And with that, week 1 is in the books. The Eagles ran the Redskins out of the building and sent a message to the rest of the NFL. Chip Kelly's offense works and it is very difficult to stop. More on that game in a moment. There was also another game last night plus the final Grand Slam major was of the tennis season was one so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, September 10:
Eagles run Redskins out of the building, before allowing them to come back
The Chip Kelly era has begun in Philadelphia and at least for the first week, it looks really, really good. The Eagles flew all over the field the first three quarters before allowing the Redskins to make a bit of a comeback in their 33-27 win over Washington. The up-tempo offense moved the ball up and down the field all night. LeSean McCoy ran like an unleashed beast, making defenders look silly with how many tackles they missed. Michael Vick was highly accurate and DeSean Jackson was big in the passing game. RGIII looked awfully rusty at first and while he did finish with over 300 yards passing, he clearly didn't look like the same quarterback that took D.C. by storm last year. He looked better late, but it will take a few games for him to get fully comfortable. Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said his defense would be ready to stop the Eagles. They clearly didn't look ready. Have a feeling plenty of defensive coordinators will be saying that this year.
Texans rally, stun Chargers
The Houston Texans were not sharp to open the game while the San Diego Chargers were looking to make a point. Up 28-7 early in the third quarter, it looked like the Texans were going to suffer an embarrassing loss, but things turned around quickly. The Texans scored the game's final 24 points in beating the Chargers 31-28. Randy Bullock kicked a field goal with no time remaining. Brian Cushing tied the game with an incredible diving interception that he returned for a touchdown. Once again the Chargers choked away a big halftime lead just like last year against Denver. Both times they had a twenty-one point lead. It leaves you scratching your head. This is probably what we can expect from the Chargers this year. For the Texans, this is a big comeback win and one that could help give them the momentum for a serious run during the regular season and into the playoffs.
Rafael Nadal wins U.S. Open
A day after Serena Williams won her second major of the year, Rafael Nadal won his second U.S. Open and thirteenth grand slam title overall, knocking off number one Novak Djokovic in four sets 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Nadal is now 60-3 in 2013. Not too shabby. His U.S. Open victory is also pretty amazing too considering Nadal has been dealing with knee injuries this year and part of last year so to cap off the grand slams with a win, that's pretty big. Nadal and Djokovic are head and shoulders the best players in the sport of tennis. Here's hoping that we see more greatness from Nadal next year and more matchups against Djokovic because they sure are fun to watch. Congrats to Nadal and Williams for winning the U.S. Open. It was an incredibly fun tournament to watch.
NFL Quick Hits
There is plenty of injury news to talk about after week one of the NFL season. The injury bug has hit Pittsburgh pretty hard already losing Maurkice Pouncey, Larry Foote and La'Rod Stephens-Howlings for the year...Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is out for next week's game at Oakland following fifteen stitches to a cut on his right hand. That may actually be a good thing for the Jaguars. Their team was a disaster on offense Sunday...Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is ok after an MRI revealed no injury to his ribs. Cowboys fans can exhale now...New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen will miss some time following surgery to repair a broken bone in his wrist suffered in Sunday's win at Buffalo. That means Steven Ridley better hang on to the dang ball. Vereen was very effective Sunday...And Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White says his ankle is worse than he or the team was letting on. Definitely not good news for the Falcons offense. They need White to be a weapon and highly effective. We'll have to wait and see how this injury progresses.
NFL Week 1 Power Rankings
It's time for the debut of the NFL power rankings. If you disagree, let me know. Let the debate begin.
1. Denver Broncos 1-0
The Broncos offense will only get better if they develop a running game. That's pretty scary for the rest of the NFL.
2. San Francisco 49ers 1-0
Let's see, Colin Kaepernick threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions and he didn't really run it at all? Yup, that sounds pretty dangerous.
3. Seattle Seahawks 1-0
Kind of sleptwalked at Carolina. Don't think that will happen at home this week against San Francisco.
4. Houston Texans 1-0
Trailing 28-7 is not what you expect from a Super Bowl contender, but rallying in the second half to comeback is. Big time win for the Texans.
5. New England Patriots 1-0
Not sure kicking a field goal with five seconds left to win the game is what the Patriots had in mind, but they'll take the win in what will be a very interesting season.
6. Green Bay Packers 0-1
They were game for the 49ers, but a lack of a running game is slightly concerning.
7. New Orleans Saints 1-0
Sean Payton's impact was felt all throughout the game. New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's impact didn't hurt things either.
8. Atlanta Falcons 0-1
A 100 percent healthy Roddy White changes the outcome in New Orleans.
9. Indianapolis Colts 1-0
Closer than it should have been against the Raiders, but Andrew Luck's poise and maturity comes through once again.
10. Dallas Cowboys 1-0
That defense certainly has improved from last year and Tony Romo once again shows why we should never question his toughness.
11. Cincinnati Bengals 0-1
Tough to blow a lead in the 4th quarter on the road and lose the game like the Bengals did in Chicago. With a tough schedule ahead of them, they need every win they can get early on.
12. Philadelphia Eagles 1-0
I realize they should perhaps be a little higher, but is anyone not sold that Chip Kelly's system can work in the NFL?
13. Detroit Lions 1-0
Perhaps I'm putting a little too much stock into what Reggie Bush did. Then again, if he continues to put up numbers like that, the Lions are going to be near impossible to stop.
14. Chicago Bears 1-0
Good come-from-behind win against a solid Bengals team. The Bears showed they are going to be tough this year and most games will come right down to the wire.
15. Kansas City Chiefs 1-0
A tougher opponent would be nice to gauge just how good the Chiefs are under Andy Reid, but a W is a W. KC is halfway to their 2012 total.
16. New York Giants 0-1
When you turn the ball over six times and only lose by five points on the road, there is some positive in that. Just so long as that doesn't happen again.
17. St. Louis Rams 1-0
Solid win for the Rams coming back from behind to win against a division opponent. Jared Cook looks like he is going to have a fantastic season in this offense.
18. Baltimore Ravens 0-1
That ceratinly doesn't look like a defense worthy of defending its Super Bowl crown. I know they lost Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, but still.
19. Miami Dolphins 1-0
Good win for the Dolphins on the road, but they weren't too tested against a bad Browns team. The real test appears to be trying to keep Mike Wallace happy.
20. Washington Redskins 0-1
RGIII certainly looked rusty in his season debut. Didn't look like the player we saw last year. That potentially spells doom for the Redskins.
21. San Diego Chargers 0-1
Another MNF collapse at home against a really good team. Chargers have to figure out a way to put those teams away in the second half.
22. Tennessee Titans 1-0
That was some defensive performance against the Steelers. They'll need more of that if they want to jump past the Texans and Colts.
23. Minnesota Vikings 0-1
Christian Ponder didn't do much to help the Vikings have a chance to beat the Lions. The offensive line play and lack of defense didn't help either.
24. Arizona Cardinals 0-1
The Cardinals look way better than they did a year ago. Still, blowing an 11 point lead in the fourth quarter on the road is a painful way to lose, but they'll grow from it.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers 0-1
Was Sunday's performance against the Titans a sign of things to come this year? I think so.
26. Buffalo Bills 0-1
EJ Manuel looked strong in his debut, but the Bills need more from the running game and they can't lose guys on defense if they want to beat teams like the Patriots.
27. Oakland Raiders 0-1
Terrelle Pryor has at least provided some excitement in Raider nation. More games like the one he had against the Colts and the Raiders will be winning games sonner versus later.
28. New York Jets 1-0
Didn't expect the Jets to start out the year with a one, but give credit to Rex Ryan and his team for not letting the haters and doubters get to them. Big win to start the year.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-1
Pretty lathargic effort by the Bucs against one of the worst teams in the NFL. Dumb play by Lavonte Davis helped the Bucs lose this one.
30. Carolina Panthers 0-1
Granted they were playing one of the best defenses in the NFL, but just 7 points at home in the season opener is not what the Panthers or head coach Ron Rivera needed.
31. Cleveland Browns 0-1
Thought the Browns would show a little more offensively than they did. Brandon Weeden can't have many more days like that or he's done as starting QB.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 0-1
Looks like the Jaguars have the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft locked up.
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