Week one of the new season is in the books. What have we learned so far? Here are some notes I took from the games I watched:
Broncos vs. Ravens
Peyton Manning 7TDs...Joe Flacco showed off his new contract by throwing the ball 62 times..not a formula for success for the Ravens.
Packers vs 49ers
Clay Mathews was more than ready for the read option. As he said in the off season, he would make sure he attacked and hit Kaepernick instead of "Dancing around" with the read option. He hit Kap, late and even sacked him. As it turned out, Kaepernicks' legs were a minuscule part in the 9er's game plan as he gashed them for 412 yards through the air and 3 TD's. Boldin played his rear end off as well, one of the best opening day performances from a receiver that I can recall.
Jets vs Buc's
Geno Smith gets the win in his rookie debue. I'm not going to blow smoke, I doubted and was pleasantly surprised by a Jets win. Geno showed poise in the pocket, the ability to not force and take what the defense gave him. Throwing for 256, a TD and 1 interception (a number I thought could possibly be in the 2-3 range) Geno made plays with his arm and his legs which he is not so much known for. I'd like to see the Jets lean to trust Geno more in third down situations and use less of the "wildcat" formation as the season progresses. After a short week we don't have to wait long to see whats next for him and the Jets as they take on New England tonight. Call me a bandwagon fan because I'm rooting for a Jets win. It's hard to root against Rex Ryan and company, especially after I read this article, check it out http://finance.yahoo.com/news/rex-ryan-once-motivated-players-141954772.html I'd play for a head coach like that any day.
Giants vs. Cowboys
Giants had 6 turnovers ..and lost the game by 5 points. Romo played solid and put his defense in position to close the game out. That may need to be their formula for success because if it's on Romo's watch to finish? The jury is still out.Not sold on the Cowboys, Giants work on not gift wrapping games for the opposing team they should improve. P.S, David Wilson stop responding to your twitter haters and focus on holding the rock bro.
Eagles vs Skins
Miachael Vick and the Eagles offense looked fast and explosive. Eagles defense looked blitz happy not allowing RGIII to get in a rhythm ...until he got in one and things got a little weary for Eagle fans. Can Philly keep the pedal to the medal offensively is my question. Will Mike Vick learn to slide feet first or will it be the countdown before he takes a season ending blow. Defensively? They're not going to play against a rusty who sat out an entire pre season after quarterback coming off major knee surgery.
Patriots vs Bills
Bills played well all game, took the lead but could not convert when it counted with a key drop from Stevie Johnson. E.J Manuel kept the ball out of the Patriot defenses' hands as well as Buffalos' defense forcing 3 turnovers. When you have the Pat's on the ropes you have to deliver the knockout blow, Bills didn't do that putting up a donut in the forth quarter. I still believe they have the ability to surprise some teams.
Texans vs. Chargers
Chargers got out to a surprising 28-14 lead with 15 min remaining in the game. 17 unanswered points from the end of the third through the end of the forth and a late pick six from linebacker Brian Cushing tied the game. Philip Rivers started pressing, most likely due to the lack of trust he has in his offensive weapons. Texans woke up just in time to avoid a disappointing loss.
Other Quick Notes from around the league:
Drew Breese and Sean Peyton have been reunited like the Peaches and Herb herb classic. Quality win against a division foe who hosted the NFC championship a year ago. A running game has still yet to be established and defensively they've always been middle to bottom half of the pack at best.
My Colts got the win, Andrew Luck has ice water in his veins... Terelle Prior is dangerous... but he's still on the Raiders.
Larry Fitzgerald finally has a quarterback capable of getting him the rock, he and Carson Palmer connected for two very nice TD's BUT, Rams scored 14 unanswered in the forth quarter to complete the come from behind victory at home. Sam Bradford played solid, Rookie Tavon Austin and running back Daryl Richardson looked promising, TE Jared Cook had a big day.
Steelers are still on summer vacation.
Adrain Peterson explodes on the scene with 78 yard TD run on his first carry...Chritian Ponder looked as if he has regressed, both the offensive and defensive lines groups of the Vikings were man handled by Detroit and Reggie Bush stole the show.
Bradon Weeden may be better off throwing to himself , deflected passes, a couple off of receivers hands lead to 3 interceptions(DB Dimitri Patterson recording 2 of them). Second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill had no turnovers, a TD and 272 yards passing. Brian Hartline had a big day, not so much for newly acquired wideout Mike Wallace who had 1 reception for 15 yards. Defensive end Cameron Wake also had a big day with 2.5 sacks.
Bears Bengals played a close one. Andy Dalton and A.J Green connected early and often as did Cutler and Marshall. Turnovers were the issue for the Bengals against the Bears ball hawking defense lead by DB's Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings. Bengals let an 11 point lead slip and a late TD from Cutler to Marshall sealed the deal. Key stat for Bears? Jay Cutler sacked 0 times.
An ugly 12-7 victory from the Seahawks over the Panthers. Nothing flashy in this game another ball hawking defense, saftey Earl Thomas jarred the ball away from Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams in crunch time to allow the Seahawks to get out of Carolina with the Victory. Russel Wilson had no turnovers and a 43 yard touchdown pass earlier in the forth to second year wideout Jermaine Kearse to take the lead...well that was the flash as that TD catch was sick with it, snagging it over two defenders.
Alex Smith and Andy Reid start the year off right in KC with a 28-2 victory over the Jaguars...yea enough said.
A Little "Sumn sumn" from all 16.