An old saying proclaims that “History is told by the victors”, and here at GuysNation we tend to agree. That’s why we like to scour the internet each Monday (and Tuesday) to find articles recapping the prior day’s NFL games, written from the perspective of fans from that team.

Buffalo Bills' Fred Jackson breaks a tackle attempt by the Philadelphia Eagles - October 9, 2011Buffalo Bills defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 31 to 24
(article by Aaron McKinney)

Fred Jackson rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown while Nick Barnett picked off Michael Vick twice and returned one for a touchdown in a 31-24 victory in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Bills offense went to Jackson early and often as he rolled up almost 40 yards in the first quarter. He also added six receptions for 85 yards, including a 49-yard screen play. This win puts the Bills in the driver’s seat, while not having played the NY Jets or Dolphins, yet. They already assured themselves of at least a split with the Patriots, two weeks ago.  Read More »

New Orleans Saints defeat Panthers in Carolina, 30 to 27
(article by Nicholas Moffitt)

Coming down to the wire was something very few predicted, but the Panthers looked very good against the Saints. The Saints squeaked by on a late touchdown from Pierre Thomas to win the game 30-27. A hard fought and dirty battle between the two NFC South teams saw 14 total penalties with more than a couple personal fouls.

We learned a lot from this game from both sides, including the fact that Cam Newton ended up being a great first-round draft pick and CAN go toe to toe with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL Drew Brees. The Saints now sit at 4-1 and lead the NFC South. Here are six winners and losers from the Saints game against the Panthers. Read More »

Oakland Raiders defeat Houston Texans 25 to 20
(writer Carl Cockerham)

The Oakland Raiders win their biggest game of the year—beating the Houston Texans 25-20. The win came on the road against a playoff contender that just beat the Pittsburgh Steelers!

The kicker to all that is it looked like the Raiders were going to be dominated in the early going. But somehow, the Raiders were able take an ugly game and make the end result of it pretty by winning. Read More

Indianapolis Colts lose to the Kansas City Chiefs, 28 to 24
(writer MoneyShot900 blog)

The Kansas City Chiefs picked up their first win on the road and dealt the Indianapolis Colts with their five-straight loss, third-straight at home, when they won 28-24.

Curtis Painter threw 277 yards for two touchdowns for the Colts, who scored the first 17 points in the game, including a 53-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

The Chiefs, backed by Matt Cassel, scored the last three touchdowns of the game. Steve Breaston caught a 16-yard pass, Dwayne Bowe caught a five-yard pass and Breaston caught another 11-yard touchdown to take the 28-24 lead that would seal the deal. Read More

Cincinnati Bengals defeat Jacksonville Jaguars, 30 to 20
(article from Bengals Locker)

The Bengals were down 20-16 with 8:24 left in the game and that’s when Andy Dalton took over. Dalton completed 21 of 33 passes for 179 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT. Cedric Benson carried the ball 24 times for 53 yards (2.2 ypc) to lead the way for the Bengals on the ground today. Bernard Scott pitched in with 20 yards rushing on 6 carries (3.3 ypc) with a TD run today. WR A.J. Green (5 rec, 90 yards, TD), WR Jerome Simpson (4 rec, 40 yards) and TE Jermaine Gresham (5 rec, 21 yards, TD) led the way in the passing game today for the Bengals. The Bengals finished up with 77 yards rushing on 31 carries (2.5 ypc) and they also completed 21 of 33 passes (63.6%) for 162 yards as they had possession of the ball for 32:33. Read More

Minnesota Vikings defeat Arizona Cardinals, 34 to 10

It’s not often you hear a chorus of boos rain down upon a home team as it makes its way into the locker room with a 25-point halftime lead, but if one team has ever deserved such a seemingly ungrateful response, it’s the 2011 Minnesota Vikings. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely wouldn’t have booed had I been one of the fans inside the Metrodome during Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, but I can sort of see why some of those who were in attendance did. The 0-4 Vikings had shown an unbelievable history of blowing second-half leads, and the Minnesota coaching staff decided to run out the clock after the O-line gave up a sack that stalled a brief drive that was looking promising as it approached midfield. Logically, it was probably the right move. The momentum had been lost and it’s not worth risking an interception on a second- or third-and-long play against an Arizona team that had been thoroughly dominated to that point. Still, the fans didn’t like seeing the coaching staff take its foot off the pedal, like they’ve done after gaining big leads in three previous games that all ended horribly. Read More

Seattle Seahawks defeat New York Giants, 36 to 25

The Seattle Seahawks accomplished an unusual feat today. In beating the New York Giants 36-25 at the Meadowlands, they won a game played in the Eastern Time Zone. Even better it was the early game, starting at 10:00 AM on the West Coast. I don’t have a statistics staff to research how rare an East Coast win is for the Seahawks. Trust me, they don’t happen often and are worth a blog post.

So what’s so great about winning an early game? Since the Seahawks are a West Coast team and play their home games at 1:15 PM local time (or later), by definition it means they won a game on the road. Most years the Seahawks have a dismal road record. Last year they were 2 and 6 in away games. There have been some exceptions (like the magical 2005 season when the Super Bowl-bound Seahawks were 13 and 3 overall and 5 and 3 on the road), but most years the team struggles to win more than a game or two away from home. It’s even harder, if that’s possible, for them to win when they are on the East Coast. Doesn’t matter which team they are playing. Read More

Pittsburgh Steelers defeat Tennessee Titans, 38 to 17

This week, the Pittsburgh Steelers got crazy in an effort to break out of their listing 2-2 start. So in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans, head coach Mike Tomlin called a fake punt. P Daniel Sepulveda executed it to perfection, throwing a nice pass to up-back Ryan Mundy (normally a free safety). Mundy took the play for a 33-yard gain. The Steelers cashed in with a Hines Ward touchdown that gave them a 14-3 lead en route to a 38-17 win over the Titans. Read More

San Francisco 49ers with blow out over Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48 to 3

Sometimes, stats don’t mean a thing. Late in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 49ers had converted only two of seven third downs. The Buccaneers had converted seven of 15 and because of that had run three more plays from scrimmage.

A year ago, the Bucs came into Candlestick Park and held San Francisco to 11 first downs and zero points. So, for someone who saw only that stat at this point in time might be a little more than surprised to find out that Tampa Bay trailed the 49ers by 45 points at the time.

It was a magical victory for the 49ers, 48-3, representing a breakthrough in offensive, defensive and special teams execution. These were two teams that on paper coming into the game seemed very similar—run-oriented on offense, stout-up-front on defense. Tampa had the better secondary, but San Francisco had more weapons (if only slightly more so) on offense. Read More

San Diego Chargers defeat Denver Broncos, 29 to 24

For the first time since 2006, the San Diego Chargers are 4-1 to start the season. The last time they achieved four wins in the first five games (2006), the Chargers went 14-2, only to lose to the Patriots at home in the Divisional round.

No, the Chargers have not beaten a team with any substance (The teams that the Chargers have beaten have combined for only four wins) and have failed to “dominate” in these wins, but they are winning games they have lost in past seasons. These losses to bad teams have resulted in the slow starts Chargers’ fans are used to. Read More

New England Patriots defeat New York Jets, 30 to 21

Bill Belichick isn’t a happy camper. Well, actually, that may not be totally true, given the fact that his Patriots just defeated the hated rival Jets 30-21. But it wouldn’t be surprising at all if the man in the hoodie found something to criticize, even in victory. Here are four things Belichick isn’t happy with after the Patriots’ win. Read More

Green Bay Packers defeat Atlanta Falcons, 25 to 14

The Pack came out flat tonight and were schooled by a decent team early on. The defense looked lost and out of rhythm. Capers and the whole defense just didn’t seem committed to whatever they were wanting to do.

In the second half – the defense looked totally different. They were tackling reasonably well and making big plays at big moments. Capers had to retool everything at halftime to bring about the change – heck of a coaching job and nice execution by a defense that looked borderline incompetent in the first quarter. Read More

Monday Night Football: Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears

Coming Tuesday…