I said last week the problems on the Jets’ team were systemic and began with the coach. Then, Braylon Edwards blows a .16 on a breathalyzer while he has four other people in the car with him – including two teammates.
His punishment for the DWI and endangering the lives of two other teammates (not to mention the other passengers and everyone else on the road): the Jets will play him, but not start him against the Dolphins in Wk 3.
I’m sure that Roger Goodell will have a much harsher punishment for Edwards, but this type of nonchalance by the Jets’ management demonstrates once again that they are a team that lacks substance off the field. I’m not going to deputize myself as a member of the moral police, but when Holmes comes off his suspension this team will be a walking violation of the league conduct policy.
What bothers me most about this latest incident is that there were three well-paid, professional athletes in the car with a drunk driver. Call me naive, but one of them should have had the sense to get a cab. I’m sure their wallets wouldn’t have been hurt too badly from the expense.
So, from here on out, I will be rooting against the Jets at all times. I hope Goodell rains down fiery vengeance upon Edwards, Gholston,
My last spiel before getting into the Week 3 games is on a much more sobering topic (no pun intended). The death of Kenny McKinley came as a shock to everyone in the Broncos’ organization. No one thinks that a young man with everything to be thankful for would even consider taking his own life.
He was a record-holder at
The young man will be missed in the
These are our current standings after two weeks of picks:
Here’s a preview of Week 3 (picks to come later):
TITANS (1-1) at GIANTS (1-1)
The Steelers D made Vince Young look foolish. Bad enough, in fact, that Kerry Collins came into the game in the 4th quarter (it didn’t work, he turned the ball over twice). Chris Johnson got a nice beat down as he was held to under 100yds for the first time in 13 games. The defense looked stellar, but this was against a
The Giants looked slightly less than stellar against the Colts. Particularly concerning is that they were unable to run against a defense that gave up over 250yds rushing against
STEELERS (2-0) at BUCANEERS (2-0)
Despite the loss of Dennis Dixon, the Steelers were able to convert 7 Titan turnovers into 4FG. A TD off the opening kick set the tone, and the defense kept it going for
After a big win against
BENGALS (1-1) at PANTHERS (0-2)
It wasn’t always pretty, but they won it. There isn’t much to say other than that. The defense didn’t even look like the one from Wk 1 as they held down the Ravens with 4 INTs, and the offense didn’t give the ball away. It wasn’t a flashy game, but they did enough to pull off the win.
Jimmy Clausen will be getting the start for
BROWNS (0-2) at RAVENS (1-1)
After dropping the game to
Is this really the same Ravens offense that we saw last year? Flacco had one of the worst games of his career against a Bengals team that allowed 31 points in the first half against
COWBOYS (0-2) at TEXANS (2-0)
Wow, that’s all I can say. This only thing offensive about this team was how they lied to everyone about how they would be good this year. Seriously, it is time to throw the emergency switch in
The Niners came alive Monday night and threatened to beat the defending champs. Frank Gore moved the ball almost at will and the defense looked solid throughout the game. Patrick Willis reminded me why Armondo picked him as a favorite for Defensive Player of the Year with……and if it weren’t for those pesky turnovers I don’t think this one would’ve been close. It was a redemption week for the 49ers, and even though they didn’t win it was obvious why they are thought to be the division favorites.
Expectations were high after a big win over the Chargers, but the Chiefs did not impress against the lowly Browns. A win is a win, but they can’t be excited about squeaking one out in
LIONS (0-2) at VIKINGS (0-2)
The Lions got ripped off against the Bears. They were outclassed against the Eagles. However, this is a GOOD Lions team. I repeat: This is a GOOD Lions team. They never quit, and have been right in it at the end of each game. Jahvid Best silenced any critics of his Wk1 performance with an astounding 3 TD game. The onside kick recovery gave the much needed life, and Shaun Hill looks like a worthy replacement for the injured
This Vikings team is for real. Really bad, that is. I was willing to give them a pass for only putting up 9pts against
If Harvin isn’t ready to go, this one looks like a big upset waiting to happen.
BILLS (0-2) at PATRIOTS (2-0)
Here is a mock phone conversation with the Bills (but I swear it could be real):
Oh, you weren’t kidding? That was really your whole team out there?
I’m sorry. You know it’s not getting any easier, right?
Well, then. I guess we’re done here.”
The Patriots got embarrassed by the Jets. They committed 3 turnovers and didn’t score in the 2nd half. Their 5 second half drives ended as follows:
FALCONS (1-1) at SAINTS (2-0)
This is what we expected of the Falcons coming into the season. Even with an early injury to Michael Turner,
The Who Dat nation was holding its collective breath until a Garret Hartley FG sailed through the uprights at the final whistle. The 49ers game them every opportunity and they still managed only 25pts (6 less than the Seahawks against San Fran). Brees looked solid when the wind wasn’t controlling his passes, and the defense always seemed to be where it was needed. However, this was the second week in a row where a powerful runner showed how to move the chains against them before a QB killed the drives. This team is very beatable right now if the Falcons can put the formula together.
REDSKINS (2-0) at RAMS (0-2)
They were in it until the end again, but the Rams can’t quite pull out a W. There is reason for optimism, though. No one had any expectations for this team, so even the close games seem like victories. This match-up with the Redskins is winnable if
EAGLES (1-1) at JAGUARS (1-1)
The chances of Kevin Kolb ever getting his job back are looking slim. Michael Vick looked brilliant, and even though the Lions aren’t exactly a stellar defensive squad, he earned the nod for Wk 3. Defensively, the birds gave up a few big plays and allowed more than 400yds of offense by the Lions. If they get the Jaguars from Wk 1, they could be in trouble. If they get the Jags from Wk 2, it’ll be a walk.
The Jags coughed the ball over 6 times and had to bench David Garrard after 4 INTs. However, they still amassed 350yds of offense despite MJD never getting into a groove. They are still a tough win for anybody if they can eliminate the mistakes and hold onto the ball.
RAIDERS (1-1) at CARDINALS (1-1)
The Cardinals escaped against the Rams, but got steam rolled in Wk 2 by the Falcons. Aside from a huge run by Tim Hightower, there were no highlights for
CHARGERS (1-1) at SEAHAWKS (1-1)
After an impressive win against the 49ers in Wk 1, the Seahawks looked anything but in Wk 2. They were -4 on turnovers and had no way to make up for the damage. This is not an explosive team, and every mistake is costly. They will have get back to their Wk 1 form if they have any chance against the resurgent Chargers.
COLTS (1-1) at BRONCOS (1-1)
A co-worker of mine pointed out that the last time Indy lost to
The Broncos looked good against
JETS (0-2) at DOLPHINS (2-0)
Everything I have to say about the Jets was said in my opening paragraphs. I wish them nothing but ill from here on out.
The most telling moment for this Dolphins team was the goal line stand with four minutes left and a four point lead. The defense kept AP from scoring on a 4th and 1, showing more heart and toughness than the Vikings showed all game. If the running game stays strong (and avoids those pesky fumbles that almost cost them the game)
PACKERS (2-0) at BEARS (2-0)
Yes, it was against the Bills, but Brandon Jackson answered the questions about whether or not he could lead this Packers’ running game. Couple that with Rodgers looking very comfortable both passing and scrambling, and the Cheese Heads are ready to go DEEP into the post season.
The Bears got lucky in Wk 1, but this was a statement against