Minus a few blowouts, Sunday’s NFL action offered a good slate of closely fought games. The Redskins won another tough NFC East road game, beating the Eagles 23-17 to up their record to 4-1 and raise the special breed of Beltway-area douchey homerism to Bostonian levels. The Titans rallied late to eke out a 13-10 win in their slugfest against the Ravens; the lowly Bengals looked tough against the Cowboys, rallying from a 17-0 deficit before Dallas put Cincy away 31-22; and the Steelers were gutsy as hell in their 26-21 win over the Jags.
However, this is the Suck-Off, and the focus should really be on the teams and players who completely blew ass. And, as with almost every other week, the Lions and Chiefs looked horrible. Detroit were impressively awful in a 34-7 blowout at home; Jon Kitna left after a half with “back spasms,” which is coach-speak for “massive sucking.” Kansas City managed to suck even harder, getting shut out at Carolina 34-0. DeAngelo Williams ran for 123 yards and scored three touchdowns, meeting his quota of one good game per year.