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post #11 of 52 (permalink) Old 09-13-2010, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Man I am happy that the Redskins beat the Cowboys! Although I will say that the Cowboys pretty much beat themselves with all of their penalties.
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jeez that right tackle(i think his name was barron?) had at least four penalties on his own, he just kept mugging orakpo every time he was able to get past him in the blitz. clinton portis looked pretty solid too. ugly game but good win for the skins

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Yeah I liked it. Huge Skins fan here haha. I can't wait for McNabb to settle in. Portis is looking solid and it is probably because he played for Shanahan back when he was with Denver.

Winners and Losers


Tennessee Titans
Yes, it was the Oakland Raiders. But how can you not love what you saw from the Titans? Vince Young(notes) carried over last season’s late development, and Chris Johnson remains the most exciting player in the NFL. And that healthy defense looks like it might be a unit to be reckoned with – regardless of whether Albert Haynesworth(notes) is brought back into the fold.

New York Giants wideout Hakeem Nicks(notes)
The Carolina Panthers should have paid more attention to him in the red zone. All the offseason talk about Nicks being ready to bust out is legit. No offense to Steve Smith and Mario Manningham(notes), but Nicks is longer and faster, and will be Eli Manning’s(notes) primary playmaker all season.

Pittsburgh Steelers
The win over the Atlanta Falcons was ghastly, but this is the reality of what life will be like without Ben Roethlisberger(notes). And Steelers fans should realize the Falcons are going to be a playoff-caliber team. If the Steelers can go 2-2 in the tough opening slate without Roethlisberger, they’ll have dodged a bullet.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler(notes)
It wasn’t always pretty, and say what you want about the 89-yard screen pass, but Cutler’s 372-yard, two-touchdown effort was an encouraging start. Yes, it was at the expense of Detroit, but miscue’s by Cutler’s supporting cast kept his numbers from being even better. If the Bears can keep Cutler healthy (a monumental if), the offense will find a groove in the red zone, too.

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster(notes)
He’s big and is going to take a lot of hard hits, but how in the world was this guy not drafted coming out of the University of Tennessee, especially after rushing for 1,193 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior? More than any other player this week, Foster lived up to the offseason hype about a potential breakout season.

New England Patriots
Remember when the Patriots were supposedly heading into a backslide? So much for that. The Patriots beat up what should be the class of the AFC North. And while the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t do themselves any favors with early mistakes, the Patriots defense is faster than expected.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll
Talk about a guy who needed a start like this. After all the offseason negativity about USC and curiosity over his latest NFL stint, Carroll and the Seahawks pummeled a San Francisco team expected to be the class of the NFC West. No doubt, Carroll has the fire and personality to make it in the NFL. And if this is an example of how Seattle is responding to him, he is going to be a huge story all season.

Green Bay Packers
As expected, they showed they can roll up points on one of the league’s best defenses. There is still work to do with Rodgers, who faced a fair amount of pressure, and the potential loss of Ryan Grant(notes) could be huge. But unless Grant is done for the season, this is a team that can survive for a few weeks without a top notch running game. Charles Woodson(notes) and that defense still looks brilliant, too.

Arizona Cardinals wideout Steve Breaston(notes)
The St. Louis Rams’ secondary isn’t anything special, but we can stop asking whether Breaston could step into the void left by Anquan Boldin(notes). Sunday’s 132-yard effort will be one of many big games this season. He’s a top notch No. 2 wideout, and I’m betting his overall numbers this year will be similar to what Boldin puts up as a No. 1 in Baltimore.


Eagles coaching staff
How in the world Stewart Bradley(notes) and Kevin Kolb(notes) briefly got back into Sunday’s game after clearly suffering concussions is beyond me. Not only did the Eagles lose a game that is an early barometer, but they showed poor judgment with a huge player safety concern. You can bet the league and NFL Players Association will be looking into this one.

Detroit Lions
It can’t get much worse than Sunday. Not only did the Lions get robbed of a win by a ridiculous rule, they lost quarterback Matt Stafford to an injured throwing shoulder. And just when things appeared to be looking up, too. This is a tortured franchise, plain and simple.

Oakland Raiders
Wow. Where to begin? Well, start here: JaMarcus Russell(notes) wasn’t this team’s only problem. The offensive line is bad, the defense is slow up front and no matter how many press releases the Raiders want to send out to the media, mentioning Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes) in the same breath as other great Raiders receivers should be a crime.

Panthers quarterback Matt Moore(notes)
The Giants defense is going to be very good, but Moore just looked lost too many times on Sunday. He throws too many risky balls into terrible spots. And everyone knows Jimmy Clausen(notes) is just waiting for his shot. Moore’s time is already running out.

Indianapolis Colts
No need to worry about the running game when you trail 27-10 in the fourth quarter. I keep looking at that defense, and all I see is an aging Dwight Freeney(notes), a broke down Bob Sanders(notes), and few young impact players. That’s food for thought for Peyton Manning(notes) when he signs his gazillion dollar extension.

Falcons running back Michael Turner(notes)
He was supposed to have more explosion with his lighter weight and play a bigger role in the passing game. Neither of those things materialized against Pittsburgh. Granted, the Steelers defense is daunting, but Turner never looked close to breaking anything Sunday. It’s hurting that offense more than anything else.

Cincinnati Bengals
The Patriots were supposed to be an immediate measuring stick. Instead, they became the stick that whipped Cincinnati for nearly three quarters. The Bengals aren’t possibly as bad as they looked Sunday, but they made up a lot of ground when the Patriots relaxed with a big lead. The offensive line has to play better early in games. Sure would be nice if that Andre Smith(notes) pick started to pay off.

Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme(notes)
He threw one of the worst interceptions we’ve seen from him in a long time, and that’s not easy, considering last season’s debacle. The running game and defense were fairly solid against a mediocre Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. But since the 2008 playoffs, Delhomme is good for at least one or two horrible mistakes every game. And frankly, the Browns are nowhere near good enough to overcome that reality.

49ers coach Mike Singletary
He had far too many questionable coaching decisions against Seattle. Then again, perhaps giving up some early points in a blowout loss wouldn’t have mattered. Whatever the case, Singletary opened the door to question his game management, not to mention the motivation of a team that should have been far better defensively. If the 49ers don’t bounce back next week, there are going to be a lot of concerns, chief among them being Singletary’s backing of Alex Smith at quarterback.

Bob Sanders undergoes surgery for torn biceps tendon

Colts safety Bob Sanders has undergone surgery by Dr. James Andrews for a torn biceps tendon according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Any timetable for a return remains undetermined.

Sanders tore his bicep tendon against the Houston Texans in the Colts opener.


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Michael Vick is BACK!

He will start for the Eagles in Detroit this Sunday, as Kevin Kolb is unavailable for at least one week due to a concussion.
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It takes a lot to win on the road in the NFL, but there are four teams that possess the ingredients necessary to pull off the difficult feat in Week 2. These four are in a unique position to get a difficult road win based on trends, past history and surrounding circumstances entering this weekend's action.

The Bears, Steelers, Ravens and Patriots all appear to be in position to claim road victories. The Bears travel to Dallas to square off against the Cowboys, the Steelers are taking on the Titans, the Ravens face the rival Bengals and the Patriots will do battle vs. the hated Jets. Each matchup provides an opportunity for the visiting team to get a win.

Game: Chicago at Dallas (1 p.m. ET)

Venue: Cowboys Stadium

Last time at site: Julius Jones rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cowboys past the Bears, 21-7, in Week 12 of the 2004 season.

Reason for road optimism: The Bears have not had great success at Dallas over the years. In fact, Chicago is just 3-7 on the road against the Cowboys. That said, all is not lost for Lovie Smith's squad this Sunday. They are coming off a thrilling Week 1 victory over the Lions, and should be able to ride that momentum into Dallas. Julius Peppers was a defensive force vs. Detroit, and should be able to exploit Dallas' offensive tackles, while Jay Cutler passed for 372 yards. Add in the fact Devin Hester is always a threat in the punt game, and Chicago has all the ingredients to stand toe-to-toe with Dallas.

Dallas typically performs very well in front of its fans, but you don't have to look back very far to find the last time it lost in its home-opener. The Cowboys lost a thriller to the Giants in the regular-season debut of their new stadium last year. Additionally, they are already under enormous pressure after a poor preseason and a dispiriting loss to the rival Redskins in Week 1. If the Cowboys struggle early, they might try too hard and continue to make the silly penalties and mental errors that doomed them last week, opening the door for the Bears.

Game: Pittsburgh at Tennessee (1 p.m. ET)

Venue: LP Field

Last time at site: The Titans forced four Ben Roethlisberger fumbles and picked him off twice en route to a 31-14 Week 16 victory in 2008.

Reason for road optimism: Pittsburgh's history in Tennessee has not been pretty. The Steelers are just 1-5 in six trips to the Volunteer State, including the playoffs. No need to fret, though, Steelers fans, there is still hope. In the teams' most recent meeting, Pittsburgh outlasted visiting Tennessee, 13-10 last season. That victory should give them confidence heading into this week's matchup, and by beating Atlanta last Sunday, backup QB Dennis Dixon showed his teammates he is capable of winning games.

While many of the historic trends favor the Titans, there are still some concerns. Despite Tennessee's success over the past few years, it is just 2-7 in Week 2 games. Even more alarming, the Titans are just 1-3 in Week 2 home games over that stretch. Also working against them is that they don't really match up well against the Steelers. Tennessee is primarily a running team, and Pittsburgh's biggest strength is its run defense. The onus could be on Vince Young to help the Titans avoid a setback after a rousing Week 1 victory over Oakland.

Game: Baltimore at Cincinnati (1 p.m. ET)

Venue: Paul Brown Stadium

Last time at site: Cedric Benson rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown to help the Bengals knock off the Ravens, 17-7, in Week 9 of last season.

Reason for road optimism: The Ravens have been at their best in their second game over the past four seasons. Not only are they 4-0 in those contests, they have outscored their opponents 107-55. More importantly for this week's tilt, Baltimore is riding a huge wave of momentum after a big road victory in New York. That win gives the Ravens belief that they can go into a hostile environment and emerge victorious, and showed how well wide receiver additions Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh fit into the offense.

Cincinnati entered the season with Super Bowl expectations, but was humbled by another AFC contender in Week 1. Following that blowout loss to the Patriots, the Bengals are already in a somewhat precarious position. A loss to the Ravens on Sunday would drop them two games behind their division rival and set them back in the tiebreakers. Cincinnati has dropped its last two home-openers, and has not really been sharp since the middle of last season, going 1-5 in its last six regular and postseason games. Given those factors, the Bengals appear ripe for the picking.

Game: New England at N.Y. Jets (Sunday, 4:15 p.m. ET)

Venue: New Meadowlands Stadium

Last time at site: Mark Sanchez took care of the ball and made plays when he had to as the Jets edged the Patriots, 16-9, in a defensive battle.

Reason for road optimism: The Patriots should come into this game with loads of confidence. First there is the history. Tom Brady, who recently said he hated the Jets, is 7-1 in September in his career, 7-1 against the Jets in his career and New England had won eight consecutive games at New York prior to last year's loss. Then there is the current situation. The Patriots had one of Week 1's most impressive victories, dismantling the Bengals in all three phases of the game, and star receiver Wes Welker showed he is recovered from offseason knee surgery. If it brings its A-game, New England should have a good chance at beating its rivals on the road.

The Jets made a series of high-profile offseason moves and placed even more spotlight on themselves by participating in the HBO Hard Knocks series. And that's not even to mention coach Rex Ryan, who put his team squarely in the crosshairs by proclaiming it would win the Super Bowl this year. The buzz was palpable going into last Monday night's game against the Ravens -- and then the ball was kicked off. The Jets' defense was as good as advertised, but Sanchez struggled mightily in a 10-9 loss. This tough matchup will put New York's resolve to the test, and it could be in trouble if it doesn't respond better than last week.

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does anyone really think that the vikings trying to make a move for vincent jackson is going to help them out?? that was a really tough game to watch yesterday and i dont hink addding another wideout is going to solve anything


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The last few days have been interesting:

Brandon Jacobs getting fined for throwing his helmet into the stands, Braylon Edwards getting arrested for drunk driving, and Michael Vick being named the Eagles' starting quarterback, for the time being anyway.
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i think as long as vick doesnt stink it up the next few weeks hes gonna be the starter for the rest of the year. that brandon jacobs incident was funny he said he was trying to throw it near the bench and it got caught on his glove..yeah right that sounds reasonable.

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Apparently Giants offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie tried to outdo Jacobs last week when it comes to playing without any discipline or self-control whatsoever - and come to think of it, Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw both had dumb personal fouls too.

I remember way back in the early '70s, when Ray Kroc got on the loudspeaker at the stadium and apologized to the fans for the "stupid baseball" his San Diego Padres were playing.

What's going on with the Giants is fast approaching that level.
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Denver has the Titans tomorrow. I'm hoping we can shut CJ down, aand our offense continues to have 400+ yard passing games.
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