Snap Judgments for Week 2
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we behold maybe the grittiest, guttiest Colts comeback victory in the entire 11-year points-apalooza that has been the
• Last week, rookie quarterbacks
On the drive he capped with his score, McFadden was a virtual one-man wrecking crew of the Chiefs, accounting for 89 of the 95 yards Oakland gained on that seven-play march and flashing tons of his big-play potential. McFadden touched the ball on five of those plays, clicking off runs of 21, 1, minus-2, 50 and finally, the 19-yarder for the touchdown. It was the Raiders' first meaningful touchdown of the new season, following their two garbage-time fourth-quarter scores in Monday night's 41-14 humiliation at the hands of visiting Denver, a game they trailed 27-0 after three.
McFadden had the gaudiest afternoon statistically, but he was far from alone in finding the rookie running back spotlight. Joining him were:
• And Chicago's
On a day when last year's ultimate impact rookie -- Minnesota running back
• Now that we've had one full start to study the
As I said a couple times last week, the Patriots can definitely still win 10 games and maybe even the AFC East with that kind of showing. Especially with New England's defense playing so tough against New York. I think we're in for a number of Patriots games this season that follow the same basic script as we saw Sunday.
• The more you see of Green Bay quarterback
Pressure? What pressure? Rodgers has looked like a four-year veteran rather than a novice starter through two weeks, and his performance at Detroit on Sunday should even have the Favre loyalists leaning his way: 24 of 38 (63 percent) for 328 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a cool 117.0 passer rating in the Packers' 48-25 win. In a span of less than a week, Rodgers has proven himself capable of handling what two of Green Bay's three division rivals -- Minnesota and Detroit -- had to throw at him.
Rodgers' biggest test, so far, will likely come next Sunday night when Dallas visits Green Bay, but if he keeps this up, how long until we see our first "Brett Who?'' t-shirt at Lambeau?
• So tell me again how Lions head coach
There will be no hope-inspiring but ultimately letdown-inducing 6-2 start in Detroit this year. Nope. The 0-2 Lions appear to be headed back to the truly bad old days of 4-12-ville, which you figure would finally trigger the demise of both the general manager with nine lives,
• For my money, nobody had a more crucial fourth-quarter success story on Sunday than Washington and its fourth-year quarterback
But Washington punched across two fourth-quarter touchdowns -- an 8-yard
Campbell's 321-yard passing day (24 of 36 completions) had to be a relief to 'Skins fans who were ready to start calling for veteran backup
• The quasi-big day turned in by Bears receiver
In his two full seasons in Washington (2006-07), where he was a costly and foolish free-agent acquisition, Lloyd caught just 25 passes in 23 games, never once scoring a touchdown. He had all of two catches for the Redskins last season.
• For a Carolina team that went just 2-6 at home last season, that was a huge rally -- down 14 in the second half -- against the Bears, in which the Panthers never led until there were less than four minutes remaining in their 2008 home opener.
• Two weeks and two Brett Favre touchdown passes to Jets second-year receiver
• Looks like the Bears have yet another special teams weapon in linebacker
• It only took the season's opening five quarters for Kansas City to play all three of its quarterbacks --
What bottom-less supply of mediocrity could be in store for the rest of the Chiefs' season at the game's most pivotal position? Thigpen completed just 14 of 33 passes (42 percent) for 151 yards against the Raiders, whose secondary looked anything but like world-beaters at home against the Broncos Monday night.
• Speaking of mediocrity, that's just not going to cut it,
• On the flip side, what's not to love about Bills' second-year starting quarterback
These Bills are for real, folks. This is not a mirage of a 2-0 start in western New York.
• If you're scoring at home, the 0-2 Rams have now been outscored 79-16 in their opening two games, with just a combined 367 yards of offense and 21 first downs. I know it's early to start the 0-16 talk, but at this rate, who do they beat? It's entirely possible that they might not be favored in any game between now and a Week 16 home game against the 49ers.
• And to think San Diego's
• Get the feeling this
• Could you lose consecutive games in more heartbreaking, last-minute fashion than San Diego has the past two weeks against Carolina and Denver? Things are not starting out this season like the Chargers are bound for the Super Bowl trip I have predicted for them. No killer instinct for the
• I guess you could say Broncos receiver
• Taking nothing away from the Broncos' comeback, I wouldn't want to be referee