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NFL Week 1 Analysis and Week 2 Selections

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Jake Delhomme #17 of the Carolina Panthers stands on the field in the second half of the NFL season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles at Bank of America Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
David GellerAnalyst ISeptember 18, 2009

Week one was probably the most unusual pedestrian weeks the NFL has ever seen. The final scores seemed to be reasonable, but the means of which that were attained were extremely unique. Tipped passes, fumbled kickoffs, failed wildcats, all of which contributed to victories simultaneously with heartbreaking defeats. Here are a couple quick notes on last week's events:

Delhomme's House of Horrors

Nine interceptions in his last 51 attempts? Yikes. No wonder Steve Smith doesn't like him as a quarterback. Inexcusable turnovers are tolerated from a veteran quarterback when they come with dynamic plays. But with arguably the most explosive running back combo running behind him and the frighteningly fast Steve Smith as a number one receiver, Delhomme has failed to attain any semblance of consistency.

The Eagles have a good defense but this wasn't the 2008 Steelers they were going up against. Delhomme wasn't even close to hitting his targets and his reads were equally as bad. If he continues to struggle like this, he gets benched by week 3. For good.

A more sympathetic perspective on Leodis

The criticism Leodis McKelvin has experienced since his costly mistake against New England has likely been more prevalent in Buffalo then the ribbing coming from the White House intended for a certain rapper.

Namely, McKelvin was scolded by ESPN's trio of Monday Night Football analysts for merely taking the ball out of the end zone in the first place. In reality, McKelvin made a heads up move taking the ball out from two yards deep. It doesn't matter that his blockers composed of the entire depth chart of wide receivers and defensive backs.

He caught the ball with 2:06 left, and if he kneeled for a touchback, the Patriots would have gotten the ball back at their own 35 with 1:45 left and one time out barring a Bills first down.

If he didn't, the Patriots would have gotten the ball back in a similar position with 1:40 left and no timeouts. Huge difference, especially when a touchdown is imperative in that situation.

So let's ease off McKelvin regarding that aspect. The fumble on the other hand... have at it.

Now here are my picks for week 2:

Week 2

Panthers @ Falcons

Vikings @ Lions

Bengals @ Packers

Cardinals @ Jaguars

Raiders @ Chiefs

Patriots @ Jets

Saints @ Eagles

Texans @ Titans

Rams @ Redskins

Bucs @ Bills

Seahawks @ 49ers

Steelers @ Bears

Browns @ Broncos

Ravens @ Chargers

Giants @ Cowboys

Colts @ Dolphins

Regular season record: 12-3

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