Week one is in the books, and we saw teams “wow” us and some disappoint us. In the next few minutes, we are going to go through our list of the bright, bad and the bonehead of the weekend from the New York teams.
Let’s start with the Bright
The New York Jets! I mean are you serious? No one and I mean no expected this. Sure there were the diehard Jets fans who said, “We are going to win” but I don’t think they even believed that. I don’t think it was the fact that the Jets won, but it was how they did. The Buffalo Bills looked like a high school team out there and not a good one either.
Mark Sanchez (AP Photo)
When we watched the first quarter, there were some concerns. Mark Sanchez tried to pull a Brett Favre, and he threw a stupid interception as all the Jets fans said, here we go. Then the next possession it clicked, they rotated Tim Tebow and Sanchez in and out under center. Tebow’s impact was irrelevant, but Sanchez proved why he is the starter. Then the Jets never looked back, beating the over hyped-overrated Bills 48-28.
The NFL season opened up on Wednesday, and everyone was looking forward to a salsa dance by Victor Cruz. Except we had one issue, you have to catch to score touchdowns. Cruz caught six balls for a total of 58 yards. However, he should have had better stats than that. Manning targeted the speedy wide-out 11 times and the five missed catches and they weren’t all because Manning over or under threw him. Cruz had too many drops, when Manning sends a bullet between two defenders, the receiver has to make that catch. With Nicks still hurt, who couldn’t get open, Cruz needed to make those plays. Cruz was a breakout player last season, and this year, he and the Giants expect him to take the next step, however, missing chances like he did almost a week ago, will land him in the “potential” zone. You know the players we always expect to get going, but they really never do. The players who shine like superstars then the next play act like high school players.
Bottom line is, Cruz needs to make plays on a constant level, not a once out of five plays. He has the ability to be the receiver who scares defenses, but will he ever become that? Or, will he always just have the potential. This week he needs to turn it around, for more than the Giants fans; fantasy owners too.
I don’t want to write about the same game twice, but let’s be honest. The Buffalo Bills were the worst team of the weekend. They were talked about going into the weekend as a for sure win. All the “so-called” experts said that this team would win a wild-card playoff spot. Now, I realize that it was only the first game and teams will improve, but this was bad. I can’t say I am surprised. I never thought for one second the Bills would be a contender. Sure, they signed Mario Williams in the off-season. Did he play on Sunday? I sure couldn’t tell, could you? There is a reason that the Houston Texans had a great year last year with him missing most of it. That is also why they let him go, if you remember he was a No.1 overall pick in the draft. The Texans let him go for a reason, and sure it happens all the time. Players don’t finish with the teams they are drafted too, but the Texans didn’t even try to keep him. If that’s not a warning sign, I don’t know what is.
C.J. Spiller (AP Photo)
It wasn’t just Mario; I thought Ryan Fitzpatrick was the future in Buffalo; didn’t they just release Vince Young? Young, would have done a better job than Fitzpatrick. I know injuries can kill a team, either through a momentum stand point or if a key player goes out it is hard to fill that void. However, losing Jackson and Nelson hurt them. Teams need to have a better plan when this sort of thing happens. The Bills did not; C.J. Spiller came in and played well with 169 yards on the ground that was the only bright spot of the game on Sunday.
Regardless, how you look at it; week one is now in the books, and the Bills must come back and play stronger and faster with more passion and heart. If they don’t Bills’ fans are going to have a long forgettable season.
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