Pocket Change – Week 2

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Apparently the Detroit Lions ARE determined to make up for lost time.  In what can only be described as a very impressive performance, the Lions dismantled the outmatched and outgunned Kansas City Chiefs.  After beginning the season with a road win in Tampa week one, Detroit opened up their home schedule by pounding last year’s AFC West Champs at Ford Field.  No matter what happens from here, I’d say only bad luck (see: injuries) can derail the Lions this season from contending for the playoffs.  What a great way to start their season.

On the other side of that coin, what the Herman Heard is going on in Kansas City?  Dropping the first two games by a combined score of 89-10 and injuries to their best offensive and defensive players have really put the Chiefs into a bind.  This should really test the coaching staff, and the fact that they will have a tougher schedule this season won’t help.  Don’t look for any sympathy from the rest of the league though.  KC has an uphill battle on their hands if they even want to sniff the playoffs this time around.  Hopefully no more catastrophic injuries occur.

Nice win this week by the Buffalo Bills.  In a game that went back and forth, the Bills found a way through a determined Raiders team to make it two wins to start their season.  As New Orleans-Green Bay might have been for week one, this one might have been the game of the weekend.  Both teams traded scores all the way through the fourth quarter and Buffalo finally scored the winning points with only seconds remaining.  As I am a fan of neither of the two teams, who won really didn’t make a difference to me.  As a fan of the game, however, I was glad to have witnessed that kind of emotion in Buffalo again.  Neither team was willing to give an inch and this game had everything that makes the NFL what it is. GREAT.

Kudos to the Clemson Tigers in ending the long Auburn undefeated streak.  It wasn’t easy though, as Auburn led at one time 21-7.  Clemson’s first year starting quarterback Tajh Boyd rallied his team and pulled off a 38-24 shocker in front of the partisan Clemson crowd at Death Valley.  For the game, Boyd threw for almost 400 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Great win for the program, and even more than that, great win for head coach Dabo Swinney, who some believed was on the “hot seat” this year.

  • And with the Auburn loss, it appears that there will once again be a NEW national champion.  This will mark the 16th consecutive season without a repeat.  Now it’s up the rest of the country to take their shot at the SEC to try and knock them off their perch.  Florida, LSU, Alabama and Auburn have had a stranglehold on the title for the last five years.  It’s been since the 2005 season and the incredible national title game of Texas and USC in the Rose Bowl that a national champion has not come from the SEC.  Time will tell if any other program is up to the challenge this year.
  • Another great week of football is in the books.  For all involved, let’s hope the devastating injuries are done for this season.  The game will endure, as it always has, but it’s always better when the best are on the field and not the sidelines.