Chicago Bears 8-8
Detroit Lions 2-14
Green Bay Packers 11-5
Minnesota Vikings 12-4
Minnesota is the only NFC North team that I can see beating the Ravens.
In case you are wondering, at this point I have the Lions beating both the Rams and the Browns.
Monday, September 14, 2009
First off, great job Brandon Stokley. His awareness and intelligence won Denver this game. The rest of the offense, however, deserves no credit, especially Orton. This is a game Denver should have lost. They showed no fight, and worse still, no skill.
With how weak the AFC West has been in recent years, we really shouldn't expect too much. It was a miracle win, and that is all. The Broncos will need to stop relying on miracles if they hope to be contenders this year.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Tony Dungy said it best, and said it all:
Chicago didn't give up two first round draft picks to see Cutler blow it when the game is on the line.
Oh, Tony. You rogue. But it is so true. Cutler looked like an amateur next to the poise shown by Aaron Rodgers. KO'ing the bears with a Patriot's style, unnecessary two point conversion was just icing on the cake.
After Week One in the NFC North we have two very distinct groups
Hopefully the Bears will drift closer to Minnesota and Green Bay. Otherwise, I'm sure the Lions would like some company in the NFL's cesspool.
Cutler looked terrible through the first half. He was dismantled by a Packers defense that many had written off as still having too much to learn. 3 interceptions show me that Cutler still has a lot of maturing to do in the NFL.
He whined his way out of Denver and now his numbers are those of a quarterback with performance issues. Even if you remove the interceptions from his first half numbers, Cutler is still under performing. He would have been 8/19 for 127 yards. That is 42% passing, for an average of 6.7 yards.
Unfortunately for Cutler, the three pics do count, as does the sack. This "franchise quarterback" should not be jawing with rookies on the packers defense, and should maybe start playing like some of his contemporaries.
Starting his Bear's career by matching his game high pic total, in just one half of playing, is not a good way to endear himself to Chicago, and shows why Josh McDaniels was shopping him around in the offseason.