Week 4 Weekend Wrap-up: Favre keeps on truckin'

Before I go into any thoughts on the games from the weekend, I have one question: Has there ever been a week in the NFL where the combined age of the four quarterbacks playing in two games (Jets vs Cardinals, Vikings vs Titans) was greater than this week? This weekend we saw Brett Favre (38), Trent Green (38), Kurt Warner (37), Gus Frerotte (37), and Kerry Collins (35) all out there trying to show young whipper-snappers across the league how the game is played…with varying degrees of success (or failure). Anyways, let’s get into what transpired this weekend, starting with the barn-burner that took place as the Arizona Cardinals came into town to battle the Jets:

  • Jets 56, Cardinals 35: You would never have guessed that the score to this game was 0-0 after the first quarter…but it was. Six Brett Favre touchdowns and 472 Kurt Warner passing yards (or whatever percentage he got after the first quarter) later, you end up with the final score of 56 to 35. Without going into too much more detail (you can see the stats for yourself), let’s just say that anyone who started Laveranues Coles, Jericho Cotchery, Edgerrin James, Larry Fitzgerald, or Anquan Boldin were not disappointed. Nor were the crazy Cardinal homers who started Steve Breaston or Jerheme Urban…if any actually exist (P.S. You’ll find Breaston on the waiver wire list this week…especially if Boldin misses any games after suffering a bad helmet-to-helmet hit.) 
  • Redskins 26, Cowboys 24: One loss for the Cowboys and what do you know? T.O. is already complaining that he’s not getting the ball enough. The Redskins seem to be for real this year, even after a week one stinker…with receiver Santana Moss (eight catches for 145 yards) leading the way. Moss now has
  • Titans 30, Vikings 17: We might see Vince Young and Tarvaris Jackson back on the field sooner than later if the old men continue to play like they did in this game. It was the young running backs, Adrian Peterson (101 combined yards, 2 TD) and Chris Johnson (75 combined yards, 2 TD), who played like the veterans.
  • Chargers 28, Raiders 18: Looks like LT is back in MVP form (106 rushing yards, 2 TD), although the Raiders gave the Chargers a scare in this one. By the way, what happened to the Raiders running game?
  • Chiefs 33, Broncos 19: Larry Johnson (198 yards, 2 TD) had something to prove in this one I guess…and it was enough to overcome the dreaded Cutler-to-Marshall connection that the Broncos had to offer. Cutler did prove that he can throw the ball to more than one receiver though, spreading the ball out between Eddie Royal (nine catches for 104 yards), Brandon Stokley (seven catches for 80 yards) and Marshall (seven catches for 77 yards, TD).
  • Bears 24, Eagles 20: Kyle Orton now has five touchdown passes over his past two games, after starting the season with zero in his first two. Is he now approaching fantasy football relevance?
  • Saints 31, 49er’s 17: While Lance Moore (seven catches for 101 yards, 2 TD – your top waiver wire pick-up of the week) plays the role of Marques Colston, the Saints love sending their speedsters Robert Meachem (two catches for 99 yards, TD) and Devery Henderson (one catch for 81 yards) deep…and so does Drew Brees (363 passing yards, 3 TD.) Props to Arnaz Battle (seven catches for 120 yards – your second waiver wire pick-up) as well, as he provided most of the offense for the 49er’s in this one.
  • Buccaneers 30, Packers 21: The Packers could be in for a rough next couple games if Aaron Rodgers is sidelined for any period of time with a possible separated shoulder…and it could hurt Greg Jennings (six catches for 109 yards, 2 TD), who has become one of the premier receivers in the NFL at this point, the most. Did you draft Ryan Grant as your number one running back? Let’s hope not.
  • Jaguars 30, Texans 27: Matt Schaub did his best to silence the haters (307 passing yards, 3 TD), but what happened to getting Andre Johnson (three catches for 38 yards) the ball? I’m sure Kevin Walter (eight catches for 76 yards, 2 TD) is not complaining though! Steve Slaton (33 rushing yards, plus eight receptions for 83 yards and a TD) is becoming the man to watch in Houston though and I’m sure the Texans will continue to find a way to get the ball into his hands for the duration. After a big game last week, the Jaguars rushing game dissappeared again.
  • Panthers 24, Falcons 9: It’s good to see what can happen when Jake Delhomme (294 passing yards, 2 TD), Steve Smith (six catches for 96 yards, TD) and Muhsin Muhammad (eight catches for 147 yards, TD) are re-united…finally the Panthers have a passing game.
  • Bills 31, Rams 14: The Bills move to 4-0 with this win over the Bulger-less Rams. After expressing his dismay on the benching of Bulger for Trent Green (who had just as bad game as Bulger had been having), Steven Jackson proceeded to provide the only offense for the team, with 188 combined yards and a touchdown.
  • Browns 20, Bengals 12: Besides Braylon Edwards getting his first touchdown of the season, there’s not much to say about this awful display of football. I’ll be the first to admit that we over-rated Derek Anderson coming into the season (I think he fooled most of us!)…it’s time to move on to the Brady Quinn era and give him some experience for next season.