Blog Entry

Observations from Week 2 of the NFL

Posted on: September 14, 2008 8:36 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2008 8:38 pm

- Apparently Brett Favre is only worth so much to the Jets (and it's not what he was worth to the Packers, either). Either that, or New England's defense is still great, in spite of their old LB corps. You do have to be concerned about that offense without Tom Brady for an extended period of time. They have a MAJOR threat in that division.

- The Bills cemented their status as a legit contender in the AFC. Trent Edwards was simply outstanding, looking like a young Tom Brady today. (20-25, 239 yards, 1 TD). That last drive he led to take the lead will only help the the Bills more. They run the ball well, too. Marshawn Lynch is every bit as good as any other RB in the NFL.

- Tavaris Jackson is the guy keeping the Vikings in the middle of the NFC's Power Rankings. His complete inability to play a consistent game will probably cost them any chance at making the playoffs.

- In other NFC North news, nice game by Aaron Rodgers today: 24-38 passing for 328 yards and 3 TD's. The Packers' defense is the perfect example of bend-but-not-break defense, and it's certainly effective enough. Ryan Grant's injury has to be a concern, though.

- Aaron Rodgers: 42-60, 506 yards, 4 TD's, 0 INT's, 117.8 QB rating.
  Tavaris Jackson: 30-59, 308 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 64.8 QB rating.

And Vikings fans wonder why they can't win big games. Adrian Peterson+T-Jack + top run defense + worst pass defense = not good enough.

- Your NFL MVP as of week 2: Jay Cutler
The dude has been simply unstoppable. He has 3 legit weapons, plus a solid running game to back him up. He might have been the best QB in that famous QB draft. Remember how Vince Young and Matt Leinart went before Cutler? Now where are they?

- Big day for a couple of rookies: Darren McFadden demonstrates his unbelievable athleticism, running for 164 yards on 21 carries, including 89 yards on ONE drive. Jonathan Stewart: 77 yards on 14 carries, 2 TD's. Solid. My R.O.Y. choice, Chris Johnson, ran for 109 yards on 19 carries, too.

-Tennessee has the best defense I've seen so far. You can't run, your QB is under too much heat to consistently throw. It's rough for anyone.

-Anthony Gonzalez and Marvin Harrison should just trade places. Marvin, give up that #1 slot. You're the 4th best WR on your team. Gonzalez today: 9 catches for 137 yards. Harrison today: 1 catch for 16 yards. 'Nuff said.

-Peyton Manning continued to build his Hall of Fame legacy he's going to leave. Gritty performance from him today. The Colts do need to fix that offensive line. No RB can work with a bad offensive line, let alone against a good rush defense.

-The Giants look as good as anyone this year, and I won't be shocked if they win the Super Bowl, or the NFC East at least. Eli Manning looks a hell of a lot better now than he did at this point last year. Their team is so balanced, 2 solid RB, decent WR's, attacking defense. Dallas had better be worried.

-St. Louis, Kansas City, and Cincinnati better start looking at college seniors right now for the 2009 NFL Draft. They're not going anywhere this year, that's for sure.

- This is why the Cardinals are starting Kurt Warner: 19/24 passing, 363 yards, and 3 TD's. Leinart isn't a good enough NFL QB to warrant a start when they already have a guy who can light it up like Warner. Arizona is a legit NFC West contender, especially after Seattle choked their game away today against the 49ers.

-Nice to see the Saints finally activate Robert Meachem. He has the potential to be many times better than Marques Colston, as crazy as that sounds. He certainly has a lot of talent. Drew Brees shouldn't forget about him.

- Crazy game in Denver. A couple of bad calls screwed over the Chargers and I wonder if they'll file a grievance over it. They simply got hosed on Cutler's "fumble", which turned into a TD on the next play, followed by a gutsy 2-point conversion. Brandon Marshall is officially the new Terrell Owens. He was unguardable. Antonio Cromartie looked like a high school CB against him.

More to come following the Sunday Night (Pittsburgh @ Cleveland) and Monday Night (Philadelphia @ Dallas) games.

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