Redemption for some QBs, condemnation for others

Week 2 of the preseason was important as there are many jobs hanging in the balance and, more importantly, there were individuals who needed to atone for their poor Week 1 performances.

  • Kyle Orton had a bounce back week.  He finished 18 of 26 with 182 yards and guided the Broncos’ offense down the field for 2 scores.  He was on the verge of a third when Jabar Gaffney dropped a TD pass in the back of the end zone. On the next play, Orton threw an ill-advised, left-handed interception on fourth-and-goal. That put a damper on the night, but Orton showed he has a grasp of the offense.
  • The Colts offensive line found their sea legs. QB Peyton Manning was sack three times in six plays during the first week. Manning was sacked only once  against the Eagles this week and showed why he is one of the best players in the league.
  • Although it was against the Detroit Lions, Derek Anderson looked sharp, despite throwing a pick. He completed 8 of 13 passes for 130 yards.  The Browns looked really lethargic in Week 1, but “Mangenius” lit a fire under the Brownies.
  • Jay Cutler gave the Bears fans something to cheer about as he masterfully dissected the New York Giants with an 8 of 13, 121-yard performance that included a short touchdown pass to TE Greg Olsen.  This was a particularly impressive statement given that it came against the G-Men.

Conversely, more questions are being asked based on these preseason Week 2 performances.

  • Matthew Stafford got his first start and he looked like a lost ball in high weeds. He still has not quite adjusted to the speed of the game as evidenced by some of his throws. He’ll need to do better than 5 of 13, 34 yards and an interception to win the Lions starting quarterback job.
  • As an analyst, there’s nothing sweeter than an “I told you so”.  I actually hope that is not the case for the Bills. With all the optimism about another year for Trent Edwards and the arrival of Terrell Owens, the offensive line is poised to rain on the Bills’ parade.
  • Jason Campbell continues to struggle with the Skins. He completed just one pass in seven attempts Saturday. You have to wonder if the pressure has gotten to him.
  • One of my favorite movies is Dumb and Dumber.  In the case of the 49ers, it appears to be Worse and Worser.  That is the story of Sean Hill (Worse) and Alex Smith (Worser).  The way things are going, I would not be surprised to see rookie Nate Davis get a serious look.
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