Philly looked great against the Rams, and both their offense and defense were rolling on all cylinders. Donovan McNabb was 21/33 for 361 yards to go along with 3 Touchdown passes. Brian Westbrook had a good day on the ground as well and had 19 carries for 91 yards. The leading receivers for Philadelphia this week was surprise rookie Deshean Jackson and veteran Greg Lewis. Both did a great job filling in for Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown. Jackson ended up with 6 catches for 106 yards, while Lewis ended up with 104 yards on 6 catches as well. LB Sam Bradley led the team in tackles with 8, with safety Quinton Mikell close behind with 7.
Grade: A. Philadelphia looked great on offense, and did this without top receivers Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown, too. Westbrook has a solid game, but didnt have a great day catching the ball out of the backfield. QB McNabb was completely tearing up the Rams defense and looks to be fully recovered from his ACL injury. The Defense played great too. Limiting Steven Jackson to 40 yards on 14 carries is impressive.
Dallas took care of business against a talented Browns team. Tony Romo had a great game through the air and finished 24/32 for 320 yards and a TD. But the real story of this game was the running game. Marion Barber looked good as usual, but I dont think anyone was expecting Felix Jones and Tashard Choice to have as much success on the ground as they did. Felix ended up with 62 yards on 9 carries and really showed some quickness while he was in the game. Choice looked good as well and finished the game with 26 yards on 5 carries. If Marion misses any time, Dallas will be ok at running back. Jason Witten shined today for the Cowboys, leading the team with 6 catches for 96 yards. Patrick Crayton and Terrel Owens looked impressive as well. Crayton finished with 6 catches and had 82 yards receiving. Owens had 87 yards on 5 catches and looked like his usual self. DeMarcus Ware led the Cowboys on defense with 5 tackles on an otherwise quiet day for him.
Grade: A-. Dallas looked solid on offense and defense, but some key 3rd Down penalties kept the Browns on offense and kept their drives alive. Adam Jones fumbled a punt, and the special team coverage was solid. Overall, it was a great day for the Cowboys.
New York Giants
New York looked solid in game 1 of their title defense. Eli Manning was 19/35 for 216 yards to go along and an interception. Not a great game from Eli, but he didnt lose the game for the Giants. Brandon Jacobs had a great game running the ball and was running people over all day long. He finished with 116 yards on 21 carries and him and Plaxico Burress really carried this offense. Plax had an equally great game as well. Burress ended up with 10 catches for 133 yards and carved up the Redskins defense all day long. Defensive End Justin Tuck looked up to the challenge of replacing Strahan, a he lead the Giants with 7 tackles.
Grade: B+. Eli looked ok, but Jacobs and Buress really carried an otherwise quiet offense to victory over the Redskins. So all in all, the offense did a good job. But it was the defense that played great. New York limited Washington to only 84 rushing yards. New York will be tough to beat if the defense keeps playing like they did.
Washington didnt do much to impress me or anyone else in the football world. Jason Campbell was 15/27 for 133 yards and a touchdown. Clinton Portis had 84 yards on 23 carries and looked solid, but nothing special. Antwaan Randle El had a good game, catching 7 passes for 73 yards. But, the best individual performance on the 'Skins goes to London Fletcher. Fletcher finished the game with 12 tackles, and Fred Smoot was second on the team with 7.
Grade: C-. Washington came out flat, and there is no other way of putting it. Coach Jim Zorn has his hands full to start out with and now they seem unmotivated as well. The offense was just dink and duck passing wise, and Portis just had an average game. Much improvement is needed if Washington wants to compete in the NFC East.
Offensive Player of the Week goes to:
Donovan McNabb. Donovan had a great game, throwing for 361 yards and 3 TDs.
Plaxico Burress. Plax had a great game as well, catching 10 passes for 133 yards.
Defensive Player of the Week goes to:
London Fletcher. Fletcher had a Division high 12 tackles in a losing effort.
Justin Tuck. Tuck had 7 tackles and and a pass deflection in his first game replacing Michael Strahan.
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