Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More Week 1 Preseason

- Mark "Dirty" Sanchez made his preseason debut this weekend, and looked more like Carson Palmer before he got hurt than Matt Leinart. Sanchez completed 3 of 4 pass attempts for 88 yards, including a nice 43 yard hookup to David Clowney. The Clown Prince of the Exhibition Season had 102 receiving yards and a TD. Rams QB Marc Bulger broke his finger in practice on Monday, and should probably be placed inside a plastic bubble for the rest of his career. With a hole big enough for him to throw the ball thru.

- Peyton Manning had a rough couple series, getting knocked around behind the Colts' pourous offensive line. Colts QBs were sacked 5 times as the Vikings came up with a 13-3 win. Colts 1st round running back Donald Brown had a nice debut, carrying 5 times for 58 yards. Sage Rosenfels has the early lead over Tarvaris Jackson in the race for the Brett Favre Loving Cup.

- Chris Henry and Chad O'Chocinco combined for 9 catches and 173 receiving yards, but the Bengals still could manage only 7 points in a 17-7 loss to New Orleans. Jeremy Shockey caught his first TD in a Saints uniform, but if you'll remember he was on the Saints last year too, and this TD doesn' t really count since it's preseason.

- Kyle Orton had a nice debut for the Broncos, getting picked off 3 times. Still, I saw an undaunted Orton supporter wearing an Orton Bears jersey while riding his motorcycle the next day. Rookie RB Glen Coffee, Frank Gore's new backup, had a nice debut, dark roasting the Broncos horrible defense for 67 yards on 14 carries. Niners win 17-16.

- The Lions continue their run of dominance in the preseason, as the defending 2008 Preseason Champs beat the Falcons 27-26. Matt Stafford completed 7 of 14 with a TD and an INT in his pro debut. Michael Turner had 63 yards on 6 carries and a TD for Atlanta.

- The intimidating ZIIIPPPPPPING noise of Jay Cutler's passes was not enough to help him do any better than completing 5 of 10 with 0 TDs and an INT as the Bears lost to TO-less Buffalo 27-20. Trent Edwards was a perfect 10 for 10, and the Bills completed 29 of 34 pass attempts against what looks like a not so good Bears defense. Bears 3rd string QB Brett Basanez was picked off 3 times.

- The Browns wore their Brown poo poo pants and played like poo poo, getting shut out by the Packers 17-0. Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, and Brett Ratilff combined to complete 14 of 26 passes with 4 INTs. Mangenius!

- Rex Grossman took one snap and promptly blew out his hamstring in the Texans' wet and wild 16-10 win in KC. Matt Schaub completed all 7 of his pass attempts, while new Chiefs QB Matt Cassel looked pretty Scott Mitchell like in his first outing as former backup turned big time free agent.

- Vince Young actually had himself a real nice outing in the Titans 27-20 win over Tampa. Young completed 9 of 14 for 131 yards and a TD, helping offset a bad 2 INT night for Kerry Collins. As if the Titans needed another good running back, rookie Javon Ringer had 51 yards on 7 carries. Another Titan rookie, Rutgers WR Kenny Britt caught 5 passes for 89 yards and a TD.

- In an effort to avoid their traditional 1-4 start, the Chargers are playing LaDanian Tomlinson in the preseason this year to shake the rust off. Rusty had 10 yards on 4 carries as the Chargers fell to the Seahawks 20-14.

- Jacksonville debuted their new helmets, which are the same greenish black optical illusion color as my 1995 Dodge Avenger, which had a nasty habit of chewing up its own transmission. They also lost to Miami 12-9

- Ahmad Bradshaw figures to see more carries this year with Derrick Ward gone to Tampa. He looked ready for the increased responsibilities, averaging 7 yards on 5 carries and scoring a TD as the Giants beat a sloppy Panther team that turned it over 5 times, 24-17.

- Aaaaaand this just in. Brett Favre is a Viking. Finally. Now that this is finally done all we have to do is bury Michael Jackson and then we can all finally get on with our lives.

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