Let’s go around the league and talk about some of the early Sunday matchups. Here are my notes from what I saw today…
- Give Tony Romo the game ball after his numbers (23-26-270-3 TDs) in the win over Buffalo. The Cowboy’s QB lit up the Bills secondary and took advantage of the man-coverage schemes with the vertical passing game. And don’t forget the WRs here, because this group deserves some credit for Romo’s production. They went up and made some plays for their QB today.
ICONTebow threw only eight passes in the Broncos 17-10 win over the Chiefs.
- Did anyone else feel like they were watching a High School playoff game with this Broncos offensive game plan today? I will get more into this when I post my final game notes on Monday, but I saw an offense (without McGahee and Moreno) run the ball out of the gun and in the downhill power game—consistently. 55 total carries for the Broncos as a team for 244 yards. Tim Tebow did make a big throw to Eric Decker (56-yard TD) in the 4th quarter to ice the game, but we won’t see a QB complete two of eight passes and get out of the stadium with a win very often.
- Are the Steelers’ a spread offense now? How many times do you see Ben Roethlisberger aligned in the gun in an empty set? He looks comfortable, keeps his eyes up the field when he has to escape pressure and continues to throw the ball with production.
- How bad was the tackling from the Bucs’ defense vs. the Texans? Go to the deep ball to Jacoby Jones or the flat route that Arian Foster took for 70-plus for a TD. Poor angles, bad footwork and defenders playing out of control at the point of attack. Basic technique that is taught at the high school level—when you are playing freshman football. Can’t allow that to happen on Sundays.
- Is that the season for the Eagles? Really poor play from Michael Vick (3 INTs) and a defense that folded vs. a No.2 QB late in the game. At 3-6, it doesn't look good for Andy Reid. No excuse for that loss to the Cards.
- Andy Dalton can play—and so can A.J Green. The question I had going into today’s Steelers-Bengals matchup, was the rookie QB’s ability to handle the multiple looks and pressure from the Steelers. Thought he had control of this offense all the way until the 4th quarter when Steelers’ CB William Gay intercepted the curl route. An example of a veteran CB breaking on the ball from a rookie QB.
- I'm not surprised by the Falcons-Saints matchup down in Atlanta. That is what we should expect to see from a divisional game between two good clubs. However, there is no doubt we should question the Falcons' decision to go for it on 4th down in their own territory in OT. Can't set up a team to win a game by taking that big of a risk.
- Doesn’t matter which QB Mike Shanahan wants to play in Washington, because this offense can’t produce. Two turnovers from Rex Grossman today in the loss down in Miami. Time to start questioning the decision making of the head coach.
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