Well, I totally blew it last week! But, not again! Well, the first week is always a tossup, anyway. But, now, things are in full swing and the teams are ready to go!!! …… Well, some of them. Others looked like they could use a few more months of practice.
(1-0-0) Panthers You know, I just don’t understand how a team can go into week one without a starting QB they’re comfortable with. The Texans had all year to get a decent QB at the helm. So, now the Texans will be starting Mallett, who looked okay as he replaced the starter last week. But, this is the same guy the coaches told the team he wasn’t good enough to start just 2 weeks ago. I give the Panthers an edge in this one.
(0-1-0) Steelers Okay, I’m going out on a limb, here. But, I think the Steelers will play a lot better than they showed against the Pats. And, I really don’t believe SF is all that this year. We’ll see.
(0-1-0) Saints Well, neither one of these teams impressed last week. But, at least the Saints resembled an NFL team. The Buccs looked horrible. Worse, they looked horrible against a rookie QB. The Buccs rookie QB looked every bit the rookie. The Saints QB, Brees, looked like he still can light it up. So, the Saints take this one going away.
(0-1-0) Lions Well, the Lions didn’t look good in their opener. But, they were competitive and had some bright spots to build upon. (Watch the rookie Abdullah). The Vikings’ Peterson looked very rusty. And, without Peterson the Vikings aren’t very good.
(1-0-0) Cardinals Well, Palmer looked like he came ready to play, while, Cutler didn’t. The Cardinals lost their starting RB for a week or two due to injury, but, they’ve presumably have capable people ready to step in, Johnson & Johnson. We’ll get to see if Chris has lost a step or two, or not. Forte, for the Bears looked like he’s ready to play, so, the game can be competitive. Still, I think the Cardinals are the better team.
(1-0-0) Patriots Well, the Bills looked pretty good in their opener! They looked very much like a Rex Ryan team! Unfortunately for the Bills, they looked very much like a Rex Ryan team. Brady looked like he’s in season form, already. Ryan isn’t going to show Brady something Brady hasn’t already seen from Ryan. But, you can be sure Belichick will show Tyrod Taylor something he hasn’t seen. I’ll be going with the Pats until someone shows me they can handle the Pats.
(1-0-0) Bengals Well, I really can’t call this one. Both teams came out of the gates well. Rivers passed for 404 yards last week. But, the Bengals easily won their opener…… albeit, it was only against the Raiders. In this case, I’m going with the home team.
(1-0-0) Titans Well, I’m not on the Titan bandwagon, it’s just that I don’t think the Browns are ready to play with the big boys. We’ll have some more Manziel lowlights to laugh at after the game. It isn’t as if Manziel sucks all by himself. He’s actually the leading rusher of the team, with the injured QB McCown as the second leading rusher. If you can’t run, and have a marginal QB at the helm ….. well, you’re going to lose.
(0-1-0) Giants Well, this should be an interesting game, in that we’ll see what sort of team the Giants are going to be. They lost a heartbreaker to the ‘Boys last week, and the lost it because of the play selection the coach called. Atlanta has a new coach, which necessarily means they’ve improved their game time decisions from the coach they had. And, it looks like they’ve got a really good balanced approach to the game. The Giants will have their hands full, but, I’m going with the home team.
(1-0-0) Rams Well, I am on the Rams bandwagon. They’re a very tough team with an adequate, if not awe inspiring offense. I’ve been watching the team progress from doorstops to being very competitive over the last few years. The Redskins have been going in the opposite direction over the same period of time. Whatever one thinks of RGIII, one can’t realistically believe that Cousins is the solution for the Redskins. That said, Morris looked pretty good in the opener against Miami. But, I think the Rams will shut that down and force the Redskins to try to win with Cousins. I would.
(1-0-0) Dolphins Well, I wasn’t very impressed with the Dolphins in their opener. Their defense looked horrible against the run, and their offense looked disjointed and out of sync. The only reason I’m picking them is because they’re playing Jacksonville, so it isn’t much of an away game, and well, Jacksonville ……..
(0-1-0) Ravens Well, from all appearances, it’s the same old story with the Raiders. That said, it doesn’t look good for the Ravens offense. Fortunately for them, they’ll have the Raiders to work out some of their kinks.
(1-0-0) Cowboys Well, we get to see how good the Cowboys are sans Dez Bryant and last years leading rusher in the NFL. Dez looks to be out of the lineup for about 10 weeks. My take has always been the O-line were the guys getting it done, with Romo at the helm. Witten and Romo taxed a rookie MLB last week for a dramatic win against the Giants. Bradford looked pretty good for the Eagles, considering they couldn’t run with Murray. But, their defense looked pretty poor against the Falcons. And, if you’re just going to drop back and pass …… well, the Dallas D knows how to play against that.
(1-0-0) Packers Well, this is another show-and-tell game. The Seahawks are coming off of an OT loss to the Rams. We get to see how this years Seahawks will respond. Meanwhile, Rogers for the Pack showed that he’s in prime form, already. It’s a tough call for me. I think the Seahawks could easily win this one, and the Pack only won against the Bears, but, the game is at GB and they’re always tough at Lambeau Field.
(0-1-0) Colts Well, this is yet another show-and-tell game. We get to see what the Colts are made of. They, and Luck looked pretty bad last week. The Jets looked good last week, but, it was against the Browns and Manziel. T.Y. Hilton is a little gimpy, but, it seems like he’s expected to play.
(2-0-0) Broncos 31 The Chiefs lost a heartbreaker to the Broncos, Thursday. In Chief land, there’s much wailing and gnashing of the teeth. Despair is upon thousands of the fans. My take is this …… the Chiefs are an improving team. The mistakes they made against the Broncos are easily corrected. Sure, Manning led the game winning drive in dramatic fashion, but, there was no reason for the Chiefs to have allowed him to do so. If they correct the 5 turnovers, they would have won the game. Hands down. Instead, they, with 5 turnovers, were very much in the game until the final seconds. Reid should have been smarter than that.
Well, that’s my take on week two. What do you think?