Five Things We Learned in Week 2 of the NFL Season

September 21, 2009

The Oakland Raiders' surprisingly strong start. The Detroit Lions' expectedly bad one. Drew Brees’ runaway MVP candidacy.  A lot of interesting storylines unfolded yesterday, but five particular ones caught our attention in the NFL’s week that was.

Brady Quinn Is Not the Star His Mother Thought He Might Be

After winning the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback job by default over Derek Anderson (who uses his strong right arm to cash paychecks from that $21 million deal the Browns accidentally signed him to), Brady Quinn looked ready, willing, and able to get them to that seven win season they’ve had their eye on. However, two games into the 2009 campaign, Quinn has one touchdown pass, two interceptions, a 59 percent completion rate, and HAS been sacked nine times while losing by an average of 17-plus points. Things should turn around for the young Irish alum, though. He plays the Ravens next week on the road which will give him plenty of quiet time to reflect while flat on his ass staring up at a scoreboard that says “Baltimore Fans, Please Stop Laughing…His Family’s Here.”

The Patriots Won’t Go Undefeated

After a tough loss to their regional rival New York Jets yesterday, the New England Patriots’ hope for an unbeaten season went out the window, and made the Bill Belichick machine look mediocre for the first time since Drew Bledsoe was in the backfield getting sacked like it was his job in the late 1990s. Tom Brady’s 53.1 passer rating, and the team’s Arizona Cardinals-esque inability to run the ball led to a paltry nine-point performance (which actually would have still been good enough to beat Cleveland this week) and a sense that the NFL’s premiere team may not even be a playoff contender if they don’t get their offense going.

Michael Vick Might See Some Real Action Next Week

After Kevin Kolb threw three costly interceptions to a New Orleans pass defense that was ranked 23rd in the NFL last season, Eagles’ fans – despite their world famous forgiving nature – probably don’t want to see him taking the snaps next week against the Chiefs. With regular starter Donovan McNabb still hurt, this leaves Michael Vick battling Jeff Garcia for the back-up job, which may mean the former Leavenworth resident could get a shot to jump in if Kolb falters again.

Andre Johnson Is the Best Receiver in the NFL

There’s almost no parallel in any other sport to describe just how underrated Andre Johnson is. He led the league in both yards and receptions in 2008, and burned a talented Tennessee Titans’ defense on Sunday for 149 yards and two touchdowns. He doesn’t receive Larry Fitzgerald’s hype or have the manic intrigue of Randy Moss. He just catches the football better than anyone else alive.

Jack Del Rio Will Get Fired

Not only do the Jags have to stave off relocation rumors and inner-city boredom, but the NFL’s most underachieving team now has to bounce back from an 0-2 start in the toughest division in the AFC - which could be difficult to do with a quarterback completing 52 percent of his passes. Head coach Jack Del Rio is getting third degree burns from the hot seat he’s sitting on and may not be able to rest on the laurels of his one wild card win two years ago much longer.

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