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NFL Week 3: What they’re writing

From wire reports Published: September 28, 2009
→"On his last play in his first home game as a Minnesota Viking, a rival franchise’s exiled legend threw a last-seconds, game-winning touchdown pass he didn’t see on a play he didn’t remember practicing to a receiver he had barely met.

"This is what it means to be Brett Favre.”

— Jim Souhan, Minneapolis Star Tribune

→"You should have seen it. And while only 40,896 fans were in attendance, decades from now, about a million will claim they were. You know what we call that? Jumping on a Lions bandwagon — instead of jumping off. What a strange sensation.”

— Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press

→ "The victory (19-14 over Washington) doesn’t instantly restore faith. It just means the Lions are no longer the nation’s joke.”

Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press

→ "Football, even at the professional level, is still just a game, and games are supposed to be fun and entertaining. You never want to be on a team that quits. That’s no fun. The Chiefs surrendered at halftime Sunday.”

— Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star

→"After nearly two years in prison and three years away from the game, Michael Vick is a shadow of the young man who quarterbacked the Atlanta Falcons to a pair of playoff appearances and a berth in an NFC championship game. Regaining those instincts will take time.

"Regardless, Sunday wasn’t about the game between the lines. Sunday was about the moment, about Vick resuming a life-of-Riley career that he jeopardized with his extended and perverted involvement in dogfighting.