With so much to watch, I can only say thank you “DirecTV” and “Sunday ticket.” There is never too much football at my house on Sunday. With multiple screens and the ticket I not only caught all the action, but I saw plenty.
I watched as Drew Brees and his unstoppable passing game made the Eagles defense look Pop-Warner. For much of the afternoon, the Saints passing game was flying in high gear and because the safeties couldn’t cheat up, their running was equally effective racking up 133-net yards.
I also followed the Jets-Patriots chess match and it was everything folks paid to see. Ryan brought a variety of blitzes and there’s no question that he was able to flush Brady at times and keep him off balance. Perhaps the most amazing part of watching this classic battle was the poise of the rookie quarterback. Sanchez plays years ahead of his time. He has that swagger and confidence on the field. ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer has described what Sanchez possesses as an “it” quality. The Jets are now 2-0, I think Dilfer is right.
I waited two weeks, but in two games I saw both offensive coordinators finally realize that only good things happen when you get the ball to your playmakers. Now the Rams just have too much to overcome, but when you give Steven Jackson enough touches (he had 21, still needs more) he will produce. With 17 carries and a couple of grabs, Jackson totaled 119-yards.
In the Bills-Buc’s matchup, Edwards finally took some shots and connected not just once, but twice with his receivers. Edwards could have had a third big pass play had Terrell Owens not let the opportunity slip through his hands, but he made amends in the 4th quarter with a 43-yard grab to seal the win for Buffalo.
During the course of my Sunday ritual of catching all the action (or as much as I can with multiple computers and three TV screens) I managed to follow;
- Brett Favre continues to play efficient and effective as a game manager, doing just what he needs to do (completing 23 of 27 passes) to help the Vikings be successful.
- Adrian Peterson (the future 2009 NFL rushing title king) runs hard for another 92-yards on the ground. He now has leads the NFL with 272-yards rushing.
- Kurt Warner dissects the Jaguar secondary on his way to setting an NFL record for completion percentage in a game. Warner completed 24 of 26 passes (92.3%).
- Michael Turner get his usual workload (28 carries) and normal production on Sunday (105-rushing yards).
- Larry Johnson earns every one of his 78-yards on the ground against the Raiders on Sunday. He had 24 carries, but I am skeptical about that continuing.
10 Things I remember from Sunday...
1. The Great Ray Lewis stepping up in the big moment and making the game saving run stuff against the Chargers. Poor Darren Sproles, never had a chance.
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