Quick Slants: 10 Observations from Week 2
1. Cam silences critics again.
- Week after week, last year and this he outperforms expectations. He posted his second straight 400 yard game against Green Bay, who was without Tramon Williams. Working with Smith for about a month, they’ve formed one of the top duos in the league. Both TEs are making an impact while Olsen could realize his potential. What could be just as surprising is the fact that he hasn’t done a lot in running game. Newton is a gamer.
2. The Eagles CBs can’t cover everyone
- The young linebackers and patchwork safeties will continue to hold this team back. Repeatedly exploited last night by Tony Gonzalez and the running backs. For as good as the corners were against White and Jones, it will too easy for the Falcons to get solid matchups on Coleman, Chaney, etc. Something must change or the result won’t.
3. Dallas ain’t done, yet…
- Romo came back from the nightmare week 1 and rough first half to deliver a victory for Dallas. The win was more important than it will seem, since if they had fallen to 0-2 who knows where the season will have gone. Still, the Cowboys will have a tough road to make the playoffs but are in the race, not panic mode, despite their own shortcomings. They face the Redskins on MNF
4. Hasselbeck is armed and ready
- Tennessee wasted little time attacked the Ravens secondary and torched them all day. Brining in Hasselbeck was one of the best moves of the off-season and it has started paying dividends quicker than expected. Britt is dominant and he has found a nice rapport with Washington as well. Chris Johnson has yet to get up to full speed and they got Cook involved a little this week. They are clearly the Texans main competition in the South.
5. Buffalo won’t quit and the Raiders won’t quit being the Raiders
- The Bills continue to be the comeback kids, erasing a large halftime deficit to come from behind to win in the final seconds. The Bills spread the Raiders out all day and got big games from Fred Jackson, Steve Johnson, and David Nelson. They scored on every possesion in the second half. The Raiders were really successful running the ball, but let the lead and penalties get the best of them. Denarius Moore had his breakout game and probably won’t be seeing the bench soon.
6. New DLs shine from NE & NO
- New England’s interior pressure was disruptive to Rivers all day and helped force the four turnovers that proved to be decisive. New Orleans showed they can hide a couple of weaknesses behind their rush, as well. Franklin was a big improvement over Rogers and Cameron Jordan was effective, too.
7. Freeman: Road Warrior
- The Bucs were 6-2 on the road last year and showed there is no quit in them after winning 24-20. Freeman’s stats were great but he engineered another comeback for his team. He continues to show he is one of the most clutch young players in the game.
8. Rex is still Rex
- After a big win in Week 1 Rex Grossman showed he can not control himself, he can only hope to contain himself. He had a few bad turnovers but recovered well to quarterback his team to a win on Sunday. Whenever he is pressured, he has multiple issues that the Redskins will have to limit with a running game that was the star in victory.
9. Jets still the Jets
- Any questions? Dominated an interior offense, but were far from crisp against a poor secondary. Good to see Shonn Greene at least find the endzone, not good to see those lousy INTs from Sanchez. Plaxico was hardly targeted, while Keller had another solid game.
10. Tight race in the AFCN?
- After two weeks it is all tied up, with Balt beating Pitt and Cincy beating Cle a week ago. Probably a two dog race as usual, Pitt has one of the softest schedules in the league and the Ravens improved but are sure to put up more inconsistent results like yesterday. Cleveland I saw as having a shot to make noise with their manageable early schedule (before seeing Pitt+Balt 4x in the last 5 weeks), has looked mediocre at best early. Meanwhile, Andy Dalton has gotten better with each start from the preseason to now, although they are still at least a year away.
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