2010 NFL Week 1 Game Recaps
Saints 14, Vikings 9
That has to be a much more prevalent question now. Favre admitted that a major reason he returned for his 20th season was to obtain revenge against the team that knocked him out of the NFC Championship. Instead, Favre had to drive back to Mississippi on Friday morning wondering if it was all worth it. Knowing Favre's prima donna attitude, I wouldn't be shocked at all if he announced his retirement in the next couple of days. I don't think it's going to happen; I'm just saying it wouldn't surprise me whatsoever.
Two silver linings - Visanthe Shiancoe stepped up (4 catches, 76 yards, TD) and Greg Camarillo looked pretty good. Camarillo had only one grab for 29 yards, but that's because he only played in the fourth quarter. Favre appeared to be more comfortable with Camarillo than anyone else except for Shiancoe. He should have a larger role going forward.
A major reason for New Orleans' scoring struggles was the team's refusal to run the ball early on. The Saints actually had just one carry in the first 21 minutes of the game, and in that span, Pierre Thomas didn't touch the ball at all. Fortunately for New Orleans, Sean Payton regained his sanity and began feeding the ball to Thomas in the second half. The talented runner finished with 71 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, as well as three catches for 15 yards.
Dolphins 15, Bills 10
- At one point, Trent Edwards was 4-of-7 for 8 yards. When he hit his next pass, I posted the following on the forum, "Trent Edwards has hit double-digit passing yards!!!"
- The Bills had just nine first downs in this game.
- Buffalo was 3-of-14 on third downs (as a comparison, Miami was 8-of-18).
- The Bills had only 72 yards on their first nine possessions.
- Of Buffalo's first seven possessions, five were three-and-outs.
- This one is from LeeLee: "The Bills have 76 yards of offense after 3 quarters. Three NFL teams have had single plays longer than that today."
Marshall had a solid PPR performance overall, snagging eight receptions for 53 yards. Davone Bess, meanwhile, had six grabs for 51 yards.
Buccaneers 17, Browns 14
Well, they lost. They had more net yardage and first downs than Tampa, but simply made too many mistakes. Jake Delhomme looked like a $7 quarterback with a kidnapped son, tossing two interceptions in addition to his 20-of-37 for 227 yards and a touchdown. Peyton Hillis, ironically getting a lot of work because Jerome Harrison fumbled too many times in the preseason, lost the ball twice.
Harrison out-gained Hillis in rushing yardage, 52-41, with both runners getting nine carries. Eric Mangini may go back to Harrison now that both backs have proven themselves to be too sloppy with the football. It's too bad Montario Hardesty is out for the year.
Freeman finished 17-of-28 for 182 yards, two touchdowns and a pick, and also ran twice for 34 more yards. All in all, Freeman played well considering he was coming off a broken thumb.
Patriots 38, Bengals 24
The funny thing is, it could have been much worse for Cincinnati. In the first half, Tom Brady suffered through four drops in the red zone (Kevin Faulk 2, Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez). Despite those four drops, Brady was still 25-of-35 for 258 yards and three touchdowns, looking sharper than he has ever been since his nasty knee injury.
Texans 34, Colts 24
The difference? For the first time ever, the Texans had a running back to run out the clock against Indianapolis. And not just run out the clock - Arian Foster completely humiliated Indianapolis' front, rushing for 231 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries. He's clearly a stud, and considering how explosive Houston's offense is, Foster has to be one of the favorites to lead the league in rushing.
Foster was actually so good that Matt Schaub barely had to throw the ball. Schaub was just 9-of-17 for 107 yards, one touchdown and an interception to the chagrin of fantasy owners everywhere. Andre Johnson consequently did nothing either, hauling in just three balls for 33 yards.
Jaguars 24, Broncos 17
- On the opening drive, Denver had a 3rd-and-1 on the Jacksonville 18-yard line. Despite this great setup, they had to actually punt the ball after a penalty and a sack.
- Correll Buckhalter lost a fumble deep in Jacksonville territory, which ended an impressive 9-minute drive that began on the Denver 4-yard line.
- The Broncos had just 10 men on the field when David Garrard threw a touchdown to Marcedes Lewis.
Steelers 15, Falcons 9
Dixon was 4-of-4 for 22 yards on the opening drive, and ended up 18-of-26 for 236 yards. He made some nice throws, but tossed an ugly pick in the second quarter to Mike Peterson. Nevertheless, he played relatively well overall.
One big concern: Despite his mobility, Dixon was sacked three times in this contest by an Atlanta squad that usually doesn't bring a ton of pressure. One of the sacks pathetically came on a three-man rush at the end of the first half.
Titans 38, Raiders 13
Popular Opinion Fail.
The Raiders were the same old Raiders, unable to pass protect and keep themselves from making stupid mistakes. Oakland's offense was responsible for four sacks and four lost fumbles. The Raiders also committed 10 penalties, while Sebastian Janikowski whiffed on a 39-yard field goal (though he lucked out with a Tennessee penalty).
Young hooked up on a 56-yard bomb to Nate Washington, who paced the team with three grabs for 88 yards. Washington undoubtedly is the Titans receiver to own; Kenny Britt didn't catch a single pass.
Giants 31, Panthers 18
Eli Manning threw three interceptions, but two shouldn't have happened; they were tipped passes that bounced off the hands of Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw also fumbled deep in Carolina territory in the second half. This game could have been a lot uglier.
DeAngelo Williams managed 62 yards on 16 attempts, while Jonathan Stewart carried the ball only five times for 12 yards. I don't understand why Stewart touched the ball only five times. The coaching staff should be embarrassed - especially considering how crappy Matt Moore was.
Moore went 14-of-33 for 182 yards, one touchdown, three picks and two fumbles. His first interception was particularly ugly, as he lobbed the ball into quadruple coverage in the end zone. Moore could have easily tossed a fourth interception, but the Giants dropped it in the second quarter.
Unfortunately for Moore (and perhaps fortunately for the Panthers), Moore suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter. Jimmy Clausen could start in Week 2.
Bears 19, Lions 14
Believe me, I'll definitely have more on this later in the week. But let me say this - I can't believe how irresponsible the Lions are for letting a scrub like Backus protect their franchise quarterback, especially in a division with Peppers, Clay Matthews and Jared Allen.
Cardinals 17, Rams 13
In Anderson's defense though, he wasn't given good pass protection. The Rams totaled only two sacks, but Anderson was constantly under pressure. In particular, right tackle Brandon Keith was awful.
Bradford went 32-of-55 for 251 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He struggled with some clock issues at the end of the game, but that's to be expected from a rookie quarterback making his first start.
Packers 27, Eagles 20
Seahawks 31, 49ers 6
The Seahawks were tremendous and much better than I thought they would be, but I really have to criticize Mike Singletary for not preparing his team for this contest. The 49ers didn't really look like they were trying, as many of the defenders were laughing when the score was 21-6. They did not take Seattle seriously; they've been told all offseason that they're going to easily win the NFC West, and they looked like they assumed that this contest was a formality.
Oh, and Alex Smith really, really sucks. I've never been a fan of his - not even before the 2005 NFL Draft - and his performance in the opener was disgraceful. Smith was 26-of-45 for 225 yards, one fumble and and two interceptions, one of which was a pick-six.
Redskins 13, Cowboys 7
Seven seconds and two plays decided this defensive struggle. If you somehow missed it, the Cowboys tried some weird play on their 36-yard line with four seconds remaining in the first half. Under pressure, Romo pitched the ball to Tashard Choice, who fumbled the ball to see it scooped up by DeAngelo Hall for a back-breaking touchdown. At halftime, Rodney Harrison said the following, "This has to be one of the dumbest plays I've ever seen."
On the final play of the game, Tony Romo found Roy Williams in the end zone for the game-winning score. The play didn't count, however, because Alex Barron held Brian Orakpo. And by held, I mean choked and tackled. It truly was a disgraceful play on Barron's part, and his unborn grandkids will undoubtedly have to live their lives in shame because of it.
For thoughts on Jets-Ravens and Chargers-Chiefs, check out my updated 2010 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.
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