It was a crazy opening weekend to kickoff the 2010 NFL season. Seven of last season’s 12 playoff teams start the season 0-1, the Lions almost win a game on the road for the first time in two years, and a running back that was pretty much unheard of had a huge game that is certain to turn fantasy leagues upside down this year. Here is a look back at everyone’s favorite weekend:
Taking a page from the hockey writers, these are my Three Stars of the Week:
1st Star- Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans- Buried on the Texans’ practice squad last year, the hidden gem in Houston rushed for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns on 33 carries, in a huge victory over the Indianapolis Colts. It was the second biggest opening weekend rushing performance in NFL history when OJ Simpson had 250 rushing yards for the Buffalo Bills in 1973.
2nd Star- Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants- Nicks caught three touchdown passes in the Giants’ sloppy win against the Carolina Panthers. Nicks had four catches for 75 yards in the regular season debut of the New Giants Stadium.
3rd Star- Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles- After Eagles starter Kevin Kolb left the game with a concussion, Vick looked like his old self as he attempted to lead the Eagles to a come from behind victory that fell short against the Green Bay Packers. Vick completed 16 of 24 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. He also had 11 carries for 103 yards. Said Vick, "I feel like if I had been out there for four quarters, maybe we would've had a chance to win the game."
Honorable Mention- Matt Hasselback, QB, Seattle Seahawks- Hasselback, who may be playing his last season, at least in a Seahawks uniform, threw for two scores and ran for another in the Seattle’s 31-6 thrashing of the San Francisco 49ers.
Honorable Mention #2- Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots- Making his return from a serious knee injury, Welker caught eight passes for 64 yards and two scores to help lead the Patriots to a 38-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Parting Gifts For The Week
A pacifier….for Randy Moss. Someone call the whaaaaaam-bulance. Here we go again. With all the holdouts that pro athletes go through on a regular basis, us fans don’t want to hear you whine over millions of dollars while we struggle to pay rent. Want to show how much you’re really worth? Put down that Whine-iken and prove it on the field.
A Magnolia cupcake…for the Virgina Tech football team. I know they’re not in the NFL, but it is worth mentioning. Next time you schedule a “cupcake” team to beat up on, make sure it’s not laced with laxatives so you don’t crap the bed like you did last week against FBS school James Madison. Do you hear that? That’s the toilet flushing along with your national championship hopes.
An extra week of pre-season…for the New York Jets. For a moment I thought I was listening to a replay of the Jets 9-6 pre-season victory over the Carolina Panthers last night. Only it was a 10-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, on Monday Night Football, in the most anticipated season opener in Jets’ history. The offense was horrible (there was more offense in Citi Field than in the Meadowlands last night) and the penalties were atrocious. Fourteen penalties for 125 yards which gave the Ravens six first downs is inexcusable for a team that thinks they’re going to a Super Bowl.
A Madden rewind…for Rex Ryan and Wade Phillips. I bet if they could do it again, Rex goes for it on fourth down and Wade tells Romo to kneel down.
It’s A Touchdown In My Book
According to the Detroit Free Press, Calvin Johnson’s end zone grab would’ve been a touchdown; that is if he played in the Arena Football League, Canadian Football League, or even in Michigan’s Western Suburban Junior Football League .
In the NFl, one must retain possession of the ball after touching the ground in order for it to be considered a complete pass. But because it’s the Lions, a team that always proves that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong, Johnson would have had to, “not only land with the ball, but get up with it, show it to the crowd, autograph it and deliver it to the ref with two hands.”
Read the story by Kevin Bull, Dave Birkett and Mick McCabe here: http://bit.ly/bbEYkj
For One Night, The Roar At Arrowhead Was Deafening
If the Chiefs can win big the way they did last night, there will be many more nights at Arrowhead Stadium where the roar of the crowd takes over the game.
Sam Mellinger, of the Kansas City Star, implores Chiefs fans to, “Take a bow. For one night, at least, you turned Arrowhead into a time machine, a warp back to the mid-1990s when this place earned the title of the NFL’s Loudest Stadium. A 21-14 win over the Chargers reminded a national TV audience on “Monday Night Football” what Arrowhead Stadium can be.
Read the rest of the story here: http://bit.ly/cTyMIE
The week ahead
Besides the Manning Bowl on Sunday night, a couple of division rivals will clash in Week 2. Its still the beginning of the season but these games can have huge implications sometime down the road.
Patriots at Jets- Can the Jets, after their dismal performance on Monday night, make it two in a row at home against the Patriots? Im not worried about the defense showing up for this game. Mark Sanchez and the rest of the offense needs to get it together if they’re going to go head to head with Tom Brady and Co. As it stands, Brady and Welker or Brady and Moss are miles ahead of Sanchez and any one of his receivers. As always the Jets defense will keep them in the game, so long as their not getting flagged for stupid penalties. Jets will get lucky next week and Dustin Keller runs out of bounds after the first down marker this time. Jets win a nail biter, 17-14.
Ravens at Bengals- The Ravens should have an easier time next week going up against another reality show in TO and Ochocinco. The Ravens D should face a better offense then they did against the Jets, but Joe Flacco should have no problem finding open receivers. Ravens win 28-10.