During the game against Green Bay Sunday, Cam Newton was highly criticized for wearing a towel on his head after throwing interceptions. Is it really a big deal to the fans and others watching when Newton decides to express his frustration by hanging his towel on his head? If anything this is a good sign that he is clearly frustrated with the way he is playing and knows he can do better. Commentators can find nothing better in between plays in a game than to scrutinize players for little things they do. Last year the same type of situation happened to Derek Anderson of the Arizona Cardinals. He was seen laughing with teammate Deuce Lutui on the bench after being blown out by the 49ers and later bombarded with questions as to why he was doing so. Can these guys not react in any correct manner after a disappointing loss? Whether they cover their heads with towels after being frustrated or laugh at something a teammate says to keep their heads up, any reaction to a loss is clearly wrong in the media’s eyes. I think commentators need to focus on the plays more and worry less about trying to analyze how different people deal with different situations because it really doesn’t help anyone.
Lions 48, Chiefs 3
The Detroit Lions have started the season at an impressive 2-0. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that this couldn’t have been predicted by many people. Matthew Stafford continued where he left off last week, throwing for 294 yards and 4 touchdowns, 2 of them going to his favorite target, Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. The Chiefs looked even worse than they did last week against the Bills, and just to pour salt in the wound, Jamaal Charles slipped on a down marker running out of bounds and was carted off the field with a left knee injury. He did not return to the game and reportedly will be done for the season, adding to the Chiefs steadily growing injured reserves.
Bills 38, Raiders 35
It was Ryan Fitzpatrick’s touchdown strike to David Nelson in the last 14 seconds of this high scoring shootout that propelled Buffalo to its second win of the season, also making them perfect thus far. “Fitzmagic” went for 264 yards and 3 TD’s against the Raiders sub par pass defense and Freddy Jackson ran for 117 yards on 17 carries. Although Oakland is 1-1 out of the gate they have definitely shown improvements on both ends of the ball. Their run defense lacked this weekend but held up extremely well to Denver’s run game last week, we will have to see how it fairs during the rest of the season. They’re pass defense is clearly crippled with the loss of Nnamdi Asomugha to the Eagles in the offseason. On offense, however, they are a completely different beast. Jason Campbell has been a sure shot early with a total 99.7 passer rating and 428 yards in the first 2 games. This should be somewhat hopeful for a team with a very poor passing attack.
Packers 30, Panthers 23
Cam Newton continued his freshman frenzy this weekend against the Super Bowl Champs. Yes, he threw 3 interceptions. Yes, Carolina lost, but all is not hopeless. On the bright side, Newton chalked up another 400+ yard game, joining the ranks of Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Phil Simms, Matt Cassell, and others in the category of consecutive 400 plus yard passing games. Sure he can’t escape the 3 interceptions but many people are forgetting that this man is still a rookie! Regardless of the mistakes, which will be abundant, he continued to impress this week. The Pack, on the other hand, started out sluggish. Newton torched them on the very first drive for his only passing TD but the chamos soon settled right back in. Clay Matthews stopped Newton short of a first down on a fourth down scramble and they recovered the attempted onside kick to keep their season perfect. Aaron Rodgers put up 308 yards with touchdown passes to Jordy Nelson and another to Greg Jennings early in the third quarter to hold the lead.
Eagles 31, Falcons 35
Possibly the most anticipated game of the season for the man wearing #7 for Philadelphia. Mike Vick returned to his original home to take on the Atlanta Falcons for the first time since going to prison. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t a QB shootout on Sunday, but moreso role players stepping up to the grindstone. Both Matt Ryan and Vick had quality games throwing for 195 yards and 4 TD’s and 242 yards 2 TD’s, respectively. Add an interception from Vick and 2 from Ryan and they are almost on the same playing field, no pun intended. Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy helped the Philly offense with 171 receiving yards, 95 rushing yards, and 2 TD’s apiece. However, Michael Turner’s 114 yards on 21 carries with a TD paired with Tony Gonzalez’s 2 TD catches with 83 yards, not to mention passing Terrell Owens for the fifth spot on the all time receptions list, gave the Falcons the W. Vick left the game early when he spit out blood from biting his tongue after being tackled into his own lineman. He is currently doubtful for the upcoming game next week against the Giants.