Monday, September 19, 2011

Football Wrap Week 2: AJ Green's Great Start

I could go ahead and praise Cam Newton once again (400+ yards on the champs, yet 3 INTs and confusion why the Panthers are abandoning DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart). But I’m going to praise another SEC rookie who’s having a great start this year.

AJ Green had a big day for Cincinnati (124 yards, 10 catches and a TD) and he’s scored in both games to start his career. Like Killa Cam, he had to overcome a BS scandal in his college career that showed why the NCAA are crooked pimps. And like Cam, he’s a physical marvel that’s going to shine in his opportunity.

Rookie QB Andy Dalton is going to target Green cause he has limited options besides Jermaine Gresham. And that’s why Green is going to have a better year than his SEC counterpart Julio Jones. Jones has to share throws with Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez so it’ll take a while for him to get established.

So even though Cam is rightly getting all the rookie ink, keep an eye on Green possibly getting close to 800-1,000 yards. Now for the rest of the tidbits…

Glad to see the return of Miles “Lazarus” Austin with a 3 TD day but the hero should be Jesse Holley. Two years from earning a roster spot from Michael Irvin’s TV show, he comes up huge with that near TD in OT. Good for him! (Now if Lazarus and Felix are hurt for Washington Sunday…..)

I stand by what I said last week on Tony Romo. And I stand by what I’m going to say now. Tony Romo showed incredible stones coming back from cracked ribs (Edit: And a punctured lung) and bad INTs to lead that 4th quarter comeback.

Romo isn’t a bad quarterback. He makes too many mental mistakes but when he’s sharp and focused, he can do stuff like that. It’s not a fluke. It’s Good Tony vs. Bad Romo every week.

Yahoo captioned this as WR Tim Tebow. Hahahahahaha!!!!!!

Tim Tebow was lined up at WR yesterday. Who does Denver think he is? Eric Crouch? Antwaan Randle-El. Tebow isn't fast enough to be a slot receiver. Oh the hilarity of the Broncos trying to use him like he's some incredible athlete.

Josh Freeman! As much as I wish he’d mess up so my fellow USD Torero Josh Johnson could get some shine, Freeman is playing extremely well. Add another comeback to his resume – down 17 points to DMCNabb and Co. and pulled off the win.

When’s the last time you saw Antonio Gates as a non-factor? I had trouble figuring out when and I’m wondering if despite his solid game last week, it’s a sign of a decline with Gates still recovering from his toe injury.

Had to use a pic from last week since he didn't have a catch against the Pats.
Hard to admit that as a Chargers fan. Forget Tom Brady being surgical again (nearly 1,000 yards in 2 games!!) or Norv Turner’s latest brain fart going for it on 4th and 1 down 3 or the Chargers lacking speed at the skill positions. I’m worried about Gates longterm this year.

Mike Vick’s gonna make a lot of folks look prophetic getting knocked out too often. But it’s not his fault they lost. Blame that front seven not being able to stop Michael Turner on that 61-yard run. Blame that O-line letting him jacked up the last 2 weeks. Almost makes you think Philly should’ve chased some linemen this summer like they chased DB’s and backups.

Oh yeah, that boy Dunta Robinson stays hitting like he’s being paid for a bounty. Somebody teach him how to lead with his body before he maims somebody or tears up his brain.

Somebody stop the Bills. On second thought, can we stop them and the Lions? Shout out to Trent Dilfer 2.0 (Rex Grossman) starting off 2-0 for Washington – hope we rough that wack sucker up Sunday.

Poor Jamaal Charles, out for the year with an ACL. Kansas City is setting up for a terrible season but they don’t need Andrew Luck, they need some help on defense.  And yes, add Charles to the stockpile of longterm knee/leg injuries we’ve seen rise this year.

College Football (I didn’t see too much due to the birthday bash but some quick hits)

Texas is much different than they were a year ago with great speed and McCoy 2 behind center showed great promise in his first start. UCLA is counting down til Brett Hundley can get healthy because Kevin Prince should no longer be starting. Boggles my mind why we didn’t run the ball more.

Notre Dame ruined my birthday by winning. I’m putting out a call to my bro @MrESPN and ask him why his Spartans had to go lay a goose egg to the Irish. But just like UCLA, safe to say Dayne Crist will be riding the bench. QB's from the San Fernando Valley didn't have a great week - including Louisiana Tech QB Nick Isham who lost a 34-7 lead to Houston, who scored 28 points in 17 minutes. 

Oklahoma is pretty good after all. And folks have the nerve to praise Matt Barkley so much. Landry Jones is the 3rd best QB in the nation. Big time throw for that go-ahead TD.

South Carolina escaping from Navy and Auburn coming back to earth are showing me that I’m right in saying the Big 12 (team for team) is better than the SEC team for team. After Oklahoma and Alabama, what SEC team is hanging with Oklahoma State or Texas?

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