It was a big weekend for the Jets and Giants, as both New York area teams pulled off victories, the Jets 31-28 over Miami and the Giants won 24-17 at Washington. It was the first win for both clubs, as they both dropped their first two games. They were both much-needed wins, as it looks like it will still be a long year for both of them.
I spent most of the afternoon watching the Vikings game in Kansas City. Professor Thom's had the game on one of the big TVs, and there are a few regular Chiefs fans who come in for their games. (The majority of the crowded bar was pulling for the Patriots, as they rolled to an easy 38-7 win over Buffalo.) The Vikings got off to a good start, as Adrian Peterson ran for an 11-yard TD to open the game at 7-0. Peterson looked impressive, and ran for 102 yards on 25 carries. Jouneyman QB Kelly Holcomb started for the Vikings in place of Tarvaris Jackson, and threw for 165 yards, going 14-for-28.
With score 10-3 nearing the half, Holcomb had a wide open Robert Ferguson in the end zone, but slightly over threw him. The Vikings came away with nothing, and wouldn't score the rest of the game.
The Vikings run defense was again terrific, holding Larry Johnson to just 42 yards. So Kansas City went to the pass. In the fourth quarter with nine minutes to play and the Vikings up 10-6, Damon Huard hit Dwayne Bowe with a 17-yard pass to put KC up, 13-10. And that's the way it stayed, as KC won their first game of the year, and the Vikings are now also 1-2, and meet Green Bay, who are now 3-0, at the Metrodome next Sunday.
As for my favorite college team, don't ask. Well, at least Notre Dame scored an offensive TD for the first time this year. (Hey, they actually scored two!) Travis Thomas and Robert Hughes scored the TDs, but they could score no more, as Michigan State rolled on to a 31-14 victory at South Bend. MSU also became the first team ever to beat ND at Notre Dame Stadium six consecutive times.
Notre Dame has now gone 0-4 to begin a season for the first time ever. They have now lost six straight going back to last year, the second longest streak in school history, and have given up at least 30 points in every game. Absolutely brutal, and they take on Purdue next Saturday. Will they even win one game this season?
This is going to be one long football season for the teams I support, without any doubt.