NFL Week 2 Thoughts: New Starters and Some Teams' Direction
What a fun NFL season this is turning out to be. There are teams that are winning that no one but their fans would expect and other team's that seem to need a couple more pre-season games to get into game shape. I am going to take a look at some games and where this NFL season seems to be going in my opinion.
Is Green Bay Living Up To The Hype For Superbowl?
Green Bay Packers are now 2-0. There is a lot of talk of them making it and even winning the Superbowl this year. But can we really judge how good they are in two games they should have won? And now Ryan Grant is out and they have no premiere running back (if Ryan Grant was one to begin with). With the recieving corps of Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley I think they will rely on the passing game more than the running game (obviously). This will be an adjustment, but the passing game should be five times better than the running game with Ryan Grant healthy. Clay Matthews on defense is a rising star and they have Charles Woodson returning. Revis Island? The Packers have Woodson nation. The Packers will be fine but need some fine tuning to be Superbowl hopefuls.
Minnesota Vikings Should Have Kept Favre In Retirement
Is this what Brett Favre wanted? To come back to the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings with little hope to even make the playoffs? The Vikings could use some wide receivers quick for Favre to throw to. Favre has always played wildly and threw just about as many interceptions as touchdowns. That's how he plays. you have to take the bad with the good. But if he feels he has to force throws in more, there will be more interceptions. He will not be retiring on top but on bottom sadly.
Where Did Kansas City Come From?
I have to admit I don't know that much about Kansas City. And how much can one read into their wins? Some can argue they were lucky in their win against San Diego in week one. I congratulate them and they capitalized on turnovers and handled the weather better. This week they win in Cleveland by two points. They are young and with more winning, they will gain more confidence. Sometimes confidence can overcome talent. And let's not overlook their talent either. I don't see them contending this year. It will take time. But the future certainly is bright for this team and they will win more games this year than they may have expected.
Neither Chicago Bears Nor Dallas Cowboys Are Contenders
The Chicago Bears should be proud of one of their two wins and cherish them. They don't come easy in the NFL and they won't be seeing too many more. I won't rehash last week, but Chicago didn't win that game as much as the rules disallowed the Detroit Lions to win. They can be happy they won, but there is not anything particularly proud of winning against a Matthew Staffordless Detroit Lion team that lost on a technicality that shouldn't exist. This week, they play the Dallas Cowboys at home and gave it to them. Kudos for that. Dallas didn't defend their home turf and Tony Romo played like the whiny Jay Cutler. I think Romo is slightly better than Cutler but no where near an elite quarterback. Reality will come soon for both of these teams and they won't like it. There is no way Dallas plays in the Superbowl in their own home field. Chicago should just set their sights to win at least eight games.
Atlanta Falcons Finally Found Their Offense
I predicted this. This, being an Atlanta Falcons win. They were very disappointing in week one. This week Matt Ryan and Co found their offense and showed the Arizona Cardinals their offensive production. Again, always take into consideration your opponent. Arizona is destined for a let down of a season. So had Atlanta played a Green Bay or New England, they may have snuck in a win with considerably less of a score difference.
Two New Starting Quarterbacks in Philadelphia and Soon In Carolina
I find it sad that it took an injury to Philadelphia's starting quarterback for Andy Reid to realize that Michael Vick should be starting. No matter your opinion on Vick and his personal struggles, he is better than a reserve QB. He gives the Eagles a better chance of winning the game. His arm is stronger than most want to believe and still has an excellent scrambling ability. He isn't a rookie either. Speaking of rookie, Jimmy Clausen has been giving the starting job in Carolina for next week. The Carolina Panthers seem to be in a rebuilding mode and are left without QB Jake Delhomme. Given the status of the team, having the rookie QB lead them is not a bad thing. If he performs very well you ride that winning streak. If he doesn't, you continue playing him to instill confidence and getting the team where you want it to be. Realistically, they aren't getting to the Superbowl this year. What more perfect opportunity for the QB than to use the season to refine his skills? He is going to throw interceptions and will learn from them. As with Vick but for different reasons, Clausen gives the Panthers the better chance of winning.
Is New England Real? Which Manning Is Better?
It's one game; one very poorly played game. But we saw this last year in the playoffs at home. How did New England perform so poorly against their hated rivals the New York Jets? I think the Jets aren't as good as they scream they are, but beating the Patriots in this manner shows they are good. I suspect the Patriots will recover and the Jets will stumble. As for the Manning brothers, I still will go with Peyton being the better QB than Eli. I think that is obvious. However, the Giants as a team being led by Eli are better than the Indianapolis Colts. Like the Patriots, the Giants and Eli just have to move on from their horrible performance. The Colts still have a lot of work to do to convince me they are the same contending team.