Whooo-boy, isn't it great to see some real NFL action back on the tube! I mean, Sunday, week1, was just a riveting affair filled with upsets, close games, and some very strong individual performances. It was also filled with some 'SuperBowl' contenders getting their buts wiped all across the turf as well as a few individual performances that I'm sure left as bad a taste in their mouth as it did ours. With so much that could be covered, let's break it down a bit and just highlight some of the bigger stuff.
'Oh, yes he did!'
- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears both delighted fans and shocked the football world with resounding wins over two of the top teams heading into the season. For the Ravens, it was a 35-7 thrashing of their biggest rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the Bears, it was an impressive 30-12 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
- Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is a rookie quarterback who will inevitably experience the adjustment pains that all QB's have when taking their game to the next level…or that's what we were led to believe. In his first regular season game as the starter for the Panthers, his Carolina team fell to the Arizona Cardinals 28-21 but it wasn't through any lack of effort by Cam. For the day, the 'rookie' compiled 440 total yards, 3 td's and just 1 pick, setting records as easily as he racked up yards.
- Let's hear it for one of my sleeper fantasy football picks, Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, for leading his team to a 41-7 clobbering of the Kansas City Chiefs. Fitz tossed 4 td's in the win and looked poised and in control. He also had me banging my head into a wall as I had him sitting on my FF bench this week.
'Oh, no he didn't!'
- Donovan McNabb, making his Minnesota Vikings debut, wasn't able to overcome the San Diego Chargers as they lost 24-17. Don't let that score fool you though, the game wasn't that close and McNabb shoulders a vast majority of the blame. For the day, he only managed to complete 7 passes for 39 yards. Yes, I said 39 yards, but at least he tossed a TD.
- Another year, same old Dallas as the Cowboys hacked another prime-time hairball, this time against the New York Jets. Leading 24-10 early in the fourth quarter, the Boys looked like they had this Sunday night game well in hand, until the opportunistic Jets rallied for 17 unanswered points to steal the lead and the game before an audience that spanned the globe.