Today's packs: 1 x 2010 Topps Prime Retail, 1 x 2011 Topps Gridiron Legends, 1 x 2009 Topps Chrome, and 2 x 2011 Topps Rising Rookies Rack Packs. In total, we're looking at 60 cards.
Now that teams are having bye weeks, the standings are getting interesting, and we're tarting to get a feel for what teams are favorites and what teams have work to do. The Pats and Dolphins are both sitting at 5-0. The Pats take on the lowly Seahawks (1-4) while the Dolphins take on the Rams (4-1). The two winless teams, the Steelers (0-4) and the Titans (0-5), take each other on this week. Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville, and New Orleans have byes.
Despite only having 60 cards this week, plenty of points will be awarded as two of the cards feature multiple teams:
|Broncos/Saints and Rams/Bills/Broncos/Chargers|
The two Rising Rookies packs are rookie-heavy as well, so that should help scores. Three teams hit gold rookie parallels (3 pts each).
Let's dive into some games:
PITTSBURGH STEELERS 2, TENNESSEE TITANS 2
>>> What better game to start with than the matchup of the bottom-feeders. Naturally, this game was a tie. The Steelers hit two base cards while the Titans grabbed a Jake Locker RC. I gotta give the tie to the Steelers though, as one of the base cards was a Gridiron Legends Franco Harris. Sweet card.
ATLANTA FALCONS 3, OAKLAND RAIDERS 3
>>> Two games, two ties. Crazy. Each team had a base card and a RC. The Falcons win though, because the base card was Matt Ryan, and the RC was Julio Jones. That's a sick tandem right there.
BALTIMORE RAVENS 7, DALLAS COWBOYS 5
>>> The Cowboys played well with a couple of base cards and the gold Bruce Carter above, but the Ravens were just too much, lead by a Tyrod Taylor RC (Hokie bonus point!) that I really wanted:
CINCINNATI BENGALS 4, CLEVELAND BROWNS 0
>>> Two RCs take down the pitiful Browns.
ST. LOUIS RAMS 7, MIAMI DOLPHINS 4
>>> St. Louis hands the Dolphins their first loss. The Rams used a base card, 2 RC, and the quad card from above to overcome a valiant Miami effort that included one of the best cards this week:
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1, NEW YORK JETS 0
DETROIT LIONS 2, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 0
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 4, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 2
>>> The Adrian Clayborn gold RC was too much for the Chiefs.
ARIZONA CARDINALS 6, BUFFALO BILLS 4
>>> The Bills had a RC and a piece of the quad card above but the Cardinals hit the only numbered card of the week:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 5, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1
>>> The Pats win to claim the title of last unbeaten team.
NEW YORK GIANTS 5, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 4
>>> A pair of Giants RCs were enough to take down a 49ers parallel:
|Thick Blue Parallel|
MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3, WASHINGTON REDSKINS 3
>>> The Vikings really have a fetish for ties. Fortunately for them, one of their cards was Percy Harvin, a guy that I've followed since he was at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach. Vikings win. I still remember one analyst saying Harvin has "next-guy" speed. He said we may never know exactly how fast he is, but he's faster than the guy next to him.
HOUSTON TEXANS 7, GREEN BAY PACKERS 1
>>> This was a good ol' fashioned butt whoopin' highlighted by a great-looking Xfractor:
DENVER BRONCOS 6, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 4
>>> Both teams had two base cards and a piece of the quad card, but the Von Miller have of the Combine card gave the Broncos the win.
As for the Bye Week teams: Panthers 1, Bears 0, Jags 3, Saints 4. I'm sure the Panthers and Bears are happy they sucked in their bye week. The Jags hit the week scoring average and the Saints exceeded it, so it wasn't as fortunate for them.
This is the first time we've had 8 outright division leaders. Ladies and Gentlemen, there are your teams to beat.