Posted 9/21 by Joe Bryant, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
happens when you sit an NFL Junkie down in front of multiple big screens with
Sunday Ticket and fresh batteries in the remote.
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Tatum Bell owners:Just in case you
weren’t aware of this, Mike Shanahan really does hate you.
Denver was glad to see Kyle Johnson score
his touchdown Sunday. But none more so than the boneheaded Bronco players that
ran onto the field a few plays earlier nullifying Darrent Williams 61 yard punt
return. Denver was flagged for too many men on the field and instead of a touchdown, the Broncos were given first and ten from the
Charger 29. You always see coaches trying to keep the players back on the
sidelines but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that penalty actually called.
I’m a little distracted here. I’ve had a hard time pulling myself away from the
a trend. If he continues his current pace (he won’t), this is how the reception
totals for Charger Running back LaDainian Tomlinson will look:
2003:100 receptions for the year
2004:53 receptions for the year
2005:0 receptions for the year
right, through eight quarters of play, Tomlinson has zero receptions. Even more
alarming, he’s only been thrown to one time. One time.
That one target ties him some of the “top” receiving backs in the league like
Ovie Mughelli, Mike Karney, Chris Hetherington and Ronnie Cruz.
Miller Beer get Patricia Arquette to do the voice for
the “Girl In the Moon” ad? If you're going to do a
blatant rip off of True Romance, at least get the voice right.
scariest thing about Carolina’s win over New England? The Panthers didn’t even play all
indicator of the Patriots’ struggles I stumbled across:They gained more first downs by penalty (2)
than they did rushing (1).
Last week I
told you to remember John Kasay drilling the 46 yard field goal and how it
would have been good from 60 yards through an eight foot wide goal post. Sunday,
he busted two 50+ yarders.
How does Carolina wide receiver Keary Colbert have
eight passes thrown to him and not come up with a single reception?
favorite play of the week:245 pound
Eagles linebacker Mark Simoneau putting his mouthpiece in before kicking the
extra point with David Akers hurt. You’re probably getting used to seeing all
the WRs wearing jersey numbers in the teens but when a #53
kicks the extra point, that grabs your attention.
know that David Boston has been active for both of the Dolphins game this
season? Have we ever heard less from him?
disastrous week one, Jets QB Chad Pennington spent most of last week vowing to
do a better job of protecting the ball. And then bobbled the
ball on the first play of the game Sunday.
Miami may struggle offensively, but their D is tough.
Curtis Martin carried the ball 31 times for just 72 yards. For a stretch of
eight carries, he totaled a net of zero yards and a fumble.
Say it with
me:“I will ignore the words ‘potential,
talented and former MVP’ when thinking about Denny Green and the Arizona
Cardinals and I will not buy into the hype”.
line, Minnesota is reporting 25,000 high ankle sprains this week. From “fans” jumping off the bandwagon.
kicker Neil Rackers was perfect Sunday. He led all Cardinal scorers. That
actually wasn’t all that difficult given that he was the only scorer.
I bet I
don’t get nearly as many emails this week telling me I don’t know what I’m talking
about and that Cadillac Williams’ day was a fluke. How could I not understand
he piled up all that yardage on one lucky play yada yada. Ask Bills fans if he’s any good. If you let me start
throwing out a few select plays each week, I can make any player look bad. I
bet your league is like mine – you get to count everything that happens that
Eagles get to count that scrimmage against San Francisco as a real game? Koy friggin Detmer was nine for nine and 94 yards.
One of my
favorite real NFL players is Trent Dilfer. He just seems like a good guy and
it’s great to see him have success in Cleveland. Matt Hasselbeck speaks glowingly
of how Dilfer was such a help in mentoring him in Seattle. That’s cool. Jon Kitna is the same
kind of guy. Dilfer was good at the press conference
when asked about his role. He deflected the question saying, “The face of our
team is Charlie Frye”. He laughed and then said, “I'm getting funnier the older
Ben Roethlisberger’s an excellent real NFL QB but let’s not get carried away. The guy has 23 completions for the season.
You know how many three touchdown NFL games he’s had? None.Ever. Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy a lot and
he’s doing exactly what the Steelers need him to do at QB. But we have to
accept that a 200+ yard passing game is a big deal for him.
catch the hand gesture antics between Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich and Colts
defensive line coach John Teerlinck? Leftwich shot Teerlinck the bird while the
Colts coach gave him the infamous throat slash gesture. I doubt the
commissioner sees it this way but it seemed kind of funny to me.
UCLA beat Oklahoma Saturday. In
Note to Rex
Grossman:I think I’d hold off on any
expensive home improvements there, Chief. This Orton kid looks s-o-l-i-d.
Chicago rookies, Cedric Benson didn’t
endear himself to Bears fans as he caused the team to burn a timeout when he
lined up in the wrong spot. Didn’t he have all summer to learn that stuff in
camp? Oh, that’s right…
Is it just
me or do the days of Mike Tice celebrating with a chest bump to Randy Moss seem
a long time ago?
Moss – I don’t own him in any leagues but he was absolutely robbed on the
offensive pass interference call that took his TD away. What a joke. I can
understand a referee missing a call. Maybe he couldn’t see a hold or a
facemask. That happens. But to imagine you saw something that just wasn’t there
is harder to accept.
opened against the Giants. His second game was against the Rams. I’m hearing
they’re trying to work out a scrimmage Friday against the Iowa Barnstormers to
keep the string going.
else, the NFL is proactive. Determined not to have a repeat of the Monday Night
pre game melee, the league has instituted a “neutral zone” before the game.
Punters and kickers are the only players allowed between the 45 yard lines in warmups. It’s the NFL’s version of the DMZ. Maybe they’ll
just let the kickers go at it now. It’d almost be worth picking up the recently
waived Darren Bennett. With the 6’ 5” / 235 pound former Australian rules football star, I’d like my chances.
Trotter had this to say about his ejection from the Monday Night game: ``They should have fined the referee. That's who they should
have fined for that bad call.'' Thanks Jeremiah. Good luck with that.
the Bucs. People thought Jon Gruden forgot how to
coach. And they were wrong.
on the East Coast went to bed Sunday night expecting Jason Campbell to be the
new QB in Washington. And woke up to
talk of Mark Brunell for MVP.
offensive tackle Jon Jansen is playing with two broken thumbs. That’s tough.
With left in the 2nd quarter,
Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer had already
connected with seven different receivers. I think that’s a good thing but I’m
not completely sure.
In a battle
of former NFL coaching legends, Bill Callahan’s Nebraska Cornhuskers edged Dave
Wannstedt’s Pitt Panthers in a 7-6 shootout. That
sounds about right.
It was bad
enough that Dallas lost after inducting the Triplets
into their Ring of Honor, but the Packers dropping a game to Cleveland after retiring Reggie White’s
Green Bay may not win at Lambeau
anymore but it’s still worth tuning in just to see who they have singing their
National Anthem. They always have interesting people there. This week it was
Reggie White’s daughter. Very cool.
Manning ever leaves New York, I hope he goes to Tampa so we can have Manning, Sims and
Griese as the quarterbacking corps.
what was wrong with the Vikings, cornerback Fred Smoot said, ``I can't tell
you, baby. That's a question you'll have to ask Dr. Phil.''
Bill Belichick was less talkative than normal after the Carolina game. When asked if it was a
defensive breakdown on the 41 yard pass reception by Ricky Proehl, Belichick answered, “We don’t have any defenses where the
guy runs down the middle of the field and we don’t cover him.”
100% with Jim Haslett. Playing the “home” game in New York was “bull****”. End of story.
anxious desire of some people to blow anything out of proportion interests me.
Chad Johnson sent a “message” to Viking cornerback Fred Smoot last week through
a reporter. He said, “Smoot – let’s go.” That was it. Yet half the football
writers in America made it sound like Johnson had
insulted his mother and challenged his man hood or something. Relax, people.
obviously had fun with it. During pre game stretching, Johnson told Smoot, “I aintgonna wear no underwear
today. I aint wearing no underwear.”
“You aint wearing no underwear? That’s good, cuz I'm going to be up your ***.
hard and playfully tackled him.
Baltimore Ravens. I don’t know what to say.
last long – Detroit released new kicker Remy Hamilton
after one game.
these guys make a lot of money but still, you have to feel for Raider wide
receiver Ronald Curry. He tore his left Achilles’ tendon Sunday. You probably
remember, he missed most of last season with the same
injury. After eight months of rehab, he’s back to square one. ``I've been
working since December to get back, so it's very discouraging,'' he said. ``It
is what it is. You can't control it.''
sure that TE Jerramy Stevens is the best receiver in Seattle.
expected, I drew plenty of whines from the bow ties with emails and message
board threads after I dared to suggest last week that football’s opening day
kickoff was superior to the snooze fest baseball tried in Japan.
baseball note here though. Pay attention to Roger Clemens. I think you can make
a serious argument that you’ll be able to tell your grandkids you saw the best
pitcher to ever play. That’s saying something. Ok, back to football.
Defense in the NFL: YourIndianapolis Colts. Followed
closely by your Kansas City Chiefs. Yikes.
David Akers had this to say about his gluteus strain: “It just [stinks],” he
said. “It’s not something I’d wish on anybody. I felt like Forrest Gump –
something bit me on the buttocks.”
annoying nick name of the weekend: ESPN’s Linda Cohn calling Cadillac Williams,
“Lac”. That might work for some people. For Linda, not so
have flashbacks of Akron as Byron Leftwich was
limping down the field on the last drive Sunday?
commercial this week: Burger King’s NFL Films thing where the King intercepts
the ball and scores. I love that but I’ll admit the big head King guy freaks me
out a little.
wrong with Daunte Culpepper? It’s a lot more than Randy Moss. I’m thinking
departed offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and injured
center Matt Birk are bigger problems than not having
O’Neal caught three Daunte Culpepper passes Sunday. That ties him with Nate Burleson for second most on the team. The only problem
is that O’Neal plays for Cincinnati.
the Bills management got my message from last week and decided to wear the Jack
Kemp throwbacks again. Cool.
Kyle Orton vs Joey Harrington. Who looked like the rookie?
we might see the police arrest Sean Taylor after that hit. It was a mugging.
Cincinnati was penalized 17 times Sunday. And
still blew the Vikings out. Ouch.
I know they
were excited and all but isn’t week two a little early with the Gatorade bath
for Joe Gibbs? I mean really.
You have to
love the “Trust Jesus” sign in the Black Hole of Oakland.
running back Chris Brown was injured early in the game. Now there’s a shock.
celebration of the weekend? Seattle’s Shaun Alexander
“rockin’ the baby”.
Second best?Philadelphia’s Terrell Owens
just setting the ball down at the goal line.
Manning seems to be taking his slow start in stride. The Colts broke ground for
their new stadium this week and Manning was on hand. He said, “I promise I’ll
throw a lot of touchdowns in this new stadium. A lot more
than I threw Sunday.” The Colts are 2-0 so the crowd laughed. Manning
owners didn’t find it nearly as funny.
"shutdown"corner, doesn't DeAngelo Hall give up an awful lot of yards?
San Francisco’s Julian Peterson is guaranteeing a
victory this week. I like his attitude but I wonder if he meant to say he
guarantees that Dallas won’t hang 42 points on them again
like the Eagles did….
have had 24 offensive possessions. And they have 12 turnovers. Chew on that for
Bears like what Thomas Jones is doing? Here's their first series from Sunday.
() K.Orton pass to M.Muhammad to DET 39 for 4 yards
2-6-DET39 () K.Orton
pass to M.Muhammad to DET 34 for 5 yards
3-1-DET34 () T.Jones
right tackle to DET 32 for 2 yards
() T.Jones right guard to DET 29
for 3 yards
2-7-DET29 () T.Jones
right tackle to DET 11 for 18 yards
() T.Jones left guard to DET 3 for
2-2-DET3 () T.Jones
left tackle for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
Awards for Week 2
Palmer 86 yard TD pass to RB Perry Nullified by penalty
ATL QB Vick
rush for no gain from the 5 (Vick to Finneran TD)
ATL RB Dunn
rush for no gain from the 5 (Duckett TD)
PHI DEF /
DB Sheppard 34 yard interception return to the 2 (McNabb to Westbrook TD)
Brown 4 yard rush to the 3
Brown rush for minus 1 to the 4 (Frerotte to McMichael TD)
Griese 15 yard pass to Clayton to the 1
Griese rush for no gain to the 1 (Alstott TD)
Griese 2 yard pass to TE Becht to the 3 (Williams TD)
SD QB Brees 19 yard pass to WR Parker to the 4 (Tomlinson TD)
Plummer 36 yard TD pass to TE Putzier nullified by
Plummer 26 yard pass to RB Anderson to the 3 (Johnson TD)
DEN ST / DB
Williams 61 yard punt return TD nullified by penalty
DEN DEF /
DB Williams interception challenged and reversed
HOU QB Carr
3 yard rush to the 3
Davis rush for no gain from the 3 (Carr to Davis TD)
Brown 22 yard rush to the 3 (McNair to Fleming TD)
KC QB Green
4 yard pass to TE Gonzalez to the 1 (Holmes TD)
KC ST / WR
Hall 83 yard punt return TD nullified by penalty
Collins 12 yard pass to WR Porter to the 3 (Jordan TD)
Collins 6 yard TD pass to WR Moss nullified by penalty
Jordan 56 yard TD rush nullified by penalty
Barber 7 yard rush to the 3
Barber 2 yard rush to the 1 (Jacobs TD)
Manning 22 yard TD pass to WR Burris nullified by
penalty (Feely FG)
NE QB Brady
71 yard pass to WR Brown to the 1 (Brady to Graham TD)
Delhomme 41 yard pass to WR Proehl to the 1 (Davis TD)
CAR ST / WR
Smith 77 yard punt return TD nullified by penalty
it’s best to just not know….
playing along. I hope you have a great week.
Thanks to my
partner David Dodds for the help on this one. If you've got a Random Shot of
your own, shoot it to me at Bryant@Footballguys.com