Football has finally arrived!! Has there ever been a NFL season more anticipated than this one? From Reggie Bush to the preseason hype machine that is the Arizona Cardinals, people have been giddy and anxiously waiting for the NFL season to begin. It is only Week 1, but we have already learned a few things:
The Chicago Bears of last year were no fluke
The Atlanta Falcons will compete for the NFC South title
The Baltimore Ravens are infinitely much better in the hands of Steve McNair
The Raiders and Packers are going to have loooonnnnngggg seasons
On to my simps and pimps for week 1:
(non-football pimp) Minnesota Twins: How can they have started off so poorly and looked so pathetic to now being the hottest and scariest team in baseball? They are only 1 1/2 games back of the Tigers for the AL Central lead and lead the Chicago White Sox by 1 1/2 games in the Wild Card. And guess what, Liriano has been on the DL for the past few weeks and they haven’t missed a beat and he is schedule to return this week….Beware AL Central teams, beware…
John Abraham and Shawne Merriman: Abraham proved to be every bit the great acquisition the Falcons made by registering 5 tackles (4 solo, 1 assisted), 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He was an absolute monster against the Panthers. Shawne Merriman may very well be one of the best defensive players in the NFL – in only his 2nd year! He registered 6 solo tackles and 3 sacks. Are we looking at the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year?? Too early to tell, but keep your eyes on Shawne Merriman.
Donovan McNabb: The man did nothing but confirm to everyone in the NFL that he is back and that he is still one of the preeminent passers and signal callers in the game. His command of the team’s offense is cerebral and his ability to make those better around him is Steve Nash-like. Admittedly, it was against a sub-par Houstan Texans team, but he did still go 24-35 for 314 yards and 3 tds against 1 int. I don’ think it is too soon to say he and, more importantly, the Eagles are back.
Aaron Brooks and Brett Favre: Didn’t I have these players as simps in my previous edition (during the NFL preseason). Brooks went 6-14 for 68 yards, but on the bright side, he did not throw any INTs. 68 yards? With Randy Moss on your team? Brett Favre went 15/29 for 170 yards and 2 INTs. Isn’t it about that time Brett? When is enough, enough? And oh yeah, as if their futile individual performances weren’t painstakingly horrible enough, both of their teams were shutout – at home. Talk about a bad Sunday.
Dallas Cowboys: Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Amidst all the preseason Super Bowl hype, the Cowboys laid a humongous egg against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bledsoe threw 3 picks and the defense allowed 24 unanswered points by the Jags. QB controversy in Dallas? Parcells has to be going crazy right now, wondering what happened to their vaunted defense and supposedly rejuvenated offense. They didn’t look good and it showed on Sunday.
Denver Broncos: Plummer went back to his mistake filled days of Arizona and the Broncos couldn’t produce much on offense. They didn’t look good at all and they lost to an unheralded St. Louis team. Keep your eyes out for the increasingly popular Jay Cutler, because if Plummer continues to play inconsistently, they may quickly yank Plummer out and insert Cutler. It is too early right now, but Shanahan has an ego the size of Jupiter. He thinks he can win with anyone starting at any position, regardless of experience.