Wednesday, September 1, 2010

..And the Rest...Closing the Book on the Preseason..

- Remember what I'm saying now, Tampa Bay's Mike Williams is the next Randy Moss. At least, I really, really hope he is, because Mugatu drafted him. He had 3 catches for 83 yards in Tampa's 19-13 loss to Jacksonville. Josh Johnson was playing QB for the Bucs in place of the injured Josh Freeman, although this really doesn't matter because I couldn't pick out either of them if they were sitting on my lap as I type this, and I'm not Joshing.

- If you're looking for one QB poised to take the next step toward stardom this year, go with Joe Flacco. He looked great in the Ravens 24-10 win over the Giants, as they re-enacted the Super Bowl from 10 years ago. Todd Heap had 6 catches and a TD, and Anquan Boldin also had a score. Eli Manning looked shaky in his first outing back after being hit in the mouf two weeks ago, completing just 9 of 18. 2nd round DT Linval Joseph had a sack for NYG.

- Preseason games don't mean everything, but I'm also pretty sure they don't mean nothing. And if that's the case, the Cowboys have to be really concerned with their miserable performance in a 23-7 loss to Houston. Arian Foster ran for 110 yards for the Texans, and Andre Johnson and Jacoby Jones combined for 12 catches and 142 yards. The Cowboys RB troika of Barber/Jones/Choice combined for an alarming 9 yards on 9 carries.

- Carolina's D was impressive in bottling up Chris Johnson, holding him to just 10 yards 8 carries in a 15-7 win over the Titans. Tennessee's D was equally frustrating to D'Angelo Williams, who had only 13 yards on 9 carries. Carolina didn't seem to be missing Julius Peppers all that much, as they sacked Titans QBs 7 times.

- Seattle safety Earl Thomas earned the most memorable moment of his young career (he was the 14th pick in this year's draft), picking off Brett Favre and taking it back 86 yards in the Seahawks 24-13 loss to the Vikings. Favre had a pretty bad night, completing 16 of 26 with 2 INTS and no TDs. Chris Clemons had a pair of sacks for Seattle.

- The Cardinals played on Monday Night in Nashville, spent a couple days after that staying there and practicing with the Titans, then went to Chicago and beat the Bears 14-9 on Saturday. They did all this with Derek Anderson as their starting quarterback. So either this says something about the Cardinals or it says that the Bears are horrible. Rookie wideout Steven Williams had 79 yards and a TD. Tim Hightower looks like he just may win the starting RB job. He carried 8 times for 62 yards, while Beanie Wells averaged just 1.8 yards on 8 carries and had a red zone fumble. The great Jay Cutler added 2 more picks to his continuing homage to Rex Grossman.

- Bruce Gradkowski just can't stop playing awesome since he's been in a Raiders uniform. Jason Campbell left with an injury and Gradkowski stepped in and threw for 202 yards and 2 TDs and continues to make people think hmmm maybe he really can be a good starting QB in this league. The 49ers beat the Raiders 28-24, rookie RB Anthony Dixon had a big game, and don't be surprised if he's the one backing up Gore, not Brian Westbrook. Larry Murphy had 2 catches for 87 yards and a TD for the Raiders. SF is 3-0 and I hereby crown them Preseason Champions, joining such illustrious past winners as the 2008 Detroit Lions, who went undefeated in the preseason and whose opponents went undefeated in the regular season.

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