Week 2 of the NFL season provided a bit more insight into the progress of some teams, while offering little on others. We learned that the Colts can sleepwalk their way to victory while teams like the Saints have lost their magic. We learned that the Giants officially have no D, and that its going to be a long season for the Falcons.
Here are my other insights:
The Bengals Defense is horrendous. The Bengals gave up 51 points this weekend to the hapless Browns. Wasn’t Marvin Lewis called a ‘Defensive guru’ some time ago for the Baltimore Ravens? Clearly, he is not working the same magic in Cincy. Cincy lacks the go-to defensive player that Lewis had in Baltimore with Ray Lewis. They’ve drafted some players on the defensive side of the ball the last few years, but those players made Jamal Lewis look like Carl Lewis! 215 yards rushing out of a broken-down back like Lewis is a game that gets people fired. Start all offensive players against the Bengals defenses for the forseeable future.
The Patriots are scary good. The Chargers were considered by most to be a Super Bowl contender, but looked like the Browns should have looked like over the weekend. Randy Moss has another big game. Don’t sell high. Ride him out as long as you can.
If this were Argentina or one of those other crazy soccer countries, Justin McCareins would’ve been led to a punishable death by the Jets faithful after costly drops in the 4th quarter against the Ravens.
The Texans are 2-0. Wait, repeat that again so I don’t have an aneurysm. The Texans are 2-0. Ok, now I can breathe a little better. The Matt Schaub experiment is taking full flight. He is leading this team and capitalizing on opportunities. Look for Schaub to continue the run.
Buy low on Steven Jackson. The guy is a consensus first round fantasy pick and has failed to reach 100 yards in the last 2 games. Although the loss of Orlando Pace hurts, Jackson is too good to falter for this long. Buy now while there are suckers out there.
Mike Shannahan has no soul, but he got a win against Oakland by waiting until the last possible second to call a time-out in OT. The players continued the play as if nothing was called. Janikowski kicked a game-winning 52-yard field goal, only for the officials to call off the play since one official heard Shannahan’s time-out call. Naturally, Janikowski missed the 2nd opportunity and the Broncos charged down the field for the 23-20 win. But, don’t miss Lamont Jordan’s 159 yards of rushing in the contest. Jordan may be a top 10 runner this season once again.