Mac's NFL Blog - 9/17/07

In today's NFL Blog: Mangenius' Anti-Pats plan works in reverse, the Browns and Bengals go defense-optional, the Saints and Chargers underperform, and Mike Shanahan still has Al Davis' number.

The New England Patriots were playing with a chip on their shoulders last night.

The SpyGate scandal might not be over.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers says his team took a "good old-fashioned whipping" last night.

The Cleveland Browns offense exploded in their home-opener.

The Browns players attributed the win to a players-only meeting last Monday. (Sorry, Romeo!)

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Justin Smith says the Bengals were exposed on Sunday.

Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson became the Bengals all-time leader in receiving yardage.

The New Orleans Saints are just as surprised that they're 0-2 as you are.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense was back to it's old self against the Saints on Sunday.

Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams played through the pain his bruised ribs was causing and found the end zone twice.

The Pittsburgh Steelers won for the 500th time in franchise history.

The Steelers are off to a better start than they were last year, but they still feel there is room for improvement.

The Buffalo Bills offense is stuck in neutral.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre got his NFL record 149th win, passing John Elway on the all-time list.

The Packers are 2-0 for the first time since 2001.

Newsday has some questions and answers about the New York Giants, including word on how long rookie wide receiver Steve Smith might be out of action

In Tom Coughlin's fourth seasons, the Giants are still an undisciplined team.

The Seattle Seahawks found another unique way to lose a close game.

Art Theil of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes that the bungled handoff could haunt the 'Hawks.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt got his 1st NFL win in what he jokingly referred to as "another boring game".

Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers hit the game-winner from nearly the same spot of his infamous miss against the Chicago Bears last season.

Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna returned from a concussion to lift the Lions over the Minnesota Vikings in overtime.

Kitna and the Lions had plenty of help from Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

After two weeks, the Vikings defense has outscored the offense to this point.

The Dallas Cowboys were too busy creating turnovers to worry about sacking the quarterback.

Even though the Miami Dolphins surrendered 37 points, one play in particular has them embarrassed.

A healthy Chad Pennington will still be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets, which might not make Jets fans happy next week.

Late miscues by the Jets helped give the Baltimore Ravens their first win of the season.

The Indianapolis Colts offense was uncharacteristically erratic in the red zone on Sunday.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young took Sunday's loss hard.

Titans head coach Jeff Fisher signed a contract extension that runs through 2011.

Nothing is going right for the Atlanta Falcons.

Even after sacking Falcons quarterback Joey Harrington seven times, the Jacksonville Jaguars still needed a late rally to win the game.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez was embarrassed and doesn't think the Chiefs can get any worse. (Wanna bet, Tony?)

Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star is calling for quarterback Brodie Croyle.

The Chicago Bears their regular formula, defense and special teams, to beat the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Bears lost another punter to injury.

The Carolina Panthers defense didn't show up on Sunday.

Houston Texans rookie defensive tackle Amobi Okoye picked up the first two NFL sacks of his career against the Panthers yesterday.

The Texans are 2-0 for the first time in franchise history, but are holding their breath as Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson has an MRI on his left knee today.

The St. Louis Rams continued to veer off the road to the playoffs.

Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks Rams head coach Scott Linehan is on the hot seat.

Hours before running for 81 yards a pair of touchdowns, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore shed some tears as he kept looking at his phone that he knew wouldn't ring.

The 49ers pass defense may have been gashed for over 300 yards, but cornerback Nate Clements made some key plays.

The Denver Broncos have received some lucky breaks in their 2-0 start.

The legend of Jay Cutler grows in the Mile High City.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Josh McCown was hampered by his injured finger.

Cam Inman of the Contra Costa Times divvies up the blame pie for Oakland's overtime loss to the Denver Broncos.


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