Snap Judgments: Favre's foibles, the dazed 'Boys and super Steelers
• By now, I imagine
Back in August, Favre admitted his hesitancy for playing another season with the Vikings was somewhat rooted in the reality that there could be no suitable follow-up act for his 33-touchdown, seven-interception showing of last year.
Now we all understand what he meant.
There will be no fairy tale for Favre this time around. His Vikings are 0-2 and reeling in the wake of losing 14-10 at home to Miami, and so far No. 4 looks like just another turnover-plagued quarterback. More
I wonder if Favre would still maintain that missing all of training camp didn't cost his game a thing? Because he looks painfully rusty to me, in terms of his timing with receivers, his decision-making and his feel for the flow and pace of the action. In 2009, the Vikings were 9-0 at home in the dome and Favre turned the ball over just twice all season. But in dropping the home opener to the Dolphins, Favre produced twice that many turnovers (three interceptions and one fumble lost) in just four quarters.
"I didn't envision starting off 0-2, but I knew it was going to be very difficult,'' Favre said after the game. "I don't know about getting everyone's best. I thought we got every [opponent's] best last year.''
The Vikings obviously got Favre's best last year. But not this time around. Minnesota has scored just 19 points in its losses to the Saints and Dolphins -- 20.5 points fewer than the club's per-game pace last year. The Vikings are already two games behind first-place Green Bay in the NFC North, and don't forget that brutal seven-game stretch coming up after their Week 4 bye: At the Jets, Dallas, at Green Bay, at New England, Arizona, at Chicago, and Green Bay again.
For Favre in Minnesota, I can suddenly see a scenario in which 2010 might wind up being remembered as one comeback too many.
• It dawned on me at some point Sunday afternoon: Maybe it doesn't matter who plays quarterback in Pittsburgh this season. Be it the injured
The Steelers forced the sloppy Titans into an astounding seven turnovers in their not-as-close-as-it-sounds 19-11 win at LP Field, and this from a Tennessee team that looked like a finely honed offensive machine last week against Oakland. The Titans wound up benching the erratic
It wasn't solely about the takeaways for Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Steelers' run defense bottled up the reigning NFL rushing champion,
As always, Pittsburgh's defensive tone was set by safety
When you've got those three defensive leaders playing inspired football, the sky's the limit in Pittsburgh. This is clearly the best the Steelers defense has looked since the close of their 2008 Super Bowl season. Holding good offenses like Atlanta and Tennessee to a combined 20 points is a very ominous development indeed for the rest of the AFC North.
• Your move,
Reid's resolve and patience is the stuff of legend, and the man is not easily swayed by public opinion. But the Eagles offense is clearly clicking with Vick under center, and Reid can see that as well as anyone with his own two eyes.
In the wake of Philly's 35-32 win at Detroit, I do believe there's going to be a cacophony of voices calling for Vick to retain the starter's job in Week 3 at Jacksonville. And why not? Kolb was shaky in the first half last week against the Packers, and Vick's 284-yard, two-touchdown showing against the Lions was everything the Eagles could have hoped for in his first NFL start since December 2006.
Here's hoping somehow that Vick remains in the Philly lineup at least through Week 4, when Washington and
• That was a heck of a one-handed touchdown catch by
Can't imagine what this week would have been like in Gotham if the Jets had dropped to 0-2, losing a pair of home games against two of their most heated AFC rivals? After all the buildup this year, it would have been Armageddon in September.
• What a shock that Revis would be battling an early-season hamstring injury after missing the entire preseason with a contract holdout. Some clichés, like pulled muscles always following subpar conditioning work during the summer, are true. Revis missing the entire second half with his hammy issue could have been very costly for New York on this day, but it wasn't.
• Kudos to the Jets defense, which made
To finish 21 of 30 for 220 yards, with a career-best three touchdowns and no interceptions against a
• What a great story the 2-0 Houston Texans are becoming in this young NFL season.
Having finally beaten the Colts last week, the Texans were ripe for a letdown against the Redskins. They had one, but it wasn't fatal, because it didn't last the whole game. Houston is learning to win the big ones before our very eyes.
And one more Texans thought: That was a great timeout call by Kubiak on
• So it's already come to that,
So much for the notion of taking the doctor's orders.
• Speaking of the Cowboys, their offensive problems have not faded a bit since their desultory preseason, and now that familiar dazed and bewildered look on the face of head coach
I assume the Cowboys know they can't become the first team to ever host a Super Bowl on their home field if they don't make the playoffs. Dallas is 0-2 for the first time since 2001, dating back to the
• I don't know if I've ever seen a quarterback running for his life quite like Chicago's
But despite the early loss of left tackle
I'm still not sure how the Bears have gotten to 2-0 with wins over the Lions and Cowboys, but you can't deny Cutler is thriving in the
I can't say I'm optimistic the winning will continue for the Bears, but so far, so good for Chicago's efforts to save coach
• How much longer can Cardinals head coach
Arizona didn't like Leinart's game because he tended to play it safe with check-down throws, instead of risking something downfield. But after watching Anderson throw the ball all over the field the past two weeks, the Cardinals might be sorry they're not playing it safe.
• That's a backfield that goes three-deep in Atlanta. No
• Whoever said the NFL was an offensive-dominated league? With Week 2 not even completed, there have already been 12 games won by teams that scored 19 or fewer points -- eight last week, and four so far in Week 2. In those 12 games, the teams combined to score no more than 34 points, with seven producing a total of 25 or fewer points.
On Sunday, Miami nipped Minnesota 14-10, Kansas City squeaked past Cleveland 16-14, Cincinnati edged Baltimore 15-10 and Pittsburgh took that 19-11 decision at Tennessee. And don't forget the Ravens' 10-9 nail-biter at the Jets last Monday night, the season's lowest-scoring game to date.
Rhodes didn't exactly deliver a forearm shiver to the zebra. He looked like he was merely trying to get his attention. But you can't touch them, Mr. Rhodes. Not even a little bit. That's the rule and you're not exempt.
• With greatly improved receiving weapons in the form of
Baltimore, my pick to win the Super Bowl, has scored 10 points in its two games, and that's not going to get it done all the way to Dallas. The Ravens have run up against quality defenses -- the Jets and Bengals on the road -- but what's happened to Flacco? Four interceptions against the Bengals (five for the season), to go with just one touchdown pass? Flacco was a dreary 17 of 39 for just 154 yards, one touchdown and those four picks in the 15-10 loss at Cincinnati.
So much for the notion that Baltimore's offense was going to carry the defense for a while. The Ravens defense has yet to give up a touchdown, holding the Jets and Bengals to a combined eight field goals.
• This big-play thing is getting contagious in Kansas City. The Chiefs are 2-0 for the first time in five years, largely because of three huge plays: Rookie
And for another week at least, the upstart Chiefs have an undisputed hold on first place in the AFC West.
• Michael Vick's heroics aside, it wasn't exactly a great day for the backup quarterback set in the NFL. Detroit's
Even the in-game relief pitchers didn't fare so well. Kerry Collins couldn't rally the Titans against the Steelers after taking over for Vince Young, and rookie
• Here's a surprising thought: Is it possible that
• Can we just give second-year Packers outside linebacker