What I Learned About the NFL: Week 2

What a wild weekend of football.

On Sunday we saw Cam Newton break a record he had just set last week by passing for 432 yards against the defending Superbowl Champion Green Bay Packers. Although he lost another game, Newton has gotten off to an incredible start and looks like a bona fide NFL quarterback. For the nightcap, we saw Matt Ryan lead a comeback against the Vick-less Dream Team  from Philadelphia. And on Monday we saw what could be the catch of the 2011-12 season from Domenik Hixon, and pathetic flops from the Giants.

So here are the five biggest surprises from this week:

  • I’m pretty good at picking winners, but awful at the spread. Last week I gave my game-by-game picks for the weekends games going 13-3, but only 1-5 on picking against the spread. Let’s see what I do next week.
  • Matt Hasselbeck and Co. might be playoff contenders in the AFC South. After slogging through a two point loss in Jacksonville in Week 1, I didn’t think there was a chance the Titans would be competitive against Baltimore. Instead they came out and handled the Ravens, with Hasselbeck throwing for over 350 yards and forcing three turnovers. With Indianapolis in their sad state of affairs, Jacksonville looking at unproven rookie Blaine Gabbert to start, and Houston a constant late-season fader, the Titans may be in for a good season under new coach Mike Munchak. Side note: I also learned that I should always start Kenny Britt (14 receptions 271 yards 3 touchdowns in two games) again in fantasy football.
  • Donovan McNabb’s  demise may be true. When the Redskins traded McNabb to Minnesota I thought it was a mistake for Washington and a coup for Leslie Frazier and the Vikings. Now it appears after two games that McNabb is a shell of his former self and Christian Ponder may get called up sooner rather than later.
  • Buffalo has a legitimate team. Trailing by four with 14 seconds left in the game I figured that I had picked the Oakland upset correctly. Then Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with David Nelson for the 10th time in the game to go ahead for the win. After hanging 41 on the Chiefs I thought Bills were improved, but not legit. Now after putting up 38 against an underrated Raiders team I finally starting to believe. Before the season I had the Bills marked as an easy win for mediocre opponents, now I think it may be a loss.
  • The Cowboys once vaunted running game is not good.  Felix Jones was supposed to be a true number one back for the Cowboys so they let Marion Barber walk. Now, through two games Jones has 69 yards while “super back-ups” Demarco Murray and Tashard Choice have done squat. They need more than that on Monday when the 2-0 Redskins come to town.
What do you think?
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