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Around the NFL Week 2
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published September 16, 2010

Michael Vick

Michael Vick might not be spending too much more time of the sideline if Kevin Kolb continues to struggle.

Photo by Jeff Lewis

By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor

Don’t worry, no need to panic yet

If you’re a fan of one of the 16 teams that lost week 1, don’t worry, nobody wins or loses the Super Bowl in the first week of the season. No need to go into panic mode yet.

Well, there’s no need to panic as long as you’re not an Oakland Raiders or Cincinnati Bengals fan. If you’re fans of those teams, panic!

The Raiders actually received positive press this offseason because of a number of their moves. They were supposed to be halfway decent this year.

Well nobody told that to the Tennessee Titans, who pretty much ran them off the field. A Raider fan was quoted as saying, “You see, what had happened was, we dumped last year’s quarterback (JaMarcus Russell) because of his horrible play, possibly because of his use of codeine. And we replaced him with a quarterback (Jason Campbell) who has never been a successful NFL quarterback. We put him behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league and we expected great things to happen.”

Yeah, sorry Raider fan, your team looks like they are going to extend their NFL record of consecutive 11 loss seasons to eight after this year.

The Raiders offense would work better if the center would not snap the ball over Campbell’s head.

As for the Bengals, all that talent, all that hype, same ole Bengals. A well coached New England Patriots team pretty much had their way with the Bengals from the opening kick off.

Don’t let the 38-24 score fool you, the Bengals were never in that game. The Patriots held a 24-3 halftime lead and then took the opening 2nd half kickoff back for a touchdown, giving them a 31-3 lead.

Murphy’s Law catches up with Cowboys

Cowboys fans may need to panic too, because as long as Wade Phillips is the head coach they will be going nowhere.

The Cowboys pretty much gave the game away to the Redskins on two plays.

At the end of the first half, on the final play inside their own 40-yardline, the Cowboys decide to run a play instead of taking a knee. Really Dallas?

It was fitting that such a horrible decision ended up with a Redskins defender doing a flip into the endzone for a Washington touchdown.

Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo flipped the ball to running back Tashard Choice, who then decides to fight for extra yards while being engaged by three defenders. Like those few extra yards are really going to make a different with the game clock reading zero. Choice needs to realize that nobody drafted him on their fantasy team, so he really doesn’t need the extra yards.

Murphy’s Law went into effect, and Choice was stripped by Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who returned the ball for a touchdown.

That’s exactly why any team not coached by Phillips would have simply taken the knee and went into halftime.

The Cowboys gave up a touchdown in a game that they lost by six points.

Even with that huge mistake, the Cowboys scored the go ahead touchdown on the final play of the game, but it was called back because of a holding call. Murphy’s Law at its best.

When a touchdown catch is really not a touchdown catch

Only in the NFL can a player do everything that constitutes a catch by common football logic, but be stripped of a game winning reception.

On the final play of the game, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson jumps over the Chicago Bears cornerback, secures the ball with one hand, lands on both of his feet while controlling the ball, falls onto his backside while still maintaining control of the ball. He rolls over to get up and celebrate and he uses the ball to prop himself up against the ground. The ball pops out and Johnson runs to celebrate the game winning catch with his teammates.

But hold up, the refs ruled the play an incomplete pass because Johnson did not maintain control of the ball through the entire catching process.

The play was clearly a catch, but by NFL rules, it is not a catch. The referees made the correct call, but it is one of the worst rules in sports. The Lions were robbed.

Vince Young and Chris Johnson are for real!

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young put his offseason problems behind him on Sunday and showed that the second half of last season was no fluke. He is a legit NFL quarterback.

Having running back Chris Johnson surely does not hurt. Johnson finished the game against the Raiders with 142 yards and two touchdowns, one for 76 yards. On that touchdown run, Johnson ran about 73 of those yards by himself.

Young completed 13-of-17 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Eagles should have kept McNabb

The Philadelphia Eagles began the Kevin Kolb era on a sour note. Kolb was very ineffective before being knocked out of the game with a concussion. His poor play made many question why the Eagles traded away Donavan McNabb. The Eagles were a bad franchise before they drafted McNabb, and they looked pretty much lost without him…until Michael Vick entered the game.

Vick surprisingly looked very efficient while bringing the Eagles within one touchdown of the Green Bay Packers. He completed 16-of-24 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. Vick also rushed for 101 yards.

It looks like the Eagles hopes for a productive season may ride on Vick, but the starting job is still Kolb’s. Vick’s performance did put Kolb on notice that if he continues to struggle he might lose his job to Vick. If Kolb cannot play next week and Vick has another good game, Kolb might not get his job back.

NFL games at the J Spot

The J Spot in Inglewood is known for its comedy, but now they have the NFL games live on television. They have a free buffet, and you can also order off the menu. They have access to all of the Sunday games, and on Monday nights they will feature speed dating at halftime with the Stiletto Heel Divas.

Football, Stiletto Heal Divas, yeah, that’s going to be a really good time!

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