It took long enough, but Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay coaching staff finally whipped the Bucs into shape as they bolstered up their defensive line and stifled Aaron Rogers and his Green Bay Packers this Sunday.  That was just one of the many highlights from the NFL lineup on Sunday, which brought nothing but excitement for football fans.

The Bucs Roll Over The Packers

310 pound, 6’3” Steve McLendon joined the Tampa Bay Bucs after a rather frantic trade from the Jets.  McLendon was advised as he was leaving the field after losing to the Miami Dolphins that he was being traded to Tampa Bay, just in time for winter.  McLendon will be filling in the gap in the Bucs D line left by Vita Vea and his season ending leg injury.

Las Vegas oddsmakers, holding on to their faith in Tom Brady, actually had Tampa Bay as 3 point favorites over Rogers and the 4-0 Packers.  Green Bay got off to a quick start scoring 10 points in the first quarter and shutting out the Brady bunch.

But by the beginning of the second quarter ‘Tom Terrific’ had had enough and put up 28 points in the quarter while his defense shut out Rogers and the Packers.  Brady´s offense was so dialed in that there were no penalties, no sacks and no turnovers in the game.  A rare and difficult feat to accomplish, especially against a team as good as the 4-0 Green Bay Packers.

The New England Patriots, on the other hand, no longer with the services of Tom Brady, could not get it together, even though they went into the game as 7-point favorites against a still disorganized Denver Broncos team with an uncertain Drew Lock at quarterback.  But it was the Broncos defense that stifled Cam Newton, who is now at the helm in New England and the Patriot offense, and held them to just 12 points.

The Falcons Bounce Back

It looks like Matt Ryan and the Falcons team are happy about the recent changes to the coaching staff and administration.  So happy that they put up 40 against a Minnesota Vikings that was favored by 3.5 points in one of the few games on this Sunday that made over bettors happy.  The o/u was set at 53 points and the final score added up to 63.   A lot of Atlanta’s 40 points came from ‘Matty Ice’ as he threw for 4 touchdowns and racked up 371 passing yards in the process.

Deshaun Watson and his Houston Texans scared the hell out of the 3.5 point favored Tennessee Titans, who have been on a roll lately.  The Titans did finally win the game in overtime 42 to 36.  The awesome Derrick Henry put up 212 rushing yards in 22 attempts and scored 2 touchdowns.  His total was helped out by an exciting 94 yard off tackle run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.  Watson himself threw for 335 yards and 4 touchdowns.

The Browns Can’t Keep It Together

Poor Baker Mayfield got beaten up pretty badly by the Steelers defense who knew in advance that he came into the game with a painful rib injury.  With all the emphasis on head to head contact, perhaps this game should be looked at more closely.  They held the Browns to just 7 points while big Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense systematically rolled up and down the field, seemingly at will, against the hapless Cleveland defense.  Big Ben is also enjoying the addition of rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool who has been outstanding so far this season.

Joe Burrow, a 7.5-point underdog, and his Cincinnati Bengals put up quite a respectable fight against the Indianapolis Colts with veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers at the helm.  While Burrow managed to pass for 313 yards, he did not pass for a touchdown and threw one pick in the process.  Rivers, on the other hand, passed for 3 touchdowns and 371 yards in the air.  In this case experience paid off as Rivers and the Colts came from behind in the fourth quarter to score 10 points and win the game by a final score of 31 to 27, handing the luckless Bengals yet another loss.