Wow. What a way to end the week with that Monday Night Game. It was a shootout for sure! You had Tony Romo slinging TD's, Donovan McNabb hitting his targets, DeSean Jackson shooting himself in the foot. There was all kinds of gunslinging action going on last night.
But Tony Kornheiser was right, it was the kind of game where you have to appreciate what you are watching. In fact, the only people upset by that game are probably those who had either Philadelphia or Dallas as their starting fantasy defense.
But as good as that game was, the rematch looks to be even better. Last night, you had two offensive megaweapons bruising and bashing each other over the course of 60 minutes to a point where the two teams finished within four point of each other. The are the same two teams that by and large everyone expects to finish one and two in the NFC East, a division that is super close year in and year out. So when do these teams meet again? The answer is the last week of the season. Not only could it be a potential playoff matchup, but it could be a Week 17 game to decide the division, one in which whoever wins is automatically included in discussions of a Super Bowlappearance. Could that be hyped up anymore with 4 months to go?
But last night's game wasn't the only action that is noteworthy for this second week. There was Shanahan's semi-psychotic-flash-of-genius decision to go for two. But after the call they got on that botched throw from Cutler, Shanahan must have thought there were some forces of nature behind his team. And with the way Cutler threaded the needle on that conversion after failing to even throw the ball forward just a few plays prior, I'm not one to disagree. There really must be angels in Denver's backfield. Just don't expect Danny Glover to play Mike Shanahan.
Speaking of supernatural forces, how much bad karma does Norv Turner have? He's now lost two games he was favored to win right at the end. And this is the team that everyone was saying could be raising the trophy in February. Actually, though, given last year's champ, maybe starting 0-2 is the right way to get to the Super Bowl. Now all we need is for Turner to have his head in the guillotine as his team makes an 8-play goaline stand next week to win the game (Don't ask the Redskins to make an encore appearance for that, though.)
But that wasn't all that happened in Week 2. The Patriots won with Cassel, the Colts redeemed themselves from that Sunday night blunder, and Buffalo Bills are 2-0. Yeah, the Bills. I know. Forget the Jets could Buffalo be the team to challenge New England for the division. It'll take me a fe wmore weeks to be convinced, but with Brady down, the Jets having Favre and the Bills winning, it seems pretty clear that anything this year is possible.