I wrote way to many words about Week 1. Now that the season is in affect, it should be a little more to the point.
The early season trend of the prime-time games being blowouts continued. It’s pretty disappointing. Anyways, the Ravens Tight End’s just destroyed the Steelers defense. Owen Daniels caught two TD’s and Dennis Pitta grabbed a big 24 yard catch. It was the Ravens running game, without Ray Rice, that sealed the deal. They ran for 157 yards as a team, with Bernard Pierce taking most of the load.
I have decided to not write about the Ray Rice situation until the league figures out the debacle they are currently in. I wrote a short column in July about the original suspension, in case you want to view that.
I don’t know what to make of this game. It’s just a odd score for powerful Lions offense, and a weirder outcome. Either Carolina will prove us all wrong, or Detroit isn’t that good, or….
We don’t know yet. It’s too early. The absence of Greg Hardy (another subject I won’t touch yet) didn’t play a role, and the Carolina offense with Cam Newton back played fine. Matthew Stafford threw for 291 yards, but was sacked four times. This game was super boring.
I was never high on the Detroit defense, and against a weak Panthers offense, it looked a lot worse today. This was a bad loss for Lions.
This was supposed to be the best game during the day time Sunday. Well, it turned to the exact opposite. The Falcons were embarrassed today. At one point down 24-3, Matt Ryan threw three interceptions and one touchdown.
I’m worried about the Falcons. The run game was awful, with Steven Jackson rushing for a team high 46 yards. That’s not good, at all. Julio Jones had a good game, and caught the only touchdown of the game for Atlanta. The Falcons run defense didn’t look good. Giovanni Bernard ran for 90 yards and touchdown. AJ Green left the game early, and was diagnosed with a ligament strain in his foot, which led to Mohammed Sanu being the leading receiver. But hey, if it worked today, it will work next week, right? (Nope)
Cleveland-26 New Orleans-24
I don’t even know where to start. This game was crazy. This is a upset.
This game was close the entire way. New Orleans, at the end, gave it up on defense. It came down to the defense faltering. Andrew Hawkins caught a heave from Brian Hoyer with eight seconds left, then the Browns kicked the game-winning field goal. It was a feel good moment for Browns fans, they haven’t won a home opener since 2004. After losing a heart breaker last week, this was a important win. It was a bad loss for the Saints, as stated above. The Saints are 0-2, yes, you read that right. It’s not the start that anyone had envisioned for them.
New England-30 Minnesota-7
This went the route I expected it to. Blowout. The Vikings never had a chance. Matt Cassel threw four interceptions, including one to Darrelle Revis, his first as a Pat. The game was lopsided from the beginning, and at halftime, fans at the temporary home of the Vikings, TCF Bank Stadium, were chanting, “TEDDY!” “TEDDY!”. That’s not a good sign. It sounds like Cassel will start again, but, honestly, Bridgewater needs to play. Tom Brady did little throwing as Steven Ridley ran the ball 25 times for 101 yards. It was a dominant win for the Pats.
Arizona-25 New York Giants-14
(Let me get something out of the way)
Drew Stanton started the game for Arizona due to a nerve issue in Carson Palmer’s shoulder. The Cardinals still won! Don’t ask me how! I’ll take it. I have a lot of concern with the Giants. Eli Manning threw his typical two interceptions and the Giants fumbled two times. Ted Ginn Jr., one of the Cardinals offseason acquisitions, returned a punt 71 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter, which put Arizona in the lead, which they never lost after. All of the talk surrounding Larry Fitzgerald was put to a end when caught six balls for 51 yards. The credit though, goes to Drew Stanton. He played excellent for a backup, and especially after the last minute announcement. The Cardinals defense played decent, though tackling continues to be the main issue. Another slice of credit goes to the Giants receivers, who made some incredible catches versus the Cardinals great secondary.