Snap Judgments (cont.)
Between Michael Vick's boffo start in Detroit and Adam "Pacman'' Jones picking off a Joe Flacco pass in Cincinnati's important home-opening win over Baltimore, it was a pretty good Week 2 on the redemption front for a couple of guys who had a very rough 2007. Vick and Jones were the NFL's poster children for bad behavior not all that long ago, but in their own way, each has rehabilitated his career to a level few might have thought possible.
On the flip side, Week 2 was a tough one for first-round offensive left tackles named Williams. Chicago's Chris Williams left the game early in Dallas with a right hamstring injury, and in Washington, Redskins rookie Trent Williams was knocked out of action against Houston in the fourth quarter when he injured his left knee and a toe. The status of both remains uncertain for Week 3's games.
Here's what I believe to be the most pertinent statistic to explain Brett Favre's painfully slow start in Minnesota this season: Only 13 of his 37 completions thus far have gone to receivers, for a mere 129 yards. Favre completed just four passes for 56 yards to his receivers in the loss at New Orleans, and just nine for 73 yards while being upset by Miami at home on Sunday.
Without the injured Sidney Rice in the lineup, Favre is not getting yardage in big enough chunks throwing to the likes of Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin and Greg Camarillo. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe has been Favre's only consistent deep target.
It didn't generate the biggest of headlines with all the other subplots that Week 2 featured, but Denver getting eight receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown from first-rounder Demaryius Thomas was a great hint of what's to come for the top receiver taken in April's NFL draft. Thomas missed virtually all of camp and the preseason with a recurrence of the foot injury that he suffered before the scouting combine, a problem that perhaps resulted in him lasting until Denver's No. 22 pick. But he was still able to make an eye-opening impact in his first NFL game on Sunday against Seattle.
And we can't help but notice that while former Broncos No. 1 receiver Brandon Marshall has 12 catches for 124 yards in Miami, he has yet to find the end zone for the Fish.
Because things had been going entirely too swimmingly for the Jets in the past 36 hours or so, Braylon Edwards decided to get his party hat on Monday night in Manhattan. With a fresh DWI on Edwards' already less-than-pristine record, I'd say the chances of him getting a new contract for 2011 in New York slipped to the vicinity of slim and none.
The reeling Cowboys play at 2-0 Houston on Sunday, and the juxtaposition is just too rich. With all the preseason talk of Dallas gunning to become the first team to play a Super Bowl on its home field sounding emptier by the week, what if it's the home-state-rival Texans who wind up representing the AFC in Cowboys Stadium in early February? Could Jerry Jones even bring himself to watch that?
And while we're on the topic of the rivalry between Dallas and Houston, which quarterback would you rather have right now: Tony Romo or Matt Schaub? How about head coach: Wade Phillips or Gary Kubiak? It would be 2-0 Texans on a lot of scorecards, no?
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