September 21st, 2009 13:30 EST
Week Two of the NFL Slides in with Close Games and Good Offnse and Defense
Insight on Week Two of the NFL.
Week one of the NFL set the stage for the upcoming NFL season and week two added to the stage with some very good games. If anyone was trying to start to predict playoff teams at this point in the season it would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
The teams that were supposed to not be good are proving the analysts wrong and the teams that were predicted to dominate are starting to cool off a little. Week two had some very good match-ups with the New York Giants at Dallas on Sunday Night football. The home opener for the Cowboys was held at the Cowboys new multibillion dollar stadium which features a big screen monitor or to me it looks like a big screen television the size of a small island. The monitor is ninety-feet above the fifty-yard line and weighs over a million pounds.
In the preseason the monitor proved to possibly be a hindrance with kickers punting the ball into the bottom of the monitor. Last night in the game there were no punts into the screen so punters are getting conservative with punting the ball more on an arc instead of high in the air to try to get the hang time and help their special teams down field before the kick returner can catch the ball.
Even George W. Bush and the record crowd of 105, 121 who was in attendance last night at Cowboys Stadium could not help save the Cowboys from the overzealous Giants who during the game showed some good offense and great defense in helping to embarrass the Cowboys and Tony Romo with the Cowboys four turnovers in the first half of the game. The turnovers led to 24 points for the Giants. The game went down to the last second when Lawrence Tynes connected on a 37-yard field goal as the clock expired to seal the 33-31 win for the Giants.
My Oakland Raiders finally hit the win column with a 13-10 victory of the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The game proved to be a defensive game which may prove for the Raiders to be in contention this year in the AFC West Division.
The Vikings and Brett Favre continued to roll with a 27-13 win over the Detroit Lions. The Vikings are proving to be a strong team with their offense and upcoming defense. Who knows, maybe it will be another 1976 Minnesota Vikings team where the Vikings ended-up in the 1977 Super bowl against Madden and my Oakland Raiders. Of course my Raiders won the game but the Vikings looked good during the regular season that year.
The Saints are continuing to put up some points. The Saints stunned a very good Philadelphia Eagles team with a 48-22 win over the Eagles. Maybe this is the year for the New Orleans Saints to make the post-season.
The Texans beat the Titans and the Bears handed the Steelers a loss with a 17-14 win over them. The Ravens kept up their image of a good defense with a last second tackle by Ray Lewis to seal the victory for the Ravens with a 31-26 win over the second place Chargers.
The New York Jets brag to be a good team and so far have proved to live by their words of turning this season around. The Jets are 2-0 with a very good start and to me are proving to be an all-around team. Mark Sanchez is turning out to be a good first string quarterback and a good leader. The Jets proved they are not just all talk by beating the New England Patriots yesterday with a 16-9 victory.
The Bills handed the Buccaneers their second loss with a 33-20 win over Tampa Bay. The 49ers beat the Seahawks and Washington downed St. Louis 9-7. The first place Broncos kept their one game lead in the AFC West with a 27-6 win over the slumping Cleveland Browns and the Falcons beat the Panthers 28-20.
Next week should be the mix that slides into the excitement so far for the NFL season. There are some good games on tap and some of those games could decide the lead for each division as some of the second place teams play some of the division leaders. The Raiders take on the Broncos at the Oakland Coliseum Sunday. A win for the Raiders would advance a tie for first place. I am going to take Oakland over Denver and why wouldn`t I?
I am also going to go with the Steelers over the Bengals, the Eagles topping the Chiefs, Green Bay over the Rams, Minnesota handing the 49ers their first loss; The Ravens and their defense beating the Browns, the Giants over the Buccaneers, Houston over Jacksonville, the Titans over the Jets, Atlanta handing the Patriots their second loss in a row and I am going to go with the Detroit Lions beating the Redskins. I think the Lions are due for their first win of the season; I`ll take the Seahawks over the Bears, New Orleans beating Buffalo, Miami over San Diego, and the Colts over the Cardinals and on the Monday Night Football, the Cowboys over the Panthers.