All the prognositicators and Vegas, including me would not have figured on a week of football upsets.
It started on Kickoff Wednesday with the Super Bowl Giants at home being the first Super Bowl team in 8 seasons to lose their opener. The Cowboys dominated the Giants on their home field with #3 receiver Kevin Ogletree. The question before the season was whether he could fill Laurent Robinson’s shoes. He filled them and made them overflow with 8 receptions, 114 yards, and two TDs stealing the spotlight from key notables Cruz, Nicks, Bryant, and Austin.
College Football followed up with four key upsets against top-ranked teams (College Football upsets Week 2).
NFL Sunday opening day should have been easy Picks:
- Redskins rookie RG3 facing Saints Brees
- Alex Smith 49ers in Lambeau Field facing Aaron Rodgers & the Packers Elite Receiving Corps
- The rebuilding Buccaneers facing a Cam Newton-led Panthers
Very easy picks, right? Saints, Packers, and Panthers. Not the way it went.
NFL Opening week has been hungry QBs and teams with something to prove.
Redskins RG3 rocked the Superdome in his debut throwing for 320 yards and 2 TDs in a 40-32 win over the Saints. Brees completed 24- of-52 passes for 339 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Saints just couldn’t find their offense rhythm until the fourth quarter.
San Fran’s Alex Smith completed 20 of 26 passes for 211 yards without an interception while the 49ers Defense allowed only 7 points from Rodgers through the first three quarters. The Packers could only go to the air as we expected. Cedric Benson is insignificant as a rusher and the 49ers defense was ready. The 49ers D stopped the Pack mid-field in the 4th Quarter to win 30-22.
The Carolina Panthers have owned the Buccaneers in their last 10 meetings before today. The Bucs, under a new head coach, did something different today – they kept the Panthers Cam Newton on the sideline by controlling the ball and the clock. The Panthers were also struggling without Jonathan Stewart — 13 carries for 10 yards total. He is still not ready after his injury and the Panthers need the 1-2 backfield explosiveness from Newton-Stewart. Bucs 16-10
In the toss-up games from our Predictions, the Rams/Lions and Jaguars/Vikings stayed true to being a toss-up. The Lions prevailed with a final minute Matt Stafford-led TD (27-23) while the Vikings won with a field goal in Overtime (26-23).
But the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets flipped pre-season scouting performance.The Bills need to ask Mario Williams and Mark Anderson to give back some of that expensive contract money! Sanchez (yes, I said Sanchez) picked apart the secondary with short passes and even had time for a couple of long passes because they couldn’t get to him.
Sanchez threw for 266 yards, 20 of 28 completions, 3 TDs and an interception, while the Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 195 yards with 3 TDs and 3 interceptions.
One thing we got right about the Bills is that we didn’t buy into the “Bills’ hype” of being new or better. We expected a better performance and a win given the Jets’ QB issues, but many kudos go to the Jets’ OL, Sanchez and Ryan.
For the Bills – it looks like it will be 13 straight non-winning seasons.
Updates made Tuesday morning after Monday night football.