NFL Weekend Wrap Up- week 2 - What did we learn?
Another wild and wacky week in
the NFL, and themes from last year came into play
in Week 2 in the NFL. Most notably, big favorites
covering like Baltimore and Cincy, and even Seattle
laying a number after a week they did not score
a TD, and all covered the number, bringing back
shades of last year when double digit favs covered
a ton of games, a rarity in the NFL. There were
5 teams favored by double digits this past weekend.
Many teams are in rebuilding phases, as we have
10 new head coaches this year, so I expect to
see higher numbers on the lines and some blowouts
this season due to these changes and teams in
rebuilding modes. My effort landed me with a losing
1-2 Sunday card with 2 very bad beats on Carolina
and Green Bay, both of whom blew their games in
grand fashion, and who would have expected for
Carolina to be 0-2 at this point, as they were
tabbed a Super Bowl contender? Here are some takes
from last week to ponder.
BAY- How do you blow a 13-0 second quarter
lead to the Saints, at home, and lose in a shootout?
No defense for starters and lack of talent overall.
Brett Favre seems to be catching a ton of blame
here, but the cupboards are bare, especially on
defense where Drew Brees shredded them all day
with sub par receivers. This is a team that needs
to start rebuilding, but QB Favre is not to blame,
he played at a high level, but cannot at age 36
carry this team without help, but he gives them
a better chance at winning than Aaron Rodgers.
Bottom line, a go against team all season, especially
against high powered offense's with good receivers.
Another debacle this weekend for Carolina, who
had some injury problems coming into Minnesota,
but as in week 1, turnovers, special teams blunders
(a huge momentum killer on Sunday), and missed
opportunities were apparent. They get Tampa Bay
this weekend, who is also having problems at QB,
and letting Brian Gresie go to sit on the bench
at Chicago was a bad mistake by Gruden, as Chris
Simms is simply lacking confidence and is forcing
the ball into coverage, and has been under a tremendous
pass rush all season. A tale of 2 teams gone bad
this Sunday, should be interesting to say the
least. Carolina has been their own worst enemy.
The Bears are real and my leader in the NFC to
go all the way as Rex Grossman has proved his
worth. The aerial show has been stellar, they
have a great 1-2 punch at RB with Jones and Benson,
and QB Grossman has been accurate and heady in
the pocket as well as rolling out, and the defense
is better than last years at this point, but with
wins against lowly Green Bay and Detroit, lets
see how good they are against some stiffer opponents
before we anoint them Kings of the NFC.
NEW YORK GIANTS
- Eli Manning proved his worth in a thrilling
come from behind win at Philly in OT this past
Sunday. Do not rule out the Giants in the NFC
as a major contender, who were a playoff team
last year, even though they are in a tough division
that may see 2 teams out of the 4 in the playoffs.
Losing in week 1 to big brother Peyton was no
shame, the Colts are the one of the best AFC teams
around. Having the confidence to lead his team
back from a 24-7 mark in the 4th quarter, on the
road, against an excellent team like the Eagles
will go a long way in New York. Their 1-2 punch
at RB, and excellent receivers, and better than
average defense with good rush ends, makes the
Giants a contender here, as Dallas in my mind
is overrated and Washington is going to be a bottom
feeder all year on offense it looks like at this
point. Catching Seattle on the road this week
is a tall order in back to back roadies, but they
are playing with playoff revenge and have the
better offense, as Seattle has not yet established
the type of running game an offense they has last
year as of yet. Deon Branch makes his debut for
Seattle on Sunday, and right now they need him!
I love this weeks card and fully expect a HUGE
Sunday as I see some things I think the oddsmakers
overlooked, and I will expose it big time this
Sunday. Read between the lines here and you just
might do well yourself.
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