Extra Points

Gameday

September 11, 2006|By Ken Murray

Pennington delivers

It may not be enough to get the New York Jets back in playoff contention, but quarterback Chad Pennington was clutch in a 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Coming back from his second rotator cuff surgery, Pennington threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-winning 12-yarder to Chris Baker with 2:10 left.

The Titans' future

Quarterback Vince Young made his debut for the Titans midway through the second quarter when he replaced Kerry Collins in a planned appearance. He completed three straight passes, but underthrew David Givens on a deep ball and was intercepted. Still, it won't take long for Nashville fans to clamor for Young.

Ram-tough defense

Scott Linehan won his debut as St. Louis Rams coach, but it was the performance of Jim Haslett's defense that spirited an 18-10 win over the Denver Broncos. Haslett, the deposed New Orleans Saints coach who is the Rams' defensive coordinator, watched his group force five turnovers, including three interceptions and a fumble by Jake Plummer.

Other Saints rookie

As big as Reggie Bush was for the Saints, they also got a major contribution from seventh-round draft pick Marques Colston, who is from Harrisburg, Pa., and played at Hofstra. Colston had four catches for 49 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter that opened a 16-7 Saints lead.

Bledsoe's blunders

Even the arrival of Terrell Owens may not save Drew Bledsoe's job as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Bledsoe played abysmally in Dallas' 24-17 loss in Jacksonville, throwing three interceptions. Neither Owens nor coach Bill Parcells will be happy with that effort.

Rush for Cards

Despite a slow start, Edgerrin James delivered the running game he promised when he joined the Arizona Cardinals. His numbers weren't great (26 carries for 73 yards and one touchdown), but they were critical in the Cardinals' 34-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

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