Week 2 in the NFL and teams are starting to separate themselves. It looks like the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants may be the real deal. The New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos are all a surprising 2-0. The New England Patriots followed up their near loss last week to the Buffalo Bills with a real one this week, and the Tennessee Titans are 0-2 and not looking good.
Jason Campbell #17, started for the Washington Redskins. Once again his numbers weren’t bad, but he couldn’t get his team in the end zone. Jason was 23-35 for 242 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also ran the ball seven times for 28 yards. Despite the 9-7 win over the St. Louis Rams the rumblings about Campbell continue in Washington. Campbell also lost one of his few good offensive lineman this week when Randy Thomas went down for the season, not good news for an already bad line. I am starting to hope Campbell does not resign with the Skins. Snyder is the worst owner in the league if you don’t count Oakland’s Al Davis, and after the way he has been treated, #17 should think about heading West and seeing if the 49ers are interested. That could be a great landing spot for Campbell if things don’t work out in Washington. Other teams that may be interested: Denver and Minnesota. Fringe teams? Cleveland, Tennessee, Arizona (stealing Matt Leinart’s spot?) and Seattle if Matt Hasselbeck retires.
Ronnie Brown #23 started for the Miami Dolphins and ran the ball very well as the Fins tried to control the time of possession (45:07!!!) and the game by running the ball and keeping Indy’s Peyton Manning on the sideline. And it would have worked if their defense wasn’t a sieve. Brown ended the night with 24 carries for 136 yards and 2 TDs in the 27-23 loss to Indy. And by the way, if you haven’t seen this yet, see it now.
Heath Evans #44, starting fullback for the Saints, caught a beautiful 11 yard pass for a touchdown that put the Saints up 24-13. That play opened the flood gates – New Orleans dominated the Eagles in Philly 48-22. Evans caught two passes for 16 yards and the TD. For the second straight week, Evans did not record a rushing stat. Expect that to change this week against the Bills as Evans and Reggie Bush are the only healthy running backs the Saints have.
Carnell Williams #24, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starter, had seven carries for 9 yards as the Bucs once again had to play catchup after the Buffalo Bills jumped out to a 17-0 lead. Once the Bucs went to the passing game, Cadillac was still a factor with seven catches for 56 yards and a TD in the 33-20 loss to the surprising Bills. What on earth happened to the Bucs defense? Oh yeah. And there is this too.
Prechae Rodriguez #85, starter for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, was inactive this week with an injury. A bad week for Rodriguez since he also lost in the “Best Move Competition.” He has 44 catches for 486 yards and 3 TDs on the season.
King Dunlap #65 is 2nd string tackle for Philadelphia.
Kendall Simmons #71 is injured and inactive for the New England Patriots with an Achilles injury he suffered last season when he was with the Steelers.
Tim Duckworth #75 is on the Saint’s practice squad.
Quentin Groves #54 is emerging as a leader for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spoke with the press after their 31-17 loss at home to the Arizona Cardinals and had very encouraging things to say about his team and the rest of the season. Unfortunately he did not do a lot on the field in the first start of his career as he played a lot of different positions Sunday with one tackle.
Spencer Johnson #91 had an assisted tackle in the Buffalo Bills’ 33-20 win over the Bucs. Spencer is a 2nd string tackle with the Bills but is on the kick team. On a squib kick did get to return a kickoff 12 yards!
Sen’Derrick Marks #94 is still listed 3rd at his defensive tackle spot with the Tennessee Titans but was active for the team’s 34-31 loss to the Houston Texans. The Titans are off to a very disappointing 0-2 start after starting last year 13-0.
Stanley McClover #75 is still on the injured reserve for the Houston Texans.
Reggie Torbor #53 with the Miami Dolphins did not record a stat in the Monday night loss to the Colts 27-23. The only tackle Torbor had was on a kickoff where there was a penalty and Miami had to re-kick. He did play, but with the Colts only running 35 plays the whole night there was not a great opportunity for anyone on the Fin’s defense to make a difference.
Carlos Rogers #22 started for the Washington Redskins and had five tackles and a pass deflection in the 9-7 defensive win over the St. Louis Rams. Rogers had a timely fumble recovery in the red zone as the defense had to hang on for the win.
Jonathan Wilhite #24 played in the nickel in the New England Patriot’s 16-9 loss to the Jets. Unfortunately Wilhite gave up two big plays in a row that gave the Jets their first and only touchdown of the game early in the 2nd quarter. On the next drive he got it together and made a beautiful defensive play while covering Jerricho Cotchery but it was too little too late.
Jerraud Powers #25 had a pulled groin and missed his start Monday night with the Indianapolis Colts against the Dolphins. Powers’ replacement, Tim Jennings, was picked on almost every time that Miami QB Chad Pennington threw the ball. Without Powers, the Colts went on to win 37-23 over the Fins.
Pat Lee #22 is on injured reserve with the Green Bay Packers.
Rod Hood after starting for the Super Bowl runner-up Arizona Cardinals is still out of a job but may be picked up by the Patriots any day now.
Damon Duval #15 had a whopping five field goals and two extra points for Montreal in the CFL and is still a perfect 32/32 on PATs and 30/36 on field goals this year. He had seven punts with a 49 yard average in the game.
Once we hit Week 4, I will start keeping a running tally of season stats. It is too early now after just two games to worry about totals.
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