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NFL Week 3 Observations

Posted on: September 30, 2009 11:53 pm
 
A few observations from week three of the NFL season.

 

Brett Favre still has plenty of magic left. Anyone who questioned why the Vikings brought Favre back should now have their answer. If Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson were leading that final drive, do you really think the Vikings would have come out on top? While he topped 300 yards on the day, his overall stat line wasn't extremely impressive based off his 46 passing attempts. The stat lines aren't why he's here, though. His ability to lead the 2 minute drill without looking to the sideline for help will tack on at least another win or two throughout the season. The Vikings also proved they can pass the ball when they need to and don't need to lean on Adrian Peterson to win (85 yards on 19 carries). Now if only their offensive line would come together...

 

Vernon Davis is finally starting to live up to expectations. When Vernon Davis was drafted, he was seen as being the next truly elite NFL tight end. He's a physical freak that has an unbelievable blend of size and speed. It just goes to show that you can't get by on talent alone in the NFL. With Mike Singletary having a team first approach, he seems to be ready to make the turn. Frank Gore is out the next few weeks which means this team will need to find a new superstar to rely on...Davis could be that guy.

 

The Philadelphia Eagles have the best stable of quarterbacks in the league. Now I'm not saying they have the best overall quarterback in the league, but it's hard to argue with three ex-pro bowl quarterbacks and a guy named Kolb who throws for over 300 yards every game. Maybe they should stop hogging all the good quarterbacks while poor teams like Cleveland can't even make up their mind on which quarterback they have is worse.

 

Steve Smith will have a better season than Steve Smith. Hmm...maybe I should clarify. Steve Smith of the Giants will have a better season than Steve Smith of the Panthers . While the Panthers Steve Smith will still have his huge weeks, the Giants Steve Smith will be a consistent week in and week out performer. With Jake Delhomme having the worst season of his career, it's hard to imagine Smith putting up consistent numbers this year...which might upset him. Thank God he's not the kind of player who would punch someone in the face, huh?

 

The Tennessee Titans are similar to my fantasy team. The team with the best record during the regular season last year has fallen to 0-3. Out of those three games, they've lost by a combined total of 13 points....or about 4 points per game. My fantasy team is 1-2 with my two losses being by two points each. At least I've won a game.

 

The Baltimore Ravens are scary this year. Who would have guessed that after three weeks the Ravens would have the 2 nd most points scored in the league with a 34.3 ppg average? Joe Flacco is making me think he's a better quarterback than Matt Ryan every week I watch him. While their defense isn't nearly as good as it once was, you can't argue with 17.7 ppg when your team is an offensive juggernaut. I'm looking forward to their game this week against the Patriots as both teams seem like they still have a lot to prove.

 

I thought I knew what ugly was... and then I saw the Seattle Seahawks glow in the dark jerseys.

 

Matt Forte is looking more like Cedric Benson . While he was a Bear, that is. Everyone thought this was going to be the week Forte broke out of his slump against a Seahawks team that just gave up over 200 yards rushing to Frank Gore. He still had his best game of the season with 66 yards rushing and 40 yards receiving, but these are still no where near the statistics a top 5 running back should be putting up. The good news? Forte's next five opponents are Detroit, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Arizona. If he doesn't produce during that span, there's no hope left.

 

Fred Jackson is Buffalo's biggest offensive threat. With both Terrell Owens and Lee Evans falling out of fantasy relevance, there's only one player on that team worth starting on a regular basis: Fred Jackson. Marshawn Lynch is scheduled to return this week, but it'd be a mistake for the Bills to start him over Jackson. He is for them what Matt Forte was for the Bears last season. It seems their entire offense revolves around him. It will be nice having Lynch back to give Jackson a breather here and there, but until he slows down, there's no reason to have him out of the game.

 

Detroit is no longer the worst team in the league. In fact, they're not even in the bottom five of the league anymore. They have a solid young quarterback in Matthew Stafford , one of the leagues best receivers in Calvin Johnson , and a great young running back in Kevin Smith . They still have a long ways to go, but at least they finally seem to be headed in the right direction.

 

The Houston Texans will disappoint again this season. The Texans are one of those teams that seems to have high expectations coming into every season no matter how terrible their previous season was. It's hard to win games when you rank 30 th in rush yards and 32 nd in rush yards allowed per game. With the Colts playing their usual dominant football, the best they could hope for is a wild card spot...which the 11-5 Patriots missed out on last season.

 

The Bengals are the most improved team of 2009. Being a Vikings fan, all I wanted to do was laugh at Packer fans for their team losing to the embarrassing Cincinnati Bengals. Then they had to go out and beat the defending world champions. Well...there goes that idea. The Bengals are a circus catch away from being 3-0 and are suddenly a team that's worth paying attention to. It'll still be hard for them to make the playoffs because of their tough division and being in the AFC, but it's at least attainable this year.

 

Don't get too excited, Broncos fans. Last season the Broncos started out 3-0 as well and ended the season 8-8. Now they have Kyle Orton instead of Jay Cutler , have beaten teams with a combined record of 3-6, and have pushover Josh McDaniels instead of Mike Shanahan. At least they're still in the AFC West.

 

That's all for this week. Look for more observations next week.


Comments

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2009 8:01 am
 

NFL Week 3 Observations

Comment: " still has plenty of magic left."

Reply: Favre still has some juice left, but is his old age setting in? Brett Favre is on the Vikings injury report for the first time this season. The 39-year-old quarterback was listed Thursday as being limited in practice because of a foot injury. After the Vikings beat the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, Favre complained of aching in his right foot, left knee, both shoulders and neck. Is he starting to sound like an old geezer, or is it just me? Further, when they showed Brett on the post game interviews he looked like a grandfather. He looks skinny, gray, and wrinkly.

The likelihood of him missing the Green Bay game Monday night is very slim. Favre has started an NFL-record 272 consecutive games. Teammate Visanthe Shiancoe said Favre has been running around well this week, looking spry. Favre is one of the toughest guys in the NFL, but he is becoming an old man.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2009 12:08 pm
 

NFL Week 3 Observations

The Houston  will disappoint again this seasonAmen.  Too bad this wasn't posted in August, or you would have looked prophetic.

The Jets loss I can understand.  But last week against Jacksonville?  Still can't wrap my head around it.

Honestly, I don't understand why there are people out there that think this team will make the playoffs.  I understand the temptation; there's a decent-to-good QB (despite his multiple injuries), a solid RB who stands to get a lot better, and a top-5 WR.  Then you add a 2nd WR who's pretty good, a TE that's probably top-5, and a whole bunch of high draft picks on defense.  Usually, that'd make a really solid team.  But for whatever reason, it's never really clicked here consistently.  That defense with all the high picks is terrible against the run, and hardly better against the pass.  The offensive line is still the biggest concern, though.  Ever since 2002, it's been two things: patchwork, and crappy.  It's been a locus of concern the whole time the Texans have been in operation, and they still haven't gotten it right.


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