With every team the old saying “you’re one injury away from being the (insert last place team here)” is true especially when that injury is your starting quarterback. Now that the Dallas Cowboys will be without Tony Romo we’ll see if that adage holds water. The Cowboys were cruising over the Eagles and then Romo went down and immediately something didn’t look right. Romo broke his left collarbone and will be out six plus weeks. It’s the exact same injury he suffered in Week 7 of the 2010 season that caused him to miss the remainder of the year. To make matters worse they’re already without Dez Bryant as he recovers from a broken foot for the next four to six weeks.
The back-up for Tony Romo is Brandon Weeden and at least in this game he looked more than capable. Weeden was a perfect 7-for-7 passing for 73 yards and a 42 yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams. The career resume for Weeden is short, he entered the league as a 29 year old rookie in 2012 with the Cleveland Browns where he went 5-10 as a starter completing 57% of his passes and throwing more interceptions than touchdowns (17 vs. 14). The next season he went 0-5 as a starter and was later released. Weeded signed with the Cowboys and played in one game last season losing to the Cardinals 28-17 while passing for 303 yards, 3 TD and 2 INT.
1. How far can Cam Newton carry the Carolina Panthers with zero offensive weapons? So far he’s pushed the Panthers to a 2-0 start with wins over the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars. Newton stole all of our Twitter timelines when he went airborne for a rushing touchdown while be flipped in the process. Cam turned out to be fine and finished the game with 195 yards, 2 TD and added 76 rushing yards including the aforementioned touchdown run. This game marked the 25th time that Newton had at least one passing TD and one rushing TD in the same game. That is the second highest mark in NFL history behind Steve Young’s 31 games.
2. Apparently the Giants just don’t want to win games in which they are leading in the 4th quarter. They blew it against the Cowboys and they lost another one against the Atlanta Falcons. With Eli Manning you take the good (2 Super Bowls) with the bad (seasons where the Giants are completely irrelevant) and right now Manning and the Giants look like they’re on another down swing. For those of you who love throwing around the term “elite” this season would not classify Eli in that category. Manning is playing like a middle of the road quarterback and after his mistake on 3rd down against Dallas and missing open receivers on the final drive against Atlanta the criticism on Eli is justified right now.
3. Are we a step closer to Johnny Football time in the city of Cleveland? Manziel filled in for the injured Josh McCown and led the Browns to their first victory of the season over Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans. Johnny completed 8-of-15 passes for 172 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT. Both touchdowns were connections with Travis Benjamin for long yardage, 60 yards to open the game and 50 yards to end the game. Manziel had a bit of that Texas A&M flair as he was completing throws on the run and causing ruckus among the Titans defense. It’ll be interesting to see if this audition was enough to convince the Browns to go with Manziel in Week 3 or will they resort back to McCown if he’s healthy?
4. Is Larry Fitzgerald back? The 32 year old exploded against the Chicago Bears with 3 touchdown catches for the first time in a long time. Carson Palmer was 8-of-9 for 112 yards when targeting Fitzgerald. The prior week against the Saints, Fitz caught 6 passes for 87 yards with 8 targets. Last season was a career low for Fitzgerald with only 63 receptions, 784 yards and 2 touchdowns. In this game he surpassed his season total for TDs in 2014. When Palmer is healthy Fitzgerald is still a viable option on offense and this could be a year of revival for a once All Pro receiver.
5. Rex Ryan needs to shut the fuck up. Literally he needs to just stop talking forever. I’m so sick and tired of him running his mouth. Even when he tries to be humble he acts arrogant. He’s accomplished nothing in his career and every time he opens his mouth against the Patriots they smack him right in the teeth. The Patriots took the victory and hung 40 points and 500+ yards on the Bills “vaunted” defense on their home turf. After the game Ryan took the blame for the loss saying that he was out-coached and that it was his responsibility. Clearly.
6. What in the world has gotten into the New York Jets? The Jets are 2-0 for the first time since 2011 and just whipped the Colts offense around the field on Monday Night Football. It looks like the hiring of Todd Bowles was the right decision. It helps that Darrelle Revis is still playing like one of the top defensive players in the league. He picked off Andrew Luck and recovered two fumbles in the win over Indianapolis. Through the first two games of the season the Jets have forced 10 turnovers and that is something Rex Ryan’s defenses never did. Advantage Bowles.