Random Thoughts from the first week of real NFL action

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by •September 12, 2012 •NFLComments (0)104

The NFL goes to great lengths to ensure supremacy of its product.  One thing they can’t control, however, is whether their games are exciting, so the league had to be thrilled with the plethora of late great finishes in week one.  

The Eagles went on a late 90 yard TD drive to beat the Browns.  The Niners held off Aaron Rodgers in the two minute drill to preserve a win.  

Minnesota and Jacksonville traded scores in the games last minute, forcing overtime.   

Arizona held off Seattle on 1st and goal with less than a minute to go.  And Matt Stafford led the Lions on a brilliant winning TD drive in their game’s final minute.  

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This Week’s Sucked And Won:  Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles (4 INTs, 2 fumbles, 51.0 passer rating)

Congratulations to David Akers on hitting a record tying 63 yard field goal in the first half of the 49ers win over the Packers.  


Shocking Realization of the Week:  The New York Jets scored 48 points.  That’s all in one game.

Just how great was it to see Peyton Manning back in uniform and looking very sharp on Sunday night against Pittsburgh.  The league is inherently better with players like Manning in it.


This Week’s Great But Lost:  CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills (14 carries, 169 yards, 1TD)


Thursday Pick:  Chicago (+5.5) @Green Bay (MGM Mirage)

The Bears haven’t won a game at Lambeau since 2007, and the Packers are certainly going to be highly motivated to avoid an 0-2 start.  

Come to think of it, when’s the last time the Pack opened a season with back to back home losses?  I’ll bet it’s been a while.  

The question, however, is whether the Packers run away from the Bears or whether Chicago keeps it close.  I like the Bears this season, but there's two reasons I'm going with Green Bay here. 

First, the home team has an advantage in Thursday games.  The short week just really works against the squad that has to travel. 

Second, Brian Urlacher left Sunday's game with an injury.  The Bears reported it was strictly a precaution, but if he's banged up at all, he hasn't had much time to recover, and the Bears' defense is a completely different unit with Urlacher. 

Green Bay 27 Chicago 21


Say It Like You Mean It:

“Every team is a new team.  Every year is a new year.” – Giants coach Tom Coughlin, after the defending Super Bowl champs lost the opener to the Cowboys at home.

“That was the only good one I took, so I think the offensive line played really well.” – Patriots QB Tom Brady, on a second quarter hit that left him with a bloody nose.

“Boy, I’d like to answer that truthfully.” – Packers coach Mike McCarthy, being asked if he was at least pleased that his team mounted a comeback.

“You know, I’m 34 in two hours.  Father Time catches up to you.” – Ravens S Ed Reed, joking about a minor hamstring injury he suffered in a win over Cincinnati.

“The best way to defend him is not have to defend him.” – Bucs coach Greg Schiano, commenting on Cam Newton and his team’s advantage in time of possession.

“I gotta get out of Cleveland.” – Eagles QB Michael Vick, after playing horribly but managing to lead his team to a late winning drive.

“Women are more honest and fair than men and know how to catch a man cheating.” – Steelers LB Larry Foote, on the NFL’s first female referee, line judge Shannon Eastin.  Sounds like Larry’s speaking from personal experience, doesn’t it?

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