NFL not Harvin a good time
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
|Percy Harvin (12) scored one touchdown rushing and another receiving in the Vikings' rout of Tennessee. (Reuters)
When Percy Harvin isn’t battling migraines, he’s giving opposing defences a pounding headache.
Just ask the Tennessee Titans, who watched the Minnesota Vikings’ jack-of-all-trades run roughshod over them, both as a receiver and a ball carrier.
Harvin made eight grabs for 108 yards and a score, plus chipped in with a touchdown run, helping the Vikings crush the Titans 30-7 in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon.
Picked by many pre-season prognosticators to finish dead last in the NFL standings, the Cinderella Vikings now own the third best record in the league at 4-1. Only the Atlanta Falcons (5-0) and Houston Texans (4-0) have better marks.
The Titans, meanwhile, saw their record drop to a lowly 1-4. Perhaps the only thing more disappointing than that mark in the Music City is the continuing struggles of running back Chris Johnson.
Just a week after breaking out with a 141-yard performance, Johnson was limited to just 24 yards on 15 carries. That struggling ground game forced veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to throw, thereby playing right into the hands of the hard-charging Minnesota defence.
The Titans don’t have much time to fix things, either, as they host the Pittsbugh Steelers on Thursday in Nashville.
CAM STOPPED/ MUST BE THE KRYPTONITE
Since when did football’s Superman suddenly transform into wimpy Clark Kent out on the football field?
Indeed, all of Carolina wants to know what has happened to 2011 NFL rookie-of-the-year Cam Newton, who continues to slog through his own personal sophomore jinx.
Newton’s Panthers fell to 1-4 on Sunday afternoon after the stumbling, bumbling quarterback completed just a dozen passes en route to a 16-12 loss to the visiting Seattle Seahawks in Charlotte.
Trailing 16-10 in the late stages of the fourth quarter, Newton had an outstanding opportunity to put the Panthers ahead. But, with his team going for it on fourth down inside the Seahawks five-yard line, Newton short-armed a pass that plopped to the ground in the end zone at least two yards from a wide open Panthers receiver.
Newton, who completed just three passes in the opening half, finished the game hitting on just 12 of 29 passes for 141 yards. He also added 42 on the ground, but it was not nearly enough to keep the Panthers from suffering their third consecutive loss.
In the process, the question won’t go away: “What’s wrong with Cam Newton?”
TOUCHDOWN BINGE FOR BEARS 'D'
Introducing the modern-day version of the Monsters of the Midway, featuring Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman.
Playing on a Chicago Bears defence that has really flexed its collective muscles the past two weeks, Briggs and Tillman both returned interceptions for touchdowns for a second consecutive game to lead the visitors to a 41-3 thrashing of the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in north Florida.
Briggs and Tillman both had pick-sixes in a victory over the Dallas Cowboys last Monday.
“How about Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs, two weeks in a row?” Bears coach Lovie Smith remarked to reporters during his post-game press conference. “I don’t think that’s probably ever happened. A great job by the ‘D.’”
The Bears offence wasn’t too shabby either. Quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 292 yards and a pair of scores while wideout Brandon Marshall made 12 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears, 4-1, are now tied for first place with the upstart Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North.
Meanwhile the Jags, 1-4, were jeered for most of the fourth quarter by their own fans. After compiling just 189 net yards of offence, the boos were well-deserved.
BUTTERFINGERS VICK AT IT, AGAIN
How many times has Michael Vick sold us this bill of goods?
Standing in front of a gaggle of reporters, Vick once again reassured the Eagles and their fans that his ongoing butterfingers act will end.
“I will do a better job of protecting the football,” Vick said with a straight face on Sunday.
Really Michael? We heard you say similar things after each of the Eagles’ first three games, a span in which you personally were responsible for nine turnovers (six interceptions, three fumbles).
Yet, you were at it again Sunday, fumbling twice to run your personal turnover mark to 11 through five games. One of those came at the Pittsburgh Steelers one-yard line, a turning point in Pittsbugh’s 16-14 win over Vick’s 3-2 Eagles.
“I never had a problem with fumbling before,” Vick said. “It was one of those things. Everything happens for a reason and if it was meant to be, I wouldn’t have fumbled the ball at the goal line. But I have no explanation for it.”
No explanation? Come on. Isn’t about time you take some responsibility, Michael?
Perhaps the bigger question is: How long will coach Andy Reid put up with all your turnovers?