Glad football season's back. Some thoughts from Week 1:
The Saints should not be considered favorites to win the NFC. Their pass defense looked like it wasn't even trying. I know they were playing the Colts, but how does that explain the complete lack of any offensive production? Their protection of Drew Brees looks dubious, and they don't have much for playmakers at wideout. Marques Colston looks like a giant sophomore slump from here. Maybe I'm wrong, though. Maybe the Colts are simply that good on both sides of the ball. If that's the case, they won't lose a game this season.
I feel very lucky today. Here's why: Nobody came up to me on the street yesterday and said: "I'll bet you a hundred billion dollars that Chris Brown rushes for more yards that LaDanian Tomlinson, Larry Johnson, and Steven Jackson combined this weekend." If they had, I'd be in some serious trouble financially about now.
What was up with the San Diego offense? I keep hearing from SI.com's football writers that the Bolts have the most talented roster, 1 through 53, in the NFL. They were shut out for three quarters, and one of their two touchdowns came because a Charger punt hit a Chicago lineman in the back in Bear territory. They desperately need a second viable option in the passing game if they hope to keep up with the high-flying Colts and Patriots in the AFC. Antonio Gates alone won't hold up against the embarrassment of riches those two teams have at receiver.
Nice to see Rex Grossman step up and be a leader. I bet the coaching staff didn't even ask him to give the Bears running backs lessons on how to hang on to the football. (Bah-dum-chhh!)
Vince Young: 78 passing yards, a pick, and 22 rushing yards. I really don't understand the hype about this guy. Or, for that matter, how he keeps winning.
If you'd have told me that the most entertaining game of the day was going to be the Lions-Raiders matchup, I'd have slapped you in the face. Then, after watching the game, apologized profusely.
The 2007 Minnesota Vikings will be the first team in NFL history to score more points on defense than they do on offense. Today: Vikings D, 14; Vikings O, 10.
'07 Offensive Rookie of the Year: Adrian Peterson. 163 total yards and a 60 yard touchdown catch look pretty good to me.
'07 Sleeper playoff team: Green Bay Packers. You read that correctly.
Predictions for tonight and tomorrow night: The Cowboys over the Giants, 24-17. The Ravens over the Bengals, 27-23. And the Cardinals over the Niners, 20-13.