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NFL RAPID REACTIONS: WEEK 2 RECAP

Week 2 of the NFL season brought us a ton of injuries.  Most of the injuries were from the big name players which is never good but obviously the show must go on.  Aside from the injuries there are certainly some surprises to start the season (Saints winless/Bills undefeated).  Overall it looks like teams are still trying to find their groove. Here is my quick glance around the league…..

STEELERS 26   RAVENS 6

We might not truly know who these two teams are until around week 6.  Both teams had night/day perfromances coming from week 1 to week 2 as Baltimore took this win convincingly. The Steelers defense looks to be problematic all year and Steve Smith might secretly be 27.

BUFFALO 29  MIAMI 10

The Bills seem to be the real deal especially on defense.  However we have seen this team get out to fast starts before only to quickly revert back to being the “Bills.”  Winning games while EJ Manuel continues to progress is definitely a positive.  Tannehill on the other hand is struggling with the deep ball which makes it difficult to fully utilize their most expensive offensive player.  He has also seemingly loss both of his starting running backs for some time which makes everything worse.  This year will tell Miami if Tannehill is the future or not.

PANTHERS 24  LIONS 7

The Panthers seem to be picking up right where they left off last year.  The receiving core situation has been a bit overblown considering the guys they had last year weren’t that great.  The defense is still top notch and held the Lions in check to 1 touchdown.  Matt Stafford struggled to  fluidity on offense with a non-existent run game.  It won’t be a fun day for anybody going to Carolina this year.

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BENGALS 24  FALCONS 10

The Bengals were clearly too physical on both sides of the ball for the Falcons. That has to be an awful feeling considering the Falcons have been preaching “toughness” all offseason (for those who seen HardKnocks). The Bengals held the Falcons high-flying aerial attack in check, which leaves much to be seen from Atlanta as the season unfolds.  Andy Dalton looked very good as he usually does when it’s not a primetime game or the playoffs.

BROWNS 26  SAINTS 24

This was the upset of the week and it left Sean Payton upset this week.  The Saints defense was supposed to feature one of the league’s best units but instead it was gashed all afternoon by a subpar Browns offense without 3 starters. Fact of the matter is the Saints do not play as well away from home (or outside) as they should. Drew Brees is a great quarterback but often gets bottled up on the road.  The bigger issues might be the defense because of all the “supposed” talent there.

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PATRIOTS 30  VIKINGS 7

Brady and the crew didn’t have to do much in this game as the defense did plenty of the heavy lifting.  Matt Cassell threw 4 int’s to the Patriots that set up favorable field position to capitalize with points.  Tack on the fact that the defense managed a block punt returned for a TD. The Vikings might want to get Tedd Bridgewater warmed up.

CARDINALS 25   GIANTS 14

The Cardinals are ravaged by injuries on defense, missing it’s starting qb, and their budding star running back is playing at 70%.  None of these things stopped the Cardinals from dominating the Giants in New York.  The Giants look like a team headed for the first pick in the draft, so it is hard to determine what the Cardinals are based on this game.  There was nothing sexy about this game but the Cardinals took care of business and Drew Stanton filled in admirably for Carson Palmer (no turnovers).

COWBOYS 26   TITANS 10

What a surprise, the Cowboys ran the ball and won!  This was an impressive road win for the Cowboys as they dominated the line of scrimmage offensively.  The defense did a great job of bottling Jake Locker even though he has had his way with NFC opponents.  The Cowboys defense has quietly been playing quality football.

REDSKINS 41   JAGUARS 10

We all know the Jags were bad but good grief it seems to begetting worse.  There is no reason not to play Blake Bortles even though I understand them not wanting to play behind their suspect O-Line.  Terrible injury for RG3 as is seemed he was finally turning the corner a tad in that offense.  Kirk Cousins played well and might be the “new” franchise quarterback depending on his 6 week audition.

CHARGERS 30   SEAHAWKS 21

The Chargers clearly circled this game on their calendars as it was electric in the Chargers stadium right from the start.  The Chargers used a dink and donk offensive approach to keep the Seahawks defense at bay.  As a result, the Seahawks defense were on the field for 30+ minutes in 100 degree heat which wore them down.  Antonio Gates abused the Seahawks linebackers and had a flashback of his old self.  Chargers were just the better team and ready for this game.  It’s not often you can say a team was more physical than Seattle.

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RAMS 19   BUCS 17

The Bucs have started off the season 0-2….both home losses…losing to 2 backup qb’s…yuck.  This game was a snoozer but it is apparent that Lovie Smith is in for a long year.

BRONCOS 24   CHIEFS 17

It’s a shock that the Broncos didn’t win this game by a larger margin considering the circumstances. The Chiefs lost star running back Jamaal Charles but his backup Knile Davis played very well. The Broncos defense doesn’t seem to be as dominant as it looks on paper.  The Chiefs moved the ball fairly well with the limited options they have an offense.  The Broncos seem a little out of sorts with Welker being out.  They need to fix the inconsistencies in a hurry because they have Seattle next week (in Seattle).

PACKERS 31   JETS 24

The Jets were in complete control of this game as they jumped out to a 14pt lead.  The Jets defensive line was having their way with the Packers offesnive line, but then Aaron Rodgers took over.  This was the home opener for the Packers and it almost took 3 quarters to wake up.  The Jets limitations on offense (plus a Decker inury) were not able to keep up with the Packers and Aaron Rodgers oncethey gained momentum.

TEXANS 30   RAIDERS 14

There is no surpsise the Texans won this game.  The Raiders are flat out bad and trying to groom a rookie quarterback.  The losses will continue to pile up for Oakland.  The Texans have to be pleased to have the old Arian Foster back as he seems to be healthy as ever.

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BEARS 28   49ERS 20

The Bears looked dead in the water for this game to start.  Their starting wr’s barely made it to this game with their injuries and looked like it in the 1st quarter.  The 49ers got comfortable and the Bears defense made a couple of big plays to help get them back in the game.  Jay Cutler was outstanding form late in the 2nd quarter on as he threw dimes while orchestrating 3 scoring drives in a row.  Colin Kapernick is still having trouble seeing the field, which has resulted in the offense being stagnant.  If the Bears receivers can get healthy, Cutler will lead a top 3 offensive unit.

EAGLES 30   COLTS 27

The most frustrating thing about watching the Colts is having to witness Pep Hamilton put shackles on Andrew Luck’s game.  There is no need to have all those weapons at wideout if you are going to try to feature a power run game (even though it was effective last night against a bad Eagles defensive front).  Worse part about trying to establish a power run game is the Colts don’t have the proper pieces to do so.  This was a game setup on a silver platter for Indy to win by 10 but Pep Hamilton continues to handicap that offense.  As for the Eagles… Foles has looked underwhelming so far (offense clearly missing D-Jax) and how crazy would it be if people started clamoring for Mark Sanchez?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adrian Peterson Was Investigated for Allegedly Leaving a Scar Over Another Son’s Eye [UPDATE]

Adrian Peterson was investigated last year for a separate incident of allegedly beating a different four-year-old son, according to KHOU:

The latest incident allegedly occurred last June, while the boy, who lives out of state, was visiting Peterson at his gated home in Spring. A photo, allegedly texted by Peterson to the boy’s mother, shows a head wound to the boy covered by two bandages. Other photos, allegedly taken weeks later, reveal a scar over his right eye.

The text messages also describe an exchange about what happened. They contain numerous misspellings and shorthand:

Mother: “What happened to his head?”

Peterson: “Hit his head on the Carseat.”

Mother: “How does that happen, he got a whoopin in the car.”

Peterson: “Yep.”

Mother: “Why?”

Peterson: “I felt so bad. But he did it his self.”

*The text messages go on to show Peterson saying he was disciplining his son for cussing to a sibling.

Peterson did not face charges in that case, but apparently evidence from it can be used in the one he’s currently facing.

The Minnesota Vikings star running back made a statement earlier regarding the child abuse charges after the team reinstated him on Monday.

[UPDATE: Peterson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin released the following statement to the media: “The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. The allegation is more than one year old and authorities took no action. An adult witness admittedly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son.”]

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Adrian Peterson Returns to Vikings, Team Expects Him to Play Sunday vs. New Orleans

Only days after disturbing photos surfaced of a possible child abuse case, Adrian Peterson is returning to the Minnesota Vikings, the team just announced. The franchise released the following statement from team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf:

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There is still a lot of questions to be answered in this situation. To me, having seen the photos of Peterson’s four-year-old son, coupled with Peterson’s reported admissions that he more or less did what he’s accused of, it’s hard to imagine Peterson back on the field so quickly. I can understand the point Charles Barkley made about cultural norms, and recognize that Peterson’s intentions were not evil, but this type of discipline is so different from anything I grew up accustomed to that it’s impossible to accept as alright.

One could see the league or the team reconsidering the Wilfs’ decision if backlash reaches a point that public sentiment did with Greg Hardy this past week, causing the Panthers to go back on what they’d said they expected to do all the way up until 90 minutes before kickoff.

Adrian Peterson released a statement following his reinstatement to the Vikings:

My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very much want the public to hear from me but I understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the facts in detail at this time. Nevertheless, I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.

I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates. I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son.

I voluntarily appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago to answer any and all questions they had. Before my grand jury appearance, I was interviewed by two different police agencies without an attorney. In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court.

I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.

I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.

I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.

I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.

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Adrian Peterson Booked and Released From Montgomery County Jail

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Adrian Peterson turned himself in at a Montgomery County jail early this morning after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The Minnesota Vikings running back was booked on a charge of injury to a child and released after posting $15,000 bond.

No further details were released.

Peterson was deactivated by the Minnesota Vikings for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.

Multiple reports and pictures detailing the injuries suffered by Peterson’s son emerged last night.

Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, released the following statement:

“Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours.

“Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

[USA Today]

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