Here is the Week 1 Sunday Recap. The thoughts on each game are based on what I saw from the highlights and reading the game box scores on various web sites. I did watch the Bears-San Diego game, and most of the Green Bay-Philly and Dallas-NY Giants matchups, so I have a little more insight into those games.
- Denver 15, Buffalo 14 — Jason Elam raced onto the field and drilled a game-winning 42-yard field goal as time expired to allow the Broncos to escape Buffalo with the victory. The game shouldn’t have been that close, as the Broncos outgained the Bills 470-184. But a Roscoe Parrish punt return early gave the Bills life, and Marshawn Lynch had a solid first NFL game with 90 yards rushing.
- Pittsburgh 34, Cleveland 7 — Perhaps no one sucked more than Cleveland in week 1, as the Steelers raced to a 17-0 first quarter lead en route to a 34-7 pasting of the Browns. Ben Rutabaga threw 4 touchdown passes and the Browns were held to 46 yards rushing in the loss. Brady Quinn could be starting for the Browns by week 4, but John Elway in his prime couldn’t have helped the Browns to a victory with the way their defense looked.
- Green Bay 16, Philadelphia 13 — The Eagles basically gave this game away by offering up three crucial turnovers in the 3-point loss. The Packers defense looked outstanding, frustrating Donovan McNabb into a 15-for-33 day and holding Brian Westbrook to 85 yards rushing. Brett Favre had a solid if not conservative day with just over 200 yards passing and 1 interception which really wasn’t his fault as he tied John Elway for the all-time lead in quarterback victories.
- Carolina 27, St. Louis 13 — My blog partner will probably have more to say about his beloved Rams, but based on the box score and the highlights, it looks as if we might be able to expect more of the same from these two teams–inconsistency. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the Rams coasted in week 2 while the Panthers got trounced. However, it is somewhat shocking that Steven Jackson was held to 58 yards rushing and only 1 reception.
- Minnesota 24, Atlanta 3 — Sure, its only week 1, but my pick of the Atlanta Falcons being a surprise team in 2007 does not, how you say, look smart. Joey Harrington looked atrocious, throwing an interception to a run-stuffing defensive tackle on his way to a 199-yard, 2-interception day. Viking fans have to be excited about the debut of Adrian Peterson, who ran for 100-plus yards and took a little swing pass 60 yards for a score to sew it up late. If Peterson can stay healthy we might be looking at a front runner for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
- New England 38, NY Jets 14 — Perhaps the most impressive team in week 1 was the Patriots, who crusied to a blowout win on the road against the one team in their division expected to challenge them this year. The New England defense held the Jets to 227 total yards, and Ellis Hobbs returned the 2nd half kickoff an NFL record 108 yards for a score. Oh, also, look out for this Tom Brady-Randy Moss combo. Brady went 22-for-28 for just under 300 yards and 3 scores, while Moss had 183 yards receiving and a touchdown. Good luck rest of the AFC East…..you’re playing for second place.
- Washington 16, Miami 13 — I feel sorry for anyone who had to watch this game. Apparently, Shaun Suisham kicked a field goal in OT to lead the Skins to the win. According to the box score, the Skins had a pretty good game offensively as Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts each ran the ball well and Antwan Randle El, helped by a crazy late hail mary which almost won the game, had 162 yards receiving. Also, it appears Ronnie Brown is a total whore, and anyone who has him on their fantasy team should bench him immediately.
- Tennessee 13, Jacksonville 10 — Perhaps the most surprising stat of the week was Tennessee running for nearly 300 yards in an impressive road win at Jacksonville. Fantasy owners everywhere will jump to their waiver wires to scoop up the Titans’ Chris Brown, who ran for 175 yards Sunday. Those same owners will be crying in their soup three weeks later when he goes on IR because of a sprained pinky. But congrats to the Titans, who used ball possession and a stingy defense to get a nice win.
- Houston 20, Kansas City 3 — Man, the Chiefs look horrible. 219 total yards. 4 turnovers. Larry Johnson only had 10 carries. Unless he’s getting the ball 20-30 times and the Chiefs can work some play action passing into their offense, they don’t stand a chance. On the other side, the Texans defense looked really strong, especially Mario Williams, who is shaking off a somewhat disappointing rookie season with 2 sacks and a fumble return for a score.
- Detroit 36, Oakland 21 — Down 1 with 4 minutes left, the Lions exploded late for 16 unanswered points as they won their opener. The two teams combined for 760-plus total yards as both quarterbacks realized they better pad their stats now because it wasn’t going to get much better than this. The Oakland defense, which was really stingy last year, got torched Sunday and must solidify to give the Raiders any sort of chance to win some games. Meanwhile, JaMarcus Russell went 0-for-0 with 0 yards. Not the NFL debut he would have hoped for, but everythingscomingupmilhouse has learned that he did finish off a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos during halftime.
- San Diego 14, Chicago 3 — Christ on a cracker, the Chargers defense is good. While my Bears defense played perhaps their best game since the Arizona Monday night game a year ago, the offense couldn’t do anything. While everyone focuses on Rex Grossman and his penchant for turning the ball over, no one (until yesterday) noticed that the Bear running game is in deep trouble. Cedric Benson had 46 rushing yards and both he and backup Adrian Peterson fumbled at key spots. For the Chargers, LT got off to a slow start but still ran for a score and threw for another. The game’s most dominant player was clearly Antonio Gates, who had 9 catches for over 100 yards and a score, and would of had at least 3 more catches had Philip Rivers had his usual solid day. Look for the Bears to rebound in a big way, especially offensively, next week against Kansas City.
- Seattle 20, Tampa Bay 6 — I picked Seattle in my survivor pool this week, and when it was 6-0 Tampa late in the first half, I was somewhat nervous. But eventually the Seahawks offense woke up and Shaun Alexander ran 105 yards and a score. I was surprised that Deion Branch went without a catch, as it seemed that Bobby Engram and Marcus Pollard were the main targets for Hassellbeck. On the flip side, the Bucs offense is atrocious. Jeff Garcia was pretty upset about it, but then he was reminded he goes home to a hot ass Playboy Playmate, and he felt much better.
- Dallas 45, NY Giants 35 — Maybe the most entertaining game of the day was the last one, as the Cowboys and Giants played the highest scoring contest in the series history. Tony Romo had a huge day for his fantasy owners, like me, with 4 passing touchdowns and another running. Elisha Manning threw for 312 yards and 4 scores, and Plaxico Burress blew up, which means both will do nothing for the next three weeks because both of them are sorry ass bitches (I’m still bitter from past fantasy seasons). On the bright side for New York, running back Brandon Jacobs hurt his knee and might be out for the season.