2014 NFL Week 2: What We Know
One thing we know for sure is that too many NFL players have issues with putting their hands on women (and sometimes vice versa in this situation) and children. The other thing that we have long known is that every team is going to deal with their share of injuries. 2014 is no different in that regard. We can only hope that the domestic violence and legal child whipping stories subside after Week 2.
– The Steelers better fix their leaky defense quickly. Their offense isn’t consistent enough to keep up with the damage that gets done to their defense every week.
– Bernard Pierce will make Ravens fans forget about Ray Rice by midseason.
– Both teams from the Thursday night game had authorities suppress, conceal or outright destroy evidence that would have readily implicated players from both teams from major crimes, yet one played for a decade and change without penalty, another went scot-free from two felonious acts as if it never happened, and one may never play in the NFL again. Strange.
– For all the hubbub about the loss of Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton was not impressive statistically. Considering how many drives the Giants defense kept going with inept defensive fundamentals and phantom calls from officials, one would have to wonder if the Cards should be worried if Palmer misses anymore time.
– The Giants have more dropped passes and turnovers thus far in 2014 than they mustered points versus Arizona. Think about how virtually impossible that is to do at this level of football.
– Larry Donnell: The next of a line of tight ends made by Eli Manning who went from relative obscurity to a player who must be schemed around by defensive coordinators.
– Patrick Peterson gets beaten far too much to revisit his supposedly playful exchange with Richard Sherman about being the best cornerback in the NFL. Much like LeBron James circa 2007-2011 in the NBA, being the most physically gifted does not equate to the best, although it can portend to be so, eventually.
– EJ Manuel is the quintessential “Game Manager” in today’s NFL. Previous game managers usually were not capable of beating you with their legs outside of the pocket. Manuel is no blazer, and he is no Aaron Rodgers from the pocket, but he does not turn it over, and makes the plays that need to be made at critical junctures. This is a large reason why Buffalo is 2-0.
– CJ Spiller.
– Sammy Watkins just gave people a preview of what he is going to do for the next 12 years.
– The Jaguars have given up 78 points in the past six quarters, and scored just 10 in that same timeframe.
– The Redskins are being ravaged by injuries on the offensive side of the ball, which is their supposed strong point.
– Chad Henne led the Jags in rushing in Week 2 (17 yards). Needless to say, THAT won’t get it done (Bill Walton Voice).
– Kirk Cousins does not have Robert Griffin III’s arm.
– Robert Griffin III does not have Kirk Cousins’ accuracy.
– Dallas sticks with the running game, and found themselves on the left side of the W/L ledger. Who would have thought ball control was an important component of winning? /Sarcasm.
– Delanie Walker.
– Steven Ridley is annoying to fantasy football owners. You bench him after a 9 rush, 26 yard game, then he explodes for a 100 yard game, and reverts to nothingness the next game. For no explained reason.
– The Flying Mike Pettines finally seal the deal in the clutch, after failing to do so in Pittsburgh Week 1.
– Joe Haden gets burned an awful lot for a player who many suggest is a Top 3 cornerback.
– The Falcons are warmed over sewage on the road.
– Gio Bernard.
– Matthew Stafford reverted back to typical Matthew Stafford after facing a defense that did not spend most of the game trying to get out of its own way.
– Paging Reggie Bush.
– Austin Davis?
– Bobby Rainey is not going to loosen his grip over the bellcow title in Tampa anytime soon.
– Kam Chancellor and KJ Wright had nightmares (somehow) covering Antonio Gates all game, and, because of Gates’ exploits (three touchdowns), the Chargers defeated Seattle.
– Somehow, however, the focus was on Richard Sherman getting beaten on a slant pattern for 13 yards, and two other passes in man coverage yielding a grand total of 17 yards, along with a play where Keenan Allen made a quick move off the line and didn’t even get targeted with a pass, yet Sherman is “exposed” as not being the best cornerback in the NFL. Social media is both a beautiful and ugly thing at the same time.
– Speaking of Allen’s juke move at the line of scrimmage where he wasn’t targeted, this is what happened the last time someone beat Sherman off the line and DID get targeted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T589Mt7Tm2A
– Where was Marshawn Lynch for most of the first half?
– Arian Foster went out and had a huge game, and lambasted Anheuser-Busch for its hypocrisy afterward.
– James Jones’ entire career was encapsulated on this one play: http://s3.amazonaws.com/br-cdn/temp_images/2014/09/14/2014-09-1414_40_57.gif
– Only the Jets.
– Jordy Nelson torched the league’s worst secondary to the tune of 209 yards. Given the state of the Jets’ secondary, he should have had 300, with all the targets he received from Aaron Rodgers.
– The Broncos appear to be missing that extra gear offensively. They better find it before Sunday.
– Knile Davis is a fine running back, but he is no Jamaal Charles.
– Brandon Marshall abused the 49ers’ secondary, amid allegations that he abused his wife yet again in a previously unreported incident. Enough of this media vulture, yellow journalism. This, a day after an E:60 piece aired about Marshall missing contents that Marshall agreed and wished to have had shown. Too often ESPN resorts to such yellow journalism in order to capitalize on rating and page clicks derived from pushing ignorance, violence and controversy, rather than truth and positive subjects more than once in a blue moon.
– Colin Kaepernick turns the ball over more than Eli Manning, yet every network’s talking heads unconditionally talks about how he will be so “great” and “give him time.”
– He was also fined over $11,000 for an “inappropriate language” penalty (which is rarely flagged or resultant in a fine) in the midst of his second half meltdown to “christen” Levi’s Stadium in lieu of Super Bowl L (oops, Santa Clara officials hate the usage of “L” for Super Bowl 50, as “L” is culturally synonymous with losing, which is what the 49ers did, fittingly, to open their new stadium, which will host next year’s Super Bowl, which the 49ers won’t be any part of, other than hosting.
– Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice did not play in Week 2 for similar domestic violence issues, but the 49ers coaches and front office defiantly continue to play Ray McDonald? And more galling, the outcry has been null and void from most outlets (many of whom blindly crown San Francisco as a Super Bowl contender every year, much like they do New England?) Hmmmm.
– The ending of Week 2’s Monday Night Football capped off what was one of the most blatant weeks full of officials swinging the outcomes of games with phantom and flat out bogus calls/non-calls. The Colts went from being up by at minimum, 7 points, and as many as 10 or 14, with five minutes remaining, only to end up losing, after giving up 10 points in that same timeframe, due to shoddy officiating. The officials need to be held as accountable as players are being held for their on/off field transgressions.