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NFL Week Two—No Country for Old Men   Share

20 September 2010

Sometimes you just have to quit while you are ahead.  A rough week for Brett Favre, still no love for the Detroit Lions, a not-so-intense sibling rivalry, and an 0-2 start for “America’s Team” highlight the action from Week 2.  Here is what everyone will be talking about around the water cooler on Monday:

Most exciting game:  Philadelphia Eagles 35, Detroit Lions 32.  For the second week in a row, the Eagles gave their fans another great game, but this time they came out with a win after a tough loss the week before to the Green Bay Packers.  The story of this game was undoubtedly the Eagles’ starting quarterback Michael Vick who made his first NFL start since 2006.  Vick, who was suspended from the NFL and jailed for 18 months because of his connection to a dog-fighting operation, got the start because the Eagles’ usual starter, Kevin Kolb, was out with an injury.  Vick took advantage of the opportunity, passing for 284 yards and two touchdowns.  The hard-luck Lions, playing without their own starting quarterback who was also out with an injury, nearly pulled off the victory.  They recovered an on-sides kick with 1:48 left in the game, but they were not able to move the ball when it really counted.  Despite Vick’s good game, Eagles’ coach Andy Reid stated that Kolb would be reinstated as the starter once he recovered from his concussion the previous week.  We’ll see how long Kolb remains the starter if Vick keeps up his hot play.

One-liner:  “It looks like the Lions can’t win at home either” (quote references the Lions’ loss last week on the road and another loss at home this week).

Biggest upset:  Miami Dolphins 14, Minnesota Vikings 10.  Brett Favre, the Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback who has retired and un-retired three times in his career, had one of those weeks when retirement wouldn’t look too bad.  The forty year old grandfather threw three interceptions and had a fumble in the end zone which was recovered by the Miami Dolphins for a touchdown to contribute to the Vikings’ 0-2 start to the season.  To put his day in perspective, he threw seven interceptions all of last year.  The Vikings still had a chance to win near the end of the game, but their star running back Adrian Peterson was stuffed on a fourth down and 1 yard to go play late in the fourth quarter near the Dolphins’ goal line.

One-liner:  “Who would have thought that the Dolphins would be 2-0 and Minnesota 0-2 at this point of the season?”

Second biggest upset:  Chicago Bears 27, Dallas Cowboys 20.  The Cowboys dub themselves “America’s Team,” but most Americans don’t want to be a fan of a team that started the season 0-2.  The Super Bowl is being hosted in Dallas’s fancy new $1 billion stadium, and the Cowboys hoped to be there.  They could not even win their home opener, however, as a litany of errors from two interceptions from quarterback Tony Romo and a costly fumble by receiver Roy Williams led to their demise.  A bright spot for the Bears was quarterback Jay Cutler.  After having a terrible year last year with 26 interceptions, Cutler threw three touchdowns on Sunday with no interceptions to lead the Bears to victory.

Sibling non-rivalry:  Indianapolis Colts 38, New York Giants 14.  The Sunday night game usually features a couple of good teams, but the Colts showed they were the clear superior on Sunday night.  The game featured Eli Manning, the quarterback for the New York Giants, and his brother Peyton Manning, the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.  Both have won a Super Bowl and were Super Bowl MVPs, but older brother Peyton has been in the league twice as long as Eli.  Peyton ripped the Giants for 255 yards and 3 touchdowns while Eli countered with 161 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Obviously the older brother had the upper hand on the field and on the scoreboard when this one was over, moving him to 2-0 in head to head matchups with Eli.

Biggest win:  New York Jets 28, New England Patriots 14.  Like the Dallas Cowboys, the Jets have been doing a lot of smack talking this year about going to the Super Bowl.  After a tough loss last week, they desperately did not want to go 0-2 but were facing the perennial powerhouse New England Patriots.  After falling behind 14-10, the Jets defense took over and Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady went cold as the Jets rallied for the victory behind quarterback Mark Sanchez’s three touchdown passes.  The Jets, who starred on the HBO series “Hard Knocks,” have done a lot of trash talking in the preseason, but they put their money where their mouth was on Sunday.  The victory may have been costly for the Jets, however, as their star cornerback Darrelle Revis left the game in the second quarter with an apparent leg injury.

One-liner:  “We’ll see how good the Jets are next week” (quote references the fact that the Jets have a tough road game next week as they will face the 2-0 Miami Dolphins).

Monday night’s match-up features the New Orleans Saints against the San Francisco 49ers.  Most do not expect this to be a very good game since the 49ers were blasted last week by the Seattle Seahawks.

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