This week, I am starting a new series that will continue through out the year called extra points. Every monday, I will be sharing my thoughts on what occured in the games the day before. Here are my thoughts on this week in the NFL.
Going into the season as the one thing that could hold the team back, the Giants receivers looked very good yesterday against the Cowboys. Steve Smith emerged as a receiver who could be an excellent number two with 10 catches for a 134 yards and a touchdown. Mario Manningham who struggled to get on the field his rookie year had 10 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown. This is all while first round pick Hakeem Nicks is hurt. Look out for the Giants receivers as they are only going to improve over the course of the year.
Is it possible that a New York player might be the most underrated player in the league? That could be the case with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis as he hasn’t received much attention nationally but has been shutting down elite receivers since his rookie year. So far this year he has held Andre Johnson to four catches for 35 yards and Randy Moss to four catches 24 yards. Revis made his first Pro Bowl last year, but he should be a fixture for years to come.
How much are the Titans missing Albert Haynesworth and Jim Schwartz right now? Going into the year, the Titans had a very strong secondary with two Pro Bowlers in Cortland Finnegan and Michael Griffin. Through two games, they have allowed 678 passing yards and already have two losses coming off a year where they went 13-3. In the past if the Titans score 31 points they are a sure lock to win the game. As proven yesterday by the Texans, that isn’t the case anymore.
If it wasn’t for Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson would be the toast of the league at the running back position. Based on yesterday’s performance, his self appointed nickname “Every coach’s dream” isn’t far off. His performance consisted of 284 total yards and three touchdowns including a 91 yarder. With his game yesterday, Johnson showed everyone that he is one of the game’s elite backs along with a special place in his fantasy owners’ hearts.
Considering Philip Rivers threw for over 400 yards, it’s very surprising that the Chargers decided to run on 4th and two at the very end of the game. Ray Lewis made a play that showed exactly why he will be in Canton one day and he saw the play develop a mile away.
In my ten shocking predictions article a few months back, I predicted that Joe Flacco would have a “sophomore slump”. Granted I said that when Derrick Mason was retired, but it doesn’t look like it will happen. Flacco looks very cool in the pocket and like Ben Roethlisberger in his second year, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Ravens make a deep playoff run.
Like Eddie Royal last year, it wouldn’t be surprising if Johnny Knox becomes one of Jay Cutler’s favorite targets. He has excellent speed and through two games he leads the team in receiving yards and already showed big play ability. Knox has a very good chance of becoming a dark horse candidate for rookie of the year honors.