New England Patriots – I’m sorry, but I’ve never liked New England Patriots. Therefore, it is difficult for me to say anything good about Tom Brady and the gang. I thought San Diego was ready. I thought this was a time for San Diego to step up and say I’m ready to play with the big boys. I guess not. San Diego Chargers had the number one defense in the league last year. It was not on display on Sunday. Tom Brady threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. The game was really never in doubt. Two interceptions by Philip Rivers weren’t going to get it done. The Patriot defense is not dominating yet. Then again, I’m not sure they have to be. In my book, nobody’s playing better than the Patriots.
Buffalo Bills – when I thought about coming up with a segment to sum up the weekend’s games, I never thought I would be talking about the Buffalo Bills being one of the best teams in the NFL. They are playing well on both sides of the ball. Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing well. Let me say it again for those of you who do not believe. Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing well. In two games he has thrown for seven touchdowns and one interception. He has a passer rating that is almost 110. He’s only had one sack. Buffalo clearly has something to cheer about.
New Orleans Saints – I thought the New Orleans looked terrible in their first game. I thought that the Chicago Bears looked outstanding in their first game. What a difference a week makes. As I see it, the formula for the New Orleans Saints to win is for their defense to create turnovers and their offense to generously cash in. This is how they won the Super Bowl two years ago. The New Orleans Saints pressured Jay Cutler all day long. They forced him to throw the ball before he was ready. Six sacks! They forced a fumble. On offense, they were patient. They’re using Darren Sproles magnificently out of the backfield. I still think that the New Orleans offensive line has some issues. These issues have to be worked out if the Saints are going to go deep into the playoffs. Right now, they seem to be playing winning New Orleans Saints football.
Cam Newton – this guy appears to be the real deal. He’s throwing the ball with authority and confidence. He seems to be seeing the field extremely well. It is still extremely early in the season, but the Carolina Panthers may have picked up a gem in this quarterback.
Indianapolis Colts – I hate to give up on a team this early in the season. It is only the second game, but the Indianapolis Colts look awful. I’m going to reiterate what I said last week, that they need to refund the season-ticket holders their money back.
St. Louis Rams versus New York Giants – what an awful game. Fumbles, turnovers, backwards passes, drive all the way down the field and then no score inside the 10 yard line – twice. I wish I could say there was something that happened outstanding in this game, but if it happened, I missed it.
Baltimore Ravens – come on. The Baltimore Ravens played a near-perfect game last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers. So, on Sunday, they play the Tennessee Titans and lay a large egg. Joe Flacco throws two interceptions. They can’t get the running game going. Ray Rice only runs for 43 yards. This is not Baltimore Ravens football. Then, to add insult to injury, Matt Hasselbeck, 100 years old, riddles the Ravens defense for over 350 yards. Let me state that again, the Baltimore Ravens gave up over 400 yards of total offense. This has me scratching my head. This isn’t Ravens football.
A Few Other Things
Tony Romo is not Superman. The Cowboys sustained a ton of injuries on Sunday. Donovan McNabb played a better game on Sunday. He’ll to improve even more if the Minnesota Vikings are going to save their season. I’m still not buying into the Rex Grossman hype. He seems to be the same Rex we’ve seen over the last several years. He’ll make some great plays. He’ll make some really boneheaded plays. The Green Bay Packers need to tighten up their pass defense. With Nick Collins injured, look for them to try to pick up a safety like former Green Bay Packers, Darren Sharper. I’m still not sure what to make out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Seattle Seahawks are really, really bad. When you’re so bad you can’t make my bad list, that puts you in a separate class all by yourself.
So, what are your thoughts on week two? What match-ups are you looking forward to seeing next week?