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Howard Smith/US PresswireEagles QB Donovan McNabb didn't have his top two receivers in Week 1. What he did have was good health (finally), which allowed him to play at a Pro Bowl level against the Rams. McNabb threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns in Philadelphia's 38-3 victory. ZOOM GALLERY: Quarterbacks
By John Clayton, ESPN.comComing off the lightest training camp and least active preseason in recent memory, NFL defenses learned a painful lesson in Week 1: speed kills. New Falcons halfback Michael "The Burner" Turner turned Rod Marinelli's Cover 2 defense into a "cover your eyes"' defense by rushing for 220 yards in a 34-21 blowout of the Lions. Willie Parker, who's only 5-foot-10 and 209 pounds, had 138 rushing yards in the Steelers' 38-17 blowout of the Houston Texans. The Titans' Chris Johnson, who is 5-10, 200 pounds and has 4.24 speed, rushed for 93 yards and caught three passes for 34 yards in a 17-10 squeaker over the Jaguars. With fewer two-a-days and less hitting -- heck, a lot of teams didn't wear shoulder pads in a lot of practices -- tackling was expected to be poor in the opening week. And that was precisely the case.
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Pittsburgh's Willie Parker (39) was one of several speedy backs who came up big in Week 1.
By John Clayton, ESPN.com1. Harsh reality: In a quarterback-driven league, teams might be only as good as their backup quarterbacks, and that's scary. It's been said the Patriots might be a .500 team or worse without Tom Brady. After Brady was injured, the Patriots had trouble with one of the worst teams in the league -- the young Kansas City Chiefs. Backup quarterbacks in the NFL, as of Sunday, are 492-584. Teams go from winners to .500 or worse when they go to their backups, and it's doubtful Matt Cassel can maintain the Patriots' level of offensive excellence. If Brady's out, all of a sudden the AFC East is up for grabs because the Jets (Brett Favre) and Bills (Trent Edwards) have legitimate quarterbacks.
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Titans QB Vince Young sprained his left knee during Tennessee's 17-10 victory over the Jaguars.
Tennessee 17, Jacksonville 10
Does the Titans' defense get enough credit? Tennessee sacked Jags QB David Garrard seven times and held Jacksonville's vaunted RB tandem of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew to 31 yards. Photos
N.Y. Jets 20, Miami 14
Brett Favre was supposed to bring excitement and explosiveness to the Jets' offense. The veteran QB provided both in Week 1. Things get tougher in Week 2, when the Patriots invade the Meadowlands. Photos
Philadelphia 38, St. Louis 3
Since T.O.'s departure, the knock on the Eagles has been their lack of a No. 1 receiver. Is rookie DeSean Jackson (6 catches, 106 yards) poised to fill that void? Photos
Carolina 26, San Diego 24
As long as Jake Delhomme stays healthy, the Panthers think they'll be in the mix. After Delhomme's last-minute heroics in San Diego, it's easy to see why Carolina has so much faith in its QB. Photos
• New England (1-0) at N.Y. Jets (1-0): Does Favre have a good enough handle on the Jets' playbook to combat a Bill Belichick defense?• Philadelphia (1-0) at Dallas (1-0): Both teams are coming off dominant wins. Who will prevail on the Monday night stage? • Week 2 schedule