TORONTO - Quite honestly, we were expecting a much better explanation than this for a 39-yard passing performance.
“A lot of times we make too much of one particular game,” Minnesota quarterback Donovan McNabb said, “where all of a sudden, one person looks great and the other guy, he doesn’t have it. And as the season goes on, the guy that they felt looked great in the first game, you don’t hear about any more. And the team that maybe started out a little slow and continued to progress, those are the teams that you talk about later. That’s one thing that I’ve learned in my 13 years.”
McNabb and the Vikings offence were downright embarrassing in the season-opening loss to San Diego and this is all he has to offer?
Granted, the Chargers pass rush was making things difficult for the veteran QB but if that’s all he’s got, we worry about the rest of the season.
THAT'S PLAYING HURT
Bad news for the New Orleans Saints and fantasy owners of wide receiver Marques Colston.
The talented wideout will miss at least the next four weeks after breaking his collarbone in last Thursday’s opener against Green Bay.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Colston had a metal plate inserted into the broken collarbone.
Without Colston and perhaps Lance Moore for a second conseucitve week, Saints QB Drew Brees will lean more heavily on Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson.
If you missed it, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King had a telling story about Colston and that injury in his Week 1 wrapup. Seems Colston broke the bone but with the team in its hurry-up offence he stayed out for, not one but, two plays before he was able to get off the field and not cost his team a timeout.
That is the epitome of tough in football.
BIG LOSS ALL AROUND
The Chicago Bears have suffered a family loss and it may cost them the services of their heart and soul this weekend.
Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher left the team yesterday to fly home to Mount Pleasant, Tex., where his mother passed away earlier this week. Lavoyda Lenard was just 51 years old.
Urlacher and the Bears are coming off an eye-opening win against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 and travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints this weekend.
Since 2008, the Bears are 21-13 with Urlacher in the lineup and just 7-8 without him.
It remains to be seen whether Urlacher will rejoin the team in time for the game.
BRUSCHI GETTING BRUSQUE
Apparently, once a New England Patriot, always a Patriot. Either that, or Tedy Bruschi is on Bill Belichick’s personal payroll.
Bruschi went off on newest Patriots’ receiver Chad Ochocinco for tweeting the day after the game about how in awe the team’s new wideout was of the Patriots offensive performance.
Ochocinco had just one catch for 14 yards in the Monday nighter and was barely a factor, which might have had something to do with Bruschi’s rant.
Bruschi, who is now an ESPN analyst, went on WEEI radio in Boston and ripped Ocho a new one for the tweet. “They need (Ochocinco) to be a part of that jaw-dropping offence ... (Chad), close your mouth. Put your hand under your chin and close your jaw,” Bruschi said. “Then open your eyes and watch some film. That’s what you need to do. If you’re still in awe, that means you don’t get it because you don’t understand it.”
Man, those ex-Patriots can be tough on a guy. And all that for a tweet.