Week 1 Games in Review
Denver 15 – Buffalo 14
It was an exciting debut for Travis Henry and the Broncos. Henry totaled over 180 yards of total offense while Cutler threw for over 300 yards. Javon Walker had 9 catches for 119 yards, most of which came on the game-winning drive. On that last possession, Denver found themselves with 18 seconds left and no time outs. Cutler hit Walker for a gain of 11 in the middle of the field. Tick, tick-tick, tick-tick….The Broncos rushed the field-goal unit on to the field and with two seconds on the clock, the snap was made, the kick was up (the goal posts nets were not), and the kick was good. Denver won in dramatic fashion.
Buffalo didn’t generate much offense through the air, as Lee Evans had 2 catches for only 5 yards. Marshawn Lynch looked good though as he ran for 90 yards and a score. However, it was a somber Bills locker room as backup TE Kevin Everett had to be taken off the field on a stretcher, and went for emergency surgery Sunday afternoon. It is unknown if he will be able to walk again.
Titans 13 – Jaguars 10
Nothing too exciting in this game, especially if you took the Jags in your survivor pool this week. The lone star in this game was Chris Brown, who ran for 175 yards on just 19 carries. VY added a TD on the ground, which gave the Titans the lead for good.
The Jaguars rushing attack was simply not good. Jones-Drew and Taylor combined for less than 50 yards on the ground. The Jags may have cost themselves the game when Josh Scobee injured himself in the pregame warmups. He was able to kick a 22-yarder, but could not attempt a a 36 yarder in the 3rd quarter, which could have put the Jags up by 7.
Redskins 16 – Dolphins 13, OT
Two words: Clinton Portis. Southeast Jerome showed no signs of any injury on Sunday rushing for 98 yards and a TD in the Skins overtime victory over the Dolphins. However, Betts and Portis did split carries with 17 apiece, but Portis outshined him. Randel El racked up 162 yards, but 54 of them were on a hail mary pass at the end of regulation. He caught the ball from a Jason Taylor deflection at the 4 yard line, but was unable to punch it in. However, Shaun Suisham kicked the game winning 39-yard FG in OT.
Bad news for Ronnie Brown owners. He rushed 11 times for just 32 yards. He did have 6 receptions for 40 yards, but Jesse Chatman was receiving some of the goal-line carries. However, he could not punch it in, which may eventually lead to that being only Brown’s job. Chatman was a rather large part of the offense with 6 catches for 48 yards and if he could have gotten that goal-line TD, he could have had an even better day. Chris Chambers racked up 92 receiving yards for Miami as well.
Panthers 27 – Rams 13
This one looked as if it could be a shootout early when Delhomme hit Drew Carter for a TD and then the Bulger-to-Holt combo tied up the game. However, the 2nd quarter slowed things down and FG’s would do the Rams in. They led 13-7 in the mid-3rd quarter when Delhomme hit his favorite receiver Smith for a 68-yard bomb TD. The Panthers didn’t look back as Drew Carter added his 2nd TD from Delhomme in the 4th. Two of Carter’s three catches were for touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Steven “Action” Jackson didn’t quite live up to his #2 overall pick on Sunday. He rushed for only 58 yards and caught just one ball. However, that’s not the worst of it. He coughed up the rock twice. Nevertheless, remember it is just Week 1. Do not panic. Marc Bulger only had 167 yards in the air, but his #1 WR had a decent day with 70 of those yards and a TD.
Patriots 38 – Jets 14
Jets fans, close your eyes. Randy Moss opened his fantasy owners eyes on Sunday. He had 183 receiving yards including a 51-yard TD to go along with his 9 receptions. Wow. Wes Welker added 6 catches for 61 yards and a score, as well. Tom Brady looked divine in the Meadowlands throwing for 3 TDs and 297 yards. However, there was just one thing that may have bugged a Patriot fantasy owner. Laurence Maroney. He rushed the ball 20 times for 72 yards, but 15 of them came late in the 4th quarter when the game was over. Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk took yards and time away from Maroney. They combined for 12 carries for 58 yards and 3 catches for 20 yards. This was not a good sign for Maroney owners, myself included. However, we shall see how much time Morris and Faulk see when the Pats face the Chargers on national TV next weekend.
Chad Pennington got hurt in the 3rd quarter and hobbled off the field only to be boo’ed by the Jets fan. Terrible, classless act by the fans as Chad tried to be a warrior and walk it off. Anyway, the Jets are in trouble as they’ll go to Baltimore next week and Clemens could be making the start for New York. That’s Kellen Clemens, not Roger. Coles was the only bright spot for the Jets and he racked up 59 yards and both of the Jets TDs.
Vikings 24 – Falcons 3
There was a sleeper in Minnesota on Sunday. The game yes, but another one. His name was Adrian Peterson. He totaled 160 total yards of offense, of which included a 60-yard TD reception. If you got AD at a good price in your league, you are reaping the benefits after Week 1, and possibly longer. Chester Taylor got hurt early and did not return. The Vikings defense just dominated this game. They scored two touchdowns in their romp of the Falcons.
Joey Harrington had 199 yards in the air and 2 picks, while Dunn carried most of the load with 22 carries, while Norwood just had 5. However, Dunn rushed for only 55 yards on the stout Vikes D.
Steelers 34 – Browns 7
Big Ben had 4 touchdowns in the Steelers romp of Cleveland. Willie Parker carried 27 times for 109 yards. Santonio Holmes had 55 yards and a TD. Hines Ward had 51 yards and a TD. Heath Miller added 35 yards and a TD. It was all gravy for Pittsburgh in Cleveland.
The Steelers defense also played great, but Browns didn’t help themselves. The Steelers had 6 sacks and forced three fumbles. Derek Anderson and Charlie Frye both entered this game and each were picked once. Jamal Lewis had 35 rush yards and a fumble. Braylon Edwards also fumbled and had 49 yards.
Packers 16 – Eagles 13
One of my two upset picks came true Sunday (Bills lost) as the Packers defeated the Eagles on a last second kick. The story of the day was the poor play by the Eagles special teams. The punt returners cost them the game as they fumbled twice, which set up 10 of the Packers 16 points, including the game-winning FG.
Donovan McNabb threw one INT and one TD along with 184 yards. Westbrook totaled over 125 yards of offense. The Packers front seven were very solid in this game, which kept them in it since the offense didn’t do much. Reggie Brown only had 1 catch for 14 yards. Avant scored the only TD for the Eagles in the game.
Texans 20 – Chiefs 3
The newest connection in the league = Schaub to Johnson. Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson hooked up nicely in the only offensive TD in this game on a 77-yard play. Mario Williams had a fumble return for a TD on defense for the Texans. Ahman Green racked up 73 yards and Ron Dayne got in the action carrying the ball 13 times for 33 yards.
The Chiefs offense looked as it was forecasted. Bad. LJ had just 10 carries for 43 yards, but caught 7 passes for 44 yards. Huard was picked twice in the loss.
Seahawks 20 – Bucs 6
Seattle started slow, but later picked up the pace led by Alexander who ran for over 100 yards and a TD. Deion Branch was no where in sight as he failed to catch a pass. DJ Hackett left this game with an injury early in the game. Matt Hasselbeck threw a TD pass to….Maurice Morris! Morris caught a 34 yard pass up the left sideline on a beautiful play. He started in the backfield then motioned to the left side and beat Brooks for the score.
The Caddy ran the ball for 60 yards on the ground, but left the game with a rib injury. Keep on eye on his status as he did not return. Galloway had 72 yards receiving, but his QB Garcia left the game as well. However, Garcia would return.
Chargers 14 – Bears 3
This game was 3-0 Bears at the half and the Chargers could do nothing. Tomlinson was held for -1 yards on 9 carries at one point. But his arm, not his legs, would give his team the lead. He threw a 17 yard TD pass to Gates late in the 3rd quarter to take a 7-3 lead. Speaking of Gates, he had a great day with 107 yards and that TD from LDT. Rivers only had 190 yards and a pick against the stout Bears D, who looked good until the Tomlinson TD. However, they got away with a Rivers fumble at the goal-line when they were offsides, which was not called. Tomlinson would later score another TD on the ground to put the game away.
The Bears must be missing Thomas Jones since Benson and Peterson each fumbled the ball. Grossman was 12 for 23 with 145 yards and a pick. Berrian had 83 of those yards.
Lions 36 – Raiders 25
Jon Kitna led the Lions attack with 3 TDs to go along with his 289 yards. Calvin Johnson looked good in his debut catch one of those TDs. Roy Williams also had a TD, but only had 20 yards. Tatum Bell ran for 87 yards and also scored in the final seconds of the game on a cheap, meaningless TD that Raiders fans let him know about.
McCown threw for 313 yards and 2 scores in a losing effort. LaMont Jordan had a solid game with over 150 total yards of offense and a TD. The Raiders made this game close after they trailed 17-0 and would later take a 21-20 lead that they would surrender late in the 4th.
Sunday Night Football
Cowboys 45 – Giants 35,
Tony Romo had 345 yards and 5 touchdowns (1 rushing) as he shined in Dallas on Sunday Night. Julius Jones and MBII each had 65 rushing yards, but only Barber reached the endzone. Witten was the star of the first half with 116 yards and a TD. TO was silent in the first half, but exploded for 2 TDs in the 2nd half.
Speaking of exploding, Plaxico Burress had 3 touchdowns and 144 yards receiving in the loss. Speaking of loss, the Giants lost Brandon Jacobs to a knee injury, along with DE Osi Umenyiora. Eli Manning also left the game in the 4th quarter with a shoulder injury. The severity of these injuries should be determined today when MRIs are taken. Initial reports show Jacobs will be out for 3-5 weeks with an MCL sprain. Derrick Ward came in for Jacobs and ran for 89 yards and had 27 receiving yards with a TD. However, he has not be officially named the starter while Jacobs is out. Droughns was not much of a factor in this game.
Two Monday Night games tonight:
Bengals host the Ravens & the 49ers host the Cardinals. Good luck tonight! Games start at 7pm EST.