The Chargers were turnover happy early on against K.C., but are mounting a late comeback — that they’re even in a game in which LT has 58 yards rushing is crazy. That said, while Larry Johnson is winning the running duel, Tomlinson’s romp down the sidelines after a Philip Rivers’ dump pass narrowed the gap to 27-20 with about 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter.
(UPDATE : Pass interference on Ty Law sets up the improbable LT-to-Brandon Manumaleuna TD pass, and they’re tied at 27.)
UPDATE DOS : Lawrence Tynes kicks the 2nd longest FG of the day by a man with two entire feet. Previously, Rivers was squashed repeatedly during SD’s final possession. No offense, Chiefs fans, but if the Bolts had pulled this one off, we might’ve been graced with a classic Herm Edwards meltdown).
Michael Vick just connected with Algie Crumpler for the pair’s third TD pass of the day, Vick’s fourth overall against the Steelers, as the Falcons enter the 4th quarter ahead 35-31. Charlie Batch has relieved K.O. victim Roethlisberger (above) and I suspect there’s guy with an unusually big chin that might like a hospital bed of his own after this one.
Jags/Texans : Leftwich shoulda stood in bed. Amazing how David Carr resembles a competent NFL QB when he has decent protection and anything approach a running game from Reggie Bush Walli Lundy for balance. Today might mark Houston’s first home winning streak, a sad factoid that I will blame on Larry Dierker for no good reason.
200 yards + for the J-E-T-S today against Detroit, more than half of ’em from Leon Washington. I think he’s just earned Curtis Martin’s locker.
Carolina was 10 yards away from taking the lead against Cincy, but Jake Delhomme was picked off in the end zone by Kevin Kaesviharn, the former’s 2nd INT of the day. On the other side of the ball, Carson Palmer has hooked up with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Reggie Kelly for TD passes, and it’s the Bengals’ game to lose, 17-14 with the two minute warning coming up. I’ve got zero rooting interest in this one, but if the result bums out this guy, that’s ok with me.
A 62 yard FG with time expired by Tampa Bay’s Matt Bryant made a loser out of Donovan McNabb, and also ranks as the 2nd longest such kick of all time by a guy with a full foot.