How do you not love the NFL?! Thursday night's kickoff game saw one of the greatest QB's of all time tie a record that hadn't been touched for 50+ years with Peyton Manning throwing 7 touchdown passes. Sunday was nothing short of spectacular in itself. There were 13 games played yesterday and 10 of them were decided by a touchdown or less.
We saw major penalties destroy teams, none more evident than the late hit by the talented LB of the Bucs Lavonte David on rookie QB Geno Smith. The 15 yard personal foul put the Jets in FG range and they won a game they had no business winning. Adrian Peterson ran for 93 yards but 78 of them came on the first play of the game. The Pats escaped Buffalo with a somewhat lucky victory as did Andrew Luck and the Colts who barely beat the visiting Raiders. The Cowboys also held on to beat the Giants despite seemingly trying to let the them win as the Boys should have blown out the G Men with all the turnovers they committed. We knew the Jaguars would be terrible but they're actually worse, they are completely awful!
The Steelers suffered probable season ending injuries as Larry Foote and Maurkice Pouncy are likely out for the year during an embarrassing loss to the mediocre Tennessee Titans at home in Heinz Field. On a brighter note the Saints are marching again with Sean Payton back on the sideline and Rob Ryan's new 3-4 defense holding the high flying Falcons to only 17 points. The NFC West is proving to be the best division in football and Reggie Bush may prove to be the best off season transaction as he lead the Lions in rushing (90 yards) and receiving (101 yards) plus a TD reception. He's the Darren Sproles of the North.
With all that excitement and just a great opening weekend, we still have more. The Eagles take on the Redskins in an NFC East division battle in the first game of tonight's double header. Then the Texans travel west to beautiful San Diego to play the ugly Chargers. However, I do believe S.D. will be better this year than the recent past. Anyway here are my predictions for tonight's games.
Redskins 31 - Eagles 28
Texans 24 - Chargers 20