Mr. Regular Season returns…and other notable gunslingers.

Mr. Regular Season is my nickname for Tom Brady.  He hasn’t lost a regular season game with the Patriots since Dec. 10, 2006.  I may not like his style or his general demeanor, but I cannot deny the man has talent. A lot of it.

The Patriots edged the Buffalo Bills last night 25-24, almost solely because of Brady’s performance in the final two minutes.  Brady threaded two TD passes to tight end Ben Watson in a span of one minute and 16 seconds.  That’s…impressive.  Despite rehabilitation and rust, Brady proved that he is still a force, and he still knows how to win.

A number of other quarterbacks made debuts this weekend, like rookie notables Mark Sanchez (New York Jets) and Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions), and a purple-clad Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings).  Sanchez grabbed a W in his debut, going 18-31 for 272 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT; helping the Jets beat the Texans 24-7.  Stafford, the 2009 top overall draft choice, wasn’t as successful in his opener, going 16-37 for 205 yards, 0 TD, and 3 INT.  The Lions fell to the New Orleans Saints 45-27, thanks in part to a phenomenal showing from Saints QB Drew Brees.  More on him in a minute.

Favre, whose vacated New York Jets QB spot opened up nicely for Sanchez, donned his third uniform in three years and took the Vikings to a 34-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns.  Favre was 14-21 for 110 yards and 1 TD–clearly not a pass-heavy day–but he had some fierce offensive support from running back Adrian Peterson.  Peterson rushed for a measley 180 yards and 3 TDs.  Cripes.

Around the league, QB’s got into the groove or showed very plainly how many months they had been off the gridiron.  Brees was one of the strongest performers from the weekend with 358 yards and 6 TDs.  Tony Romo helped the Cowboys by going long for 3 TDs, and Joe Flacco flew three of his own to the endzone to help the Baltimore Ravens beat the K.C. Chiefts 38-24.   

The season has officially begun.  Rookies have one under the belt, and vets are back in the game.  Week One is history; who will shine in week 2?

 

 

Check out the poll for this week to vote on Week One’s top-performing QB.

This little pigskin.. is BACK.

WHOA.  It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to check in with all of you.  I had to dedicate a little bit of time and a lot a bit of brain power to move from State College to Pittsburgh to New York.  Yeesh.  But now I’m here in the Center of the Universe, as I like to call it, and I’m ready to talk some football.

The teams of my childhood and beyond, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Penn State Nittany Lions, are off to winning, albeit unimpressive, starts to their respective seasons.  PSU cruised past Akron in a game that wasn’t a great indicator as to how the rest of their season will pan out, followed similarly by an easy win over a soft Syracuse.  Penn State notoriously soars through their non-conference schedule, only to suffer a hiccup-loss mid-season to a Big Ten team they should have beat.  I need a few more Saturdays, specifically Saturdays where Penn State is challenged, to provide my full impression.  For now, I’ll say that having a seasoned Daryll Clark at the helm is comforting, but the loss of key players on the O-line, receiving corps, and secondary leave me a bit skeptical.

The Super Bowl champion Steelers opened at home Thursday night against former Nittany Lion Kerry Collins and the Tennesee Titans, taking the win from visiting Collins and company, 13-10.  Neither team was able to mount much offensively, resulting in a defensive struggle and an overtime field goal deciding the entire game.  It was hard-nosed, grind-em-out football–which tends to be expected in any Steelers game, but has become a Titans trademark as well.  Sloppy showing for both squads, but I don’t think it spells doom for either. 

Check back for some musings on Week 1 NFL action… oh, and that guy Tom Brady is back on the field tonight for the Pats opener.