed to be brought back to earth.
(27) Kansas City 14
- Vick gets only a taste, but is not ready to bite hand that feeds him.
- First the wheels came off, then the Chiefs flattened themselves.
(29) St. Louis 17
(1) N.Y. Giants 24
(28) Tampa Bay 0
- Big Blue of old makes a smashing return.
- Call it a crime, or the plague...but don't call this beat-down embarrassing.
(19) Tennessee 17
(4) New Orleans 27
(23) Buffalo 7
(13) Chicago 25
(22) Seattle 19
- These Bears start like tortoises and finish like hares.
- Banged-up Seahawks' season in critical condition.
(26) Oakland 3
- This year's version of the Orange Crush is seeing Red.
- Raiders' fans blow their wrath at Russell then head for the exits.
(24) Miami 13
(5) Indianapolis 31
(15) Arizona 10
- Run-away Colts aren't about to sleep on success.
- Cardinals take their act to prime-time, but clock strikes 12.
(*) Denotes the Grill Room's NFL 100-PROOF RANKING
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