After halftime last night, I was in a daze. Too much pizza in celebration of opening night, fermented apple juice, who knows? But I couldn't believe what I had just finished listening to. I took a sleeping pill and played my copy of Madden until I was ready to drop. Proof of my mental state, the team I made in franchise mode, the Charlestown Thunderpigs. Lovely pink unis if I do say so myself. Anyways, I went to bed, hoping I would wake up and it would just be a nightmare. Well, I woke up, and immediately checked on my fantasy team. I was winning, but I had Delhomme on the bench. -3 points. I checked the box score, recap, lowlights, and this very site, and it was worse than I could have imagined. After I ate a very mediocre breakfast, I began to look for bright spots, as most of you can guess I am a very positive guy. After much searching, now, at 4:30 CMT, which for most of ya'll is 10:30 AM, I have found a few things to applaud. More after the jump.
#1 We still have one of the best backs in the league. DeAngelo Williams does not need great blocking to succeed, he showed us that with his nifty 11 yard cutback run. He just is a heck of a better player when he does have blocking. I look for us to come out fighting mad against Atlanta, our O-line will gouge their undersized defense. D-Will will give me a 50 point win at the least. ; )
#2 Julius Peppers. Now if Procton were still around I wouldn't dare mention his name for fear of retribution. On second thought, I would. Peppers played well, by my first half count, he collected a pair of tackles, one excellent PD, one, maybe two QB hurries, apologies for no exact numbers, by this time the haze was setting in. He added another pair of tackles, a PD, a blocked field goal, and a sack after the break. Pretty good numbers if I do say so myself. The D-line rotation played well, Leonard collected a sack, and Westbrook was held pretty much in check, much due to the effort of.........
#3 Thomas Davis and Jon Beason. Davis was a beast. Meeks scheme has produced some great OLB's, Cato June, Freddy Keaiho, and now, Thomas Davis. 14 solo tackles on Sunday, six in the first half. 16 total tackles, I'm wishing I had faith in a solid D performer for me last year. I went with rival linebacker Barret Ruud, the football gods must be punishing me, lets just say he had minimal success. My brother sat Beason and he payed for that as well, Beasons pick was inspirational, lets just say the offense wasn't impressed. Beason didn't rack up the tackles, but the Eagles offense was on the field for 5 minutes at most that first half, and that may be an exaggeration.
Honorable Mentions Our corners, didn't exacerbate the problem, kick return, our offense typically started off with good field position, D-line, wasn't as large a weakness as expected.