October 2007


Adrian Peterson

On a field upon which legends like Gayle Sayers and Walter Payton once roamed, a new NFL superstar burst on the scene when Adrian Peterson, the rookie running back for the Minnesota Vikings, tore up the Monsters of the Midway to the tune of 20 carries for 224 yards and 3 touchdowns. College fans will remember Peterson from his fantastic freshman season when he finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. His freshman NFL season is turning out to be pretty special as he currently leads the NFL in rushing with 607 yards and sports a gaudy 6.3 yards per carry average.

In the game, Peterson set the Viking record for rushing yards in a single game and the NFL record for total yards by a rookie, with 361. His touchdown runs were from 67, 73, and 35 yards out and he tacked on 128 return yards.

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On the way back from Pittsburgh, we decided on the spur of the moment to take in the Cowboys-Bills tilt on Monday Night at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Being the first Monday Night game in Buffalo since 1994, the Bills’ fans were well oiled by kickoff, probably having tailgated since getting off work on Friday.

Sitting high up at Ralph Wilson stadium provided a different view of over 70,000 screaming, towel-waving fans. Much more worked up than the Pittsburgh crowd, this crew made a deafening noise that, at times, clearly distracted the Cowboy offense.

Tony Romo had a terrible game, throwing 5 interceptions and losing a fumble. However, he redeemed himself on the final drive, leading the Cowboys to a touchdown that trimmed the Buffalo lead to 24-22. The ‘Boyz then recovered the onside kick and kicked a game-winning 53-yard field goal not once, but twice, due to Dick Jauron taking a timeout just before the ball was snapped. Cowboy fans should be thanking their rookie kicker, Nick Folk, who wasn’t fazed by the hostile crowd or the rekick.

If you look closely at the above photo (click on it for a larger version), you can see Jason Whitten scoring at the upper right on a pass from Romo.

Unfortunately, we left before the Cowboys final drive since we had to make it back to Ottawa at a reasonable hour. The fact is, I probably would not want to be with the Buffalo fans after that loss anyway.

In my opinion, the biggest mistake the coaching staff made was allowing rookie quarterback Trent Edwards to throw when the Bills had the ball at the Cowboy 11 yard line. It was intercepted and run back past midfield by Dallas. Though the Bills intercepted Romo on the ensuing series, this was still 3 points that they did not get that would have been the deciding points at the end of the game.

The rest of the photos can be seen here.

We were fortunate enough to visit Pittsburgh and take in the Seattle-Pittsburgh game on Sunday, October 7, 2007. Though not the most thrilling contest (Pittsburgh dominated 21-0), we thoroughly enjoyed the amenities of Heinz Field. Truly a first class facility, Heinz Field and its rabid Steeler fans were great fun.

Najeh Davenport (from the University of Miami) scored two touchdowns for the Steelers and Willie Parker gained 102 yards on 28 carries. Ben Roethlisberger was nearly flawless in executing the game plan without either Hines Ward (knee) or Santonio Holmes, who injured his hamstring in warmups.

Big Ben showed up in the parking lot after the game, but was swamped by autograph seekers. He did his best to sign stuff for kids and was very appreciative of fan support, unlike some other athletes we have encountered.

The rest of the photo gallery can be seen here.

Osi Umenyiora

With his 6 sacks against Donovan McNabb, Osi easily wins the Player of the Week honors. One short of the NFL record (held by the late Derrick Thomas of the Kansas City Chiefs), Umenyiora dominated Winston Justice of the Eagles and nearly singlehandedly shut down the Eagles offense.

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