NFL Week One in Review
09/16/2009 § Leave a comment
The NFL returned this weekend with a bang, offering up one of the most intriguing, bizarre, and potentially pivotal first outings in recent memory. There were multiple significant injuries, quarterback play that spanned the spectrum from spectacular to sputtering, absurd finales, and Adrian Peterson being Adrian Peterson.
Ouch: The Steelers lost Troy Polamalu for several weeks in the NFL’s opening game, and things just got worse from there. The Bears will be without star linebacker Brian Urlacher for the rest of the season. The Colts’ Anthony Gonzalez is expected to be out for several weeks, but shouldn’t miss the whole season. The Eagles will probably not have Donovan McNabb for at least a week, although he is officially listed as “Questionable.”
Chucking/Upchucking: Four QBs (Brady, Roethlisberger, Brees, Romo) threw for over 350 yards this week, while two (McNabb, Delhomme) threw for less than 100. Drew Brees tossed 6 TDs, while Jay Cutler and Jake Delhomme were picked 4 times each. Tony Romo turned in a staggering 13.1 yards per attempt with a 140.6 rating, while Jake Delhomme floundered with just 4.3 ypa and a 14.7 rating. Ben Roethlisberger completed 76.7% of his passes, while JaMarcus Russell hit on only 40%.
All’s Well That Ends Weird: The Bills were just two minutes away from knocking off the Patriots in a phenomenal Monday night game when Leodis McKelvin decided to bring a kickoff out of the endzone instead of downing it. Buffalo was up 24-19 and New England had all of their timeouts. Either McKelvin thought he could make something happen (even though he didn’t need to) or he was wisely trying to get to the two-minute warning to keep from giving the Patriots an extra stoppage. Either way, the ball was wrested from his grasp as he desperately tried to get to the ground and the rest is history. The Patriots scored soon after recovering the fumble for the 25-24 win.
As bad as that is for Bills fans, at least they’re not Bengals fans. No one even messed up and Cincinnati still lost on a heartbreaking final play. Words could never do it justice:
All Day: Adrian Peterson’s 180 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Browns is already impressive. But consider that Peterson had just 25 yards and 1 score (on a 1-yard run) in the first half and his numbers become proof that he is best back in the league, and it’s not even close. Still not sure? Check out this dominating 64-yard TD run: