It was quite a day of football action today, so let’s take at 10 quick thoughts from Sunday afternoon’s action:
- The Steelers defense appears to be for real, huh? They battered the Titans, with three interceptions, six forced fumbles and four fumble recovers. What, no touchdowns? It was ugly for Vince Young (66 yards, 2 interceptions), eventually chasing him from the game. It doesn’t appear that he’s lost his starting job, but given the rocky history the seeds could be planted. If you are in a two-quarterback league, stashing Kerry Collins couldn’t hurt.
- Michael Vick could certainly make things interesting in Philadelphia. He was tremendous against Detroit, going 21-34 for 284 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushing for 37 yards. While the Eagles say Kevin Kolb is going to be the quarterback when healthy, you certainly have to wonder what will happen if Kolb struggles at any point.
- How bad has it gotten for Derek Anderson? He eventually got lifted from the game in garbage time, with Max Hall getting a few opportunities. Anderson went 17-31 for 161 yards and two interceptions as he continues to struggle. While he got Larry Fitzgerald more involved (7 receptions for 83 yards), that’s about all he did and it was far from enough. Of course, this was all overshadowed by Michael Turner’s injury and Jason Snelling’s thrashing (129 yards, 2 TD plus 57 receiving yards and 1 TD) of the Cardinals defense. The word is that Turner could’ve returned, however, so owners don’t have to panic.
- It’s easy to point to the Vikings run defense “breaking down”, allowing 80 yards on just 13 carries to Ronnie Brown. Of course, he did break one 51-yard run, which certainly skews things. No, the bigger story is Brett Favre, who threw three interceptions in the game. You can blame the loss of Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice for his problems, but that’s not good enough.
- The Panthers running game, which is supposed to be the strength of the team, was again not at it’s best. Neither DeAngelo Williams nor Jonathan Stewart had a run of greater then 19 yards. Williams had just 54 yards on 17 carries while Stewart had 43 yards on eight carries. Over the first two weeks, Williams has 116 yards and Stewart has 55 yards. It’s too early to panic, but that is certainly lower totals then one would’ve expected. Williams is still worth starting, but if you were depending on Stewart you may want to consider other options.
- Kyle Orton looks very much for real. His low over the first two weeks of the season has been 295 yards. It’s hard to call him a lock to be a fantasy starter every week, but he’s quickly establishing himself as viable. Demaryious Thomas, who missed Week 1, may be the go-to guy, with 8 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown in his debut.
- Matt Schaub and Donovan McNAbb totaled 923 yards in their overtime thriller. Not too shabby, huh? The Schaub/Andre Johnson connection went for 12 completions, 158 yards and a touchdown (barely overshadowing Kevin Walters who had 11 completions for 144 yards and a touchdown). That combo is the most deadly in all of football at this point.
- Is anyone still questioning the ability of Darren McFadden? He has taken his opportunity and run with it, likely grabbing hold of the starting running back spot even when Michael Bush returns. Yesterday he picked up 145 yards on 30 carries, giving him 240 rushing yards in the first two games.
- Darrelle Revis was forced to leave the Jets-Patriots game at the half. Still, Randy Moss surprisingly got stymied, with just two catches for 38 yards and a touchdown (all coming in the first half). While it was an impressive showing, if Revis is forced to miss playing time it’s going to have a major effect on the Jets defense. Keep a close eye on the news moving forward.
- Mike Sims-Walker bounced back in a big way after getting shutout in Week 1. He had 10 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown, though the biggest story in the Jaguars-Chargers game was Ryan Mathews being forced from the game with an ankle injury. At this point the word is that it is a minor injury, but time will tell. Mike Tolbert took over and did a solid job (82 yards and 2 TD).
What are your thoughts of these stories? What was the biggest from the day? What else is worth mentioning?