Posted: Sunday September 10, 2006 6:36PM; Updated: Monday September 11, 2006 11:48AM
Reggie Bush's debut did not make Texans fans feel any better about Mario Williams.
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Denver on the road in Week 1 is turning into a lock. In terms of losing, that is. Last year the Horsies got pushed around in Miami on kickoff weekend. This year it was St. Louis who made Denver look like a playoff pretender in the dome.
No Trent Green means no chance for Kansas City to make something of this season. I honestly wasn't sure Damon Huard was still in the league until he entered the game in place of the injured Chiefs quarterback.
Who's going to make plays in the receiving game for the Eagles? Apparently Donte' Stallworth (six catches for 141 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown catch), Reggie Brown (five-yard touchdown catch) and Brian Westbrook (31-yard touchdown catch). Who needs T.O.?
Do the decision-makers in Houston still think the Texans' running game doesn't need Reggie Bush? Houston running backs Wali Lundy and Vernand Morency combined for 45 yards on 16 rushes against the Eagles.
While we're on the topic, let's get this out of the way: Bush ran for 61 yards on 14 carries and caught eight passes for 58 yards in the Saints' win at Cleveland. That's 22 touches, for 119 yards, a pretty impressive debut. No. 1 pick Mario Williams, the Houston defensive end, finished his first game with two tackles, one assist and no other statistics in the Texans' loss to Philly.
Score that advantage, New Orleans.
Bad weekend for University of Texas football fans. The defending national champion 'Horns lost resoundingly at home to Ohio State on Saturday night, and ex-Texas quarterback Vince Young throws his first interception in the NFL in a relief role for Tennessee.
Without the injured Steve Smith, the Carolina Panthers' offense really doesn't threaten a defense. The Panthers had only 215 yards of offense against Atlanta, including just 150 in the passing game.
What does the NFL preseason really mean? The Steelers went 0-4 and won their opener Thursday night at home against Miami. The Panthers were a sterling 4-0, not that it helped them avoid failure one bit Sunday against Atlanta.
Strangest sight I saw in Week 1: Pittsburgh's big-play outside linebacker Joey Porter planting a late-game celebratory kiss on the lightly bearded cheek of Bill Cowher. Only in today's NFL could you have "the most feared player" in the league kissing his head coach.
And who said Pittsburgh lost its Bus(s)?
Speaking of Jerome Bettis, was I the only one who thought having the former Steelers running back turned NBC analyst ride onto Heinz Field in a big, yellow, specially-marked school bus in Thursday night's extended pregame was the height of hokiness?
What exactly was Nick Saban waiting for when it came time to toss the red hanky and challenge the ruling that Steelers tight end Heath Miller stayed in bounds for his go-ahead 87-yard touchdown catch-and-run against Miami? Seeing the play live from the press box I could tell Miller had stepped out somewhere inside the five. Wasn't there anyone in the Dolphins' coaching booth upstairs with the same level of conviction?
Saban looked like he was lining up his next toss in horseshoes judging from the lack of intensity he displayed in executing the mechanics of the challenge process. If I'm a Dolphins player, I'm either calling a delay penalty on Saban or fining him for poor game awareness.
That Roger Goodell, I can tell he's going to be a stickler for details. The new NFL commish showed up at the Dolphins-Steelers game the other night just to make sure they spelled his name right on the freshly reprinted game balls. Got it, Rog. It's one D, two L's.
You have to think David Boston might finally have run out of NFL chances. The Bucs released him Saturday, and that was after Gruden spent a good deal of time and energy this offseason raving about Boston's chances to help the Bucs' receiving game. Guess not.
Where will the fantasy obsession end? ESPN is far from alone in projecting individual performances, but on ESPN's Sunday Countdown, the show took its fantasy segment a step further than just advising who to play and who to sit.
ESPN predicted actual stats for skill position players all over the league. For instance, it projected Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis would have 45 yards rushing at Tampa Bay. Can the voracious appetite for fantasy news and info get any more out of hand than that?
For the record, Lewis finished with 78 yards rushing on 18 carries, with a touchdown. So what happens now? Does he have to give back those extra 33 yards?
All I know is, former Saints reserve quarterback Adrian McPherson was never the same after being felled by T-Rac, the Titans' raccoon team mascot. T-Rac clipped McPherson with the golf cart he was driving during the halftime break of the Saints-Titans preseason opener. At least that's what McPherson can tell himself after being released by New Orleans in the final cut.
Wonder if Brett Favrestill thinks this is as talented a Packers team as any he has ever played on in his 15 seasons in Green Bay? My guess? Less all the time.