Matt’s Mind: NFL Week 2 Reactions


by Matt Fischer

I was very impressed by Seattle’s blowout win over San Francisco Sunday night.  They stifled the Niners everywhere.  They bottled up Colin Kaepernick and took away his passing targets.  It was a tight first half but the adjustments made at the half allowed Seattle to dominate the second half and win convincingly over a great team.

We’re two weeks in and some fans are ready to hit the panic button.  Teams in DC and Pittsburgh are disappointed with their teams 0-2 starts and understandably so.  The Redskins have had dismal starts both week not having an offensive touchdown in the first half of either game.  Pittsburgh has only put up 19 points total this season.  That’s not worst in the league though.  Cleveland and Jacksonville have scored fewer.

RG3 is struggling mightily out there for the Redskins.  Perhaps he should have been all in for week 5 and taken the first month of the season off.  He clearly isn’t moving well and has poor footwork.  Albert Morris is playing well but without defenses fearing RG3 beating them down the field, his lanes are going to start to close up.

Cleveland has to make a move at QB.  They’ve got a solid defense but an offense that just can’t put points on the board and puts that defense in terrible positions with turnovers.  Something has to get shaken up on the offense.

The Chiefs have already equalled last year’s win total.  I’m a diehard Chiefs fan so this is great to see.  They are playing with confidence and purpose.  Last year they looked lost and didn’t seem to have the fire.  It’s there this year.  A big test is just a couple of days away now as they travel to play Andy Reid’s former team in Philly.

The Giants are off to another horrid start.  They’re turning the ball over and allowing a lot of points.  Bad starts are nothing new for them.  Luckily the rest of the division isn’t off to a hot start so they’re not in too bad of shape.

The Broncos have scored 90 points in just two games.  They’re looking like they could challenge some offensive records this season.  Receivers are running wide open and Peyton Manning knows how to deliver the ball to them.

The Bears had a huge come from behind win over division foe Vikings on Sunday.  Jay Cutler shouldn’t be feeling the heat he was getting in the preseason now.  That all could change in a few weeks but the Bears have started the year with wins over two 2012 playoff teams.  That’s a good sign.

The Tennessee Titans are only 1-1 but have to be encouraged with their play.  The smothered Pittsburgh in their opener and went to overtime at Houston this week.  Mike Munchak’s team will not be an easy W for anyone this season.

The most intriguing game of the weekend was San Diego at Philadelphia.  We were all watching to see if the Eagles could have the offensive explosion like we saw last Monday night and if San Diego could recover from blowing their big lead at home that same Monday night.  Well yes to both.  The Eagles put the points up but the Chargers were too much as Phillip Rivers made the plays late to get his team a big win on the road.

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