Steelers 2-0, Beat Titans 19-11
Which is more impressive? The Pittsburgh defense allowing just three one-hundred yard rushing performances since 2007(tops in the NFL) – or Chris Johnson’s twelve consecutive one-hundred yard rushing performances(second to Barry Sanders’ 14)?
On Sunday, it was the Steelers defense stopping Johnson in his tracks for thirty-four yards, snapping his streak. Pittsburgh held Vince Young to sixty-six passing yards and forced him to make three turnovers. The Titans had seven turnovers as a team but held their own defensively during the hottest game in Tennessee Titan history.
The Steelers lost Dennis Dixon in the second quarter with a knee injury, forcing Charlie Batch into action. Neither offenses weren’t able to get anything going because of the stout defenses. Kicker Jeff Reed kicked four field goals for the Steelers – all off turnovers. Vince Young was also benched after the third quarter in favor of Kerry Collins. VY is 13-3 in his last sixteen starts and his job is most likely not in jeopardy.
The play of the game was on the opening kickoff. Mewelde Moore fielded the kick and handed it off to rookie Antonio Brown on an end-a-round. The ninety-seven yard touchdown return was Brown’s first play of his career.
Packers Clay Mathews Is Unstoppable
The Packers had to have known the player the were getting when they drafted Clay Matthews with the twenty-sixth pick of the 2009 NFL draft. With that said, they couldn’t have expected he would be this good.
Last week in Philadelphia Matthews had six sacks and was involved in every play it seemed as he also added eleven tackles. Week two at home against the Bills, Clay added three more sacks on Trent Edwards.
The Packers routed Buffalo 34-7 to improve their record to 2-0. With a high-powered passing offense and Matthews wreaking havoc on defense – the Green Bay Packers are legit Super Bowl contenders.
Minnesota Vikings 0-2
After another poor passing performance by the Vikings in a 14-10 loss to the Dolphins, Brett Favre has to be doubting why he came back. A possible acquisitionof receiver Vincent Jackson may be what Favre needs to help boost his morale. The Vikings are not getting production from any of their receivers as evident in Favre’s 1:5 touchdown-to-turnover ratio.
What’s more scary is that the Dolphins are 2-0 and haven’t even tapped into their offensive capabilities yet. If quarterback Chad Henne can be let loose and allowed to throw more often, then Miami can beat anybody. The Dolphins have All-Pro receiving threats in Brandon Marshall and Anthony Fasano that cause mismatches for most teams.