San Francisco 49ers: Mike Singletary said it best: “Tell Pete Carroll thank you very much for kicking our tails, it was good medicine, and we’re going to take it.” That’s all you can say really. Love this guy as a head coach! Until next week…awaiting for you are none other than the defending Super Bowl champs, at home, on the biggest stage of the game under the spotlight Monday night. You can’t go 0-2, can you? Oh, and by the way, Brees-Payton have 10 full days to prepare. It can’t get any worse, can it? Time to wake up 49ers.
Seattle Seahawks: Kudos on the defense’s performance. Job well done. When you hold both Frank Gore and Vernon Davis to under 100 yards, that’s a successful day. When you hold them both out of the end zone, wow. I don’t care if its Alex Smith or not, they made him look like a college QB.
Hasselbeck, when healthy, is a solid QB that will keep you in games. I guess Mike Williams is officially back. I guess? Deon Butler is a player that will make waves as a slot guy. Interested to see how Leon Washington gets acclimated into the swing of things as the season progresses.
Arizona Cardinals: Adrian Wilson. Couldn’t name me two safeties playing in the game today that you would rather have over this physical specimen. Two momentum-changing picks, profound impact, leader on defense. Love this guy. Can’t say enough about him. It’s what I’ve come to expect from this All-Pro. Nice to see Daryl Washington get in the mix. I believe he’s going to be a special player for many years to come, manning the middle for this vaunted Arizona defense. Good to see Kerry Rhodes put behind his New York days and make a big play return on a key interception. Despite losses of Antrel Rolle and Karlos Dansby to free agency, this defense has a chance to be really good. 7-8 wins could be within range.
Steve Breaston is a revelation. Very inconsistent big-play threat at Michigan, underachieves, gets drafted late as strictly a return specialist. Comes to NFL, gets an opportunity to make noise, and now he’s going under the radar as a consistent, reliable #2 receiver that just makes play after play, catch after catch. Whenever he’s called upon, he gets the job done. Remarkable. They are not going to miss Anquan Boldin as much as people think. Tim Hightower can be an NFL starting RB. You can’t wait on Chris Wells, he’s too iffy, unreliable.
St. Louis Rams: Defense played bend but don’t break. I like how they performed with everyone against them. Atogwe is a player, glad they kept him. Sam Bradford passed it 55 times! This kid looks the part, now I believe he’s up to the task to play the part. Thrown into the fire right away, has responded extremely well under immense pressure for a team that’s not expected to do so hot. He’s wowed me with his ability to play well under intense, rough circumstances. And keep in mind he went up against a solid defense. However, as good as he played in his first career NFL start, team still needs to give Steven Jackson the rock more. It’s too easy, they have to, unless they want Bradford hurt. Mark Clayton was an excellent acquisition.