ONE OF THE GREAT JOYS OF SUNDAYS IN THE FALL IS CHANGING THE TV CHANNEL with the promise of something you’ll want to see with every click, as opposed to surfing for something watchable. Spent yesterday afternoon toggling between Orioles-Yankees and Redskins-Saints, with baseball the priority (big win for Yankees, BTW).
Every time I turned to the football game, though, the Redskins had the ball. And Robert Griffin III was doing something positive.
What a debut for the rookie, who threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Redskins to a 40-32 victory in New Orleans. From the first possession of the game, you could tell Griffin wasn’t intimidated. He made timely use of his scrambling ability and did a fabulous job of executing a game plan that let him get comfortable with a slew of swing passes early. Impressive.
-The 49ers make an NFC statement by winning in Green Bay, 30-22. How impressive is coach Jim Harbaugh?
-Tom Brady might have broken his nose, but the Patriots still roll 34-13 over Tennessee.
-The Jets whack Buffalo 48-28 as Mark Sanchez tosses three TDs. Tim Tebow gets a little action in the wildcat and gains 11 yards on five carries.
-Andrew Luck throws for 309 yards and a touchdown but gets picked off three times as the Bears rip Indy 41-21.
-Former UVa QB Matt Schaub signs a four-year extension with the Texans.
-Two games tonight: Bengals at Ravens (7 p.m., ESPN) and Chargers at Raiders (10:15 p.m., ESPN).
WHERE WAS EVERYONE?
-The Salem Red Sox drew the lowest average attendance since Salem began playing at Salem Memorial Ballpark full time in 1996. Curious: If you normally go to a few more minor league baseball games than you went to this year, what were the factors that kept you away?
-Virginia Tech moves up to 13th in both polls, jumping five spots in the coaches and two spots in the AP after the win over Austin Peay. In the AP, FSU is fifth, West Virginia ninth and Clemson 11th.
-Tech has opened as a 12.5-point favorite over Pitt.
-Jeff Gordon makes the Chase thanks to a gaffe by Kyle Busch at Richmond. Here’s your Chase field (points back in parentheses):
1 Denny Hamlin
2 Jimmie Johnson (-3)
3 Tony Stewart (-3)
4 Brad Keselowski (-3)
5 Greg Biffle (-6)
6 Clint Bowyer (-6)
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-9)
8 Matt Kenseth (-9)
9 Kevin Harvick (-12)
10 Martin Truex Jr. (-12)
11 Kasey Kahne (-12)
12 Jeff Gordon (-12)
NAME THAT TUNE
They say music can alter moods and talk to you
Well can it load a gun up for you, and cock it too?
Well if it can, then the next time you assault a dude
Just tell the judge it was my fault, and I’ll get sued