NFL Week One Headline Blunders

Tim KellyContributor ISeptember 15, 2009

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 13:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs by Brodney Pool #21 and Corey Willams #99 of the Cleveland Brwons at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

As I look back on NFL Week 1 and recall all of the headlines I've seen and they're not what I expected. 

Stories are being told to the ears that want to hear them.

I'm not saying the headlines are false, but they're not telling the entire story.

The first one: "Favre's Debut: Vikings Victory."

In Brett Favre's first regular season game in purple, the Vikings did indeed win. He even threw a touchdown pass to another new Viking, rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin. (Everyone's seen the highlight of Favre jumping all over Harvin in the end zone.) 

But let's be honest. 

After only throwing for 110 yards on 12 completions, I don't know that Favre should be getting all of the credit for Minnesota's hot start. 

The headline should run: "Peterson Leads Vikings To Blowout Victory."

Adrian Peterson almost single-handedly outscored the Browns in what was easily the most impressive performance of the week. Some may want to argue that the SaintsDrew Brees had a better week, throwing six touchdown passes. But that was against the Lions

When you're tearing off ridiculous runs that justifiably draw comparisons to Jim Brown and Walter Payton, you are the best player in the league and you, sir, are doing your thing.

Here's another headline, fresh off the presses: "Brady and Patriots Pull Off Fourth-Quarter Miracle."

Tom Brady was Tom Brady in the second half last night. He worked out those early jitters and happy feet  as Bills defenders fell around his feet. It took him almost three quarters to figure it out.

But he got it.

Two touchdowns in 2:06. Vintage Brady. 

Most other quarterbacks would come out down 24-13 in the fourth quarter and try to do too much. A pick-six later, their team is out of it. 

Not Brady.

The man simply goes to work. You've got to be up on Tom Brady and the Pats by at least 30 points going into the fourth, or your daydreams will become nightmares. He deserves credit, this I will not argue. However, the foundation for the comeback was laid by the Bills and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

How about: "McKelvin, Bills D Lay Down Monumental Choke."

The question may be a bit rhetorical, but it has to be asked. What do you want to do when you've got the lead on defense? One would likely think, "I don't know. I guess we ought to get that ball back and run the clock out."

Well played.

You've won the opportunity to step up with me and berate Fewell. Apparently he finds it acceptable to go with the prevent. 

Everybody just run back to the end zone. It's not like you've been shutting down one of history's most prolific passers or anything. 

Just start giving them 15, no, 20 yards at a time.  Surely they'll get greedy and just chuck it to the end zone. And there we'll be waiting.

Wait, they scored? Surely there's no time left. Two and a half minutes and they've got three timeouts? Well, I'll just go talk to my kick returner, Leodis McKelvin, and make sure he takes a knee. Every kickoff has gone into the end zone, so I'll just make sure he knows. He's all ready to head out there? Ah, forget it. I don't want to get in his head.

Apparently McKelvin was in need of that advice.  After the game he told reporters, "If I'd run that play another 99 times, I'd bring it out another 99 times."  There you go, champ. Be ignorant in the face of your game-costing misdeeds.


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