Monday, September 15, 2008

The Typical Guy's 2008 NFL Week 2 Review (Part 1)

Because Blogger is being an ass for not allowing labels with more than 200 characters, I'll be splitting this review into 2...

Just before the season started, everyone was looking at AFC East and the quarterback showdown between NFL's glamour boy, New England Patriots' Tom Brady, and the New York Jets' latest trade acquisition, the league's iron man and good 'ol boy, Brett Favre. But when Week 1 came to pass with Brady being sidelined for the entire season due to a torn ACL, the Pats were all but counted out when their Week 2 game against the Jets came about.

Unfortunately, in what was Favre's home game debut as the Jets' signal caller, it was all a case of déjà vu as the Jets went down 19-10 against the Patriots who, just so happens, fielded a quarterback who hasn't started a game since high school. And so Matt Cassell, looking calm and collected that somehow didn't reflect the fact that he only played 15 games at that point for the past 3 seasons in the NFL carried the Patriots to their first victory over the Jets without having Brady under center, earning a broad smile from the often-gruff Bill Belichick as he made 16 of 23 passes for 165 yards without committing any errors. Not bad for Cassell's first NFL starting assignment.

In Arizona, Kurt Warner was reliving his glory days as MVP and Super Bowl champion as the Arizona Cardinals' offense clicked consistently against the Miami Dolphins for a 31-10 victory, giving the Cardinals their first 2-0 start for the first time in 17 years. Fueled by the outstanding plays of wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fizgerald's 100+ yard game receptions and running back Edgerrin James' 55 yards to become the 14th player in NFL history to surpass 15,000 career yards from scrimmage, Warner's perfect 158.3 passer rating for the third time in his career, tying Peyton Manning for the NFL record, was simply icing on the cake.

As for the defending Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants, their stifling defense was again on top of their game as they managed to sack St. Louis Rams' quarterback, Marc Bulger, six times with defensive end Justin Tuck converting an interception off of Bulger into a 41-yard return into the end zone for a touchdown. With the 41-13 victory, the Giants keep their road streak alive with 11 wins which started from the previous season's opener.

In Detroit, the Green Bay Packers managed to stay ahead of the Detroit Lions 48-25 after they led the game 21-0 midway into the second quarter only to find themselves behind the Lions by a point with 7:41 left on the clock. Apparently, that was the wake-up call the Packers needed as they took the lead back with a field goal before padding it some more with three straight interceptions, giving Aaron Rodgers his first fourth-quarter comeback.

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