September 22, 2014 in NFL Observations
And for most the game the Hawks dominated like last February’s matchup. The way the game was going had many praying for a Super Bowl rematch not to happen again. Peyton Manning and Broncos got it going and made a great game of it. For the Broncos, it has to be confidence builder against the Legion of Doom.
It was tough for Manning that he brought his team all the way back to tie the game late with a two pointer but didn’t get a chance to touch the ball in overtime. The new Broncos defense has to at least hold Russell Wilson to a field goal, but they couldn’t. Seattle is obviously still very good after a tough loss in San Diego last week. Both teams are playoff bound and maybe a 3rd matchup in 12 months is a possibility.
The game of the day was the matchup between the Eagles and Redskins easily.
It had points and a huge brawl after a cheap shot on Nick Foles that saw both teams lose key players. The talk of the game will most likely be about the losing quarterback more than the winning quarterback. Maybe because we have seen Nick Foles do what Kirk Cousins did plenty of times. But for the Redskins the talk should be positive as Cousins made plenty of plays in the game, especially early on. The pick he threw was huge and a bad throw, but remember this is a guy who has seen limited action.
For the Redskins the biggest concern has to be building up injuries after going through the preseason pretty clean. The biggest loss that could crush the Skins is the Achilles tear that Deangelo Hall suffered in the second half. Hall not only is needed for his play but he has amazingly become a leader and now the Skins may be going with two guys at cornerback who have played less than two seasons. Jason Hatcher is a huge concern also because he has changed the defense and he needs to be out there. Haslett’s crew got solid reviews after Jax but came back to reality yesterday.
As for the winning team the Eagles, they once again came back after an early deficit.
Foles was able to work the Redskins defense for most of the game as Kelly was able to get them in good matchups like safeties on Jeremy Maclin. The Eagles offensive line needs to get healthy and are fortunate Jason Peters didn’t get tossed earlier or the game could have been very different.
I saw a huge negative for the 3-0 Eagles team though they will have to figure out. The Eagles will have to find a way to generate a pass rush very soon or matchups against better teams than the Redskins are going to be tough. It may not matter how good the offense can be if the defense cannot get off the field. I think this could be a huge difference come playoff time against teams like Seattle or even the current 1-2 guys like San Fran, Green Bay or New Orleans. If Cousins can pick apart the secondary I would be worried what Rodgers or Brees can do.
A. The Saints didn’t blowout the Vikings to get their first win but they won and I wouldn’t be surprised if they get it going. Carolina did a 180 Sunday night and Cam Newton just isn’t right. How long can he last?
B. Even though it was something you see on grainy high school highlights at the end of SportsCenter, I did like the pass to Manziel though. It almost worked for a huge play in a tight game.
C. Impressed but not surprised by the Cardinals. I thought they would be very good but I hope for Arizona fans the injuries don’t get too overwhelming and bring the Cards back down. Stanton has been impressive to step in the past two weeks and get two victories.
D. How bad is Tampa? Lovie hasn’t been able to turn them around and they are worse than Schiano left them. I think it started by just dropping a talent like Revis. Why would they do that? Julio Jones destroyed them Thursday.
E. Green Bay and Detroit crushed the fantasy world unless you are in a 32 team league and played the Lions defense. But huge home win for the Lions which could go a long way in a tough three team division.
As for tonight. I hate when the Jets play in primetime because they are so boring to me. I think Chris Johnson busts one for 70-80 yards tonight for the Jets but the Bears even with hobbling receivers are too much for the Jets in the end.
Bears 20 Jets 10