Michael's Weekend Warriors: Week 2
I know it's only been two weeks, but its been a weird NFL season. We live in a world where the Jacksonville Jaguars have already picked up a win but the Colts haven't. While that doesn't mean it is time to prepare for the apocalypse, it does mean that it has been a bizzare, surprising season so far.
That is why the NFL is so fun. On any any given week, teams and players can surprise you or disappoint you. If you cannot find any surprises or disappointments, do not worry that is why Weekend Warriors is here. Finding the winners and losers of the week in football is what we are best at.
Best Team of the Week
The Pittsburgh Steelers laid a beatdown all over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday Afternoon, making them the best team of the week. The 49ers are not the 49ers from two years ago, but they still are a decent team - just had no answer for the Steelers High octane offense. What was really impressive was how the defense learned from their week one mistake. he DB's looked attentive, and looked like they were communicating. They weren't a shut-down defense but it was nice to see their week to week maturity in an overall solid win.
Worst Team of the Week
The Indianapolis Colts need to get it together. Against the New York Jets, the Colts offensive line looked in like it was in shambles, and as a result turnovers happen. We all know turnovers are only for bakeries, so needless to say, the Colts lost the game in an embarrassing way. Also it isn't like Frank Gore, Andrew Luck and the wide receivers as a group were helping prevent the turnovers, as critical errors were seen. Now is the Jets defense lockdown? Yes. Are the Colts slow starters? Yes, in fact, they were 0-2 last year as well and we all know what happened next. What is most concerning is not the loss, but the turnovers and the offensive line looking real suspect.
Best Player of the Week
I know I always say in this league right now, it is harder for a running back to put up good numbers than a quarterback, but one quarterback in particular was just too good not to be the best player this week. Tom Brady was absolutely unconscious against the Bills. The Buffalo Bills' defense was getting a lot of love after stifling Andrew Luck in week one, and to be honest, I thought Tom Brady was going to have trouble -- to say he didn't is an understatement. Brady and his receivers laid waste to the Bills. Brady racked up 466 yards 3 touchdowns, no picks, and the balls were inflated. Obviously Gronk needs love too because he has been un-gauredable the first two weeks, but Brady has been sensational and for that he is the Best Player of the Week.
Worst Player of the Week
I wanted to say Jamaal Charles because of his late game theatrics but that's way too easy and we do not do easy at Fan-I Sports -- Charles does gets an honourable mention. The Worst Player of the week is a player by the name of DeMarco Murray. DeMarco Murray, facing his former team, was a non-factor as he had 13 rushes for 2 yards. Not only that, but he was visibly rattled. It should be of note that no one knows exactly what he was saying until the audio is released but he was clearly animated and frustrated. One thing I do know is that DeMarco Murray did not have a good day at the office.
Game of the Week
Honourable mention goes to Jacksonville shocking the world and winning a game against the Dolphins, but the game of the week belongs to the Denver Broncos stealing one from the Kansas City Chiefs. Peyton Manning was seeming to turn back the clock as the game wore on but he led a game-tying drive that tied the game with just 36 seconds remaining. You would think from there the Chiefs would probably take a knee and they would go to overtime, and you would think wrong. The Chiefs opted to run the ball with Jamaal Charles, who already had a fumble lost in the game, fumbled the game away with a back breaking fumble that was picked up by the Broncos and taken to the house with 27 seconds left in the game. The Broncos eventually won 31-24 and stole one in Kansas City to the Dismay of Chiefs Nation. If that isn't dramatic I do not know what is.
Surprise of the Week
I know it's only week two but the two teams I predicted to face each other in the Superbowl are 0-2. Both the Seahawks and the Colts are 0-2 and lacking confidence. While I actually am not worried about the Colts because of their division, I am a little worried about the Seahawks. Their division is a tough one and that's putting it lightly, going 0-2 doesn't help. Statistically, 0-2 teams very rarely make it to the playoffs. In other words I might be in for a bigger surprise as the season wears on.
Game to watch next week
In my opinion, it is the Cowboys vs. Falcons. I would like to see how the Cowboys will fare without Tony Romo who was looking amazing through two weeks.