NFL Week 2 open thread

posted at 12:31 pm on September 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The one bright spot for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ embarrassing home loss in last week’s opener is that none of their AFC North competitors did any better.  Cleveland, Baltimore, and Cincinnati all lost last week too, and this week the Steelers visit the Bengals to attempt to restart their season.  The Bengals lost on the road last week, though, and played the most competitive game in the division.  Pittsburgh usually plays better on Mondays, though, so I’ll go with the Steelers to break out of their one-week funk, 27-17 over the Bengals on the road (Monday Night Football, 8:30 pm ET, ESPN).

The Steelers weren’t the only ones stumbling out of the gate last week.  My picks went 2-5 for the opener, so I’d better pick up my game as well:

  • Vikings at Bears (1 pm ET, Fox) – Adrian Peterson started off the game last week with a huge run for a TD, but quieted down almost immediately afterward as the Vikes looked rather ordinary.  Da Bears looked tough at home, edging the Bengals, and they should be able to do the same in their second home game. Chicago over Minnesota 24-17.
  • Redskins at Packers (1 pm ET, Fox) – Neither of these teams looked impressive last week, even though both QBs ended up throwing for over 300 yards.  With the Pack at home, though, it’s difficult to see how Mike Shanahan improves enough to win.  Pack 33-24 over the Redskins.
  • Titans at Texans (1 pm ET, CBS) - This should be an interesting game, but not as good as it looks on paper.  The Titans were the beneficiaries of the Steelers’ ineptitude last week, but Houston won’t be anywhere near as generous.  Texans 33-21 over the Titans.
  • Broncos as Giants (4:25 pm ET, CBS) – The Battle of the Mannings comes at a bad time for baby brother.  Peyton tossed 7 TDs against the Ravens in the season opener and has had 10 days’ rest, while Eli bumbled his way into an embarrassing loss against Dallas a week ago. Neither team has a rushing game, so it’s going to be the QB battle, and Peyton’s going to win it in a 35-31 win over Eli.
  • 49ers at Seahawks (8:30 pm ET, NBC) – Now this may be the game of the week.  San Francisco looked smoking hot against the Pack last week, and Colin Kaepernick threw his first 400-yard game in a shootout.  Russell Wilson threw for 320 but the Seahawks could only get into the end zone once.  That’s not going to cut it against Kaepernick and the 49er offense, and while the line has Seattle by one, I think this will be a mild upset. 49ers win 28-17 over Seattle on the road.

 

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The Steelers are not very good.
The Redskins are not very good.

Daikokuco on September 15, 2013 at 3:21 PM

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Sooooo judgmental!

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Look at the Redskins deciding to play in the fourth quarter!!!

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Redskins did that last week, too, but it wasn’t enough to get them a win over the Eagles.

stukinIL4now on September 15, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Vick back in for Philly. Iggles kick a FG to tie the game at 30 with just under 2 minutes to go. OT lurking?

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Wow! Another 21 points and the ‘Skins win!

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Eagles have over 500 yards of offense today. SD has almost as many!

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 4:05 PM

to protect blacks being brutalized by KKK and other Democrat Southern bigots.

Longtime Listener on September 15, 2013 at 3:29 PM

For clarity.

John the Libertarian on September 15, 2013 at 4:05 PM

stukinIL4now on September 15, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Just enough to give us fans a reason to live from week to week.

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Wow, SD makes a 46 yard FG to take the lead with 7 seconds left in the game.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Iggles try the Chinese Fire Drill (oops, that’s Racist!) but Vick throws an illegal pass to end it. SD upsets Philly in Philly.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Wow-the Saints game in Tampa has been temporarily suspended due to lightning. NO had taken an early 3-0 lead.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

..Detroit Lions haven’t won in the Arizona Desert…since global warming started!

KOOLAID2 on September 15, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I think Florida is the lightening capital of the world. They don’t take it lightly.

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 4:10 PM

…my niece just sent us a picture of herself in Michigan State football clothes…with Kirk Cousins (the back-up QB) in Wisconsin…before the game…(:-<)…he spent a half an hour with her!

KOOLAID2 on September 15, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Look at the Redskins deciding to play in the fourth quarter!!!

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 3:58 PM

I’m a Packer fan, but I am glad the Redskins got something. I was starting to feel sorry for them up until the 4th quarter.

Also because if they would have gotten trounced with a shutout, the oversensitive liberal wacktivists would have been saying, “See?! This is what you get when you don’t change your name to suit us!”

Sterling Holobyte on September 15, 2013 at 4:38 PM

They don’t take it lightly.

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 4:36 PM

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OH! You missed it! Lighteningly.

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I think Florida is the lightening capital of the world. They don’t take it lightly.

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Better safe than sorry. They told the fans to take cover under the overhangs and in the tunnels.

Looking at the radar there, the storms are moving very slowly from the southeast to the northwest. Might be awhile.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 4:55 PM

KOOLAID2 on September 15, 2013 at 4:38 PM

He is soooooo verrrry good. It’s a shame that he’s a back up but then since he’s the back up on my team obviously I don’t want to let him go.

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Sterling Holobyte on September 15, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Like stukinIL4now mentioned above they did the same thing last week. Just enough to keep hope alive. I’ve been with them a long time, they continue to break my heart through the decades.

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I just heard the announcers mention it again. Usually these storms blow in and out pretty quick. Weird.

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 4:39 PM

LOL, I’m not as clever as you!

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Well, at least my beloved Packers won. ; )

Bmore on September 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Well the Vikings blew it again. Not surprised.

gophergirl on September 15, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Bmore on September 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

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cheesehead

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 5:12 PM

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Lolz! Hey I rooted for your team! *fingers crossed. * ; )

Bmore on September 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I just heard the announcers mention it again. Usually these storms blow in and out pretty quick. Weird.

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

They are hoping to resume the game at 5:25 PM Eastern time.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Bmore on September 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

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cheesehead

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Don’t know what the intent of your taunt was, but when you call them “cheeseheads”–they like it.

stukinIL4now on September 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Well, at least my beloved Packers won. ; )

Bmore on September 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

I could type the same and insert Texans but their two wins are worrisome. Coming from behind will eventually bite them in the behind.

jazzuscounty on September 15, 2013 at 5:24 PM

stukinIL4now on September 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Lolz! We don’t even mind cheeseboobs. ; )

Bmore on September 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

jazzuscounty on September 15, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Only if they wait too long. ; )

Bmore on September 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Hey I rooted for your team! *fingers crossed. * ; )

Bmore on September 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

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stukinIL4now on September 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM

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I don’t want to be mean to one of the good guys!

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 5:28 PM

cheeseBOOBS !!?? I’ve seen some your womyn up close and personal and cheeseBUTTS is more like it!

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 5:31 PM

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Lolz! ; ) Winning is fun. Lolz!

Bmore on September 15, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Winning is fun.

Bmore on September 15, 2013 at 5:33 PM

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YAY!

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 5:35 PM

another week has shown me why it is not smart to bet on football

gerrym51 on September 15, 2013 at 5:37 PM

stukinIL4now on September 15, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Just enough to give us fans a reason to live from week to week.

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Yeah I thought my Packers could’ve won in SF last week. And don’t buy into this week’s ESPiN bulloney stat of the week about how teams that start 0-2 are a longshot to make the playoffs or win the Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLV and XLVI champs had to win and won on the last day of the season to get into the playoffs. I hope the Redskins do well–I’ll certainly be rooting for them to beat da’ Bears next month.

stukinIL4now on September 15, 2013 at 5:41 PM

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Lolz! ; ) Winning is fun. Lolz!

Bmore on September 15, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Yes it is. And for Packer fans, losing is fun too–when it’s da’ Bears losing (except not today).

stukinIL4now on September 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM

another week has shown me why it is not smart to bet on football

gerrym51 on September 15, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Boxing and tennis are much easier pickings (I pity da foo’s who thought Alvarez had a realistic chance against Mayweather last night! :))

Anti-Control on September 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

stukinIL4now on September 15, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I’m not counting anyone out after week two, the Redskins won the Superbowl in the year of the replacement teams. What’s the saying? On any given Sunday.

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM

…should have thrown the flag!…Lions coach is stupid on Peterson catch

KOOLAID2 on September 15, 2013 at 6:05 PM

And don’t buy into this week’s ESPiN bulloney stat of the week about how teams that start 0-2 are a longshot to make the playoffs or win the Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLV and XLVI champs had to win and won on the last day of the season to get into the playoffs.

stukinIL4now on September 15, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Three 0-2 teams have gone on to win the Super Bowl: The 1993 Dallas Cowboys, the 2001 New England Patriots and the 2007 New York Giants. But only 12% of the teams that have started 0-2 have gone on to the playoffs.

Caveat though: those stats only go back to 1990. “Modern Era”.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Sign at a Chic-Fillet in Cleveland: “Unfortunately, like the Browns, we take Sundays off too”.

Rovin on September 15, 2013 at 6:09 PM

The Saints’ new “Amoeba” Defense is forcing TB into many mistakes…it’s a miracle they’re only losing 10-7.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 6:31 PM

And the Bucs are playing dirty. 2 15 yard blow to the head penalties already (one to Brees, and now to WR Jimmy Graham).

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 6:34 PM

And the Bucs are playing dirty. 2 15 yard blow to the head penalties already (one to Brees, and now to WR Jimmy Graham).

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 6:34 PM

The hit on Graham was ridiculous. The Bucs player should have been thrown out. I don’t think the hit on Brees was dirty in the least….btw I have both Brees and Graham in my lone fantasy league.

CW on September 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM

…Lions…oh oh…Desert not good for us!

KOOLAID2 on September 15, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 6:34 PM

The hit on Graham was ridiculous. The Bucs player should have been thrown out. I don’t think the hit on Brees was dirty in the least….btw I have both Brees and Graham in my lone fantasy league.

CW on September 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Well, it was probably because it was Brees. That probably wouldn’t have been called if the QB hit was a rookie. The FOX announcer a few minutes ago referred to Drew as “NFL Royalty”.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 7:09 PM

OT: Tonight’s ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game has the Boston Red Sox hosting the NY Yankees. Before the game the Sox will honor Carl Yastrzemski with a life-sized statue at Fenway Park, and Yaz will throw out the first pitch.

Going into tonight’s game, the BoSox have a 9 game lead in the AL East. Bobby Valentine could not be reached for comment.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Awesome. I might have to watch the beginning of that. Wave to us so we can see you, you lucky guy!!!

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Awesome. I might have to watch the beginning of that. Wave to us so we can see you, you lucky guy!!!

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Won’t be able to wave as I will not be there! That game sold out a long time ago.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 7:38 PM

I say they rename the Redskins. We can call them the ‘Politically Correct Democrat Liberal Retards”.

trigon on September 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

It’s really not a political thing. Not everything is a political thing.

Why do you even link to your blog; you haven’t posted since March.

ExpressoBold on September 15, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Yeah, you’re right. I need an update…but once it’s in the system, it gets linked to automatically with every post I make here.

Hey, Eagles are still tied for first…

bmmg39 on September 15, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Suck it New York dbags. No matter how many BS penalties you can get the refs to give you for another try at a 2 yard touchdown attempt, you still can’t beat the Broncoes.

Nice passing Eli, especially that last throw, maybe he forgot what team was wearing blue and which one white.

Broncos just reamed the last 2 Superbowl “champions” to start their season.

Who thinks they can step up and stop the best team in football?

Daikokuco on September 15, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Stupid Birds.

Lions put up a good fight, but not enough, apparently.

Ugly on September 15, 2013 at 7:53 PM

The Chargers might be the odds-on favorite to win it all this year.

Why? They were the Eagles’ home-opener opponent this year. The previous four teams to be the Eagles’ home-opener opponent (2009 Saints, 2010 Packers, 2011 Giants, 2012 Ravens) went on to win the Super Bowl in those respective seasons.

bmmg39 on September 15, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 7:38 PM

That was my wonderful reading for comprehension. I totally left out the word “into” in the sentence “Going into tonight’s game…….but I was excited for you.

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Mercy. Saints pull it out at the end. Now 2-0 in the NFC South, but more importantly, 2-0 against NFC South teams.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Stupid Birds.

Lions put up a good fight, but not enough, apparently.

Ugly on September 15, 2013 at 7:53 PM

…I’m disappointed!…went to the last couple of minutes!…

KOOLAID2 on September 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Seahawks destroying the 49ers.

Oh yeah.

portlandon on September 16, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Mercy. Saints pull it out at the end. Now 2-0 in the NFC South, but more importantly, 2-0 against NFC South teams.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Who Dat!

soundingboard on September 16, 2013 at 4:16 AM

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