The NFL…in Haiku – Week One

For much of my…errr…esteemed career, I’ve faced constant criticism for “over-writing,” i.e. showing a propensity for being unnecessarily verbose, using many words where fewer would suffice.

As a challenge to myself, and in an effort to provide an extreme answer to those that question my way with words, this season I proudly present “The NFL…in Haiku.”

With the ancient Japanese poem structure allowing for a mere three lines and 17 syllables, I imagine summarizing each week’s game in such brief fashion should provide a welcome respite from my traditional overstuffed prose.

Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos (49-27, Denver)

Peyton Manning, wow
Ties record, seven TD’s
Champs miss Ray, others

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (23-17, New Orleans)

Bye bye Bounty-gate,
Sean P. improves “D,” Drew Brees
350, two scores

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills (23-21, New England)

Tom drives Pats, kick good
Career comeback 36,
Former ‘Nole falls short

Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears (24-21, Chicago)

Once down eleven,
Cutler brings Bears back, Trestman
Winner in debut

Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns (23-10, Miami)

Miami leading
Rusher goes for 14 yards?
QB’s wife hot, though

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (34-24, Detroit)

First touch, AP, gone,
Reggie runs, Reggie receives,
Eminem told Brent

Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers (16-9, Tennessee)

Three seconds, two zip,
Steelers lose game plus two men
Black and Yellow, bruised

Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts (21-17, Indianapolis)

Luck runs for Colts win
Elimination pool safe
Pick ends Pryor’s bid

Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars (28-2, Kansas City)

Philly’s loss, KC’s
Gain, new look Chiefs impress with
Reid and Smith also

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets (18-17, New York)

Zebra flag dooms Bucs,
Jets capture first Revis Bowl
Thin Rex safe for now

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers (12-7, Seattle)

Limited offense,
Cam corralled, Lynch too, Wilson’s
Strike difference late

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (34-28, San Francisco)

Clay Matthews, Head and
Shoulders hit on Kap, Flag sparks
Third straight win vs Pack

Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams (27-24, St. Louis)

St. Louis and the
Cardinals, not baseball though
But still, walk-off win

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (36-31, Dallas)

G-Men cough it up
Eli and friends, six TO’s
Big bro visits next

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (33-27, Philadelphia)

Vick flourishes in
Chip Kelly “O,” RG3
Upstaged in return

Houston Texans at San Diego Chargers (31-28, Houston)
What a catch by Cush,
Texans storm back, 24
Straight, Te’o Unseen

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