Another NFL Weekend is in the books. Check out my take on all of the League’s action.
5 things I liked
1. Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford
Megatron snagged 2 TD passes in a 48-3 routing of the pathetic KC Chiefs. If Matt Stafford can stay healthy, Detroit has a legitimate shot to be a wild card contender. Their schedule certainly favors them.
2. San Diego Chargers @ New England Patriots
Fun game to watch. If Mike Tolbert doesn’t fumble the football in the 4th quarter, who knows where this game goes. Phillip Rivers is just an incredible QB who can put the ball on the money. Oh yeah, and the Patriots offense is automatic, but we already knew that.
3. Matt Ryan’s perseverance
Strange game with a ton of emotional swings. Matt Ryan looked as if he didn’t care what the Eagles did offensively, he was going to find a way to win. He stood in the pocket and made clutch throws. It also helps to have TE Tony Gonzalez and WR Roddy White.
4. Houston Texans Defense
Wade Phillips has installed a legitimate defense in Houston. The Texans are a scary bunch … especially with Mario Williams playing like he has for the first two weeks. Opposing quarterbacks are constantly swarmed and the pass defense has been greatly improved with the addition of Jonathon Joseph.
5. Buccaneers Comeback
Eight of QB Josh Freeman’s 14 career victories have come when the Bucs went ahead in the fourth quarter or overtime. Down 17-0 at half to Minnesota, RB LeGarrette Blount (2 rushing TD) put on a show. He rushed for the game-winning touchdown with 36 seconds to play. Great team effort.
5 Things I Hated
1. Kansas City Chiefs
KC is lost both offensively and defensively. They have been outscored 89-10 in 2 games this season. They lost pro bowl RB Jamaal Charles with a torn ACL. 3 pro bowlers on I.R. for KC this season. Ouch!
2. Tavaris Jackson/Seahawks Offense
Seattle got whooped 24-0 at home to the Steelers. Seattle had 0 plays in Pittsburgh territory until the 4th quarter. No deep threat whatsoever.
3. Jeremy Maclin’s “Drop”
Tough to rip on a dude who had a career game (13 receptions, 171 yards, 2 TD’s) but he dropped a critical fourth down pass that left the Eagles with a “L”.
4. Dunta Robinson’s helmet to helmet hit
The most disturbing part is he had a similar hit on Eagles WR DeSean Jackson last year. Robinson left his feet and led with his helmet in a scary play on Sunday night. Robinson should be suspended as a repeat offender.
5. Jim Harbaugh’s conservative approach
4th Quarter … 11 minutes to go. 49ers’s K David Akers drills a 55-yard field goal to give SF a 10 point lead over Dallas. Well, not so fast. Dallas is flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct (15 yard penalty). Haubaugh declines the penalty and keeps the 3 points. Uh, really? Why not take the ball, chew up more clock, and potentially score a touchdown? Makes absolutely no sense. The outcome? Dallas wins 27-24 in overtime. Ouch.