Consulting with the NFL 8-Ball for Week 2

Jack MeoffCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2008


Oh magic 8-ball, grant us your divine and often conflicting wisdom…


Is Pittsburgh the team to beat in the AFC?

Signs point to yes.

The thing that impressed me the most with their week one beating of Houston was how they controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. It’s going to

Be telling how their DL matches up against the Cleveland O-line.


Are the Titans the best team in the South?

Ask again later.


Should a team starting Brian Griese be seven point favorites, even at home?


The magic 8-ball doesn’t have an actual straight up “No” answer, but exceptions can be made when Griese’s involved.


Are the Jags in trouble?

Signs point to yes.

If the offensive line doesn’t recover the Jags are in danger of missing the playoffs.


Is the Bears running game that good, or is the Indy D that bad?

Better not tell you now.

Forte is good, the Indy D is worse.


Is Seattle going to lose its grip on the NFC West?

Outlook good.

Outlook be better if we weren’t counting on the Arizona Cardinals to topple them.


Is Braylon Edwards overrated?

Reply hazy, try again.

Did Braylon Edwards play like crap against Dallas?

As I see it, yes.

He dropped four passes in the first half. He single handedly took the Browns offense out of the game.


Will Peyton Manning and the Colts offense recover?

Outlook good.

The real question will be whether the offense will come together before Jeff Saturday can come back. As John Madden pointed out roughly 2384 times during the Bears game, the Colts weren’t punishing the Bears when they blitz. I can’t help but wonder if Saturday’s absence had more to do with their problems then Manning’s rust.


Are the Patriots in trouble?

You may rely on it.

Flipping back and forth between games on Sunday morning I came away from the game not too worried. It wasn’t until I watched the short cut the other night that I got a clear idea of how bad it was.

The Pats dropped the four receiver sets completely and went back to a conventional look. Cassel made his reads a full second behind Brady, at one point on third down, he was behind on a throw to Welker by almost a full two seconds.


The Short Happy Life of Alex Smith


If it feels like a eulogy, that’s because it is. Alex Smith broke a bone in his shoulder last week, effectively ending his season, and his tenure with the 49ers. Smith leaves the team perhaps wondering what could have been, although the real question is whether there was anything there in the first place.