Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Typical Guy's 2008 NFL Week 1 Review...

All it took was 8 minutes, one unavoidable hit to his knee and that was it - Tom Brady, New England Patriots' star quarterback was out for the entire season with a torn ACL, his playing streak, third longest for a signal-caller at 129 including the playoffs, finally over. If there's some consolation to be had out of this, at least the Patriots won the game 17-10 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

After last season's near-perfect run for a 19-0 season was cut short by a more determined, defensive-minded New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, the Pats were looking to get back on top of the game ASAP. After all, falling one game short against a team that hardly anyone had in their sight as a probable contender for the Lombardi Trophy, not to mention the entire Spygate scandal that left in doubt, at the very least, some of the Patriots' success on the field, were just some of the things they would've liked to forget and move on from. But then, Brady had to sit out the entire pre-season to heal an injured right foot. And so the downhill slide of the Patriots' for this season continues as the team tries to get a grip of where they are now by putting Matt Cassel, who hasn't started a game in the NFL, under center with a rookie in Kevin O'Connell as backup. And if Cassel thinks Week 1 was tough as he's been pushed to the limelight all of a sudden to replace the legend called Tom Brady, Week 2 has him dueling with a legendary gunslinger against Brett Favre and the New York Jets.

And somehow, I can't help but wonder WHAT IF Brett did push through with his retirement and, with Brady injured, he would've been enticed enough to play in New England? After all, Randy Moss, the wide receiver he was pushing for Green Bay to get before the 2007 season started, is still there. Hmmm...

Well, at least we know one thing's for sure - Tom Brady has all season long to "rehabilitate" his knee and whatnot in bed with Gisele B√ľndchen as his therapist.

As for fellow quarterback and perennial MVP contender, Peyton Manning, and his Indianapolis Colts', they went down against their opponents in Super Bowl XLI, the Chicago Bears, who utilized the same brand of running game but run by all-new starters much, much effectively - the kind they wish they would have had in the aforementioned Super Bowl game. By going down to the Bears 29-13 in their first game in their brand new stadium, I wouldn't be surprised if the loss left them with a bad taste in their mouths. I guess that's the price to pay when you've got too many new faces in your offensive line that your not even remotely familiar with.

The Dallas Cowboys also got off to a good, strong start reminiscent of how they also started last year by beating the Cleveland Browns 28-10. Tony Romo, the Cowboys' quarterback, orchestrated the offense accurately as he connected with seven different targets while never getting sacked. Still, since this season started out much like last year, strong and potent, let's just hope that this season doesn't end like last season's - underpowered and impotent.

As for Brett Favre, it was the same, good ol' Brett, only in the different shade of green of the New York Jets as he brought his gunslingin' playmaking experience to the fore to give the Jets a 20-14 win over the Miami Dolphins. Brett also proved to everyone that he wasn't the NFL's senior citizen that almost everyone else was making him to be as he took hits in the pocket and still threw a Hail Mary pass to connect with Chansi Stuckey. And with Tom Brady out for the season, the chances of the Jets becoming contenders in their division definitely looks more realistic now than a week ago.

But what about Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers? Well, A-Rod, Brett's successor under center after the falling out between him and the Packers management, certainly looks like he learned a lot from Brett after hovering under his shadow for the past three seasons as he managed to make plays that vaguely seemed reminiscent of Brett, not to mention that he added a couple of things to his repertoire that Brett rarely did, like doing a quarterback sneak into the end zone to secure a win against the Minnesota Viking 24-19. And he capped that sneak by doing a "Lambeau Leap" into the stands, endearing himself to the many Cheeseheads and winning them over to his side - at least for this week because who knows what just might happen in Week 2.

And finally, after playing a losing game against the Carolina Panthers 26-24 where he only had two tackles and zero sacks, the San Diego Chargers' Shawne Merriman finally decided to hang up his cleats for this season and push through with the surgery to repair the two torn ligaments to this left knee. I say, good for him. It didn't matter if he put off the surgery until tomorrow or until the season ends; in the end, his knee will still look like the Frankenstein monster's face after the surgery. Too bad for the Chargers though as their Super Bowl aspirations just seemed a little more harder without Merriman.

On to Week 2 then!!!

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