September 27, 2011
Shutdown Corner wraps up Week 3 of the NFL season.
The Cowboys' center and quarterback were so awful together on Monday night, they made Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in "Gigli" look like Tracy and Hepburn. Romo said Costa claimed the Redskins calling out the snap count was what led to four botched snaps. I'd say the terrible snaps also played a part.
In his first two games for the Baltimore Ravens, the Maryland rookie had no catches and barely contributed on special teams. In the first quarter of his third game, Smith caught his first three NFL balls, all for touchdowns, en route to a five-catch, 152-yard, three-touchdown performance. The TDs weren't your run-of-the-mill grabs either; Smith went deep on the first, laid out for the second and went high on the third.
"That team over there is not better than us. But we can't keep saying that each week we lose. [...] Everybody's hyping us up to be this great team, and we lose two games straight. Nobody's going to give us victories because we got all the best players." -- LeSean McCoy on the New York Giants, following Philadelphia's 29-16 loss.
"At some point something catastrophic is gonna happen. Not to blame the refs, but more precautions should be taken. I'm on the ground all the time in the pocket. I don't know why I don't get the 15-yard flag like everybody else does. I'm not trying to blame the refs." -- Michael Vick, whose Philadelphia Eagles have been the recipient of more roughing the passer calls than any other NFC East team over the past two seasons.
Buffalo Bills quarterbacks had thrown for 25 interceptions since the start of last season. Tom Brady had thrown 26 interceptions since the beginning of 2007. On Sunday, the three-time Super Bowl champion threw four picks, the same total he had in all of 2010.
Gutsiest player: Tony Romo
From Week 1 goat to Week 3 hero. Do they award purple hearts for quarterbacking? Because Romo's no-touchdown performance on Monday night with some hurt ribs would certainly be deserving.
If Ochocinco were a golfer, we'd be wondering if he had the yips following his drop of a surefire touchdown pass from Tom Brady.
On the bright side, at least he managed to get open.
Best attempt at trickery: Chicago Bears special teams
It got called back because of a penalty, but this deceptive punt return should have earned the Bears two points just for style alone:
Best late-game substitution: Cowboys cockroach
Before the cockroach crawled across the field at Cowboys Stadium, Dallas trailed Washington 16-15. After, the Cowboys took an 18-16 lead. You, Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden may attribute the win to Romo; me, I'm with @cowboysroach.
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