Another raucous week of NFL action gave us the debut of Cowboys Stadium (not sure if you heard about it yet), Chris Johnson going postal on the Texans in a losing effort and Jay Cutler redeeming himself for an atrocious Week 1 performance in Green Bay. However, this article honors those who distinguished themselves above the rest.
Eli Manning – Immediately following Sunday night’s tilt between Dallas and New York, my dad called me to say that he likes Eli Manning better than Peyton Manning in the clutch. I’ve got to say that he is dead on. It doesn’t necessarily sound all that legit but take a look at Manning’s last two drives versus the Cowboys.
Following a Tony Romo interception with the Cowboys leading 27-24, Manning led scoring drives of 73, 40, and 56 yards. All of those culminated in points as Manning completed 10 of 12 passes to post 13 points during the quarter.
Peyton Manning – No Colts quarterback has more than Peyton’s, excuse me, “The Sheriff’s” 119 victories after last night’s theft job in Miami. As Tiger Woods watched on, “The Sheriff” led his team to victory despite only being on the field for less than a full quarter of action and his defense allowing 239 yards rushing. Immediately following the game, “The Sheriff” said he stayed up late on Sunday to watch his baby brother and learned a thing or two. If we know anything about “The Sheriff”, we know that “The Sheriff” is competitive and wanted to leave his own footprint on the week. When “The Sheriff” is in these situations except for the playoffs, it often does turn out well for the opponent. Overall, “The Sheriff” amassed 303 yards and two touchdown passes. By the way, that is seven uses of “The Sheriff”…make that eight. Eat your heart out Mr. Gruden.
Ray Lewis – After being picked by a Charger receiver on Darren Sproles 81-yard touchdown catch, Lewis played like a madman. He led the team with 10 tackles, forced a fumble and made a huge stop on a fourth and two running play by Sproles deep in Baltimore territory. In the game’s decisive play, Lewis cut threw the middle of the San Diego offensive line and stopped the diminutive Sproles in what is being called one of the top plays of the 14-year veteran’s career.
On a side note, when you have a quarterback who has thrown for 436 yards on the day, why would you try a run with a small running back, who needs two yards, against that defense?!? They might be a bit older but they are not foolish. Again, another reason why the Chargers cannot get out of their own way.
Cincinnati Bengals Defense – Are you old enough to remember the name Mike Zimmer? For the unaware, Zimmer is Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator. However, he earned his greatest acclaim as a member of the Cowboys’ coaching staff beginning during the halcyon days of the mid-90s, serving as defensive backs coach for the Pokes during the ’95 season. It was during that year, which Dallas won its last Super Bowl. You know, the Super Bowl where Larry Brown became a millionaire thanks to Neil O’Donnell UPS-ing passes into his hands.
Anyways, Zimmer quietly constructed a respectable defense last season in Cincy and two weeks into 2009, the group looks promising. After the Week 1 shenanigans versus Denver, the Bengals slowed a Green Bay offense that was considered amongst the best in the NFC. Not only did they hold Green Bay’s top receiver Greg Jennings without a catch, but defensive lineman Antwan Odom sacked Aaron Rodgers five times in the team’s victorious effort. Defense in Cincinnati? Hell yes, I say.
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