Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Week 1 Rubdown- NFC North


W at Philadelphia 27-20
Dominated the Eagles until they went into prevent mode up 20-3 midway thru the 3rd quarter. Aaron Rodgers not as sharp as you'd like him to be, but the Eagles have a pretty good defense so I'll give him a pass. 7 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble for Clay Matthews. With Rodgers at quarterback, and Matthews anchoring the defense, I think you can pretty much pencil in the Packers being good for the next 10 years. Ryan Grant is out for the season, although I saw him running to the locker room on one leg and I don't see why he can't just saw the broken one off and play with the one.

W v. Detroit 19-14
By now you've all seen the ridiculous enforcement of a ridiculous rule that kept the Bears from losing their season opener at home to team that was on a 2-30 run coming in. It doesn't feel like a very convincing win, but statistically the Bears dominated. Julius Peppers has already made a huge impact in one game, if for no other reason than he made the Lions bring in Shaun Hill. Matt Forte's pass catching prowess will fit in very nicely in Martz' offense, and the defense looks a lot better with Urlacher healthy. We'll get a much better read on this team this week when they go to Dallas.

L at Chicago 14-19
Matt Stafford won't be having surgery, which is a good thing because he'd probably leap onto the operating table throwing shoulder first. Staying healthy is a skill, and maybe that crazy old man Lou Holtz knows what he's talking about a little when he says a QB needs to learn how to fall. The Lions looked like a 4 win team last week instead of a 0 or 2 win team, which I guess is improvement. Donkey Kong Suh and Kyle Vandenbosch give the Lions a bona fide D line, but I was non plussed by Jahvid Best and Calvin Johnson was virtually invisible against a questionable Bears secondary up until that last drive. And this team isn't beating anybody with Shaun Hill at QB.

L at New Orleans 9-14
Already posted on this earlier this week. In a nutshell, not sure what Chili was thinking refusing to run the ball in the second half. I blame the loss almost entirely on this weird decision.

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