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In NFL Week 1 action, Adrian Peterson proved exactly why he is the best running back in football. Peterson led the Vikings to an easy 34-20 win over the Browns in Cleveland. Peterson rushed the ball 25 times for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 64-yard TD gallop in the 4th quarter was punctuated with 5 broken tackles and 2 stiff-arms – simply incredible. The presence of Peterson makes it easy on newly-acquired, un-retired quarterback Brett Favre. Favre needed to attempt only 21 passes in the win, completing 14 for 110 yards. Favre threw 1 touchdown pass to rookie all-purpose wide receiver Percy Harvin and had no interceptions, good for a 95.3 passer rating.
Couple the speed/power of Peterson and a healthy, mistake-free Favre with one of the best defense in the NFC, you have a recipe for success. There is a lot riding on the Vikings this year, so the pressure is on head coach Brad Childress to bring a championship to Minneapolis very very soon. We’ll have to see how it plays out, but with the current Sports Illustrated Cover Boy leading the way, Vikings fans have a lot to be excited about.
Mis-measured scoreboard aside, the new Cowboys Stadium looks pretty sweet. What better way to open up the new stadium than a battle against the division rival New York Football Giants.
Check out this great article on the new Cowboys Stadium. 20,000 standing room only tickets sold out. Maybe over 100,000 witnessing the 1st regular season game at the new Cowboys Stadium. Giants-Cowboys * Eli Manning-Tony Romo * Undefeated teams duking it out for bragging rights. You gotta love NFL rivalry football…
Wow – there were some good outings on Sunday, but none was as spectacular as Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. And as for bad outings, Jay Cutler took the cake…
The Good – Drew Brees – 26 of 34 for 358 yards. He threw for 6 touchdowns, against just 1 pick, and he completed over 75% of his passes. All good for a phenomenal 137.0 passer rating. Brees even connected twice with tight end Jeremy Shockey twice – it was Shockey’s 1st and 2nd touchdown receptions since being traded from the Giants to the Saints before the start of the 2008 NFL season. The Saints won 45-27, and despite giving up 27 points on defense, there are high hopes in New Orleans that the high octane offense will keep leading the team to victory throughout the long season.
The Bad – Jay Cutler. Cutler had to make his Bears debut against the arch-rival Packers at the very unfriendly Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Not easy. But no one expected as bad a performance as this. 17 of 36 for 277 yards. Cutler threw 4 interceptions, the last of which sealed the Bears’ fate with just a minute left in the game. Cutler did throw one TD pass to Devon Hester on a nice fade that cut the Packers lead to 10-9, but he completed only 47% of his passes and his passer rating was an embarrassing 43.2. The Bears gave up 2 1st round draft picks to acquire Cutler, and although he doesn’t have the best set of receivers in his arsenal, he needs to play better than this. With upcoming tough games (Steelers at home; Seahawks on the road), if we see more outings like, we may start to hear the boo-birds at Soldier Field very soon…
Great article from ESPN’s John Clayton – the Professor. This guy is great and the insight is interesting. Not sure I’d go as far as he does, but it is fun to think about the NFC being a better conference than the AFC…
The Chicago Bears trounced the Denver Broncos 27-17 in Denver on Sunday night. In a battle between quarterbacks traded for each other in the off-season, Cutler clearly had the upper hand.
Jay Cutler caused a stink when new Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels tried to acquire Matt Cassell (his former quarterback with the Patriots where McDaniels was the offensive coordinator) from New England during the off-season. When the Patriots traded Cassell to Kansas City and not Denver, Cutler told the team that he wanted out. After attempts by McDaniels to ease tensions with Cutler failed, the Bears pulled off the trade for Cutler by trading away Kyle Orton and 1st round draft picks in each of the 2009 and 2010 NFL drafts. The Bears were ecstatic that they now had their “franchise quarterback” and he showed just how good he can be on Sunday against his former team. Cutler completed 15 of 21 passes for 144 yards and 1 touchdown – good for a 106.1 passer rating. Cutler had all of his weapons at his disposal – Devon Hester, Earl Bennett, Greg Olsen, Desmond Clark and Matt Forte out of the backfield. The Bears showed signs of having a dynamic offense – mixing up the runs and passes and rolling out Cutler to take advantage of his athleticism. The Bears gotta be loving this. The Broncos fans booed Cutler every time he touched the ball, but he was largely unfazed – “This isn’t your everyday situation… We knew coming into this it was going to be a hostile environment, which was good. It’s good preparation for us… It went well… I love where I’m at in Chicago. I think we’re heading in the right direction offensively.”
Matt Forte rushed for 21 yards and 1 score. He also had 3 receptions for 24 yards, 1 of which was a 6-yard touchdown pass from Cutler. Devon Hester also showed signs of his old punt return self – a 54-yard burst down the middle of the field towards the right sideline that set up a Bears score. The Bears play their final pre-season game this Thursday against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field.
As for the Broncos, Kyle Orton completed 12 of 16 passes for 96 yards. He did not have any touchdowns or interceptions and he left the game when he cut his index finger on his right throwing hand after a pass attempt. The Broncos are 0-3 and have been outscored by their opponents 71-46 during the pre-season. Not good.
De Ja Vu? After the Patriots lost their star quarterback Tom Brady during the 1st game of the 2008 NFL season, Patriots brass and fans are both worried about the injury that Brady suffered in last night’s pre-season win over the Redskins. The Patriots are down-playing the injury as a “sore shoulder”, but Brady endured a massive hit from Redskins 350-lb. defensive tackle Alberty Haynesworth at the end of the 1st half. Brady could be seen on the sidelines flexing his arm and shoulder and trying to stretch it out. Brady did not return to the game, although Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that he did not intend to play Brady in the 2nd half (even though the rest of the 1st team suited up for the 1st drive of the 2nd half). We all know how Belichick and his staff loves to try to mislead opponents with injuries to their players, so your guess is as good as mine as to how injured Brady really is. Prior to the Haynesworth hit, Brady looked to be in mid-season form. Brady completed 12 of 19 passes for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns to Randy Moss – good for a 122.7 passer rating. That made the hit all the more disappointing as Brady did not emerge from the game unscathed.
The Patriots have 1 more pre-season game against the New York Giants at Foxboro on Thursday 9/3. We can’t see Brady playing in the game, especially with the regular season starting in just 2 weeks. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything…