In attendance: just me, Shoegal, and Chef Spouse. Big crowd expected next week.
Menu: Shoegal brought along some dumplings, and we picked up Popeye's on our way back from a weekend in Stone Harbor with friends. Plus, of course, rum punch. ARRRR!
Stud of the week: LeSean McCoy, who had his first 100 yard game. Given the historical paucity of our run game, getting 100 yards on the ground as an Eagle is not an easy feat to accomplish, you know.
Sav Rocca also gets a shout-out. I was calling for them to end the Aussie experiment after last year. I was wrong. Sav's kicking great so far this year.
I also have to give FS Nate Allen some props - two games, two picks. We might finally have Wolverine's heir apparent.
And Vick had another great showing. Yes, K2 is the starter. Yes, Vick's "happy" to be a backup. For now. Newsflash: he's auditioning to be a starter somewhere next year, and he's killing it. K2 better play well against the Jags next week and against the Skins in DMac's homecoming game the following week - or have a Kevlar hide. McNabb could give him some pointers on that one - hope he's still in K2's speed dial.
You know who didn't have a great showing? Our defense. Admittedly, the Lions are a LOT better this year than they have been (it's hard to be worse than 0-16 and 2-14). But seriously, how to do you blow a 28-17 lead, let the Lions put up 15 points on you (THE LIONS!?!), give up a two point conversion, and muff an onside kick EVERYONE knows is coming ALL IN 15 MINUTES OF FOOTBALL?
That was a mess. I was definitely having that "we're totally going to blow this" feeling, and I'm sure I was not the only one. Thank goodness that, after the recovered onside kick the Lions were unable to move the ball and turned it over on downs. I have the feeling this season is going to be one coronary after another.
Good game from Vick, though.
Around the rest of the NFL...
Packers over Bills. Told you they didn't need Ryan Grant that much. This week.
Dolphins over Vikings. In other news, Favre was responsible for 4 turnovers. HAH!
Chiefs over Browns. Know who's currently leading the AFC West? The Chiefs. Not that it's likely to last, but good for them.
Bears over Cowboys. Can you believe it? I know, me either! How awesome is that? The Mike Martz/Jay Cutler connection is obviously working. The Cowboys will pull it together sooner or later, and I still figure them to win the NFC East, but in the meantime, it's really fun to watch all the agita created by their 0-2 start.
Falcons over Cardinals. I think the only reason the Cardinals scored at all was that the Falcons were just too tired to deliver any more offense after their 41 points. They were all like: "Need...to...sit...NOW."
Buccaneers over Panthers. I can't believe I picked against the Bucs on International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Bengals over Ravens. The Bengals were helped by a really bad day for Joe Flacco (to the tune of 4 picks). But the much vaunted Batman and Robin combo is not exactly lighting up the scoreboard so far. Then again, we are talking about the Ravens here, whose D is once again playing lights out. They've given up no TDs in their first two games.
Steelers over Titans. I'll admit - I'm surprised the Steelers look as good as they do so far. I'm still against them as long as serial rapist Roethlisberger remains their QB, though. Which hurts, because normally they're my AFC team. Also Jeff Fisher benched Vince Young. Seems a little harsh to me in a game that wasn't exactly a blowout, but now that AR did it in 2008, apparently, it's all the rage.
Broncos over Seahawks. Further evidence of the "when in doubt, go with the AFC team" rule.
Raiders over Rams. Jason Campbell also got benched. Maybe I was giving him too much benefit of the doubt all those years with the Redskins. He's not exactly lighting it up out in Oakland.
Texans over Redskins. DMac had a great game, but the Skins ground game completely disappeared. Maybe it's McNabb? Then again, he doesn't call the plays. I HATE HATE HATE that the Texans won it on that BS Gary Kubiak last second time out before rookie Graham Gano nailed the first 50+ yard field goal of his career, a feat he was not able to duplicate. But you know what's weird? The kicker missed two field goals - and no one in DC is blaming McNabb. Fat Albert didn't play, and no one is blaming McNabb. The Skins D couldn't protect a 17 point lead, and no one is blaming McNabb. The team bus got a flat, and no on is blaming McNabb. The locker room showers ran out of hot water after the game, and no one is blaming McNabb. He's not going to know what to make of it.
Jets over Patriots. Go Rex! Your big mouth reminds me fondly of your dad. And anyone who can bring the pain to the Pats is OK by me.
Chargers over Jaguars. Speaking of righting the ship, the Chargers looked like, well, the Chargers again this week, getting it done in the air and on the ground, and forcing SIX turnovers in their win over the Jags.
Colts over Giants. For all the hype, the "Manning Bowl" (whatever number it is yesterday, today, or in the future) will pretty much ALWAYS go to big brother Peyton. Sorry, lil Eli.
At half time of the Saints/49ers, the Saints are winning but only 9 to 7 after a fast start, and it has been a SLOPPY game so far.