Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Three Weeks In

Too many people liked the 49ers, including myself. The Vikings and Cowboys have way too much talent to be bad. The Chiefs and Bears will not meet in The Big Dance. That Patriot secondary, well you look up the numbers. Even Drew Brees has rough games. The Colts and Jets have recovered from their week 1 losses. Charlie Batch, Byron Leftwich, or Dennis Dixon, doesn't matter, the Steelers keep rolling along. Week 3 is in the books and more than one statement has been made.

Off The Mat. With a dominating performance against the previously undefeated Texans, the Cowboys reasserted themselves before their bye week. The defense that watched Jay Cutler throw for three touchdowns a week ago got after Texans' quarterback Matt Schaub, sacking him four times. Even more impressive, it wasn't just Miles Austin carrying the load for the offense. Quarterback Tony Romo completed five passes for 117 yards to Roy Williams as the Cowboy offense flexed their muscles. After the week off, Dallas gets three of their next four at home, including a division game with the fast falling Giants. The Cowboys not only needed a win, they needed a win that gave them the confidence to get out of the 0-2 hole that they'd dug for themselves. A 27-13 win that got them off the mat and reminded anyone outside of North Texas who the top dogs in the Lone Star State are, well that was just what Jerry had in mind.

J-E-T-S, Look G-O-O-D! 2-0 In the division, wins against the Patriots and on South Beach against the Fish, yes I'd say they look sharp. After a 31-23 road win on Sunday night, the New York Jets are right where they told you they would be. We knew their defense would be ready, holding a Patriot team who scored 38 points in two of their first two games to just 14 points. Surprisingly so, it's been the second year quarterback Mark Sanchez who has looked both efficient and seasoned. After week 1 offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer loosened the reigns on Sanchez and he's impressed. Sanchez has thrown three touchdown passes in each of the two games since and boasts a quarterback rating good for sixth in the league. With a win in their third straight division game this weekend in Buffalo, the Jets will go a long way toward front running in the AFC East. What sophomore slump for Mark Sanchez?!?!?

It Is Only Going To Get Better! With the 1-2 Redskins and 0-3 'Niners coming up, the Michael Vick show in Philadelphia is only going to get better. The Eagles quarterback torched the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. With young receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin taking to the embattled quarterback, the Eagles look very dangerous. Couple things to clear up though: [1] The McNabb v. Vick showdown this weekend, wasn't what anyone was looking forward to just a month ago. Kevin Kolb was McNabb's replacement, then he wasn't. [2] He's been the MVP through three weeks, but don't for one second think anyone is going to actually trophy him up at the end of the season. No matter what. [3] Second to Peyton in QB rating, behind just Tom, Peyton, and Philip in TD passes, and zero interceptions through 10 quarters under center. Get it yet? Oh, and more rushing yards than the Saints Pierre Thomas, the Bears Matt Forte, and the Colts Joseph Addai. He's passing and running. Easily, the best story through three.

The slate is full again. The Steelers look to stay undefeated, New England travels to South Beach and a whole lot more . . .

Get After It!

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