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NFL 2010: The Real Football Season begins

September 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Are you ready for some Football! As why does that make me think of Monday Night Football on ABC with Frank Gifford, Dandy Don Meredith and Howard “The Mouth” Cosell…

As I’m guessing that both the National Football League and NBC couldn’t have been happier then having a rematch of last season’s Conference Championship between Reigning Superbowl Champions New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings as its 2010-11 NFL Kickoff Game.

And although it appears the game’s Top four Quarterbacks are Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Bret Favre; several other budding Starz wait in the Wings to anoint their selves to the Pantheon of QB’s… With such names as Tony Romo, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Vince Young, Aaron Rogers, Mark Sanchez, etc coming to mind. While I’m less aware of all of the Stellar Running Backs of today’s Generation, albeit the 2,000 Yard Man Chris Johnson comes to mind, along with Thursday night’s Adrian Peterson and Reggie “What Heisman” Busch, with NO disrespect to the other 29 Starting Running Back’s…

AFC EAST
(0-1) Buffalo Bills: What can I say about this proverbial Division Doormat Team? Other then don’t expect any miraculous improvements this year, as the Bills lost their Opener to Miami 15-10.

(1-0) Miami Dolphins: Not sure what to expect here, as they’ve acquired WR Brandon Marshall to hopefully give QB Chad Henne’ a reliable down field target, who helped out somewhat in their victory over Buffalo 15-10.

(1-0) New England Patriots: Soon to become the Sport’s highest paid Athlete when QB Tom Brady becomes the $18 Million Dollar Man, how will this fair with Wide Receivers Randy Moss, playing the final year of his current contract and Wes Welker, who’s coming back from a severe knee injury last year. Not to mention Brady’s Offensive Line, the Defense and everyone else including the Ball Boyz. Good thing Brady wasn’t injured in his recent Car crash, right? As Brady led the Pat’s to victory over the Bengals 38-24.

(0-1) New York Jets: Will Rex Ryan’s Mouth match his Swagger? As many are satirically asking; have you bought your Jets Superbowl tickets yet? While Sophomore QB Mark Sanchez hopes to improve this season with the additions of longtime Sand Diego Running Back LaDainian Tomlinson; Miami Linebacker Jason Taylor; Pittsburgh Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes (suspended for the first four games) and Chargers Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who are expected to take them to the next level. But the Ravens shut down the Jets in a low scoring game 10-9 Monday Night, while they’ve also apparently got a little locker room problem with a female reporter to worry about at the moment…

AFC NORTH
(1-0) Baltimore Ravens: Definitely not a ‘Sleeper pick anymore with the addition of Wide Receiver’s Arizona All Pro Anquan Boldin and Seattle’s castaway T.J. Houshmandzadeh, which should only bolster QB Joe Flacco’s opportunities to impress this season, while RB Ray Rice hopes to continue his last season form, as the Ravens shut down the Overhyped? NY Jets offense 10-9 on a Monday Night Football Double header…

(0-1) Cincinnati Bengals: Previous ‘Bungles Quarterback Carson Palmer is hoping that new addition Terrell Owens and Chad “Twitter” Ochocinco can leave their Batman ‘N Robin antics for their new Overhyped T.Ocho TV Show and manage to share the Pigskin with RB Cedric Benson? As the Bengals made New England work a bit for its 38-24 victory.

(0-1) Cleveland Browns: General Manager “Fuzzy Zellar,” a.k.a. Mike Holmgren will be watching Head Coach Eric Mangini intensely, having decided to give him a further year to show-his-stuff. Jake Delhomme has replaced Derek Anderson, who’s now the Starting QB for the Arizona Cardinals, while Brady Quinn apparently is the Team’s back-up whilst trying to rebuild his career. Yet apparently Delhomme is one of the Team’s few bright spot’s in what should be another long year and most likely no Post-season once again, as the Browns fell to the Buc’s in week One 17-14.

(1-0) Pittsburg Steelers: “Big Ben-DateGate” Roethlisberger will miss the Team’s first four games due to his Suspension… While apparently substitute Quarterback replacement Byron Leftwich is injured, with Rookie(?)Dennis Dixon getting the nod, as everyone awaits to see what Steelers Team shows up this year? As it was the Steelers Rashard Mendenhall scoring a 50-yard touchdown on the very first play of overtime to sink the Falcons 15-9.

AFC SOUTH
(1-0) Houston Texans: Coming off of a late season surge in their ninth season last year, Fans are giddy with anticipation of their first winning season, hoping a Wildcard Playoff berth is in the offing as QB Matt Shaw looks to lead the way… Although it was RB Arian Foster’s scorching 231 yard & 3-touchdowns performance that led Houston to a 34-24 victory romp over the Colts, only their second win against Indianapolis in the last 17 attempts, while Foster’s record day is second only to OJ “What Glove?” Simpson’s 250 yard record…

(0-1) Indianapolis Colts: Do you really have to say anything about the team that lost the Superbowl to New Orleans last year? I mean the name Peyton Manning should be enough on its own… As look for the Colts to once again have another winning season and go deep in the Playoffs, albeit they might wanna work on their run defense after Arian Foster lit them up in week One, losing to Houston 34-24.

(1-0) Jacksonville Jaguars: Not much to say about this lackluster team, other then Head Coach Jack Del Rio certainly needs to have a winning season in order to keep his job, as Coach will be pleased with a 24-17 victory over the Broncos on Sunday.

(1-0) Tennessee Titans: Will the Comeback Kid, nee Vince Young continue his magic? And will Chris “I WANNA RENEGOTIATE MY CONTRACT” Johnson be able to replicate his All World rushing performance of last year? As Johnson’s vowing to become the first 2,500 yard rusher in NFL history and spanked the Raiders with a 142 yard, 2-touchdown performance in the Titan’s 38-13 walkover.

AFC WEST
(0-1) Denver Broncos: The once mighty Broncos with “Mister Ed,” nee John Elway seem to be sliding downhill towards another losing season, having seen Sack-happy All-Pro Elvis Dumervil sidelined with a torn Pectoral muscle. While Rookie QB Tim Tebow was unable to be victorious in his homecoming as Denver Lost to Jacksonville on the road 24-17.

(1-0) Kansas City Chiefs: Most likely the Division’s number two team, the squad hopes to continue building towards success with ex-New England Patriots back-up QB Matt Cassel and a formidable backfield duo of Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles, as the team defeated Division rival San Diego 21-14 in the second Monday Night game.

(0-1) Oakland Raiders: It seems like a longtime ago since the Raiders have followed venerable Team Boss Al Davis’s mantra: Just win Baby! As Head Coach Tom Cable surely has to be looking over his shoulder once again? Although you probably don’t wanna get too close to him… As Oakland was simply run over by Chris Johnson and Tennessee 38-13.

(0-1) San Diego Chargers: After winning 13-games last year, the team went thru a massive rebuilding, along with losing many players to Free Agency, albeit the Chargers still have Phillip Rivers at the controls and hope to once again win the Division, albeit losing to Kansas City 21-14 in week One.

NFC EAST
(0-1) Dallas Cowboys: While many expect Tony Romo and the Cowboys to be winners again, with owner Jerry Jones expecting his team to be home for the Superbowl at his new palatial playground, Dallas didn’t get off on the right foot as Romo & Co. bungled their way thru the night in the Nation’s Capitol, losing to the Redskins 13-7.

(1-0) New York Giants: After a 5-0 win streak early last year, the Giants faltered to 8-8 and were beset by injuries, which their Defense will need to keep from happening again this year, as they appear to be somewhat suspect, while Eli Manning hopes to see an improved running game while spreading the ball around to his revamped receiving corps’, which helped him to a 31-18 win against the Panthers.

(0-1) Philadelphia Eagles: Not sure ‘bout this team, who after trading away longtime QB Donovan McNabb to Washington ended up not only losing starting Quarterback Kevin olb, with Michael “WOOF-WOOF” Vick replacing him, but also lost a comeback thriller 27-20 vs. Green Bay.

(1-0) Washington Redskins: The most Buzz surrounding this Team seems to be the ongoing Feud between new Head Coach Mike Shanahan and All Pro Defensive player Albert Haynesworth… Although the Team has tried shoring up its Quarterback position with the hiring of veteran Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. As the ‘Skins held off their perennial rival, the Cowboys 13-7 at home.

NFC NORTH
(1-0) Chicago Bears: Quarterback savor Jake Cutler has been forcing things and threw a lot of interceptions last year, as the Bears loss of Draft Picks saw them needing to go the Free Agency route in order to acquire Julius Peppers to hopefully shore-up its once mighty Defense, as ‘Duh Bears won a very sloppy game, 19-14 on the first week’s most controversial call, when Detroit’s Calvin Johnson’s touchdown was disallowed.

Detroit Lions: Still a work-in-progress, as Matt Stafford looks to Wide Receivers Calvin Johnson and ex-Seattle Seahawks player Nate Burleson to enable him to score some points. Yet even after claiming four turnovers from the Bears, Detroit lost a very close game 19-14 on an apparent last moment TD being overturned.

(1-0) Green Bay Packers: Look for the Packers and QB Aaron Rodgers to fight for the Division Crown with his predecessor Favre’s Vikings, as Rogers & Co. defeated the Eagles 27-20.

(0-1) Minnesota Vikings: Will He; Won’t he? As the never ending saga of the continuously retiring Brett Favre once again was the Team’s Headline News going into the Preseason. Now Favre is missing his favourite target WR Sydney Rice, out for a minimum of six weeks, with Wide Receiver Percy Harvin fighting persistent Migraine Headaches, while RB Adrian Peterson is still trying to overcome his penchant for fumbling the Pigskin. As Favre & Co. lost a low scoring Season Opener to New Orleans 14-9…

NFC SOUTH
(0-1) Atlanta Falcons: Look for the Falcons to most likely make the Playoffs this season, having just missed out last year at 9-7, albeit the first time in Franchise history to have back-to-back winning seasons, while being riddled with injuries. Therefore look for third year Pro Matt Ryan and his capable supporting cast to have another winning year. Yet after a veritable Slugfest of Field-goal’s vs. the Steelers, the Falcons defense let the Steelers win in OT 15-9.

(0-1) Carolina Panthers: Not sure what side of the coin this Team will land on, as Head Coach John Fox is in the final year of his contract and has lost long time QB Jake Delhomme (Cleveland) and Defensive End Julius Peppers, (Chicago) with several others possibly defecting at the end of the season? As the Panthers were derailed by Eli’s Giant’s in a 31-18 loss…

(1-0) New Orleans Saints: Look for the Saints to continue Marching On… As QB Drew Brees picked up exactly where he left off last year by defeating arch rival Brett Favre‘s Vikings in the Superdome in the Season opening game 14-9. As the Saints definitely look like a threat to repeat for the title in Dallas next year.

(1-0) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Another Downtrodden Team, as surely Head Coach Raheem Morris’s job is on the line, as I can’t recall a winning season since now Talking Head John Gruden led them to a Superbowl title a long time ago… Although they did manage to defeat the Browns 17-14, albeit I’m not sure if that’s much of a statement?

NFC WEST
(1-0) Arizona Cardinals: Leading QB Kurt Warner has retired, as heir apparent Matt Leinart was waived and subsequently picked up by the Houston Texans, with Derek Anderson taking over the reigns of the new look Card’s who I was unaware they’d traded pouting All Pro WR Anquan Boldin to Baltimore, as the Card’s held off the ‘LAMBS 17-13, as I‘ve just noticed that all four teams in this Division played against each other on week One.

(0-1) San Francisco 49ers: Although there seems to be some inside wranglings over Head Coach Mike Singletariy’s intensity, with some players simply quitting… You’d have to give the vastly improving 49ers the nod to most likely win the Division that once was ruled by the Seahawks during the Holmgren era. Look for workhorse Running Back Frank Gore to once again batter opponents, while the Jury’s still out upon Michael Crabtree, as I had a hard time deciding who to pick between Seattle and the 49ers, as I didn’t know which Seattle team would show up? But Mister Excitement’s squad rallied ‘round a stingy Defense that shut-down Gore, whilst Hasselbeck led the way to a 31-6 stomping.

(1-0) Seattle Seahawks: Welcome to the Pete “I DIDN’T KNOW NUTHIN” Carroll era, as Mr. Excitement hopes to not only improve his NFL record, but revive the flagging fortunes of the once Perennial Division Champions. As Carroll and new GM John Schneider have gone about a Mega Makeover by changing the Roster nearly every day enroute to installing at least 50% of a new 53-man Squad, as Matt Hasselbeck hopes to have a revived season during the final year of his contract, while there’s simply too many changes to describe! Nevertheless Seattle came out fired-up and gave Carroll a home opening victory by defeating the 49ers 31-6 at Qwest Field.

(0-1) St Louis Rams: Really don’t know much about this Team other then they chose QB Sam Bradford with the No. 1 Draft pick, have a new Head Coach and have just had the remaining portion of the Team bought out by Minority Owner Sam Kroenke, and are hoping to reverse their continuously losing ways with their new Rookie QB Bradford, as the team gave Arizona a little bit of a startle before losing 17-13.

So who’ll win their respective Divisions? And who will meet in Jerry Jones palatial Dallas estate known as Arlington Stadium for the 2011 Superbowl? You make the call!

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