September 10, 2007

Week 1 down.

After the first week of the NFL season I want to share some observations and opinions with everyone.

There were some really good games and some that were really one sided. The Packer game was a good close game that I thought was interesting to watch. It was a strong defensive game, the type I like. Plus the Packers won, which always makes it a good game. The Bears Vs Chargers game started off good, but turned bad in the second half when San Diego started running off with the game. I think it was due to the fact that the offense could not hold onto the ball and that the defense was getting worn down being hammered on by LT and Gates. However Grossman performed almost exactly how I thought he would against the Chargers. Now Bear fans take solace in this; itís only week one and the Chargers are a tough team.

What is up with the running backs this week? Other than Addai in Indianapolis, most of them put up dismal yardage. If they did put up over a hundred yards, they didnít score. Itís almost as if every team in the NFL decided to forgo the ground game and stick to the air. Is it because defenses are stacking against the ground? Maybe they are preparing for an onslaught of rushing all season and thatís how every team except New Orleans built their defense.

Speaking of sticking to the air, what the hell is up with all the QBís that got 4 or more touchdowns in one game? Brady, Romo, Rothlesberger, Eli and Peyton Manning. Thatís not even including the four QBs that are going to be playing tonight! Potentially there is a chance of adding a couple more names to that list. Usually if you get a QB that scores that many touch downs, itís only one maybe two a week. It is NOT five or more that sling the pigskin for the touchdowns.

Iím wondering what is going to happen with the obviously horribly missed off sides against the Bears that wasnít called. It was clear that the Bearís defensive tackle, Tommie Harris was off sides and possibly encroachment when he forced the goal line fumble of Philip Rivers. But none of the officials called it.

We have two more games tonight and then itís on to week two.

Posted by Contagion in Football at September 10, 2007 04:56 PM | TrackBack

That Denver/Buff game was FANTASTIC - even if I did have Buff down to win (my longshot pick). Holy cow.....

But that wouldn't have anything to do with Mr. Lynch and Mr Rice playin'....honest. ;-)

Posted by: Tammi at September 10, 2007 12:18 PM

Yeah. Now I can start my plan to blow past everyone in the leagues...

Posted by: That 1 Guy at September 10, 2007 05:23 PM

You got that backwards: The Bears D hammered ON LT, they weren't hammered BY him. Be honest: if someone was betting before the game that LT would be held under 30 yards rushing you'd have thought they were pissing their money away. I agree on Grossman (didn't do too bad, but didn't do too good either... same shit), what pissed me off was the craptastic ball handling by Benson and the O line letting Grossman get hammered TWICE with nobody blocking the right side.

The Green Bay/Philly game was simply a contest to see who sucked worse. Philly won. I will give props to Brett Favre for saving some seriously busted plays though.

Posted by: Graumagus at September 11, 2007 02:39 AM

Grau, You're right about the Bears holding LT. And to be honest I didn't think they would hold him that low. However they had to keep on him the entire game. By the Chargers continually using LT against the Bears D, it was starting not only to wear down the Bears, but it also lead to the Bears making some defensive mistakes in the secondary allowing Gates to make his plays. It also started to tire them out. IE, look at how the Defense did in the third and fourth quarters.

So yes, the Bears D did pound LT, but when you hit two hammers together sooner or later one is going to prove the weaker and start to give.

And the Packers might have sucked, but at least they have a Win right now. We'll see how long that streak lasts.

Posted by: Contagion at September 11, 2007 06:29 AM