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What We Learned In Week 3 In The NFL

September 28, 2009

With teams keying in on the New Orleans Saints passing game, it really opens up their running game.

The Houston Texans still have a pretty mediocre defense.

With Detroit Lions finally winning (Congrats!) the Browns take firm control of worst team in the NFL.

Browns coach Eric Mangini may not last the season, it looks like the Browns players turned on him in Week 1 after the 1st half against the Vikes.

As already noted on here, Browns QB Brady Quinn continues to look like the bad choice at QB for Cleveland. The Browns are looking like a bad choice for an NFL team.

The 2009 Baltimore Ravens offense is the best ever assembled in Baltimore.

Redskins coach Jim Zorn will probably be on the coaching hotseat soon.

Don’t ever think the Pats are done as a team with Bill Belichick still as head coach and Tom Brady at quarterback.

The Buccaneers still have a bad team, bad defense, bad offense, it’s bad. It might come down to this team and the Browns for worst team in the NFL this year.

Denver Broncos might be one of the least unimpressive 3-0 teams ever.

JaMarcus Russell is indeed a bust at QB and that probably won’t ever change.

Rex Ryan will probably get Coach of the Year.

Brett Favre can actually throw it more than 10 yards. Vikings are pretty fortunate to be 3-0, but that’s the NFL for you, there is some luck involved.

49ers are the new favorite to win the Stinker Division…Again, that could always change next week. They should be 3-0, though, which is mighty impressive. They look like the most complete team in the NFC West.

Chicago Bears are 2-1 but probably won’t make the playoffs.

There is no difference between QB Matt Hasselback or QB Seneca Wallace starting for the Seahawks, they’re both equally unimpressive and both put up the same numbers whenever either one starts.

The Miami Dolphins went down fighting with a valiant effort against San Diego. With the way the Jets and Pats are playing right now, Miami is virtually out of the playoffs with an 0-3 record.

With Chad Pennington out with an injury, the Chargers still had to win a close one at home against the Dolphins. Such is the way with Norv Turner as head coach.

Games in Depth

Tennessee 17 vs. New York Jets 24
Kerry Collins when given time to throw in this game was deadly accurate and it’s a good thing since his receivers were never open at all throughout this game. The NY Jets defense plays aggressive and the Titans offense really struggled at times because of it. The Titans made way too many mistakes in this game to win it, which didn’t happen a lot last year. Mark Sanchez got off to a great start but the Titans defense started to put the clamps down on him later in the game. The Jets are looking great right now, but I can see Sanchez start to struggle as more teams get film on him and opposing defenses start to gel. Don’t be surprised if the Jets struggle later in the season a little. I’m not ready to write off the Titans but they’re clearly looking at a Wildcard spot at best right now.

Pittsburgh 20 vs. Cincinnati 23
The Steelers give another game away by not putting the Bengals away early in this one. Offensive miscues and questionable coaching decisions have cost the Steelers in the last two games. The Steelers defense is struggling to get pressure on opposing QB’s which didn’t happen last year, giving up 20 points in the 2nd half is a big concern to Steeler fans everywhere. Cincy’s improved defense didn’t look so improved in this game with the Steelers tearing up their D for over 200 yards of offense in the 1st half alone. The Bengals play a more ball-control offense now, Carson Palmer looked uncomfortable early but played well in the 2nd half without the Steelers getting any pressure on him. The Bengals offensive line looked great as did the Steelers O-line.

Indianapolis 31 vs. Arizona 10
Turnovers kill you and they sure killed the Cardinals in this game. The Cards offense was able to move the ball only to give the ball away at the most inopportune times. The Cards probably abandoned the run too early in this one. Last week the Dolphins ran all over the Colts but the Cardinals only attempted 12 runs the whole game. Meanwhile Warner had to throw it 52 times for only 332 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT’s. The Colts on offense stayed aggressive throughout the game never letting up, something the Steelers could learn from. The Colts defense looks pretty good but needs to improve if the Colts want to be legit Super Bowl contenders.

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Matchups To Watch In Week 3

September 26, 2009

Tennessee Titans (0-2) vs. New York Jets (2-0)– Last season the Jets went into Tennessee and gave the Titans a good ol’ fashion whooping and their first loss of the year. Titans could easily be 2-0 instead of 0-2 this season, but the bottomline is they will be in serious trouble if they lose on Sunday against the Jets, they simply need a win in the biggest way. Watch the hype start to rise on Mark Sanchez and the Jets if they pull out a win. Sanchez could have his biggest game as a rookie against a shaky Titans secondary. Titans QB Kerry Collins will have to get rid of the ball quickly against an aggressive Jets defense that hasn’t allowed a TD so far this season. A big play downfield may be there if the Titans look for it. This will be a very tough game for the Titans to win with the way the Jets are playing right now. The Titans could benefit from a Jets letdown after the emotional win against divisional rival Pats, plus Sanchez is still a rookie QB.

San Francisco 49ers (2-0) vs. Minnesota Vikings (2-0) – This might end up being one of the boringest games on Sunday but both teams are 2-0, so it’s worth pointing out this matchup. One of the favorites in the NFC, the Vikings have been fairly unimpressive outside of Adrian Peterson so far. The 49ers are a surprise team so far and have looked pretty good beating the two NFC West favorites, the Seahawks and Cardinals. Something has to give. If I were playing the Vikings I’d just put 9 guys up in the box to stop Peterson, I don’t think Favre has thrown a pass longer than 10 yards this season and the Vikes WR’s shouldn’t scare anyone. San Fran RB Frank Gore is one of the most underrated running backs in the league, partially due to the fact that he plays for the 49ers, but he had a huge game last week against the Seahawks. If he’s productive against the Vikes stout D-line, the 49ers could pull off the upset.

New Orleans Saints (2-0) vs. Buffalo Bills (1-1) – If only this game was played two months from now instead of this Sunday, the Bills might actually have a shot to slow down the Saints offense. The Bills best defense in this game will be their offense, if they can chew up the clock on long drives to keep the ball away from the Saints offense, they have a shot in this one. Here’s the big problem with that – the Bills run a primarily No-Huddle offense now, so that might be hard to do. I’d test that questionable Saints secondary a lot with deep balls to TO and Lee Evans. For the Saints, just keep scoring in the 40’s and odds are you’ll win. It’ll be interesting to see how long that holds up. It probably won’t stop this weekend, though. The Bills have to hope for some turnovers.

Carolina Panthers (0-2) vs. Dallas Cowboys (1-1) – It’s almost panic time in Carolina if the Panthers¬† lose this one. The Panthers might have a hard time moving the ball against the Cowboys tough defense, especially if Delhomme struggles again. If I were Tony Romo I’d just throw the ball to Jason Whitten every down. You can’t lose, unless you thrown an interception, which is always a possibly with Tony Romo. If the Panthers mix it up nicely on offense and Delhomme has a good game AND Romo gives some balls away, the Panthers can win this. Also, Wade Phillips is the Cowboys head coach, so you got that going for you, Panthers fans.

Miami Dolphins (0-2) vs. San Diego Chargers (1-1) – While the heavily-favored-to-win-the-AFC-West-Divison Chargers could easily be 2-0 right now, they could just as easily be 0-2, such is the way when your team has Norv Turner as head coach. It’s still early, but if the Dolphins lose this game there’s a very, very good chance they don’t make the playoffs this year, especially considering the Jets, Bills and Pats are in their division. LB’s Joey Porter and Jason Taylor need to keep the pressure on Philip Rivers as much as possible, the Dolphins offense needs to slow down the game. I wonder if Philip Rivers realizes that his chances of making the Super Bowl with Norv Turner as his coach is about .01%?

Denver Broncos (2-0) vs. Oakland Raiders (1-1) – The scariest thing about this game is both teams potentially could have winning records going into Week 4. At the very least the Broncos will have a winning record regardless going into Week 4 and that’s enough for one to stop and ponder things a while. Tom Cable is doing a good job so far as head coach in a tough place.

Indianapolis Colts (2-0) vs. Arizona Cardinals (1-1) – This could be a fun one. The Cardinals don’t want to lose another home game after the opening weekend loss to the 49ers, the Colts meanwhile want to keep getting as many early wins as possible to try to pull away from what could end up being a tough division down the stretch. A Cards defense that is still growing will face their toughest test of the year. The Colts defense had a very hard time stopping the Dolphins run game last week. It should be interesting to see how much the Cards try to run it.

What We Learned From Week 2 In The NFL

September 22, 2009

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The Denver Broncos might be one of the worst 2-0 teams in recent memory.

The Tennessee Titans might be one of the best 0-2 teams in recent memory (although that defense ain’t looking so good right now, that secondary is overrated without Albert Haynesworth applying pressure on the opposing QB).

The Browns might have edged out the Rams and Lions for worst team in the NFL right now.

The Ravens look like the most complete team in the NFL RIGHT NOW (that could change in a few weeks), from offense to defense to coaching. John Harbaugh is already a great head coach as far as I’m concerned. The Ravens defense is still really good, the scary thing is they have an offense now, which never happened up under former head coach Brian Billick.

The Seahawks are once again, paper champs, always have been probably always will be.

The Cards suddenly seem like favorites once again to win this Stinker Division, BUT…

The 49ers might be one this year’s surprise teams, they are so far.

Mark Sanchez looks like this year’s Matt Ryan and the Jets defense is looking like the real deal, but it’s been only 2 games.

Matt Ryan keeps playing beyond his years.

The Saints will score more points than any other team this year and probably won’t be close, but can they out run their own defense? That’s the real issue with this team. So far they’ve played a team with a rookie QB and a team with a back up QB and in both games have given up over 20 points.

The Patriots, like I thought, have some real issues. Their defense looks average and only scoring 9 points in ANY game could be a real cause for concern. Tom Brady doesn’t look too good behind a shaky O-line. Don’t know how Belichick is going to solve the problems on this team this year, but if he does it’ll further solidify his legacy.

The media won’t be hyping up the Eagles this week, but will talk ad nauseum about Mcnabb and Vick.

Games in Depth
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Cincinnati, 31 vs. Green Bay, 24Aaron Rodgers has to be the most frustrated QB in the league right now, he’s looked great so far this season, like last, but his WR’s keep dropping pass after pass and his O-line hasn’t protected him. Cincy’s Antwan Odom snagging 5 sacks says it all. Overall, Cincy’s defense was tough against the run but Rodgers would’ve had over 300 yards if his WR’s caught the passes they should have. Green Bay’s defense took a step backward from last week against Chicago, they had serious problems stopping RB Cedric Benson. Carson Palmer was solid but kept Green Bay in the game with 2 very costly INT’s, one returned for an INT and another that set them up for a TD deep in Cincy territory. Both these teams could be dangerous against as the season progresses and these teams start to gel. Yes, I just said the Cincinnati Bengals could be a dangerous team this year, they should be 2-0 right now.
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Pittsburgh, 14 vs. Chicago, 17Jay Cutler looked decent doing a lot of dump offs and going after SS Tyrone Carter, who was replacing Troy Polamalu and it paid off for 2 TD passes. The Steelers offense looked great on the first drive of the game and then promptly disappeared until the 2nd half. The Steelers seem to rely on their defense just a little too much and it hurt them in this game when the Bears drove down in the last 3 minutes to kick the game-winning FG. The Steelers playing style seems to keep any team in the game, regardless of who it is. The Bears defense, outside of the D-line, looked very average. That secondary needs work. The Steelers need Troy Polamalu back ASAP, Carter just isn’t a starting SS.
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NY Giants 33 vs. Dallas 31 – Anyone see Tony Romo‘s numbers in this game? 13/29 127 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT’s. Wow, I smell Pro Bowl! What makes it all the worse is the fact that the Cowboys compiled over 200 yards of rushing. Giants had no business winning this game, and their defense looked alarmingly bad outside of nabbing 3 INT’s. Eli Manning played a solid game but far from spectacular outside of a couple drives. Both these teams need A LOT of work as this season progresses.