Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Week 3 Recap

I have to start with my Steelers this week. Yes, they lost to the Bungles. Yes, Big Ben threw three picks. But I still have confidence in the 1-2 Steelers. They didn't get outplayed by Cincy. The defense did a great job, and so did the offensive line. It just appears the offseason surgeries have had a bigger effect on Ben than I and maybe even Bill Cowher thought. This team is going to bounce back as long as Ricardo Coclough never returns another punt.
Jacksonville's defense put in another great effort against Indianapolis. Unfortunately special teams and just a little offense in the second half was enough for Indy to win. The Jags defense is for real.
I'm still not sold on New Orleans keeping up the impressive run all season. Monday night was a great performance, their first win over a good team in Atlanta. It was great for the city.
Tampa Bay lost again, and probably lost quarterback Chris Simms for the year after his spleen ruptured. Carolina finally got in the win column. Miami looks even less like a playoff team following their first win. They barely beat the awful Titans. The Jets are 2-1, but they beat bad teams. Still better than I thought. After barely beating the bad Jets and Bills, New England played a good team and looked like a bad one themselves, following a loss to Denver.
Arizona and the New York Giants are both 1-2. Two of the favored NFC playoff contenders have offensive issues. The Cardinals can't score, mostly thanks to Kurt Warner, and the Giants can't score early. Philadelphia is 2-1, beating bad teams. The Ravens and the Bears are quietly 3-0.
Mark Brunell looked like Peyton Manning this past weekend. Unfortunately for him he won't play the Texans again. Brett Favre also looked great. He only gets one more game against the Lions. The Raiders found maybe the only way they can avoid losing this season; don't play.
Early line on coaches who could be out of a job this year; Tom Coughlin, Jeff Fisher, Art Shell and Dennis Green.

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