Tuesday, September 18, 2012
|Spiller + open field=GOODBYE.|
Philadelphia Eagles Defense. You can't turn the ball over nine times in your first two games and expect to win both of them. A short field puts the defense in a bad spot because they generally lead to quick and easy scoring drives. Hasn't happened to the Philly D so far this year. Granted, they just barely edged the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, and forced rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden into 4 INTs, and definitely benefitted from a poor offensive pass interference call on a would-be Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens. But when you look at the team record, it says two in the wins, zero in the losses. Just what you need the D to do until Mike Vick and the O can get that machine rolling, because we all now the talent is there on that side of the ball.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams. I remember this kid coming out of the now world famous little guy receiver factory that is Texas Tech and trying to make the Dallas Cowboys on HBO's Hard Knocks. From the practice squad to one of the Rams most versatile threats to score, Amendola is very deserving of a BIG UP. His 12 first-half catches against the Washington Redskins on Sunday tied the NFL record for most catches in an opening half. Amendola finished the game with 15 catches, 160 yards, and 1 TD.
Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins. He's never gonna be a feature back in the league, they said. He can't carry the ball more than 20 times a game, they said. The longer Bush keeps at this pace, the more they say becomes irrelevant. Bush, coming off his first career 1,000 yard rushing season in 2011, looks prime to honor his prediction of eclipsing 2K this season. Wishful thinking on the young man's part but if he has games similar to the 26 carry, 172 yards and 2 TDs performance against the Oakland Raiders then the numbers start to pile up.
Eli Manning, New York Giants.
|Best 4th quarter QB of all-time?|
He doesn't always start fast, but Manning has now become legendary for his play in comeback/game-on-the-line situations. Three interceptions in the first half, the Giants trailing 24-13 to the Tampa Bay Buccaners at the half while the home fans boo their Super Bowl winning quarterback off the field, finishes the game with a career-high 510 pass yards, including 234 of those in the fourth quarter, 3 TDs, including a bomb to Victor Cruz that went for an 80-yard TD, and a comeback 41-34 win to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start. Yeah, sounds just like a prototypical Eli game.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
|Moss swaggin' out in the end zone, per usual.|
The San Francisco 49ers. The Green Bay Packers were coming off a disappointing end to last season after going 15-1, and getting bumped from the playoffs early, and probably couldn't wait to knock the blocks off the Niners in Week 1 at Lambeau . . . Jim Harbaugh's boys weren't having at as they used a now trademark physical style of play to subdue Aaron Rodgers and the vaunted Packers offense 30-22. I would be remiss if I failed to mention one Randy Gene Moss, who had a 14-yard receiving TD that was his first in the NFL since Oct. 24 2010.
Robert Griffin, III. Andrew Luck, 3 INTS in a loss . . . Ryan Tannenhill, 3 INTS in a loss . . . Brandon Weeden, 4 INTS in a loss . . . RGIII, balled out for 320 yards on 19-26 passing, 2 TDs and 0 INTS in a road win against the New Orleans Saints. A lot of screen passes early, and it's just one game, I know, but it was the first game that really mattered, and it came against a team that was probably amped up about the overturning of player suspensions from the 'Bounty Gate' incident. It's too early for playoff talk or even 'Griffining', but you have to admire the young man's poise.
The Dallas Cowboys. Spoiled that Super Bowl party for the New York Giants, Tony Romo and the 'Boys were oh so rude on the opening night of the NFL. Romo found a rhythm making quick passes to avoid the Giants premiere pass rush and it eventually softened up the ground game for DeMarco Murray to run. It had to be a sweet feeling for Dallas to start the year with a win like that, where you execute with precision against a division rival and a team that knocked you out of playoff contention in Week 17 last year. Now the only question is do they make noise in January for the first time in what, like 15 years?
Julio Jones. If Calvin Johnson is Megatron, then I can definitely see Quintorris Lopez 'Julio' Jones transforming into Optimus Prime this year. Jones had six catches for 108 yards and 2 TDs in a season opening 41-24 Falcons win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The numbers aren't what give Jones the BIG UPS nod. It's the combination of speed, athleticism, and sheer strength and aggressiveness at the point of attack. We all know Julio has game breaking potential but it really looks like he feels comfortable in the league now and has lost all the tentativity that young players experience. Nothing but big things and more BIG UPS ahead for this kid, no doubt in my mind.
BALTIMORE RAVENS & ED REED.
|Reed has 58 career interceptions and seven return TDs.|
Reed, 34, set the NFL record for career interception return yards (1,497) after picking off Cincy's Andy Dalton on and returning it 34 yards for a TD. Just another accolade to add that to the list of Hall of Fame-type play in Reed's illustrious career. The Ravens rolled 44-13 over the Bengals and the defense looks dominant as ever. Sack specialist and 'Ball So Hard' CEO Terrell Suggs will be out for a while after off-season knee surgery, but expect rookie OLB Courtney Upshaw to pick up the slack. Joe Flacco gets better with every snap and has complete command of the Jon Harbaugh offense.