Friday, September 19, 2014

NFL Brain Dump - Worst Week Ever

That was the worst week in the NFL's history. . . blah blah blah. At least that was the noise leading up to the games of week two due to off the field issues by some of the players.  I changed the channel for the most part because those aren't the things that a sports fanatic like myself care about; if you do, then more power to you.  I want to be the guy that brings it to you live and direct about the games themselves. As it turned out, however, it probably was worst week because many key players got injured in week 2.  If you're like me, and felt media coverage of this game got  over saturated with nonsense and you were turned off, here's a recap of what happened last week.

Steelers @ Ravens... With so much drama surrounding the Baltimore Ravens due to the unfortunate Ray Rice saga, they came together as a team and focused on their job description - winning a football game. Leveon Bell played like a beast possessed in a losing effort for the Steelers. Antonio Brown left the game to get checked out for a concussion but returned later.

Saints @ Browns...  Two weeks in a row, the New Orleans defense haven't been able to stop anybody from driving down the field late in the game. Maybe they need to just run up the score on offense instead of going for balance. Cleveland has one of the best run blocking offensive lines and have pounded the ball two weeks in a row.  They're defense is legit, I mentioned before they'll be able to compete for this division title if they keep up this level of play. Saints' running back Mark Ingram will be out one month because he broke his hand in the first half.

Jaguars @ Redskins...  There's no question that there should be a quarterback controversy. Cousins is a much better quarterback for Jay Gruden's offense than RG3 is; matter of fact, I think Griffin's days in this league are numbered; he needs to alter his mechanisms of  running, sliding, and landing. Griffin dislocated his ankle early in the game before Cousins replaced him to lead the rout.

Dolphins @ Bills...  Buffalo is a legitimate football team. After knocking off the Bears last week, most people felt that Chicago lost it rather than the Bills winning it, but they handled Miami pretty easily.  Bills are a solid defensive team and they're committed to their ground game on offense. EJ Manuel is maturing as a player, he has all the tools it takes to be a great quarterback, he just needs to play within himself. Both Dolphins RBs left the game with an injury; Knowshon Moreno dislocated his elbow and will miss a few months, while Lamar Miller tweaked his ankle but is now fine.

Lions @ Panthers...  Everybody is still doubting the Carolina Panthers. Well, as long as the guys in that locker room believe in themselves, I'm sure they're fine playing the "us against the world card".
Cowboys @ Titans...  I believe in Tony Romo as a player, but in order for the team to succeed you have to put him in positions to succeed like they did this past week. Dallas called DeMarco Murray's number early and often and fed Dez Bryant the Beast as well.

Cardinals @ Giants...  Eli Manning wasn't completely horrible but he did throw 2 interceptions.  What surprised me was Rashad Jennings' 2nd career lost fumble. Carson Palmer sat out this game, but the defense and special teams stepped up and got the Cardinals their win in the east coast.

Patriots @ Vikings...  New England caught a break with Adrian Peterson being deactivated late in the week. The Vikings looked like they didn't have a game plan on offense. Belichick and New England's defense feasted on Cassel in this game.

Falcons @ Bengals...  Cincinnati just kept putting the ball in the hands of their running backs time and time again; a trademark of Hue Jackson's offense. This is probably the most complete team in the AFC because they have a balanced offense and a good defense. Atlanta hasn't been able to stop anyone from running the ball this season. AJ Green injured his toe in this game and questions surround his availability going into week 3.

Jets @ Packers...  For a moment in this game, it looked like all the talk was going to be about how the Packers are having trouble moving the ball for a 2nd straight week as the Jets jumped out to a 21-3 lead early in the 2nd quarter. Then it looked like the Jets forgot how to play football, Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson took over the game, and Green Bay outscored New York 28-3 the rest of the way. One silver lining for Rex Ryan's team is they can lean on their run defense but their best offensive player, Eric Decker, injured a hamstring and hasn't practiced all week.

Seahawks @Chargers...  You can tell Mike McCoy spent a lot of sleepless nights scheming for this one; the Chargers executed a fabulous game plan in victory. San Diego had just three drives that ended in a punt, turnover, or on downs. Seahawks only ran 40 plays in this game. If you didn't already know that Antonio Gates is the man in San Diego, you were reminded on Sunday. Unfortunately, Ryan Mathews is slated to miss at least one month with a sprained MCL.

Rams @ Buccaneers...  I admit that I had been harsh on the St. Louis Rams because of all their injuries. They deserve all the credit in the world for gutting out a 2 point road win.  Tampa was in perfect position to kick a game winning field goal, but their rookie wide receiver went down with an injury after catching a 29 yard pass, resulting in a 10 second runoff to end the play. It appeared to me that the whistle was blown with more than 10 seconds on the clock.

Chiefs @ Broncos...  Kansas City had more passing yards than Denver, had more rushing yards even with Jamaal Charles getting injured early in the game, and also dominated the time of possession, but still the Broncos found a way to win the game. Peyton Manning was business as usual with his efficient self completing 21/26 with three tugs.

Texans @ Raiders...  This Houston team appear to be going through a resurgence. JJ Watt had zero tackles, zero sacks, but one touchdown reception. This defense  is taking no shorts. Houston also has the highest run to pass ratio so far in the young NFL season. I'm convinced that the Oakland coaches are flipping through the late great Al Davis's memoires and calling those plays that he likes.

Bears @49'ers... The San Francisco 49'ers dominated the first 29 minutes of this game, and with a 13 point lead heading into the fourth quarter, it seemed like they would Christen their new stadium with a win over Chicago. Luckily for the Bears, NFL games are 60 minutes long, just long enough for a Kaepernick implosion to happen. Brandon Marshall, who was listed as questionable leading up to the game, bossed up with three touchdowns.

Eagles @ Colts... For the 2nd week in a row, the Eagles came back from a two touchdown deficit to win the game. Philly has a deadly offense, whether by land or by air, they'll find a way to put points on the board in the latter half. The Colts simply gave this one away via turnovers, and I don't know why they continue to trust Trent Richardson when Ahmad Bradshaw is so much better.

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