Well, it's that time again. College has been on for two weeks now, but the big boys have begun the 2008 NFL season and what an opening day it was.
The Colts stunk up the regular season opening of the new stadium last night. They were horribly out of sync, rusty, or whatever you want to call it. Manning's inability to prepare was a huge factor. But another factor that may get overlooked in discussions today is, the loss of center Jeff Saturday in the preseason. Jeff is a seasoned snapper and excellent blocker, those two things made for a rough game for Manning in the pocket. But with all of this said, I would rather they get their losses than attempt another one of those undefeated seasons. It's better to peak late than early.
The big story was supposed to be Favre's return with a new team. But the big story of the day turns out to be Brady's status with a knee injury. No matter what, no good fan of the game wants to see this, even those that root against the Pats. Brady is a competitor and one of the best to ever play the game. As a Colts fan, I want them to beat NE's best players. I was looking forward to the NE game, this year. The football world should be saddened if it turns out Brady will not play again this season. No joy here.
What about the old man? Looked good in the beginning of the game, but the Fish were able to keep him out of the end zone in the 4th quarter, when he is accustomed to having his way. His receivers still looked like they didn't have the rhythm with him, just yet. Still, he did just enough offensively to get the win, and the Jets defense did their part by coming up big in stopping that last minute march by Miami with 5 seconds left.
Anytime in which I can say, "if the playoffs were held today San Diego would not be in them", I'm happy. What a helluva play Delhomme made in the last seconds of that one, to take the wind out of an arrogant Philip Rivers led team. But one has to wonder why the Panthers did such a lousy job managing the clock in the last minute. Didn't matter in the end, but if they would have come up short, the Panther fans would be livid.
Dallas looked like it picked up where it left off, before being knocked out by GB last season in the playoffs. But, the Giants will prove to be a difficult foe for them again this year. Washington may have lost their opener to them last Thursday night, but I would not count them out for a decent season, just yet. It's going to be one of the most competitive divisions in the league.
Jacksonville, the third best team in the AFC last year, could not get past division rival Tennessee. I expect the Titans to be much improved this year, this victory shows it.
Tonight, I will be hoping Minnesota beats the Packers for the way they treated Favre. They may be surprised to learn that Aaron Rodgers will not be the QB of the future for them.
And as you may guess, I will be hoping the Raiders beat the Broncos. With SD and KC dropping their games today, the Raiders could find themselves in first place in the AFC West with a good performance.