2009 NFL Week 2 Review
Falcons 28, Panthers 20
That's not the case. Well, maybe his son is back, but Delhomme was nearly a disaster. Though Delhomme began the game 4-of-4 for 54 yards, he should have thrown an interception a bit later when he inexplicably tossed a weak underhanded pass which was dropped by a Falcons defender. If Delhomme would have thrown a pick there, things probably would have snowballed on him again, as the Panthers would have been in a big early hole.
I'm not saying Delhomme had a terrible game, though he was guilty of a pick on Carolina's penultimate drive in the red zone. But we're not out of the woods yet. Things could have been disastrous early for Delhomme.
Vikings 27, Lions 13
Despite what the final score may say, this game was very close for three quarters, and Detroit even dominated the first half. The Lions had 11 of the initial 14 first downs, and were outgaining the Vikings in yardage, 150-113, at halftime.
Unfortunately, an NFL game is 60 minutes. Matthew Stafford tossed two picks - one late over the middle - and the Lions forgot how to tackle on an Adrian Peterson 27-yard touchdown run.
Favre should have thrown multiple interceptions. He launched what looked like a punt toward his target in the third quarter. If Anthony Henry had turned around, he would have caught an easy pick. A few plays later, Favre lollipopped the ball downfield and nearly tossed another interception. He also took too many sacks early on.
Bengals 31, Packers 24
- The Packers, down seven with less than a minute remaining, recovered an onside kick. Aaron Rodgers (21-of-39, 261 yards, TD) drove the Packers down to Cincinnati's 10-yard line. Fortunately for the sanity of all Bengals fans, Green Bay ran out of time; Jermichael Finley (4 catches, 56 yards) committed a false start penalty with less than 10 seconds left. By rule, the game concluded with a 10-second runoff.
- Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom had FIVE sacks. Packers left tackle Chad Clifton suffered an injury and had to go into the locker room for X-rays for his ankle. Right tackle Allen Barbre, meanwhile, was just as horrible as he was Sunday night. In total, Aaron Rodgers was sacked six times.
- Cedric Benson (29 carries, 141 yards) gained 4.9 yards per rush! Yes - CEDRIC BENSON gained 4.9 yards per rush!
- Chad Ochocinco (4 catches, 91 yards) caught a touchdown in the second half. Ochocinco kept his word and made a Lambeau Leap. However, there's a bit of an asterisk there, as Ochocinco leaped into the arms of three Cincinnati fans sitting in the front row. Scott Hanson of the NFL Red Zone called it the "Bengal Bounce."
- Believe it or not, the Bengals converted a 3rd-and-34 in this contest. Carson Palmer (15-of-23, 185 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs) passed to Daniel Coats for 25 yards. Coats fumbled the ball, which was picked up by Laveranues Coles, who gained the extra yardage.
- Ryan Grant gained 46 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Cincinnati's defense is for real.
- Donald Driver made a couple of impressive catches on Green Bay's final drives. He finished with six grabs for 99 yards and a score.
- Greg Jennings failed to catch a single ball. He was targeted five times.
- Chris Henry scored a touchdown, but it was his only reception (5 yards). He was targeted thrice.
- Laveranues Coles was also targeted three times. He came up with two grabs for nine yards and a touchdown.
Cardinals 31, Jaguars 17
Raiders 13, Chiefs 10
- I don't know why the Raiders aren't giving the ball to Michael Bush. Bush is easily the team's best runner, yet he had just nine carries for 35 yards. Bush didn't even get his first attempt until three minutes into the second quarter. When Bush got the ball, he rushed four times for 14 yards and caught a 17-yard pass on one drive. The Raiders, as you might expect, scored their first points of the day (48-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal) on that possession.
- Until the last minutes of the contest, JaMarcus Russell was terrible. Before the final drive, he was 3-of-17 for 42 yards. Oakland fans must have celebrated when he notched his fourth completion, but they were even more gleeful when he inexplicably led Oakland to a game-winning touchdown. Russell was 4-of-7 for 67 yards on the final sequence.
- Darrius Heyward-Bey caught the first pass of his career, which was an 18-yarder. However, Heyward-Bey was targeted six times. It seemed like Russell was trying too hard to force him the ball. Coincidentally, the Raiders scored the winning touchdown after Heyward-Bey left the game with an injury.
- The Chiefs wasted two timeouts early in the first half. Late in the second quarter, Cassel threw a short pass (shocker) to a receiver who couldn't get out of bounds deep in Oakland territory. The Chiefs didn't have a timeout, so they couldn't stop the clock and the half expired.
- Matt Cassel was 24-of-39 for 241 yards, one touchdown and two picks. Cassel began the game 11-of-20 for 75 yards (a YPA of less than 4). He opened things up in the second half, but that's when he tossed both interceptions.
Jets 16, Patriots 9
Tom Brady didn't look right all game. He was constantly pressured and was frequently off-target on downfield shots. He also looked very uncomfortable and hesitant. Brady was an anemic 8-of-20 for 66 yards in the second half.
It was so bad that Julian Edelman led the team in receptions. Edelman, playing in the slot in place of an injured Wes Welker, had eight catches for 98 yards. Even Joey Galloway (5 catches for 53 yards) out-produced Randy Moss. Moss caught four balls for 24 yards, as he was completely shut down by Darrelle Revis. Aside from Nnamdi Asomugha, it's very clear that Revis is the top corner in the NFL.
Sanchez was at his best when it counted; he was 11-of-17 for 148 yards and the score in the second half. Sanchez nearly had a second touchdown twice; Chansi Stuckey caught the ball with a foot out of bounds and then slipped a few plays later.
Saints 48, Eagles 22
Texans 34, Titans 31
Johnson finished with 197 rushing yards and 87 receiving yards, destroying all of his fantasy opposers.
I made a note during this fight: "Even if the Texans lose, give them credit for showing grit and toughness on the road." Well, the Texans deserve major credit. Now they just have to get over the Indianapolis hump.
The Titans, meanwhile, are 0-2. Once again, they could not get any pressure up the middle with their front four. Albert Haynesworth is very missed.
Redskins 9, Rams 7
Bills 33, Buccaneers 20
While the Bills have looked solid in two games, the Buccaneers have done a great job embarrassing themselves for the past 120 minutes.
49ers 23, Seahawks 10
Speaking of Hasselbeck, he took a similar shot to the ribs that knocked Donovan McNabb out last week. Hasselbeck could be out a few games if he hurt his lower ribs.
Bears 17, Steelers 14
Broncos 27, Browns 6
Ravens 31, Chargers 26
Baltimore is one of the most underrated teams in the league because most casual football fans don't understand how potent their offense is. The Ravens went stride for stride with the high-flying Chargers, beating them in first downs, 22-20.
For thoughts on Cowboys-Giants and Colts-Dolphins, check out my updated 2009 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.
2009 NFL Power Rankings
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