The 2007 NFL season has opened with things pretty consistent, the way they have been in recent years. The decades best team, the New England Patriots, are off to a good start despite coach Bilechick’s cheating set backs. The Colts defense is establishing consistency early, while Peyton is being Peyton. In the other conference, the Dallas Cowboys are looking like contenders for the NFC Super bowl pick, while Super Saints are still considered high favorites, but surprisingly have struggled early because of offensive troubles.
Deuce McAllister is averaging 10 carries a game and is ranked 6th amongst running backs in the NFC with a 4.4 yards per carry. Maybe they should give the ball to “the man” that has led the team in rushing 4 of the last 5 years. The Saints also rank 27th in the NFL, averaging 12 points per game.
The early surprises in the NFL are the Green Bay packers (2-0) and Matt Schaub’s Houston Texans (2-0), who rank 8th in the league’s total offense.
“Da Bears”, are 1-1, with the 5th best overall defense (statistically). Offensively, Rex Grossman is looking less than average, again, with a 56.6 percent completion rate. This season Grossman has already thrown more interceptions (3), than touchdowns (1). Our Match-up of the Week will be between these same Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys.
This promises to be a game of epic proportion, “a sideline to sideline” Bears defense versus “a gun slinging” Cowboy offense. Everybody’s love to hate player, Terrell Owens, who is six feet three inches tall will be going down field guarded by either five-ten Nathan Vasher or six-one Charles Tillman. Add that to, a secondary already without its starting free safety Mike Brown. The T.O.-Romo show should be in full motion come Sunday night.
Last years best special teams player, Devin Hester, will be ready for a sub par Dallas special teams. He already has one punt return for a touchdown this season. Look for the Bears to improve offensively this week. They will face a Cowboys defense that ranks amongst the worst in the league in all-important statistical defensive category, except rushing yards allowed.
Running for the Cowboys will be Julius Jones and Marion Barber. Barber has been pushing for the starting running back spot and his numbers this year have given Wade Phillips reason to put Barber in around the goal line. He has scored all but one of ‘the Boys” rushing touchdowns this season. Tony Romo added one touchdown last week versus the Dolphins. Marion is averaging 6.2 yards per carry in the first two games of the season.
Week three’s game between “Da Bears” and “The Boys” should be a close one.