This week's fare includes several 2012 Panini products:
1 Dollar Tree Pack Rookies & Stars
1 Retail Pack Rookies & Stars
1 Retail Pack Gridiron
1 Rack Pack Crown Royale
1 Rack Pack Absolute
That is a grand total of 85 cards.
Let's jump right into the games:
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 4, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 2
>>> A simple base card matchup goes the way of the Niners.
BUFFALO BILLS 3, TENNESSEE TITANS 1
>>> The Bills hand the Titans their 7th loss.
DALLAS COWBOYS 3, CAROLINA PANTHERS 1
>>> A RC makes the difference here.
BALTIMORE RAVENS 6, HOUSTON TEXANS 3
>>> The Ravens had 6 base cards: Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Ed Reed, and Ray Rice. Pretty sweet to get 6 different players, all of whom had a part in their Super Bowl victory.
CLEVELAND BROWNS 6, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 2
>>> The base card battle was even, but the Browns pulled away with a RC and this insert:
ARIZONA CARDINALS 3, MINNESOTA VIKINGS 1
>>> Former Hokie Ryan Williams stiff-arms the Vikes (and Raiders, apparently):
WASHINGTON REDSKINS 3, NEW YORK GIANTS 1
>>> The Redskins get a big win over a division foe, allowing the Cowboys to take over first place in the NFC East.
ST. LOUIS RAMS 3, GREEN BAY PACKERS 3
>>> The Rams and Packers tie, but the win goes to the Rams because one of the Packers cards featured those awful throwback jerseys:
I also really liked the insert that the Rams got, though the Crown Royale inserts didn't scan too well:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 6, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 3
>>> Tampa Bay also got a Crown Royale insert en route to a victory
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 7, NEW YORK JETS 2
>>> The Patriots landed the week's only numbered card in this lopsided affair:
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 2, OAKLAND RAIDERS 2
>>> The Jags pickup the tiebreak win in this one because two MJD cards had more names than Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden. That's right. 6 names > 4 names.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS 3, CINCINNATI BENGALS 2
>>> Steelers squeak out their second win of the season
DETROIT LIONS 5, CHICAGO BEARS 3
>>> The Lions were too much for the Bears despite a nice insert:
The bye week teams: Falcons 5, Broncos 2, Chiefs 4, Dolphins 3, Eagles 3, Chargers 2. The scoring average for the week was 3 points, so the Falcons and Chiefs blew their bye week. The Falcons could afford it at 5-1, but the Chiefs are a miserable 1-5 and really could have used those 4 points. Two of the teams had inserts:
I gotta say I didn't expect the Rams and Dolphins to only have one loss each at this point in the season.