Week 1 NFL Thoughts

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Week 1 NFL Thoughts

+ There were two questions around Peyton Manning: 1) Is he healthy? and 2) Can he stay healthy? I think we have our answer to the first one. The second one remains to be seen.

+ If I was a Cleveland Browns fan I would probably still be crying in the fetal position after Sunday’s loss. Then again, Browns fans are used to this.

You get 4 picks from Vick. You get a gift 5th pick to end the game that is dropped. You get a 5-point lead in the 4th quarter and your coach kicks an extra point instead of going for two. And you get the Brandon Weeden debut, which might be one of the worst QB debuts ever.

Can you name half of the 16 QBs (other than Brandon Weeden) who have started games for the Browns since their 1999 return to the NFL?

(answer at the end)

+ Speaking of dropped picks in the end zone, Stafford should have had 4 at the half. Instead the Lions kick a field goal to get within 3 and eventually win on a last-minute TD drive. The Rams had twice the penalties, half the first downs, and were 4 of 12 on 3rd down conversions. They had no business winning that game, and by the bristles of Jeff Fisher’s stache they almost did.

+ The Niners got 3 FGs and were a +1 in TOs and they beat the Packers in Green Bay. After seeing that (coupled with the way the rest of their division looked on Sunday) there’s no reason to think San Francisco won’t be the #1 NFC seed come January.

+ The rest of the NFC picture isn’t clear, but I think the four best teams in the AFC hands down are the Patriots, Texans, Ravens, and Broncos. Barring major injuries (which obviously you can’t do in the NFL) that’s your final four on one side of the bracket. Best part is, they will all play each other this year…including a stellar week 3 lineup that includes HOU @ DEN and NE @ BAL.

Power Poll Top Ten

  1. Patriots
  2. Niners
  3. Ravens
  4. Texans
  5. Falcons
  6. Broncos
  7. Packers
  8. Bears
  9. Cowboys
  10. Giants

Honorable Mentions: Redskins, Lions, Jets, and Bucs

(Go ahead, tell me where I got it all wrong)

Best 3 Games on the Week 2 Schedule:

1. Denver @ Atlanta on Monday Night – Peyton is great under the bright lights but Atlanta is equally great at home.

2. Chicago @ Green Bay on Thursday Night – Hard to fathom GB going to 0-2 after two home games, but it’s in play.

3. Baltimore @ Philadelphia – The Eagles have a bad habit of playing to their competition, so this could be a fun one.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The 16 Browns QBs since 1999: Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, Jake Delhomme, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Trent Dilfer, Jeff Garcia, Kelly Holcomb, Luke McCown, Tim Couch, Doug Pederson, Spergon Wynn, and Ty Detmer.

  • http://erniereppe.com Ernie

    Your info about the Browns makes me feel a little better about the Vikes. They’ve only had 14 starting QBs since 1999 – Jeff George, Randall Cunningham, Daunte Culpepper, Todd Bouman, Spergon Wynn, Gus Frerotte, Brad Johnson, Tarvaris Jackson, Kelly Holcomb, Brooks Bollinger, Brett Favre, Joe Webb, Donovan McNabb, and Christian Ponder.

    I’m actually surprised that only two from this list previously played for the Browns!

  • http://www.not2us.net Lindsay

    If Peyton doesn’t play another game for the rest of his career, it was awesome to watch him come back and play *that* game. One of the most emotionally gratifying things I’ve watched in a long time! :)

    And, hey! What about the Colts?? (I’m holding out hope. Just sayin’.)

  • http://www.joshbjones.com Joshua Jones

    Manning is 36. Man that’s like 150 in NFL years. Wonder how much longer he’s going to last?

  • http://www.joshbjones.com Joshua Jones

    Manning is 36. That’s like 150 in NFL years. Wonder how much longer he’s going to last.

  • Rachel

    I am a Clevelander and I can attest to your comment. I was downtown after the game and saw the fans doing the walk of defeat from the stadium. So sad. But, as you said, we’re used to it – meanwhile we still remain intensely loyal and hopeful.

  • http://jagausta.wordpress.com Jason

    I’m not off the Russell Wilson bandwagon yet. If Braylon Edwards isn’t Braylon Edwards, everyone would talk about how a rookie had a great 4Qtr, final minut drive to win the game.

    Albeit against AZ, but…

  • http://www.churchthought.com Matt Steen

    I am highly disappointed that you did not pay proper homage to Football Messiah (also known as RGIII).

    After 14 QBs since 1999 the Skins look like they might have a legitimate starting quarterback.

  • ClintM

    So the Niners walk into a Lambeau Field and put away the Packets, but a Patriots win over the Titans puts them at #1?

    Just sayin…

    • Bryan

      Patriots and Niners play on a neutral field on Sunday and you have to pick the winner or you die. Who you going with, the Niners or the Patriots?

      Just sayin…

      • ClintM

        Well, I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision because we don’t live in a Hunger Games era where fun and games becomes fun and games and death.

        With that said, I appreciate you taking the high-road in your reply and not capitalizing on my spelling miscue of the word Packers.

        • ClintM

          Also, let’s say the Patriots and, oh, I don’t know, the Giants, played on a neutral field TWICE and you only had to pick the right outcome for ONE of those games or die… you pickin the Patriots?

          You just never know.

  • http://iamlazarus2010.blogspot.com/ Lazarus

    So, you have the Eagles in last place in the NFC East because RGIII won 1 game? Road wins aren’t easy, and even though Vick played like he was the rookie, they gutted it out. I think you are way wrong to either have the Eagles thought of so poorly, or the ‘skins thought of so highly.

    That said, the Eagles are going to get plastered this weekend by the Ravens!

    Bless their hearts.