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.
Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles (26-16, Kansas City)
It seems you can go
Home again. Andy Reid wins
In Philly return
Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals (34-30, Cincinnati)
Cincy up early
Pack then 30 straight, Bengals
Close with 20, win
St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys (31-7, Dallas)
Burns Rams again, best two games
Both vs. “The Lou”
San Diego Chargers at Tennessee Titans (20-17, Tennessee)
Titans edge Chargers
Last win v San Diego?
They were the Oilers
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings (31-27, Cleveland)
The battle of the
Winless goes way of Cleveland
Trent Richardson who?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots (23-3, New England)
Tom’s wideouts catching
On. Pats 3-0 for the
First time in six years
Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints (31-7, New Orleans)
Cardinals strike first,
Never score again. Saints ride
Brees, three total scores.
Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins (27-20, Detroit)
Lions win at Skins
Last time for that? FDR
Was DC’s QB.
New York Giants at Carolina Panthers (38-0, Carolina)
Cam Newton, four scores
Largest ever Cat rout yields
Tom’s worst Giants loss
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens (30-9, Baltimore)
Pick six, punt return
Doom Texans. No TD’s on
Poe’s “D” since Week 1
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins (27-23, Miami)
Keeps Miami perfect. ‘Fins
At Saints Monday night
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (27-20, New York)
Despite 20 flags
Jets land “W.” Gary
V? He is pumped up.
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers (27-7, Indianapolis)
Harbaugh’s college guy
School’s his pro QB. Kap’s first
Home loss as starter
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks (45-17, Seattle)
Wilson tosses four
TD’s, plays scarcely more than
A half. Hawks perfect
Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (40-23, Chicago)
Five TO’s without
Forcing any of their own?
Steelers, that won’t do.
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (37-21, Denver)
Twelve TD’s in first
Three games, Manning sets record.
Broncos look quite good.