Around the League: Week 1
September 14, 2011 Leave a comment
Every week I will try to post a quick update on what happened around the league the previous weekend. Obviously, it won’t include the Colts since I post a separate recap for them. I will also be sure to include a special note on how the Colts next opponent did.
- 7,842 passing yards in week 1, most in any week ever; 752 points scored tied for 9th most in a single week ever; 8 kick/punt returns for TDs, most in 1 week ever; 89 TDs tied for 6th most in single week ever.
- Steelers were blown out worse than the Colts to their rival, the Ravens. They lost 35-7 but the thing that blew my mind was that they turned the ball over 7 times! They will be fine, however, and by the time they come to Indy in 2 weeks they will probably be playing Steeler football.
- Wow, Tom Brady was incredible. He’s gonna be alright.
- So is Aaron Rodgers.
- Same with Drew Brees.
- Surprising quarterback play by quite a few guys. Good: Rex Grossman, Jay Cutler, CamNewton. Bad: Donovan McNabb, Ben Roethlisberger.
- Not surprising but unexpected quarterback play: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matthew Stafford, Kevin Kolb, Tony Romo.
- All Steve Smith needed was a QB.
- Kenny Britt shone for the Titans. Chris Johnson didn’t.
- Mike Tolbert. Mike Tolbert. Mike Tolbert. 3 TDs by the fullback led the Chargers (boooo) to the win.
- Chad Henne impressed me. Very much so. He needed a game like this.
- David Akers booted 4 FGs in his first game for the Niners.
- Speaking of FGs, how about Chargers punter Mike Scifres drilling a perfect 40 yarder?
- Sebastian Janikowski booted a record-tying 63 yard field goal in the Raiders defeat of the Broncos
- I like Tim Tebow. But bottom line is that he is the 3rd best quarterback on that team.
- Ted Ginn, everybody.
- More fromSan Francisco’s kicking game: punter Andy Lee averaged almost 60 yards per punt on 5 attempts.
- Brian Urlacher was in normal form for the Bears.
- Many serious injuries to key players: Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding tore his ACL on the opening kickoff and is out for the year. Chiefs pro bowl safety Eric Berry also tore his ACL and will also miss the season. Panthers LB Jon Beason tore his achilles and will miss the year. Stephen Jackson and Sam Bradford were among the many Rams players injured, but both should be fine. Bradford will likely play next week,Jacksonis more questionable.
The Colts come home to host the Cleveland Browns. They opened as a 3 point underdog at home. Only once from 2001-2010 were the Colts an underdog at home in a meaningful game (07’ to the undefeated Patriots). The Browns surprisingly lost to the otherOhioteam, the Cincinnati Bengals 27-17. I was a big believer in the Browns coming into the year and still am. I think that Colt McCoy is an emerging super star at QB, and of course every fan of Madden NFL knows their running back, Peyton Hillis. It will be a very tough game for the Colts.