Thursday, September 16, 2010

Week 1 Rubdown- NFC West

W v. San Francisco 31-6
I said last week that Seattle was a mystery team this year, and that mystery got a little more interesting with their completely unexpected pummeling of the preseason darling Niners in Week 1. The Hawks have the best QB in this division, with the "if he can stay healthy" caveat, which is a big if. The defense, which has a couple of studs in Lofa Tatupu and Aaron Curry looked way better than expected too. Keep an eye on them.

W at St. Louis 17-13
The first test of the Cards' new incarnation as a running team went pretty well. Yes, it was against the Rams, but 5.3 yards per carry is impressive, and that was without Beanie Wells. Derek Anderson looked just fine as a caretaker QB, throwing for 297 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT, and Steve Breaston's 132 yards shows he is ready to step in for Anquan Boldin as the #2 receiver.

3. ST. LOUIS RAMS (0-1)
L v. Arizona 13-17
I know Steve Spagnuolo is a defensive guy, not an offensive mastermind. But is it really the best thing to do to have a guy playing in his first NFL game throw 55 passes, when it's a close game and you have the supposedly great Steven Jackson healthy for one of the 5 or 6 games you'll have him this year (because he's another guy who's always hurt)? I'll tell him the same thing I told Brad Childress, you're still allowed to run the ball in this league.

L at Seattle 6-31
I think the picture says it all.

Or, for a more current example,

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