Week 2 Pros and Woes: Dallas and Minnesota Winless, Kenny McKinely
Listen up y'all, no matter which team you root for, IT"S ONLY WEEK 2! The "Super Bowl bound" Vikings and Cowboys are both 0-2, the NFC West Champion 49ers are 0-2 (I'll give them props for staying in the game Monday with four turnovers against the reigning champs), Pittsburgh seems to have gone back to the 70's style D again, and Michael Vick is a starter. So you aren't all out of it yet...unless you are the Browns, Rams, Lions, Bills or Panthers. Those teams should start watching games a lot closer on Saturday's like Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. Without further Aromashodu, here are my top five thoughts after Week 2:
5. Michael Vick was just named the starter in Philadelphia, so I guess he is going to earn that $5.7 million contract this year. I can't believe that Andy Reid is pulling this stunt just months after trading Donovan McNabb to the in-division Redskins to let the Kevin Kolb era begin. What can you say other than Vick has played well (one of three fantasy QB's, Peyton and Cutler, to score 20 or more points in each of the first two weeks) and deserves to start on over half the teams in the NFL. Not in Philadelphia though. Kolb has started a total of three games now and will probably draw interest from other teams such as the Bills or Browns. It's just a shame to watch another QB head in the downward spiral that leads to failure and bad teams.
4. The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-0 without Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers don't even know who their starting QB is right now, yet they are still winning. The difference is Troy Polamalu and the rest of the defense. Polamalu is having the type of year where you might see a defensive player be named the NFL MVP. The defense is giving up 10 points per game, giving up 52.0 rushing yards per game, and have forced eight turnovers. That right there is a reason why you don't need a standout QB to win in this league, you need a strong D with a big time leader. I know I know...it's only week two, but jeepers they look good.
3. The Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, and San Francisco 49ers are all 0-2. The Cowboys looked pathetic on Sunday and there is no other way to put it. Granted, Jay Cutler seems to have revived his career in Chicago thanks to a Mike Martz run offense, but that is not an excuse to lose your home opener to the Bears when you are supposed to be playing a home game in the Super Bowl on February 6th. The Vikings, on the other hand, have lost to teams that are both 2-0. Brett Favre looks like he should have been in camp all along, because the team doesn't look on the same page offensively and it shows. They have turned the ball over five times in two games which have led to a total of 21 points. That doesn't sound like much but they have only scored a total of 19 all season. Stop turning the ball over and score points, I promise you will win more games. The 49ers are not in as bad of shape as the previous two teams because they play in the NFC West...and they almost beat the Saints while turning the ball over four times. The best thing about them losing is seeing Mike Singletary rant during the week. To tell you the truth, I was disappointed in his post-game interview following the loss because he was calm and realized they played their hearts out. I guess there is always next week.
2. The Houston Texans are for real, don't doubt me on this one. They came back from a 17-point deficit in the second half against Washington at FedEx Field. It is not an easy place to play having been there once before, having one of the most passionate fan bases in the league. Matt Schaub has now become a leader in my mind showing the poise and determination that you need to be successful in the NFL. He threw for 497 yards, none bigger than the 34-yard pass on 4th down with just over two minutes left in the game. Johnson had a career high 12 catches and Arian Foster had 138 total yards. That is a total package of a team...just wait for them to get Brian Cushing back after his four game suspension.
1. The Denver Broncos have had some bad luck in the past four years with having to celebrate the lives of three players rather than wins with the same players on the team. Kenny McKinley was the third, found dead at his home on Monday in Denver. He was drafted out of South Carolina in the 2009 Draft after leaving the Gamecocks as the all-time leading receiver in school history. This one hurt the organization and it is apparent. Most of the time the players say what they have to say when dealing with issues like this just so the media gets an answer out of them. This time you could see the emotion out of everyone and a story or two that came along with it by the players and coaches. It is a sad day in Denver, a sad day for the NFL, and a sad day for everyone who has any compassion in the world to see a guy that was loved by so many, take his own life. The Broncos will honor Kenny with a moment of silence before the game and a decal on their helmets with his number 11 on it.
It wasn't a happy ending to this weeks stories, but the NFL season must go on. Look for other posts on the blog by the end of the week, including the picks for the week against the spread. You can also follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tbuxonsports.
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