When you are looking for the unexpected, it’s hard to imagine anybody who could have seen the Arizona Cardinals upset of the New England Patriots. In fact, take a look at our experts’ picks right here and nary a Cardinals pick in the bunch. (Although, check out one of the three people who nailed the St. Louis upset.)
But enough about that game, let’s get to the unexpected.
It’s a fake
The Green Bay Packers got things started Thursday night with this fake field goal against the Chicago Bears. Do you think the Packers wanted this one?
And then Jay Cutler yelled at his offensive line, but I guess we all expected that one.
Leap of faith
I would do this, too, if I had nine lives.
Yeah, I’m not proud of that one. Let’s move on.
Oh, those handshakes
Is it any coincidence the week when Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh square off, we have another heated exchange between coaches?
Yeah, I guess it probably is a coincidence. But still, coach’s fight!
Do the dance
Baltimore Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones showed some nice moves after scoring a touchdown against the Eagles. Wait, Jacoby Jones?
And who scored this touchdown?
And Vonta Leach scored on this 5-yard touchdown run? Thanks for nothing, Ravens. You did nothing for fantasy enthusiasts, so I’m glad you lost. (Hey, I get accused of being anti-Baltimore, might as well go with it.)
Junior Seau’s number was officially retired by the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, and the team wore No. 55 decals on their uniforms. Here, Chargers defensive end Antonio Garay wears a haircut with the number and likeness of former Chargers linebacker Seau.
Uniforms of the day
Dave Dameshek is the official Uniform Monitor, not just of the NFL, but all of sports. But I’m sure he won’t mind me giving the Chargers’ the uniform of the day. This all-white look needs to be done on the regular.
Game of the day
The Cardinals once again played in the game of the week, and as mentioned, what a weird turn of events this game was.
Let’s start with the special teams; the Cardinals were fantastic starting with this blocked punt.
The Cardinals were in control late in the game with a 20-18 lead, and were on the verge of being able to run the ball out (or at least get it down to about 20 seconds remaining). But coach Ken Whisenhunt channeled his inner Craig T. Nelson from “All the Right Moves” and had Ryan Williams run the ball.
And, this being the Cardinals, he of course fumbled.
The Patriots recovered and were in excellent position to win the game. And of course, all of the fair-weather fans rushed back into the stadium. If you look closely enough, you can see that one gal lose her pink Red Sox hat.
The Patriots appeared to win the game on a touchdown, which was called back. No matter, the Patriots have one of the best kickers in the NFL.
So what happened? You’ll have to watch (bonus, it’s the call from Gabriel Trujillo of the Cardinals Spanish Radio Network).
Even Bill Cundiff thought that was bad. Not that he had anything to laugh at.
Did you know, the Cardinals are now 7-1 in their last eight games?
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