I know we're two games away (with one still in progress), from completing week one. But I was wondering, while I'm finally getting the chance to check the stories and stats around the NFL during the Colts/Bears game, is the NFC catching up to the AFC. Let's preface this a bit. It's generally accepted that the top teams in the AFC are better than the top teams in the NFC -- last year's Super Bowl Champion, the New York Giants, not withstanding.
However, during this week, we've seen Tom Brady go down -- likely for the season. The underdog Carolina Panthers beating the San Diego Chargers and Dallas dropping the Browns quite easily. There's no connection during early week one happenings to remotely answering which conference is better. And note, the Bears are beating the Colts, 15-6 at Half Time. Just a random thought.
Interestingly enough, the Bengals weren't the only Ohio team to struggle offensively this weekend -- especially if including the Ohio State Buckeyes offense. The Browns' Derek Anderson completed only 11 of 24 passes for 114 yards (though recording a second-quarter touchdown).
Donovan McNabb and Drew Brees. Wow.
In the Steelers 38-17 win, Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams got two sacks. James Harrison got three.
In the Saints 24-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Reggie Bush had 163 total yards from the line of scrimmage.
The 49ers fumbled four times and were picked once in their 23-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
In the Seahawks 34-10 loss over the Buffalo Bills, John Morgan blasts the Seahawks offense (and special teams). Completely opposite impression from Bills blogger, Brian Galliford who writes, "Permission to be excited? Granted."
Was the hit on Tom Brady a cheap shot? Of 238 voters (at this time), 200 said it wasn't. However, my first thought when seeing it was Kimo, Palmer, Wild Card. Not the intention, but the type of hit -- which I thought used to be a personal foul.
Still, Arrowhead Pride (Chiefs Blog) was pleased with the chance at victory, "The Kansas City Chiefs nearly shocked the world this afternoon when their attempt to take the New England Patriots to overtime was denied."
Dave, Falcons blogger, is overjoyed after the Falcons 34-21 pasting of the Lions. "It's days like today that make me incredibly proud to be a Falcons fan."
The Jacksonville Jaguars are concerned after Sunday; not about their special teams or defense. "Despite a well played game by Special Teams and Defense, injuries to the offensive line reared their ugly head time and time again." On the other hand, Jimmy (Titans blogger) said of the Titans 17-10 win over the Jaguars, "That was pretty much what we expected. The Titans defense was awesome only allowing the Jaguars to rush for 33 yards."
Grizz on the Cowboys 28-10 win over the Browns, "Now that’s how you start out a season. Go on the road, play a team that is thought to be on the way up, a playoff contender, and beat the snot out of them."
Jason on the Eagles 38-3 win over the Rams, "The offense hitting on multiple big plays, the defense smothering, and the special teams turning in maybe the best performance I've seen from the Eagles in years."