Mitch Malone’s NFL Weekend Blog: RG – 3, Redskins Visit G-Men, Ravens Face Challenge At Houston On Sunday

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The Seattle Seahawks had a tough job on their hands Thursday night, going into San Francisco to face an angry 49er team that was overwhelmed by the defending world champion New York Giants last weekend. QB Russell Wilson, the rookie from Richmond, has some big wins under his belt with victories over Dallas, Green Bay, and New England, but the former Collegiate star, did not sneak up on Frisco. The 49ers defense was ready & had oviously done their homework in defeating the Seahawks 15 – 6 to re-take control of the NFC West division. Frank Gore rushed for 131 yards on 16 carries to lead San Francisco.

Speaking of rookie QB’s, Robert Griffin III is truly a “special” football player. No one play confirms that like the 76-yard-run untouched for a touchdown that sealed the Washington Redskins 38 – 26 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, especially coming off a loss in which Griffin, affectionately known as “RG-3″, was knocked out by a vicious hit and suffered a mild concussion. He showed absolutely no fear whatsoever in coming back onto the field and rushing for 138 yards and two TDs to lead the Radskins to victory. Big game for Washington on Sunday in New York against the Giants.

The Dallas Cowboys went into Baltimore, hit the Ravens in the mouth, ran the ball down their throats, and then lost on a last-second missed field goal. I’ll say it again, coaching is the Cowboys kryptonite at the end of the day.    This week Dallas visits Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.   Philadelphia’s loss to Detroit cost Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo his job as head coach Andy Reid scrambles to find answers before he too will be unemployed. Philly has lost two consecutive games by collapsing in the fourth quarter defensively.   It’s bye week for the Eagles, and not a moment too soon.

Huge AFC North game at Cincinatti where the Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers, who appear to be fading of late.   The Steelers have certainly had their share of major injuries, but are still a formidable opponent.   A big game for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in Houston where the Texans will try to rebound from their first loss of the season to the Green Bay Packers last week.   The grudge match continues in New England Sunday as the New York Jets roll into Foxboro with the Sanchez/Tebow show to try and knock off Tom Brady and the Patriots, and a throwback in the Windy City on Monday night with the Lions & Bears.

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