Disclaimer: It'll be roughly the same entertainment and observations.
Let's get started!
Here's what I think:
- The whole nation owes one Mr. Josh McDaniels a hardcore apology. I always felt like Kyle Orton was a solid quarterback. On the other hand, if you had told me that he would clearly outplay Tom Brady, I'd tell you that you were crazy. And yet, it happened. McDaniels deserves a ton of credit, and probably a smidge more than he normally would given the lambasting he received in the media over the offseason.
- The Steelers are simply not the same team they were last year. The barely beat the Lions, who started Quarterback Daunte Culpepper who has aged about as well as milk, and an offensive line that may or may not actually exist.
- In regards to the Dallas win:
I've been watching Miles Austin these past two years, and I've always loved him, even though he hadn't put up big numbers. He's takin' Patrick Crayton's job, I think, what with the 250 yards on 10 catches. Wow.
Also, in regards to Austin, I've liked him for so long that I figured I'd pick him up on fantasy. I'd been starting him nearly every week of the season. This was the week I did not start him. I left 40 points on the bench in fantasy. I hate fantasy football, because it makes me sad.
- Sometimes the NFL is absurdly top-heavy, with one clear cut team that you simply don't envision losing. This year is not one of those years. Not a single team that remains undefeated doesn't seem beatable in some way.
- On that note, the Indianapolis Colts are starting to look that way. They are just dominating at times, and Peyton Manning sometimes just dominates defenses to the point of me feeling bad for them. They haven't played the best competition yet, but we'll see just how good this team is when they play San Fransisco in week 8, and New England in week 10.
- The Bengals are for real. They traded blow for blow with the uber-physical Baltimore Ravens, and at no point did I expect them to crumble, which was my conditioned response given their...checkered past.
- I find it interesting that as soon as the Cavaliers start blowing out people and stop waiting to win till the last second, the Bengals instantly pick up the crown and continue to raise my likelihood of a heart attack by a fair amount every game.
- The Cleveland Browns won a game in which their QB completed 2 of his 17 pass attempts for 23 yards. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present both your 2009 Cleveland Browns and your 2009 Buffalo Bills! That's the second lowest completion percentage by a winning quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger. Absolutely incredible. Did Ralph Wilson give every person who attended that game their money back? He should have. Unbelievable. Just unbelievable.
- What does JaMarcus Russell need to do to get benched? Clearly a lot, seeing as punching out an assistant coach doesn't get you booted from an organization (We're all lookin' at you, Tom Cable.) Nonetheless, they don't even have enough faith to throw the ball to get back into the game they were already getting blown out in! 13 pass attempts! Do you know what that means?! The Raiders coaching staff figured that, if anything, it'd just be better to lose 44-7 to the Giants rather than let Russell pathetically try to get them back in the game, and thus probably give up a solid 20 extra points via turnovers. What a travesty.
- I don't want to be to hard on Mr. Russell though, so I'd like to congratulate him for topping 40 percent completion on the season with his powerhouse 8 of 13 performance on Sunday. Phew, he's a talented fella.
- Chris Berman: "Darius Heyward-Bey still has one less catch than he has names." As in: 2.
- In the battle of disappointing teams, the Arizona Cardinals made a goal line stand to beat the Houston Texans. Nobody seems to care all that much though. It's like a Charlotte Bobcats - Minnesota Timberwolves game. Sure, the game happened, one team won, and one lost, but nobody really notices.
- Hey! We're the San Fransisco 49ers, and we got caught up in our own hype! That team will not have a fun week of practices under Mike Singletary, that's for sure.
- Washington still hasn't played a team that had a win before they played them. And they're barely winning. They are a bad football team, which is insane given the talent they've got over there. Bad coaching makes for an indifferent football team.
- Every Cleveland Browns fan watching Braylon Edwards have an absolutely great game has my condolences. Sorry guys...I really am.
- It's this simple: Seahawks with Matt Hasselback=Good. Seahawks without Matt Hasselback=Not good. Just how it is.
- Oh, you Titans. Looks like this season is lost. This team was gettin' old, and it's finally showing. That brings the total score to: Aging: 10,000,000,000 - Mankind: 0
- I don't know what to think about the Minnesota Vikings. I'm pretty sure they're really good, but I still think they've got to prove it to me.
- In a game that nobody really seemed to take the Dolphins, they played one heck of a game, and Chad Henne looked like a cool veteran out there. They've been grooming him to be their starter since picking him in the 2nd round last year,and he is leaping on the opportunity.
- Why is it that the Dolphins are so successful with their Wildcat offense when nobody else seems to be? I've got a theory:
The Dolphins however, use it as a legitimate tool, and their Jumbo Wildcat set ran roughshod all over that ballyhooed Jets defense. They don't think it's a gimmick, they think it is a legitimate part of their offense and their dedication to it is what makes it so good.
- I don't really know what to make of the league right now. Nothing invalidates preseason predictions like teams actually playing the games. Who on earth would have thought that the Denver Broncos would be 5 games ahead of the Tennessee Titans....5 weeks into the season? Nobody, that's who. I don't know who the best team in the league in, and that makes this year a lot of fun so far. Well, that and watching Peyton Manning as well as Drew Brees play football all year.