Thursday Rewind

 

NFL

  • The NFL Preseason kicked off last evening with four games being held Thursday night, five games begin held Saturday, five games taking place on Sunday, and 1 game being played Monday Evening.
  • JAC vs. NE (47-12) - The first game last night saw New England dismantle Jacksonville by a score of 47-12.  While Tom Brady sat out, back up Brian Hoyer and rookie Ryan Mallett filled in admirably, both passing for nearly 170 yards and 1 TD a piece.  The star of the game however was New England’s LSU rookie RB Steven Ridley who had 64 yards rushing and 2 TDs to go along with 7 receptions for 47 yards and 1 TD.  Patriots’ WR Taylor Price played well also as he hauled in 5 receptions for 105 yards and 1 TD
  • PHI vs. BAL (13-6) – Another game that saw the starting quarterbacks play a very limited amount of time, with Joe Flacco going 3-6 for 60 yards on his only drive, while Michael Vick was 4-6 for 74 yards and 1 TD.  While 4 of the 5 scores on the game were field goals as the Eagles won 13-6, the highlight of the game was Baltimore Ravens backup QB Tyrod Taylor, who is fighting for the #2 spot behind Joe Flacco, as he was 19/28 for 179 yards and also led the team in rushing with 6 rushes for 59 yards.
  • SEA vs. SD (24-17) – While the Seahawks would win 24-17, they exited the game with more questions than answers.  They played all three quarterbacks; Tavaris Jackson, who was supposed to be Matt Hasselbeck’s heir apparent but doesn’t seem to be ready yet, Charlie Whitehurst, who has the tools but lacks the experience, and Josh Portis, who is only a rookie but had the best passing efficiency.  Thomas Clayton and Leon Washington both rushed for TDs for Seattle, while Philip Rivers was his dependable self going 5/6 for 87 yards and 1 TD on his only drive.  Bryan Walters would return a 103 yard kick return for a touchdown to give the Chargers the lead before TE Anthony McCoy caught a TD pass and Thomas Clayton’s 25 yard run put the nail in the coffin.
  • DAL vs. DEN (24-23) -This game was much more than simply a preseason, warmup game.  There were several underlying stories including the battle at quarterback for the Denver Broncos and how effective the new-look Cowboys offense would be.  For the Broncos, Kyle Orton started the game and seems to be entrenched in the starting role.  While Orton would only lead one drive and was 2/6 for 37 yards, the real competition was for who would back him up.  Brady Quinn won round one last evening by going 8/14 for 120 yards with 1 TD.  Tebow performed well going 6/7 for 91 yards and 15 rushing yards, but he still has a way to go before becoming a starting quarterback at this level.  The man who stole the show however, was Dallas Cowboys’ backup quarterback Stephen McGee.  Not only was he 14/24 for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns, he also had 4 rushes for 25 yards.  For a Dallas offense that lost Roy Williams, Marion Barber, and Leonard Davis, they didn’t appear to miss a beat, and 6th round pick, Dwayne Harris, showed the team that they made the right decision by releasing Williams as he hauled in 5 passes for 127 yards and 2 TDs.
  • ARI vs OAK (24-18) – Between both teams, a total of 7 quarterbacks saw extended action, with newly acquired Kevin Kolb struggling a bit in his debut.  The other 3 Cardinals quarterbacks that played, John Skelton, Max Hall, and Richard Bartel, all tossed touchdowns, but don’t expect there to be a quarterback controversy in Phoenix.  The Raiders rotated Jason Campbell, Kyle Boller, and Trent Edwards, while neither team truly established a running game.  While the game as a whole was pretty uneventful, the ending was exciting as Max Hall tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Williams as time expired to give the Cardinals the win.

 

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