New York Jets 27 – 7 Cincinnati Bengals
Rookie QB Andy Dalton struggles, Plaxico is back on the turf.
JETS – Mark Sanchez and company looked pretty damn good in this one; Sanchez was 12/20 for 173 yards and 2 TD’s in 2 quarters of work, leading his team to 17 points.
LaDainian Tomlinson carried the ball 9 times but could only muster 16 yards, while Greene didn’t play. 2nd year RB Chris Jennings took a carry 69 yards to give him 81 total yards on 4 carries.
TE Dustin Keller was impressive last night bringing in 4 receptions for 81 total yards while WR’s Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress each had 3 catches and a TD. Plaxico finished with 66 yards to Holmes 19, giving him a very nice opening day stat line.
The Jets D/ST looked good as they picked off Bengals QB’s three times while adding one sack and one forced fumble.
BENGALS – Andy Dalton looked very shaky again as he got the start in this one playing pretty much the whole first half where he finished 8/19 for 86 yards and 2 INT’s. Dalton needs to work on his accuracy as both of his INT’s resulted from overthrown balls. Bruce Gradkowski wasn’t much better in his limited time as he would go 2/7 for 50 yards and an INT.
Not a whole lot came from this game for Bengals RB’s; Cendric Benson carried the ball 7 times for 14 yards while 5th year Brian Leonard had 16 yards and the Bengals one TD on 5 carried.
The WR’s struggled in this one a long with, or likely due to the struggles of their QB. Andre Caldwell led the team with 50 yards on 2 catches; Jordan Shipley had 20 yards on 3 receptions while AJ Green would only have one catch on the day.
San Diego Chargers 20 – 7 Dallas Cowboys
Romo, Rivers each look good before heading off.
CHARGERS – QB Philip Rivers was on top of his game last night, as he would lead his team to 17 first half points. Rivers finished the game 8/11 for 92 yards and a TD.
Ryan Mathews also looked impressive running for 35 yards on 7 carries while scoring a TD; Michal Tolbert added 16 yards on 5 carries with a 10-yard catch.
Vincent Jackson led the way for WR’s with 49 yards on 3 receptions; this guy is going to be a beast again this year. TE Randy McMichael added 24 yards on 3 receptions including a 7-yard TD pass from Rivers.
Kicker Nate Kaeding was sharp as well, hitting FG’s from 53 and 25 yards out.
COWBOYS – Romo saw a lot more playing time than week 1, and he looked good despite throwing an early INT. He finished the game 8/12 for 58 yards with a TD and an INT before being replaced by Stephen McGee. Romo connected with TE Jason Witten for the TD.
RB Felix Jones looked impressive once again as he would run for 56 yards on just 7 carries; Jones looks to have a much much better season than in 2010 where he was only able to reach the end zone once. Coming into his 4th season, Jones has the potential to be the primary ball carrier for Dallas and have a very nice 1000 yards season with multiple TD’s.
WR Miles Austin didn’t play in this one, and it was a lot of backups being thrown into the mix for Dallas. 2nd year Manuel Johnson led the team with 2 receptions for 35 yards while TE Jason Witten would score a 6-yard TD on a 3 catch, 17 yard day. Dez Bryant only had 2 catches for 13 yards, he did drop a third down pass at one point early on that forced his team to punt.
Notables: Players who looked Good, struggled or are just trying to make a name.
Looked Good: Philip Rivers, Vincent Jackson, Ryan Mathews, Felix Jones, Randy McMichael, Jason Witten, Mark Sanchez, Plaxico Burress, Dustin Keller
Looked OK: Tony Romo, Santonio Holmes, Andrew Caldwell, Brian Leonard
Struggled: Dez Bryant, Andy Dalton, Cedric Benson, Bruce Gradkowski
Makin a Name: Chris Jennings
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