Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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

Still looking a little rusty, Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts managed to squeak out an 18-15 comeback win over the Minnesota Vikings after trailing 15-0 late in the third quarter, narrowly avoiding a 0-2 start to the season. However, with tight end Dallas Clark nursing a knee injury and wide receiver Marvin Harrison still not 100% after coming back from a knee injury as well, this just might not be the Colts' season.

The Denver Broncos were also lucky to eke out a 39-38 victory over the San Diego Chargers thanks to an official's call that, according to reports, will be reviewed in the off-season to possibly make some changes to it. Denver was down 38-31 but they were at the 1-yard line on second-and-goal. Broncos' quarterback, Jay Cutler, was about to throw the ball but fumbled and had the ball slip out of his hand, bounce off of the grass and into Chargers' linebacker Tim Dobbins' hands. Cutler admitted he committed a fumble after the game, the instant replay showed it to be a fumble, but one referee blew the whistle and called it an incomplete pass. And since according to the instant replay rules, the opposing team aren't allowed to gain possession in such situations where the whistle has already been blown, the ball had to go back to Denver for a third-and-goal play. And so two plays after his fumble was overruled, Cutler hit rookie wide receive Eddie Royal over the middle from the 4-yard line, cutting San Diego's lead down to just a point. On the next play, with the Chargers still reeling from what could have been their game-winning possession, Cutler found Royal on the exact same route again to go for the win, all because of coach Mike Shanahan's gutsy call to run the ball for a 2-point conversion to win the game instead of playing it safe by kicking the ball through the post for a tie.

As for the Dallas Cowboys' Monday Night Football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys won 41-37 in a game that was as full of spectacular plays as it was with ridiculous errors; spectacular plays like Cowboys' wide receiver Terrel Owens' 72-yard touchdown catch, putting him in second place on the league's career receiving touchdown list, still well behind Jerry Rice's record of 197; ridiculous errors like Eagles' wide receiver DeSean Jackson's touchdown spike 1 yard short of the end zone. And from what I've seen, I say Tony Romo still has butterfingers every time he's on the field. I mean, really; an interception and a botched hand-off exchange to give the Eagles two touchdowns that were 14 seconds apart?! How bad is that?!?

On to Week 3 then!!!

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