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NFL Sunday notes: Eli brings the Giants back

Mannings' comeback win plus the rest of my Week 2 notes. Matt Bowen

Print This September 17, 2012, 12:05 AM EST

Reggie Bush US PRESSWIREReggie Bush ran for 172-yards on 26 carries in the Dolphins' 35-13 win over the Raiders.

Reggie Bush deserves a game ball. Everyone saw his 65-yard TD run, but let’s not discount the 26 carries in the win over the Raiders. The Miami RB finished with 172-yards on the ground. He put in some work on Sunday.

The Josh Morgan penalty late in the Redskins’ loss to the Rams is bad football. With your team working to get field position to send a game into OT, you can’t throw a ball at an opponent. That is exactly what DBs want—and they are looking for you to retaliate. Little league stuff right there from Morgan.

Where is the defense in Kansas City after another blowout loss? I picked the Chiefs to win the AFC West because of Romeo Crennel’s unit. But after two straight weeks of giving up big plays, what’s the story here? I don’t see this as a scheme or game plan issue. Instead, this is on basic techniques and fundamentals. If you can’t get off blocks, take solid angles to the ball in the secondary and limit the run game, you won’t win in this league. The Bills rushed for over 200-yards in the 35-17 win.

Steelers’ WR Mike Wallace gets the nod for play of the day after his TD catch vs. Jets’ CB Antonio Cromartie. Vet move from Wallace here on an underthrow ball with the slight push (or shove) to the back of Cromarite. Create some separation on a move that will never get called. But don’t forget about the finish here with Wallace finding a way to get two feet down.

Staying on the Steelers-Jets matchup: how do you insert Tim Tebow into the game and keep a rhythm going on offense? It doesn’t add up when you throw Mark Sanchez into the huddle on 3rd and 7-plus and ask him to make a throw to move the sticks.  The Jets have to manage this better if they are going to use Tebow.

A quick coaching point on Vernon Davis’ first TD vs. the Lions. Whenever you see an offense motion the FB out of the core to a No.1 alignment, the ball is going inside. That is called “waste motion.” Widen the defense and create an inside matchup. Exactly what the 49ers did when they ran a Smash-7 (corner) concept to get Davis up the field for the TD.

The Jags didn’t have an answer for the Texans’ defense and we should have expected that. Houston’s front seven is legit and they can play man-coverage in the secondary. That gives you options as a defensive play caller. Blaine Gabbert isn’t going to make plays vs. this defense just yet.

Rams’ fans should be excited about Sam Bradford after the 31-28 win over the Redskins. The St. Louis QB was able to work the ball to WR Danny Amendola (15-160-1TD) in the underneath zones of the Washington defense and despite making a bad decision in the red zone he finished with over 300-yards and a 3 TDs.

The Redskins are making smart decisions with RGIII  in the game plan when they are in the red zone. Look at the Zone Read out of the Pistol offense or the QB Lead Draw from a 2x2 spread alignment. Add in the movement (boot, sprint) you are accustomed to seeing in a Shanahan offense, and there is a reason Griffin is producing. Put him in a position to succeed.

Both Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden played much better football in their second starts. Give them time—and reps. That’s the goal with rookies at the quarterback position. The more game experience they have, the more opportunity to learn and develop the skill set necessary to produce.

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