Well, week two didn’t bring Redskins fans the desired result, but RGIII continued to show everyone that he is the real deal. He threw two beautiful deep passes that were right on target, one caught for a touchdown by Leonard Hankerson and one tragically dropped by Aldrick Robinson. He took cheap shots and extra shoves after every play, and kept his composure. He kept plays alive with his legs when protection broke down, and when the pressure was on in the fourth quarter, he led the team into position to try a game-tying field goal. Of course, that was spoiled by a senseless unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but we have to feel good that he was able to put us in that position. Baby steps! This week, we face Cincinnati, whose defense has really struggled thus far. I expect Griffin to keep putting up above average numbers this week, and Josh Morgan should have twenty catches for 300 yards and five touchdowns to make up for his costly mistake at the end of Sunday’s game.
Michael Vick had another less than stellar outing, but with some help from the replacement officials, he managed to pull out a one-point win against Baltimore. Despite throwing away points on a drive that ended with an interception in the end zone, and losing several offensive players to injury, Vick emerged as a hero after running in the winning touchdown. Much like the Redskins game, this game was full of bad and missed calls by the officials. Hopefully, the Eagles will keep playing mistake-filled games, and opposing teams will start taking advantage of it.
Romo and the Cowboys traveled to Seattle, and got spanked in every facet of the game. It was a joy to watch, as Romo’s favorite target, Jason Witten, dropped passes that would’ve resulted in big plays, and Seattle’s second year corner Brandon Browner picked off one of Romo’s terrible desperation throws. The next best thing to a Redskins win, in my opinion, is a Cowboys loss, and this one was especially sweet after listening to a week and a half of Cowboy fans screaming, “We’re going to the Super Bowl!” after they beat the Giants on opening night. This week, they face a hungry Tampa Bay team, who should be angry after letting the Giants come back on them last week. The Bucs are tied for the league lead with five interceptions, and we know Romo is good for at least one every game. Let’s hope Dallas continues playing sloppy and losing games!
Eli Manning had a dreadful first half at home against Tampa Bay, throwing three interceptions, and heading into the locker room at halftime down 24-13. It looked as though the Giants were about to lose a second straight home game, with an ugly, uninspired performance, but they finally caught stride in the fourth quarter and lit up the scoreboard to pull out the win. They go on the road to face the Carolina Panthers tonight, and they’re doing so without Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon. There should be a lot of passes thrown to Eli’s new security blanket, Martellus Bennett, as well as young wideouts Ramses Barden and Rueben Randle, while the Panthers keep Victor Cruz in double and triple coverages. Hopefully, the Eli from the first half of last week’s game will return tonight!
Here are the total passing stats through week 2:
Griffin: 39-55 503 yards 3 TD 1 INT 3 Sacks 111.6 QB rating
Vick: 52-88 663 yards 3 TD 6 INT 4 Sacks 66.9 QB rating
Romo: 45-69 537 yards 4 TD 2 INT 3 Sacks 97.4 QB rating
Manning: 52-83 697 yards 4 TD 3 INT 3 Sacks 91.6 QB rating