Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Week 1 recap

A few random thoughts on the opening weekend of 2009:

- Too bad Drew Brees (6 TDs) can't play the Lions every week. But consider starting every QB who faces Detroit from here on out - including Brett Favre next week.

- Told you to start Mike Bell (143 yards). Could be worth a flex spot again next week against the Eagles if Pierre Thomas can't go. Stay tuned.
- Percy Harvin's touches were about what anticipated: 2 carries, 22 yards, 3 catches, 36 yards. One of those was a TD, but what happens on weeks when he doesn't score? He won't be playing the Browns every week. I'm reserving judgment until I see more.

- Awful Chicago debut for Jay Cutler. It has to get better than this. The Bears' gameplan was questionable - Seven passes to Earl Bennett, but only one to your big breakout tight end, Greg Olsen, and that was in the fourth quarter, and zero passes to Matt Forte, the guy with 63 receptions last year? Puzzling.

- Aaron Rodgers salvaged what had been an awful day with a late bomb to Greg Jennings. I'd like to see more of those in the next two weeks against the Bengals and Rams.

- Chris Cooley's already matched his 2008 TD total. Now he faces St. Louis, who couldn't handle Seattle's John Carlson (6 catches, 95 yards, 2 TDs) on Sunday.

- Tim Hightower's 12 receptions for 121 yards were a major surprise. But will he get that many targets when Steve Breaston and Anquan Boldin are healthy? Hightower only had 15 yards rushing on 8 carries (Beanie Wells ran it 7 times) and he had 34 receptions all of last year.

- Is Mark Sanchez this year's Joe Flacco? Maybe, but let's see how he does against New England and Tennessee the next two weeks before you even think about possibly starting him.

- Really awful time for Donovan McNabb to hurt himself with the Saints, Chiefs and Bucs up in the next three weeks. He's a gamer and I wouldn't be surprised to see him back in the lineup Sunday, even with a broken rib. He's a good start even if he's not close to 100 percent in those games.

- Lackluster starts for Terrell Owens and Lee Evans, but they could go off this week against a Bucs secondary that looked lost on Sunday against Tony Romo and crew.

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