John Clayton's game balls
This is going to be Adrian Peterson
's year. If he stays healthy, I think he has a shot to reach the 2,000-yard rushing plateau. He had 180 yards and three touchdowns -- including a scintillating 64-yarder -- on 25 carries in the Vikings' 34-20 victory over the Browns. People wondered whether Brett Favre
would let Peterson be the star of Minnesota's offense. Favre needed only 14 short completions to blow out the Browns.
Eagles CB Sheldon Brown
asked to be traded during the offseason, but he decided to put aside his issues with management for the benefit of his teammates. Brown intercepted two Jake Delhomme
passes Sunday and was credited with two other pass defenses. The Eagles used Brown, Asante Samuel
and Ellis Hobbs
in a three-cornerback rotation. It allowed the corners to be fresher and make big plays in a 38-10 blowout of the Panthers.
• Special teams:
Memo to Browns coach Eric Mangini: Pay Josh Cribbs
, and pay him fast. Cribbs is making a case that he's the most underpaid star in the league. He signed a $1.1 million-a-year contract a couple of years ago for his special-teams play. During the preseason, he averaged 24 yards a touch. During the Browns' 34-20 loss to the Vikings, Cribbs had a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown and 140 yards on six kickoff returns. He had 26 yards on five offensive plays. That's 233 yards on 14 touches Sunday.
• Brett Favre's numbers were weak Sunday. So what? It's not his team anyway. Wojciechowski
• The veteran Colts exploited Jacksonville's rookies, and the Jags paid the price. Kuharsky
• Tampa Bay's D -- especially its secondary -- got plastered in a 34-21 loss to Dallas. Yasinskas
• The Browns have desire, but they simply do not have the horses to compete in 2009. Walker
Week 1 rundown
• Pittsburgh 13, Tennessee 10 (OT)
Big Ben was huge when it mattered most, but what's the deal with Pittsburgh's running game (only 36 yards on 23 carries)?
• Denver 12, Cincinnati 7
Probably the dullest game of Week 1 -- until the Broncos' improbable game-winning touchdown pass. Maybe the Bengals are cursed.
• Atlanta 19, Miami 7
It didn't take long for Tony Gonzalez
to make an impact with the Falcons. The veteran tight end caught a 20-yard TD pass and already appears to have a nice rapport with QB Matt Ryan
Minnesota 34, Cleveland 20
A solid yet unspectacular Vikings debut for Brett Favre
. If Adrian Peterson
continues to run as he did Sunday (25 carries, 180 yards), Favre won't have to be spectacular.
Indianapolis 14, Jacksonville 12
The Colts' defense didn't have Bob Sanders, but it had enough muscle to turn back the Jags in the fourth quarter.
New Orleans 45, Detroit 27
The Lions' losing streak now stands at 18. Rookie QB Matthew Stafford didn't get much help from Detroit's running game (20 carries, 33 yards).
Dallas 34, Tampa Bay 21
No T.O., no problem for Dallas' WR corps. The Cowboys got big plays from both Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton.
Philadelphia 38, Carolina 10
The Eagles were dominant in every phase. Can they thrive without QB Donovan McNabb? They may have to find out.
Baltimore 38, Kansas City 24
The Ravens are usually all about defense, but their offense was the story in Week 1. Second-year QB Joe Flacco registered his first career 300-yard passing game.
N.Y. Jets 24, Houston 7
The Mark Sanchez
era is off to a promising start. But the schedule now gets a lot tougher for the Jets' rookie signal-caller.
N.Y. Giants 23, Washington 17
Will the Giants be OK at wide receiver? It's probably too early to say, but Steve Smith
and Mario Manningham
each took a step forward Sunday.
San Francisco 20, Arizona 16
Weird stat of the day: Cardinals RB Tim Hightower averaged just two receptions a game in 2008. He had 12 for 121 yards Sunday.
• Seattle 28, St. Louis 0
Are the Seahawks back? We won't know for sure until they play a better team. Three Seattle turnovers aren't a good sign.
• Green Bay 21, Chicago 15
It wasn't the offensive shootout many expected, but Aaron Rodgers showed Packers fans he's capable of making plays with the game on the line.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
• Buffalo at New England (ESPN, 7 ET)
• San Diego at Oakland (ESPN, 10:15 ET)
An early look at next weekend's biggest games:
• New England (0-0) at N.Y. Jets (1-0): What will Bill Belichick cook up for Jets QB Mark Sanchez?
• New Orleans (1-0) at Philadelphia (1-0):
Both teams enjoyed lopsided Week 1 wins. Week 2 brings bigger challenges.
• N.Y. Giants (1-0) at Dallas (1-0):
Will the Giants spoil the opening of Jerry Jones' new theme park?
• Week 2 schedule