Weekend dominated by NFL Preseason action
- Miami Dolphins 28 Atlanta Falcons 23: The score from this game is a bit deceiving as by the time the Falcon’s first team offense left the field in the first quarter, the game was already over. The Falcons first team exploded in the first quarter with a touchdown run by Michael Turner, a TD pass from Matt Ryan to Harry Douglas, and a 27-yard field goal by Matt Bryant. Matt Ryan looked sharp in the few series he played as he was 6/10 for 90 yards and 1 TD. Rookie Julio Jones also made his much anticipated debut and hauled in 2 receptions for 43 yards. As for the Miami Dolphins, it looks like this will be another LONG season for them. They chose to not properly address the quarterback position yet again, and head into the season with Chad Henne, Matt Moore, and Pat Devlin as their options, although Moore did have his moments going 11/18 for 123 yards 2 TDs and 1 INT.
- Detroit Lions 24 Cincinnati Bengals 3: This game was a painful preview of what the Bengals’ season is going to look like without Carson Palmer. While management wouldn’t budge on Palmer’s request to either be traded or he would retire, it looks like the winner of this game of chicken is Carson Palmer. Knowing they would likely be heading into the season without Palmer, the Bengals drafted Andy Dalton out of TCU in the second round of the draft and Saturday night’s game showed he simply isn’t ready now (or maybe ever) to be an NFL quarterback. The Lions first team laid 14 points on the Bengals defense in a matter of minute in the first quarter with Matthew Stafford looking superb by going 6/7 for 71 yards and 2 TDs, one to Calvin Johnson and one to Nate Burelson. After the starters were removed, there was just about next to nothing worth reporting.
- Carolina Panthers 20 New York Giants 10: This was perhaps the most anticipated week 1 preseason game. While Cam Newton did not start, he relieved Jimmy Clauson in the second quarter and played the rest of the game. He looked every bit worth the Panthers’ #1 pick as he showed a seamless transition to taking snaps from under center and used his arm and feet to keep the Giants defense off balance. Newton’s numbers were pedestrian as he was only 8/19 for 134 yards, but the flashes were certainly there. Other noteworthy action was Panthers’ recently acquired tight end Greg Olsen catching his first TD. It looks as if Olsen will give the Panthers the playmaking tight end they have sorely lacked for years, as well as a safety valve for Newton. On the flipside, the Giants have some major holes to fill if they play on being competitive this season, especially after losing Kevin Boss and Steve Smith, further depleting an already weakened receiving corp.
- In other action: Redskins 16 Steelers 7, Buccaneers 25 Chiefs 0, Saints 24 49ers 3, Browns 27 Packers 17, Bears 10 Bills 3, Rams 33 Colts 10, Titans 14 Vikings 3