Last night the Eagles pulled off what nobody thought they were going to do. ESPN the magazine had them losing to the Redskins last night 41-0! So ESPN gets a big ol' F for that one. The Eagles and Chip Kelly they shocked the world in their debut with their no-huddle, "mach 5" speed offense that had Monday Night Football color commentator Jon Gruden just making incoherent sounds trying to explain what was happening. Last night I was beaming with joy over what I had just witnessed-and I still am this morning, but with last night's highs, there were some lows and it's time to pick this apart. It's the morning after, and it's time to hand out some grades for last night's win.
Welcome to the first installment of the NFL Sunday Hangover. A quick "whip-around" of each game and some important notes you can tell your co-workers today. It was a certainly strange first week. A few comeback victories - the Patriots and Jets were the biggest. Three safeties in the early goings of three games (TEN v PIT, JAC v KC, and NYJ v TB).
Johnson will be tough on Bears DBs
With the Flyers off, the Eagles still trying to figure out what is wrong, and the Phillies done, what are you supposed to watch tonight? Answer: Monday Night Football. Hopefully this will get you excited for Monday Night Football because Hank Williams Jr.’s “Are You Ready For Some Football?” has been pulled by ESPN after controversial statements made by the singer about President Obama and Hitler. Let’s just leave it at that.
The undefeated Detroit Lions (yes, you read that correctly) take on the Chicago Bears in a NFC North clash on the big stage in Detroit. This is the first time that the Lions have been on Monday Night Football since October 8, 2001 (10 years and two days for all of you keeping track at home).
Tonight’s game should be exciting as Lions QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson seem to be clicking on all cylinders this season. Stafford has thrown for 1217 yards and 11 TDs, 321 of those yards and 8 of those TDs have gone to Johnson. Johnson is quickly emerging as one of the best receivers in the league while Stafford is beginning to show why he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. These two are a lethal combination. The running game in Detroit is lacking as they rank 31st in the league in average rush yards per game in just under 75 rushing yards.
The Bears come into the game needing a win to solidify themselves as a contending team. The Bears are 2-2 and coming off a close five point victory over the surprising Carolina Panthers. The bears are not in top 22 in the league in passing yards, rushing yards, opponent passing yards, and opponent rushing yards. Needless to say, the Bears have been struggling and a win tonight would be a statement win for them. They need to get RB Matt Forte involved in every aspect of the offense to keep the Lions defense on their toes.
The game can be seen at 8:30 pm on ESPN.