This was a good week!!! The word of the week is turnovers, underlying the fact that unless you’re Baltimore and you have a lot of them, you should lose.
Pittsburgh @ Tennessee – The Steelers find ways to win. That defense is playing extremely well even though we don’t know who will start for the Steelers at QB next week, I still think they are ok. Dennis Dixon hurt his knee which brought in Charlie Batch and the offense couldn’t get going. After a great Week 1 performance, Vince Young looked terrible (I think the Steelers D had something to do with that) and even he was benched for Kerry Collins. Sloppy game with lots of turnovers, but the Steelers lasted through it all. Good hard fought win. Inquisitive Mind 1 – 0 for the week.
Miami @ Minnesota – I’ve said that Miami is a team that may not beat you but they won’t beat themselves either. They are always fundamentally sound and it showed against a listless Vikings team. AP got his 28 carries (maybe someone in Minny was reading this?), but Favre looked terrible. He kind of has that snowball effect thing down pat. Once it went bad, it kept getting worse. He needs receivers and barring a miraculous healing effort by God, Sidney Rice will be too late. Vincent Jackson is free and he’s available. Inquisitive Mind 1 – 1 for the week.
Arizona @ Atlanta – This is the Falcons team that I was looking for in Week 1. The Falcons struck early and often and ran up the score on the Cardinals. Ryan had a low total of passing yards, 225, but had 3 TDs. Plus when you rush for more than 200 yards as a team, you don’t have to throw far. Hopefully Michael Turner’s groin injury is as minor as they say. This team has a chance to do somethings in the NFC this year. Inquisitive Mind 2 – 1 for the week.
Baltimore @ Cincinnati – For those that follow, I trust in Ray and it hurt me to have to pick against him and the Ravens, but after seeing what I saw yesterday,……you gotta feel that somewhere, the nonsense has to stop. I tripping penalty on a LB that gets blocked into a QB, a roughing the passer call on a LB when he is tackling a QB before the QB is in his throwing motion? 6 points. The Ravens shut down the Bengals the entire game. Flacco had an equally bad game with 4 INTs, and his team still should have won. Ray will get a fine, but as he said, sometimes you just gotta be honest about things. Inquisitive Mind 3 – 1 for the week.
Kansas City @ Cleveland – Another good showing by the defense for the Chiefs and if not for them, this would have been an ‘L’. Cassel looked terrible as this looked like a game between two bad teams. Seneca Wallace showed that he’s better than Delhomee as he moved the Browns up and down the field pretty well. I guess we’ll see him starting next week too. All you can say is that the Chiefs are 2-0 (E. Wise, I know you’re somewhere smiling today). Wow!!! Inquisitive Mind 4 – 1 for the week.
Chicago @ Dallas – Wow!! Did these teams switch jerseys before the game? The Cowboys looked terrible, at home. I think we can go ahead and quash any of that playing the Superbowl as the home team talk. Both teams stopped the others ground game which would normally give the edge to the Cowboys, but Jay Cutler played pretty well with a 21 for 29 for 277 yards and 3 TDs. Jason Witten was knocked out of the game, but looked poised for a return, but it’s probably good the Cowboys erred on the side of caution. Can the Cowboys cut Roy Williams now? At least I was right about Dez Bryant showing up. Inquisitive Mind 4 – 2 for the week.
Philadelphia @ Detroit – Mike Vick looked good in (21 of 34 for 284 and 2 TDs) and out (7 carries for 37 yards) of the pocket. I think this one came down to LeSean McMcoy having an equally good game. McCoy ended the game with 120 yards and 3 TDs on 16 carries. A Shaun Hill led Lions team didn’t go quietly in the night. Jahvid Best (17 carries for 78 yards, 2 TDs) and Shaun Hill put up nice numbers and given a stop or two by the defense may have had a chance to win this game. A lot closer than many thought. Detroit might be on the way back to being good. Inquisitive Mind 5 – 2 for the week.
Buffalo @ Green Bay – No contest, period. The Packers weren’t able to run the ball as much as I thought, but it really didn’t matter. Inquisitive Mind 6 – 2 for the week.
Tampa Bay @ Carolina – The Bucs came out and did work against the Panthers. They controlled the game and Josh Freeman had a good outing (12 of 24 for 178 yards and 2 TDs). The Panthers looked terrible and we saw both QBs (Moore and Clausen) look equally bad with the telling sign being John Fox saying that ‘it’s too early to tell who the starter for week 3 will be’. I know already. Inquisitive Mind 7 – 2 for the week.
Seattle @ Denver – I knew I shouldn’t have gone with Pete Carroll on this one. The Seahawks looked as bad as they looked good in Week 1. If you didn’t see this game and you wonder how the Broncos won, you just have to look at one person’s stat line, Kyle Orton: 25 of 35 for 307 and 2 TDs. Inquisitive Mind 7 – 3 for the week.
St. Louis @ Oakland – Talk about an ugly game. Bruce Gradkowski replaced Jason Campbell after halftime and the Raiders held on to a win. Darren McFadden may have finally proven that he can carry the load with an awesome game (30 carries for 145 yards). Somebody had to win, right? Inquisitive Mind 8 – 3 for the week.
Houston @ Washington – This was an amazing win for the Texans. They were down 17 to the Redskins at home in the 3rd quarter and many thought this was going to be a Redskins 2-0 start. Then, boom, boom, boom and the Texans tie the game on a beautiful catch by Andre Johnson. Matt Schaub ended up throwing for 497 yards (38 of 52) while McNabb threw for 426 yards (28 of 38). This was gut wrenching for the Redskins, but I might have to say that the Texans are for real this year. Inquisitive Mind 9 – 3 for the week.
New England @ New York Jets – This game didn’t necessarily live up to the hype, but the Jets found a way to throw the ball downfield and I think, actually surprised the Pats. Mark Sanchez looked like the better QB and there was a LT sighting (11 carries for 76 yards) for the Jets. Moss got a touchdown reception, but other than that he had 2 catches for 38 yards. Revis did end up leaving the game in the 2nd quarter as his hammy tightened up on him. This was a completely different Jets team from Week 1. Good win, or it could have been trouble for the Jets. Inquisitive Mind 9 – 4 for the week.
Jacksonville @ San Diego – We had a Luke McCown sighting. If you’re a Jaguars fan, that’s terrible news. Phillip Rivers was efficient as ever with his 22 for 29 for 334 yards, 3 TDs, and 2 INTs (so he was really 24 of 29). McCown replaced Garrard in the 4th but got shaken up himself. Garrad ended the game 15 of 23 for 173 yards, 1 TD, and 4 INTs. Looks like the same ole Jaguars team that stunk last year. Inquisitive Mind 10 – 4 for the week.
New York Giants @ Indianapolis – This turned out to be a laugher. I still have no idea why people continue to put Eli Manning in the discussion as a good QB? The only thing that he and Peyton share is blood. Peyton proved, yet again, that he is the best Manning around with a 20 of 26 for 255 yards and 3 TDs performance. He controlled the game and the Colts defense continued to acquaint themselves with Eli. The funniest part of this game was Brandon Jacobs throwing his helmet into the stands and pleading that ensued to get the helmet back. How do you throw your helmet into the stands? Inquisitive Mind 11 – 4 for the week.
New Orleans @ San Francisco – This was a great game. The 49ers had the game plan and pretty much executed that game plan, minus the 4 turnovers, and they almost pulled it off. They were 3 inches from a win and that has to hurt. So now we know how to beat the Saints: 1) Wind 2) Great mix of run and pass to keep Brees on the sideline 3) Some luck. How many people will talk about the Heisman curse with Reggie Bush breaking his leg? Inquisitive Mind 12 – 4 for the week.
After that terrible last week, a 12-4 record really helps you bounce back. So for the year we are at 19-13 and not in bad shape with the professionals. WHO DAT?!?!?!?