NFL Week 1 Notes: 2007
September 11, 2007 1:06 AM
Week 1 notes on the National Football League
1) Outcomes that surprised me: Green Bay Packers over the Philadelphia Eagles (I believed the Eagle hype), Washington Redskins over the Miami Dolphins (I expected the Redskins to go winless this year), the combined 80 points scored by the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants (I thought these were supposed to be strong defenses?).
2) I'm saddened by the spinal injury to Kevin Everett of the Buffalo Bills. A man is going to die on an NFL field one day, I'm glad it didn't happen this week, and hope it never happens, but it's inevitable. The players are only getting bigger, stronger, and faster as the years pass.
3) Damn good thing the San Diego Chargers won their game over the Chicago Bears. If the Bears had won, we'd hear nothing but Charger fans whining about the botched call when the Bears were offsides at the goal line. The Bears defense practically took the snap from center, yet somehow they were not offsides. Brilliant.
4) That's the way I expect Ben Roethlisberger to play, 4 touchdown passes. That is why I drafted him on my fantasy team last year and this year. Last year was a disaster and he pretty much cost me the championship in my league. This year he will atone for his sins against me.
5) Can't say Randy Moss surprised me with his big game for the New England Patriots. It's well known that Moss has the talent to create big statistics and plays hard only when he feels like it. On a quality team like the Patriots, he feels like it.
6) The Oakland Raiders still stink. Shocker.
7) Brett Favre is ridiculous. How is Grandpa still winning NFL games? He's a hall-of-famer, I just hope he doesn't get seriously injured while trying to extend his career a couple extra years.
8) The game winning field goal kicked by Jason Elam for the Denver Broncos was nutty, but not THAT nutty. That's the kicker's job, stay cool under pressure and make kicks.
9) Wow. Could Charlie Frye have been pulled any quicker? Well, technically, yes, he could have. But damn, that was a really quick hook. Most people are saying the Cleveland Browns should keep Brady Quinn on the sidelines for a while. Not me. I say throw him in there and give him some experience. The NFL is for men, not pussies. Weed out the pussies by throwing them into the fire and see how they react.
10) Alex Smith surprised me by leading the San Francisco 49ers to a late game victory. He gave no hints throughout the game of being able to run that offense, but when the game was on the line he came through for his team. 49ers still suck though.
Bonus! New Orleans Saints notes!
1) Holy crap, did the Saints play terrible in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts. First half was fine, they looked a bit rusty, but 10-10 at halftime against the Colts was perfectly acceptable. And then ... the Colts found their game and made the Saints look like chumps.
2) Saints stat of the week: The Saints had the ball on offense 3 1/2 minutes longer than the Colts.
3) The New Orleans Saints are much better than what they showed against the Colts. They had an off game and key players (Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Duece McAllister, Marques Colston, Jason David) had off nights. They are a very good team and will bounce back from this loss. Hopefully the whipping will serve as a wake-up call that the season has started.