A horrible call and bad kharma hurt the Chargers, the Vikings pull an el foldo against the Colts, Cyd sees the Pats win without Brady, and stick a fork in the Seahawks
How Cyd and Jim saw Week 2 of the NFL:
|Thanks to my friend Sergio Turbay (thanks Serge!), I got to watch the Pats-Jets game from the 50-yard-line. Last year I went to the game in Week 1, and the energy of the crowd to start the game was a bit hesitant. Excited, but not claws-out excited. Yesterday, to start the game, the claws were out. The crowd was on its feet, they were loud, and they were out for blood. With five minutes left in the game, they were headed for the exits.
Of all the places to sit, we ended up next to an adorable couple of guys from Charlotte who were in town for the weekend to see the game because one of them is a fan of Brett Favre and the other is a Patriots fan. I have to believe they were a couple. They were wearing the same Puma sneakers, matching rings on their left ring finger (if they weren’t matching, they looked it), Deisel jeans and their haircuts were impeccable. We assumed they were gay and talked about our boyfriends and the occasional good-looking guy. If they weren’t gay, they played the part well.
Mile High ripoff: The San Diego Chargers had a game stolen from them at Denver. The final reads: Denver 39, San Diego 38, but it needs to come with an asterisk. An early whistle by referee Ed Hochuli negated a fumble by Denver QB Jay Cutler that San Diego recovered at its 10 with 1:14 to go and the Broncos driving.
Cutler had attempted to pass and the ball slipped from his hand as he was winding up. The loose ball was recovered by the Chargers -- game over and San Diego wins, 38-31. But wait … Hochuli ruled the play an incomplete pass and blew the whistle before the recovery. He then did a booth review and admitted that it was a fumble, but rules state that an early whistle on a fumble by a quarterback blows the play dead regardless of who recovered, so Denver kept the ball.
Denver scored a touchdown on fourth down, then made a stunning decision to go for two points and a win. Cutler hit Eddie Royal in the end zone and for the second week in a row, the Chargers had lost in gut-wrenching fashion.
What we all watched together was a New York Jets team that looked unprepared for the game. Brett Favre’s passes were sometimes off-target, the offensive line gave him terrible protection, Laveranues Coles dropped a couple passes, the Jets' play-calling was at times terrible, their special teams were out-classed, and their defense was bowled over in the second half, allowing about 6 yards per carry after halftime. It was after halftime that the Jets offense looked particularly inept. They faced a 3rd-and-22, a 2nd-and-25, and a 4th-and-25, thanks to sacks and penalties. The game isn’t going to go well when you’re facing those odds playing catch-up.
Do you think Jets fans are still thrilled that their team got Brett Favre? And do you think Packers fans (whose team is 2-0) have already forgotten him? The answers: No, and yes. I've said it from the beginning: Favre coming back was a stupid mistake on his part, he isn't up to the task, he doesn't 100% want to play, and he will regret having come back by the end of the season.
By the way, lots of people are wondering why the Jets didn't let Brett Favre throw the ball with 1st and goal from the 2. My guess: They don't trust him. Could be his decision-making, could be his grasp of that part of the playbook. But for whatever reason, Eric Mangini and the rest of the coaching staff don't trust Favre to throw within the 5.
After Sunday night’s game, only two divisions will have more than one team with two wins: AFC East (New England, Buffalo) and NFC East (New York Giants, Dalls or Philadelphia).
What 2-0 team isn't as good as their record? The Pittsburgh Steelers. They are on their way to wining the division, but this division is looking terrible. They got bailed out Sunday night thanks to some TERRIBLE play-calling and coaching decisions by the Browns. Roethlisberger's shoulder problems concern me, too.
What 0-2 team is better than their record? I'll go with the Jacksonville Jaguars. They have got to figure out a way to come out on top in these close games, and David Garrard needs to cut down on his interceptions.
1) Carolina Panthers. Two last-minute wins puts my NFC Champion on top for now. Oh, and they finally get their best player, Steve Smith, back next week.
2) Philadelphia Eagles. We’ll see what happens Monday night, but a win or loss doesn’t necessarily move them.
3) Dallas Cowboys. A win Monday night doesn’t necessarily move them down, but a loss sure would.
4) Buffalo Bills. They have the running game and their lines are playing great. With a Stanford grad at quarterback, they’re destined for greatness!
5t) Denver Broncos. They have the best offense in the league
5t) Arizona Cardinals. Sorry, I copped out and pick a tie. The Cardinals are much, much better. Ken Whisenhunt has instilled an attack mentality on both sides of the ball.
Yes, the Chargers could have stopped either the fourth-down play or the conversion, so credit should go to the Broncos for some gutty play and the ballsy decision to go for two. But it never should have come to that had Hochuli not blown the premature whistle. Referees need to let the play go for a bit, and if the Chargers miss the playoffs by a game Hochuli (whom I love as a ref) deserves part of the blame.
Minnesota ran for 180 yards but was only 2 of 13 on third-down conversions, when quarterback play is most evident. On the other side, Manning hit a 58-yard pass on third down to help set up the Colts' first score and a 20-yarder on third-and-9 to Reggie Wayne with 34 seconds left to set up the winning field goal.
Life imitates art: The Colts' first score was set up when Anthony Gonzalez lateraled the ball back to Reggie Wayne as he was falling down after a 58-yard catch. Wayne took the ball down inside the Viking 1. How surprised was Wayne to get the lateral? "It was such a shock, I almost wanted to catch it and just go down," Wayne said. "I guess it's like playing Madden: pressed the X button, jumped over a guy and kept going."
Denver receiver Brandon Marshall had 18 catches against the Chargers, tying him for second place all-time in receptions in a game (Terrell Owens once had 20 while a San Francisco 49er. … Arizona is 2-0 for the first time since 1991. Defending NFC West champ Seattle is 0-2 for the first time since 2002. … In his first two games as the starter for Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers is 42 of 60 for 506 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brett Who?