Monday, September 10, 2012
Breakfast links: Wild opening weekend
By Dan Graziano
So there you have it. The first week of NFC action is in the books, and as usual it appears we didn't know anything. I was a fifth Michael Vick interception from starting the year 0-3 on my predictions. And yet, after one week, three of the division's four teams are still undefeated, and the only one that lost is the team that won the division last year. Yeesh. I need some links.
Dallas Cowboys (1-0)
The challenge for the Cowboys after their very impressive season-opening victory Wednesday is to put that game in the past and focus on what's ahead of them. Todd Archer writes of the things Dallas must improve in the weeks ahead.
On the occasion of the retirement of wide receiver Roy Williams, Calvin Watkins writes that the move to acquire him rates as the worst trade in the history of the Cowboys. Do you agree with Watkins?
Washington Redskins (1-0)
Dave Sheinin has the recap of Robert Griffin III's incredible debut and what it means to the Redskins. I like the part where Drew Brees tells him, after he'd just beaten Brees 40-32, that he was proud of him. Simply impossible not to be impressed with what you saw from Griffin on Sunday. No matter who you were.
If there was an unsung hero in the game for the Redskins, it may have been long snapper Nick Sundberg, who broke his left arm in the second quarter and yet remained in the game and continued his long-snapping duties. With a broken arm. A. Broken. Arm. Look for the Redskins to bring in a long-snapper this week. And maybe to build, like, a small statue to Sundberg somewhere in the Ashburn complex.
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
The Eagles won their opener as well, but it's fair to say the vibe around that team wasn't quite as upbeat and positive as it was around the Redskins. After the Eagles escaped Cleveland with a 17-16 victory in spite of four Vick interceptions, Phil Sheridan writes that the Eagles' quarterback is looking neither new nor improved.
The Eagles' defense, however, was excellent in the opener. Drawing particular praise was the play of new middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans, whose preseason performance had some Eagles fans worried but whose performance Sunday reminded us all for the 7,843rd time that you can't predict anything based on preseason games.
New York Giants (0-1)
Speaking of new linebackers in new places, Keith Rivers was a bright spot in the Giants' season-opening loss Wednesday. Kieran Darcy writes that Rivers is already proving it was a good move for the Giants to trade for him. If Rivers has to start, he can start. If he has to fill a utility linebacker role, it appears he can do that. Great depth move and more for the Giants.
Paul Schwartz believes that rookie Jayron Hosley may be the cure for what ails the Giants in the secondary. At this point, there seems to be little reason not to offer Hosley more responsibility and see what he can do with it.