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Thirty-seven going on 27 and transitioning to a new part-time position, he was the Bucs' best defender on the field in a win over Carolina: one interception, one sack and two tackles behind the line.
... THE BAD AND THE UGLY
THE REST OF THE KID QUARTERBACKS
It's ridiculous to kill first-round, opening-day starters Ryan Tannehill of Miami and Brandon Weeden of Cleveland (combined: zero TDs, seven picks) when their best receiving options are a collection of what would be third and fourth receivers elsewhere. But they have to top their combined 45% completion rate, even if they just check down to running backs.
MARIO WILLIAMS IN BUFFALO
For $16 million a year he has to do better than the one tackle, zero sacks and zero QB hits he had in his Bills debut—especially when the man across the line, Jets right tackle Austin Howard, is a career backup.
THE NEW NEW ORLEANS
In a stunning home loss to Washington, Drew Brees threw 28 incompletions while suspended coach and mentor Sean Payton watched from afar in Dallas. New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo saw a debuting QB torch his unit for 40 points and 464 yards. There's not much time for interim coach Aaron Kromer to get things straightened out: The Saints face Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers (both away) and Philip Rivers during Kromer's remaining games in charge.