The NFL…in Haiku – Week Six

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.

New York Giants at Chicago Bears (27-21, Chicago)

’79, last
Year Giants lost first six. Soon,
Eli‘s total picks

Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills (27-24 OT, Cincinnati)

Bills score 14 straight,
Force OT. Bengals, though, earn
Win on Nugent‘s kick.

Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns (31-17, Detroit)

Lions pitch second
Half shutout, win by 14.
As for those Tigers…

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (24-7, Kansas City)

Chiefs are loud and proud.
K-C stays perfect, sets mark
With most decibels.

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings (35-10, Carolina)

Monster day by Cam,
Panther QB with 4 scores
Tough one for AP

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets (19-6, Pittsburgh)

Steelers earn year’s first
Win, 600th ever. Good
Timing, Pirates done.

Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31-20, Philadelphia)

Back-up Foles throws three
Scores. 0-5, Tampa Bay
Is back to the Yucks

Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens (19-17, Green Bay)

One TD enough
For limping Pack. Defending
Champs are .500.

St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans (38-13, St. Louis)

Rams win second straight.
With Schaub hurt, injury joins
Insult in Houston.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos (35-19, Denver)

No cover for the
Broncos, but they’re still perfect.
Jags, meanwhile, winless.

Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks (20-13, Seattle)

Titans hung around,
Faltered late. ‘Hawks tough at home
11 straight wins.

New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots (30-27, New England)

Brady‘s pass kicks-off
Epic day of Beantown sports.
Saints suffer first loss.

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (32-20, San Francisco)

49ers force
Four turnovers, win third straight.
Vernon Davis? Beast.

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (31-16, Dallas)

Return game sparks win
On Jerry‘s birthday. Griffin
Takes first home state loss.

Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers (19-9, San Diego)

Luck runs out, Rivers
Rolls. Bolts edge Colts, as Indy
Is doomed by four drops.


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The NFL…in Haiku – Week Five

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.

Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns (37-24, Cleveland)

Both QB’s go down.
Off the bench, Weeden rallies
Browns to 3-2.

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears (26-18, New Orleans)

Brees to Graham? That works
Ten grabs, 135, and
Saints still unbeaten

New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals (13-6, Cincinnati)

QB’s: Don’t wear 12
At Cincy. First Rodgers, now
Brady. Pats first loss

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (22-9, Green Bay)

Megatron unplugs,
Motor City stalls. Lions
Lose at Pack, again

Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans (26-17, Kansas City)

Then there were three. Chiefs
Rally late, join Saints, Broncs as
Only perfect teams.

Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts (34-28, Indianapolis)

Luck logs ninth career
Fourth-quarter comeback. Seahawks
Perfect no longer

Jacksonville Jaguars at St. Louis Rams (34-20, St. Louis)

Bradford tosses three
TD’s, Rams stop skid. Jags, big
‘Dogs at Denver next

Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (26-23, Baltimore)

After 3-0
Start, ‘Fins lose twice in six days.
Ravens hard to gauge

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (36-21, Philadelphia)

Mauling at the New
Meadowlands: Worst Giants start
Since ’87

Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals (22-6, Arizona)

Three picks, one fumble,
Seven sacks. Hopefully, you
Didn’t start Newton

Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys (51-48, Denver)

Ninety-nine points, but
The Broncos won. Denver takes
Texas sized shoot-out

Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers (34-3, San Francisco)

With a pick-6 in
Four straight games, Schaub sets record.
It’s one he won’t want.

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders (27-17, Oakland)

Raider Nation stays
Up late, rewarded with win.
News couple was there.

New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (30-28, New York)

Sanchez and Tebow
Who? Geno Smith pilots Jets
Past grounded Falcons

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The NFL…in Haiku – Week Four

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.

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams (35-11, San Francisco)

Kap back on track, Gore
Goes for a C-note and more.
The Rams have issues.

Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills (23-20, Buffalo)

Apparently, teams
Can score on the Ravens. Bills
Find endzone twice, win.

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Brown (17-6, Cleveland)

Bengals: Pack comeback
Yields Browns letdown. Ohio
Teams are 2-2.

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (40-32, Detroit)

A track meet from the
Motor City. Reggie Bush
Has found a top gear.

New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (31-7, Kansas City)

Chiefs have already
Doubled their wins from last year.
It’s October 1st.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings (34-27, Minnesota)

In London, the bell
Tolls for Big Ben. Steelers still
Searching for first win.

Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-10, Arizona)

Patrick Peterson
And a pair of picks. Glennon’s
League debut spoiled.

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars (37-3, Indianapolis)

Colts struggle early,
Still roll. And it gets worse for
Jags: Denver is next

Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans (23-20 OT, Seattle)

‘Hawks own second half,
Force OT, stay perfect. Matt
Schaub’s Twitter picked off.

New York Jets at Tennessee Titans (38-13, Tennessee)

Titans win game, but
Lose signal caller. New York’s
Best team is the Bills.

Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos (52-20, Denver)

Not a bad month for
Peyton. 4-0 Broncs beat
Chip at his own game.

Washington Redskins at Oakland Raiders (24-14, Washington)

No more Ashington,
‘Skins find “W.” Raiders
Scoreless after 1st.

Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers (30-21, San Diego)

Rivers fills up stat
Sheet, throws for 400 yards.
After, catches some.

New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons (30-23, New England)

Brady sharp as Pats
Weather Falcons late surge. But
Wilfork? Out the year.

Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints (38-17, New Orleans)

What a difference
A year – and a Head Coach – makes.
Saints now 4-0.

The NFL…in Haiku – Week Three

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)

DeMarco Murray
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)

Last-minute comeback
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.

The NFL…in Haiku – Week Two

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.

New York Jets at New England Patriots (13-10, New England)

It wasn’t pretty,
but Pats still win. Jets rookie
QB, three late picks.

St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons (31-24, Atlanta)

Me and Julio,
Down for the big yards. Falcons
Receiver leads flock.

Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills (24-23, Buffalo)

And this time, Stevie
Hangs on. Embattled wide-out
Snares EJ TD.

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (31-30, Chicago)

With two straight comebacks
Cutler earning new nickname:
“Mr. Fourth Quarter.”

Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers (38-20, Green Bay)

Gimpy RG3,
No match for Aaron Rodgers,
Discount Doublecheck.

Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts (24-20, Miami)

Sophomore QB
Battle goes to Tannehill
Luck doomed by late pick

Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs (17-16, Kansas City)

Red from head to toe,
Chiefs now 2-0. Up next?
Reid back in Philly

San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles (33-30, San Diego)

Everybody said
Eagles would win. Well, guess what?
Everybody lied

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (14-6, Baltimore)

Champs earn their first win
Ravens got Peyton’d Week 1
Yes, that is a verb

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (30-24, Houston)

Second straight comeback,
Means Houston has no problem.
Hopkins in OT.

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals (25-21, Arizona)

Cardinals now with
Two wins in last 14 games.
Both versus Detroit.

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16-14, New Orleans)

Brees tosses two picks,
But leads Saints late. Three straight throws
set up winning kick.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders (19-9, Oakland)

Jags undermanned, and
Overwhelmed. Silver and black,
Better than we thought?

Denver Broncos at New York Giants (41-23, Denver)

Archie’s elder son
The victor again. Eli
Seven picks thus far

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (29-3, Seattle)

Battle of the brow
Goes to Wilson. Seahawks win,
Hardly a close shave

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (20-10, Cincinnati)

Classic grinder in
AFC North. For Big Ben,
best days come and gone?

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