Manning vs. Manning: Ugh. Can't we just focus on the fact that the Colts beat the Giants? Sure, the siblings combined for more than 500 yards passing, but I'd say it was more the "Adam V. Bowl," where the Colts' new kicker had 4 field goals and laid the foundation for the kicking confidence that will take them to the Super Bowl. (I promise I'll stop beating this prediction to death.)
Jags Top T.O.: Oh, wait, were they playing an entire Cowboys team? I'm sure T.O. will find a reason to blame everyone except himself for the Cowboys losing his opener with the team. If "everyone" means "Drew Bledsoe."
Meanwhile, my new favorite team made me proud with a huge win at home. With the defending champs on deck next week on MNF, this is huge mo, though they lost DE Hayward for the season.
Now, on to the day's other big NFL storylines:
Reggie Bush's very solid debut: Reggie Bush can put together nearly 150 yards of rushing, receiving and returning EVERY weekend, he's going to be great. (But where are the TDs?! In a fantasy-driven world, TDs are the true measure of greatness.) Meanwhile, you have to feel good for the Saints winning their season-opener.
Super Bowl runner-up jinx? I'm sorry: What happened to
Broken Ankles Alert! How fast will that Panthers-Super Bowl bandwagon lose its overflow of riders?
Dante Stallworth wins the Week 1 award for "Acquisition of the Offseason." My question: Happy McNabb makes Stallworth look good? Or Stallworth (aka "Not T.O.") makes McNabb happy?
(Losing side: Mario Williams was WAY too quiet in comparison to Reggie Bush to keep fans from griping.)
The Pats are in some trouble if they're barely surviving against the Bills at home.
(Losing side: Is there a FireJauron.com yet? Frankly, nearly beating the Pats had to have been a best-case scenario for Bills fans. Right up until that safety.)
OK, who replaced the old Ravens with the most impressive Week 1 team in the NFL? 28 points AND a shutout? Uh, how good does the NFC North look right now, between the Ravens, Steelers and Bengals?
(Losing side: Chris Simms ain't the answer. Can you feel the mojo for Bruce Gradkowski?)
Mangini wins debut: Congrats to Jets coach Eric Mangini who earned a gritty one on the road, letting the Titans get back into it but riding Pennington's 300 yards (who saw THAT coming?) to the W.
(Losing side: How cool was it to see Vince Young see some game action? He brings an added dimension to the offense, but more than anything, you could feel the energy level rise -- through the TV, no less.)
The Bengals are going to be very good. Without TJ Housh, and they still put 23 on the Chiefs. Apparently, KC's once-great offense has atrophied under Herm Edwards, and its defense hasn't gotten better enough.
Rams beat Broncos: I don't know about you, but
(Losing side: For a team with more than 300 yards of total offense, the Rams had little to show for it... unless you were a fantasy owner with Jeff Wilkins. The new Neil Rackers!)
Fantasy note: I'm in a Yahoo league, and I have to say that Yahoo's GameChannel/StatTracker application is pretty cool. On the fantasy "StatTracker" side, they'll let you see not only how your lineup is doing, but how your bench is doing – all in real-time, of course – along with how your "optimal lineup" would be doing... if you were smart enough to have started it. It's very clean and easy to use, and has made my myopic fantasy-tracking throughout the day a lot easier – and, frankly, more fun.
Monday Night Football x 2: Let's see: The Redskins had about 15 yards of total offense in four preseason games AND they'll be playing without Clinton Portis (or, at least, without him being much of a factor). The Vikings' defense looks much-improved, and the offense was what was SUPPOSED to be improved in the offseason. I'll take the Minnesota Double-Sided Dildos to win on the road. In the second game, I predict a huge debut for Philip Rivers: You'd have one too if you got to throw to LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates. Chargers over Raiders.
(By the way, who else missed "NFL Primetime?")
Sunday Picks: 10-3... which makes me better than my usual Quickie picks. (Season: 10-4)