Monday, September 14, 2009

Week 1. What happened?

Ok, all...how did we fare yesterday? I know from reading my hilarious friends' Facebook posts that some hate football, some love football, and some of them were held against their will at sports bars at 10am. I've decided that football is, in fact, a very polarizing issue! So here we go. I've tried to link to videos of highlights when applicable since its much easier to see plays once they've been described to you.

Let's start with the games we were watching on Saturday:

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS. CAROLINA PANTHERS:
Philly destroyed Carolina. Carolina QB Jake Delhomme threw 4 interceptions (This is very bad. It means he was trying to throw the ball to his teammates and instead somehow the other team got the ball. Four times. Not good.). Donovan McNabb (QB for Philly) had a pretty good game but broke a rib and is questionable for next Sunday. Michael Vick is still suspended for two more games so he will not get to play with McNabb out. Presumably, he didn't kill any dogs.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS VS. CLEVELAND BROWNS:

Brett Favre won his first game as a Viking but didn’t play very well. Player to watch: Adrian Peterson, running back (RB) on Minnesota. He is considered the BEST PLAYER IN THE NFL, and the obvious first pick in most fantasy leagues. Seriously, remember this guy's name. ADRIAN PETERSON. MINNESOTA VIKINGS. BEST PLAYER. If you want to impress your crazy-about-fantasy-football husband, say, "So who got Adrian Peterson in your Fantasy draft?" If it's him, gush appropriately.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrhBXbVmrWc
And did you get a look at Brady Quinn? Hmmmm?

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS:

Payton Manning won but it was close. He only threw 1 TD but had 300 yards passing. (this means that when he throws the ball and someone else catches it, the number of yards he threw it PLUS however many yards the guy ran with it are counted in this "yards passing" number. It also counts in the catching guy's stats. Confusing, I know.) Reggie Wayne, wide receiver (WR) for Indianapolis, was the player to watch. 10 Catches for 162 yards and a TD.

DETROIT LIONS VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS:
If you know somebody from Detroit, they are probably crying in their coffee today--still no win for the Lions. Being the worst team in the league gets you the #1 draft pick for the next year. This was Matthew Stafford, QB for Detroit. He threw 3 interceptions (remember that this is BAD. Maybe the Lions are cursed?).
Drew Brees for the Saints threw for 6 TOUCHDOWNS! One less than the record for most TDs in a game. Huge game. He will be a player to watch all season.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS VS. ARIZONA CARDINALS:
49ers beat the super bowl losers. Looks like they ARE gonna cry about it. Arizona ’s offense looked awful and the 49ers defense looked great. Arizona looks like they have the super bowl losing hangover that many teams get after losing the super bowl.
As for the "Madden Curse," Fitz is still alive and kicking--for now.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS VS. NEW YORK GIANTS:
Eli Manning (Payton’s well paid brother) and his Giants won. The Redskins paid $100 million for defense player Albert Haynesworth who did not make much of an impact. Giants defensive player Osi Umenyiora (you're on your own with that one), who missed the whole season last year, scored a touchdown on a fumble.

CHICAGO BEARS VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS:
Gay Butler--sorry--Jay Cutler, lost in his debut as the Bears QB. He threw 4 interceptions (not good). But the Bears lost with only 1 minute left in the game so even though Cutler played terribly, the Bears had a chance to win. Brian Urlacher, Defensive player for Chicago and ex-boyfriend of Paris Hilton, dislocated his wrist and could possibly be out for the rest of the season.

There was a great PLAY ACTION pass at the end of the game from Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings. PLAY ACTION is a phrase you'll hear a lot. It means that when the ball is snapped, the QB FAKES the hand off to another player and instead throws the ball down field to a waiting receiver. If the fake is done well, the defenders start to move forward, towards the guy they think has the ball. In reality, the ball is now
going the totally other direction, high over their heads and they have to scramble to get back on track. Watch here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkvwtLoh6LU

And now for the rest:

MIAMI DOLPHINS VS. ATLANTA FALCONS:
Atlanta beat Miami. Miami looked pretty bad--looks like the Kardashian sisters are the ones to watch in this town! Atlanta is a contender to be the best in the NFC (this week we'll go over the difference between NFC and AFC. Right now you'll just sound like a rockstar if you mention it.) Players to watch: Matt Ryan is the QB for Atlanta and is in his 2nd year.

BALTIMORE RAVENS VS. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS:

The game was tied 24-24 with 5 minutes left. Baltimore scored 2 TDs to win the game. The game was closer than most predicted especially because Kansas City ’s QB Matt Cassel who was Tom Brady’s replacement last year in New England is injured and not playing. Baltimore lost to Pittsburg to get into the super bowl last season.
Players to Watch: Joe Flacco, second year QB for Baltimore.

CINCINNATI BENGALS VS. DENVER BRONCOS:
The game was slow and low scoring. With 38 seconds left Cincinnati scored a TD to take the lead 7-6. Denver got the ball back and had a miraculous 87 yard play to win the game 12-7.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB3AVlM5itI

NEW YORK JETS VS. HOUSTON TEXANS:
Rookie QB Mark Sanchez won his first game as a pro. Houston is supposed to be good this year but looked awful against the Jets. Jets RB Thomas Jones had over 100 yards rushing (when the player takes the "handoff" from the QB and runs, or rushes, it down the field) and 2 TDs.

DALLAS COWBOYS VS. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS:

Tony Romo won, threw 3 TDs and over 300 yards so it looks like dumping Jessica Simpson and Terrell Owens (TO) going to the Buffalo Bills made no difference to him. Tampa Bay ’s RB Carnell “Cadillac” Williams had a good game--he hasn’t played in a few years due to a terrible injury. Link below but not for the squeamish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSiZMEDGfnw

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS VS. ST. LOUIS RAMS:
The Rams looked terrible and could be the worst team in the league (we’ll have to see how the Raiders play tonight) Seahawks' Matt Hasselbeck, who’s brother Tim is married to Elizabeth Hasselbeck of the View, had a good game after coming back from a major injury last season.

Whew! We did it. Now everyone is gearing up for Monday's not one, but TWO games tonight. (This is new this season.) More about those games coming up!

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