As I watched the games this Sunday, I realized we are in for a great 2nd quarter of the year. Many of the league stars are warming up and playing at a high level (alas). Aaron Rodgers is on fire, Cam’s ankle is healing and he looked much like his old self, Romo continues to dazzle, and Shady FINALLY showed us just how electric he can be. It was a welcomed sight to see the NFL crank it up a notch.
COLTS 33 TEXANS 28
Andrew Luck and JJ Watt showed us why they are two of the brightest young stars in our game today. Both guys scored touchdowns but the only thing is one guy plays defense! This game came down to the fact that Indy had Luck at qb and the Texans had Fitzpatrick at qb. Luck made more plays (predictably) and right on schedule Fitzpatrick made the final mistake (fumble from lack of pocket awareness) to seal the victory for Indy.
PATRIOTS 37 BILLS 22
We might be able to officially say the Patriots are back on track. Brady dominated this game throwing 4 tds and beating the Bills yet again as he has done so many times in his career. The Bills need to trade CJ Spiller. They have misused him ever since he has been there.
PANTHERS 37 BENGALS 37
The highest scoring tie game ever! Cam Newton looks like he is getting back to his Superman type ways as his anke keeps healing. Major concern to see how far the Panthers dominate defense has fell off. They let the Bengals put 37 points without AJ Green on the field. Not good…..
BROWNS 31 STEELERS 10
I’m not sure if the Browns are the real deal or if the Steelers are just awful. However the Browns have a powerful run game and a solid defense that seems to play inspired. The Steelers have some real issues ranging from front office, coaching and all the way down to the field. Very concerning to see the Steelers could only muster 10 points versus a Browns team that were without Joe Haden. Also Browns qb Brian Hoyer had 217yds passing on just eight passes….8.
PACKERS 27 DOLPHINS 24
The Packers won a gutsy game that they probably should have loss. Aaron Rodgers decided they weren’t going to lose as he put on a performance for the ages. He marched the Packers down the field on a game winning drive that ended with a walk off touchdown. Aaron’s passing prowess sometimes leaves you speechless.
LIONS 17 VIKINGS 3
The Lions were severely undermanned against the Vikings, but it doesn’t take much to beat this team. The Vikings are in a complete youth movement after losing AP and their starting qb for the year. The Lions boast the #1 defense in football which was just enough to get the W.
BRONCOS 31 JETS 17
Rex Ryan is a deadman walking and the Jets are spiraling down fast. The Broncos are simply in another class to the Jets. This game was closer than expected mainly because the jets played inspired due to the fact they were at home. They also blitzed constantly putting heat on the Broncos O-line with their freakish D-line. It wasn’t enough thugh as the Jets lose once again.
RAVENS 48 BUCS 17
The Bucs are terrible and a game like that is exactly what Flacco needed to get back on track. Flacco threw 5tds in the first half as they completely dismantled a dismal Bucs team. Lovie Smith could be gone after just his first season as this team is worse than they should actually be.
TITANS 16 JAGUARS 14
Two bad teams headed nowhere yet someone had to win (by default).
CHARGERS 31 RAIDERS 28
The Raiders gave the Chargers all they could handle as thier long time rival. Derek Carr looks like a legitimate future franchise qb for this Raiders team. Phillip Rivers continues to roll as they have now found a secret weapon in 4th string rb Brandon Oliver. The 2nd week in a row Oliver was a beast all-purpose back that should surely be heavily involved even as Ryan Matthews returns.
CARDINALS 30 REDSKINS 20
Carson Palmer makes the Cardinals offense so much more potent when he is under center. It is quite impressive how well they are playing depsite all the injuries on defense and Palmer missing multiple games with a nerve issue. The Redskins would clearly like to hit the “reset” button.
BEARS 27 FALCONS 13
Brandon Marshall got the Falcons at the right time as he got out of his slump quickly in this game. The Falcons only managed to put up 13 points at home which is highly unusual. Their offensive line woes are a major issue and thye are reeling after this one. The Bears pretty much did whatever they wanted to do offensively as everyone shined.
COWBOYS 30 SEAHAWKS 23
This was the surprise of the weekend as the Cowboys went to Seattle and handled them fairly easy. The Cowboys gave the Seahawks a couple of turnovers (in a typical fashion) but they established a dominant run game that broke the Seahawks will. Romo continues to make brilliant plays and the Cowboys continue to roll. The NFL is a better place when the Cowboys are relevant.
EAGLES 27 GIANTS 0
The Giants talked trash all week then come out and get blanked. That is just emabarrassing. It also did not hel them that they came out and stomped on the Eagles logo prior to the game. All the Eagles did is run right over them as Shady ran all over them and the defense made Eli look like yesteryear. In the process they lost Cruz for the year which is a big blow. The Eagles are going to be even more dangerous if this is a sign of whats to come regarding the run game and ferocious blitzing defense.
49ERS 31 RAMS 17
St. Louis put up a good fight, but we all knew how this story would end. Kaepernick torched the Rams secondary that lacks discipline all while finding plenty time to throw the ball. The Rams have 1 sack in 5 games which sent the 49ers qb up for a career high type night with 300+ yards passing. There has been plenty buzz about the Rams new qb Austin Davis but he was highly unimpressive on Monday Night with too many errant throws. 49ers real test is next week versus Denver.