You know, the more I start to think about it, the more I think I know less and less about the NFL, which saddens me. The Stack did not have a great week of picks, with one more game to go tonight between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons. More on that in a bit. Counting the Thursday night game, we're 9-6 on the week. How did it happen? It was a wild week two. Let's get right to it in "the stack" for today, Monday, September 17:
Buffalo Bills 35 Kansas City Chiefs 17
Fred Jackson who? That's what Bills fans may be thinking following C.J. Spiller's performance against the Chiefs. 15 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns, plus 47 yards receiving. This is the Bills team fans were hoping to see. For KC, it's another bad start to the season. Don't know if they'll receover either.
Carolina Panthers 35 New Orleans Saints 27
It is time to panic in New Orleans. You can see just how much the Saints miss head coach Sean Payton and the stability he brings to this team. Cam Newton and the Panthers tore apart the defense in route to the win. The Saints are 0-2 and the future doesn't look good although they do get the 0-2 Chiefs at home next week.
Cincinnati Bengals 34 Cleveland 27
At least the Browns offense showed up. Rookie running back Trent Richardson was very good running for over 100 yards plus two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). But Andy Dalton and company were too much on offense and the Bengals won a game that had to have and should have won. We'll see if that trend continues.
Indianapolis Colts 23 Minnesota Vikings 20
Perhaps a bit ironic how last week the Vikings let a lead slip away only to come back and tie the game on a long field goal then win in overtime. Don't you think they would have learned from that situation and defend it should you be in that situation? The Vikings were in that spot Sunday and got burned by Andrew Luck as Adam Vinatieri booted a 53-yard field goal to beat the Vikings essentially at the gun. You've got to be a little disgusted today if you're a Vikings fan, but pumped if you're a Colts fan.
Houston Texans 27 Jacksonville Jaguars 7
The Texans played smash mouth football and beat the Jaguars running the ball Sunday. They also made Blaine Gabbert revert back to his rookie self. Bad day for the Jaguars.
Miami Dolphins 35 Oakland Raiders 13
I said Friday I really wanted to go with the Dolphins, but couldn't quite bring myself to pick them. I wish I had. They were great Sunday, particularly Reggie Bush. 172 yards rushing and two scores? Not bad and the Dolphins will need more of that all season long if they want to win games.
Arizona Cardinals 20 New England 18
Wait! What?!! The upset of the weekend handsdown. How many people game the Cardinals a chance to win this game? Maybe a handful. The defense was phenominal in slowing Tom Brady and the offense down, but it still took a miss at the end by Stephen Gostowksi to secure the win. Yes this ended the Patriots unbeaten home opener streak of ten at Gillette Stadium, but of greater concern is Aaron Hernandez's ankle injury. He could miss up to six weeks. That would hurt this team a lot. Good thing they stock up on tight ends so much. It's not going to be a pleasant week at practice for the Patriots.
New York Giants 41 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34
Wow! What a wild game. The Giants had to come back to win this one and the teams went back and forth scoring touchdowns late in the fourth quarter. Eli Manning had a career day throwing for 510 yards, but the real story that unfortunately overshadowed the rest of the game was the final play where the Giants were supposed to take a simple kneeldown and the Bucs tried to jump the line and ended up knocking Manning back a bit. Tom Coughlin was ticked and rightfully so. He told Bucs head coach Greg Schiano so after the game. It's a ridiculous thing to do and I am fully behind Coughlin. Yes I get that Schiano is trying to instill a "never give up" mindset with his young team, but the game was done. The Bucs lost. Someone could have gotten seriously injured. Just something that never should have happened.
Philadelphia Eagles 24 Baltimore Ravens 23
Yes the replacement officials were not specatular in this one. An offensive pass interference call wiped out a touchdown for the Ravens that may have sealed the deal and gotten them the win. While Joe Flacco didn't like the call, it may appears the correct call may have been made. It ended up costing the Ravens as Michael Vick ran it in late in the game and got the Eagles the victory. But Vick did throw two more picks. Something of a concern perhaps, but Eagles fans will take a victory over a team like the Ravens anyday, no matter how they get it.
Seattle Seahawks 27 Dallas Cowboys 7
Figured it was too soon to think the Cowboys had really changed. Dallas was pathetic in their beatdown they received from the Seahawks. Marshawn Lynch was very good with 122 yards and a score. Skittles for everyone! Yes there were a few suspect calls, but overall Dallas was very bad in this one. Don't think its too much to panic about, considering this game was on the road. Really wish I had gone with my guy and taken the Seahawks.
St. Louis Rams 31 Washington Redskins 28
Where is your head at Josh Morgan?
Your team had a chance at a makeable field goal to tie the game against
the Rams and force overtime and you go on and get an unsportsmanlike
conduct penalty that pushes the field goal to 62-yards? Ridiculous.
You should be ashamed of yourself. This was another poorly officiated
game. RGIII's efforts were spoiled by Morgan's selfish act. Good first win for the Rams in the Jeff Fisher era and what a game by Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola. 15 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown. Pretty dog gone good.
Pittsburgh Steelers 27 New York Jets 10
All of that excitement about Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense after last week? It's gone after the dismal performance (138 yards, one touchdown). The Steelers were just too much for the Jets who appear to be who we thought they were after the preseason. Not sure what to expect from the Jets week in, week out.
San Diego Chargers 38 Tennessee Titans 10
Someone should put out a missing persons report for Titans running back Chris Johnson. 17 yards on eight carries. Embarrassing. Unacceptable. 21 yards in two games. To take a segment from ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, Chris Johnson "where you at?" The Chargers rolled in this game. Nice moment before the game when they retired the late Junior Seau's number. He was there to help the team win yesterday.
San Francisco 49ers 27 Detroit Lions 19
The 49ers defense stifled the Lions for most of the night. Apart from a late touchdown, the Lions could not figure the 49ers defense out. With an efficient Alex Smith at quarterback, the 49ers seem like a team destined to make it to the Super Bowl from the NFC. They are that talented across the board.
Denver Broncos @ Atlanta Falcons 8:30 PM ET ESPN
Points a plenty in this one. Both offenses are going to be running up and down the field on the Georgia Dome turf in this one. Peyton Manning vs. Matt Ryan. It is going to be an incredible matchup. Manning was incredible last week against the Steelers defense and the Falcons defense is definitely not as good as the Steelers, but this game is at home. The Falcons want to show the home crowd just how much better they are this year. Ryan will find Julio Jones and Roddy White early and often and I think they will win this game.
Prediction: Falcons 31 Broncos 24
Coming up Tuesday: Monday night football reaction plus NFL week 2 power rankings