Black, Blue, and Ornery: Deuces wild as NFC North goes 2-2 in Week 2
- Updated: September 16, 2013
Good morning, folks! Welcome to the Water Cooler Sports’ Black, Blue, and Ornery, your source for NFC North News on this Monday, September 16th, 2013.
Sunday certainly brought us a lot of heart-pounding drama.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler overcame three turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble) to lead the offense to a fourth-quarter comeback for the second straight week, hitting tight end Martellus Bennett for a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining to defeat the Minnesota Vikings 31-30. Bennett finished the day with seven receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns — exactly the type of performance the Bears envisioned when they signed him in the offseason.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall contributed a quiet seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Minnesota played well, with heavily scrutinized quarterback Christian Ponder looking solid both throwing the football and keeping plays alive with his legs, particularly in the second half. Ponder finished the game 16 of 30 for 227 yards and one touchdown. His costly mistake was throwing a pick-six to Bears cornerback Tim Jennings.
Running back Adrian Peterson ran tough, but his numbers (26 carries, 100 yards) would suggest he had a fairly pedestrian game — by his standards anyway. Minnesota also benefited greatly from an opening kick-off return touchdown from rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and a fumble return touchdown from linebacker Brian Robison.
The Green Bay Packers took the Washington Redskins behind the proverbial woodshed, dominating them for an eventual 38-20 win at Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers continued to cement his claim as the NFL’s top quarterback, throwing for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns.
Running back James Stark (yes, that James Starks) chipped in 132 yards while rushing in relief of starter Eddie Lacy, who left the game with concussion symptoms. Third wide receiver James Jones also had a career day, catching 11 balls for 178 yards.
Needless to say, the Packers bounced back from a tough Week 1 loss at San Francisco by imposing their offensive will against the Redskins. With those kind of offensive numbers this team looks very scary going forward.
The Detroit Lions came up short in the desert, losing 25-21 at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. This was a very sloppy back-and-forth affair, with neither team seemingly wanting to establish themselves or capitalize on the opposition’s mistakes.
Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson posted very good numbers, with six receptions, 116 yards and two touchdowns as quarterback Matthew Stafford also put up a respectable 278 yards on 24 of 36 passing and the two touchdowns to Johnson. Unfortunately for the Lions, starting running back Reggie Bush was lost in the first half with a minor knee injury and was eventually kept out while trying to come back early in the second half.
In the end, sloppy play by the Lions gave the Cardinals enough opportunities to put points on the board and take the contest. Detroit now finds themselves tied with the Packers for second place in the division at 1-1.
Now take a deep breath and chug some ice-cold water, because that football Sunday hangover won’t be going away quickly by itself. Here’s some history on this day to distract you:
- 1919 - Newswriter George Whitney Calhoun names the Green Bay professional team the Packers. Did you Packers fans know that?
- 1926 - The Italian-Romanian peace treaty is signed. Did you know Italy and Romania used to fight? I sure didn’t, but then again we Americans don’t know anything about Europe.
- 2000 - Sammy Sosa becomes the second Major League Baseball player to hit 50 or more home runs in three consecutive years, joining Mark McGwire. Eh, this would be interesting if they hadn’t cheated their way to history.
We also have some great birthdays to celebrate today!
- B.B. King (88) – Legendary blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter who won a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for his 1998 song, “The Thrill is Gone.”
- Amy Poehler (42) – Saturday Night Live anchor who parodied Hillary Clinton and stars on her own show, Parks and Recreation.
- Alexis Bledel (31) – Played sensitive daughter Rory Gilmore on The Gilmore Girls.
NFC North News
Let’s link this baby up and get movin’.
Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune writes that Chicago Bears special teams returner Devin Hester came out angry after Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson shocked the Bears by returning the opening kickoff for a 105-yard touchdown. Hester responded with a 76-yard kickoff return of his own, setting up a Bears touchdown. Hester finished the day with a team record 249 return yards, eclipsing his own mark of 225 yards from 2006.
John “Moon” Mullin of CSNChicago chronicles improvements in quarterback Jay Cutler‘s demeanor and confidence, which are rubbing off on his teammates in moments of pressure but may not be showing up in the stat line. For the second week in a row, Cutler has led the Bears on a game-winning drive to atone for his own and the team’s mistakes.
Head coach Marc Trestman addresses the media in his postgame press conference from Chicagobears.com.
Green Bay Packers
Pete Dougherty of Green Bay Press-Gazette covers the monstrous day on offense the Green Bay Packers produced en route to a 38-20 thrashing of the Washington Redskins. They generated 580 yards of total offense, second only to the 628 yards posted all the way back in 1962.
For the first time in team history the Packers’ offense had a 400-yard passing and 100-yard rushing day. [Editor’s note: It was also the first time in league history any team had posted 450 yards of passing and 125 yards of rushing in the same game.] Aaron Rodgers topped his career best by throwing for 480 yards.
I’m not sure how good the Redskins really are, but if this is any sign to come for the Packers’ offense, all I can say on behalf of the Packers’ future opponents is “yikes.”
Lost amidst the hubbub of the convincing victory was the departure of starting running back Eddie Lacy in the first quarter after a hard hit by Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather. Ironically, Meriweather would later knock himself out of the game with another helmet-to-helmet hit on James Starks. Starks walked away unharmed.
Head coach Mike McCarthy addresses the media in his postgame press conference on Packers.com.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press covers running back Reggie Bush’s knee injury, suffered in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals, and his pending MRI scheduled for Monday. Said Bush postgame: “I’m not too concerned. . . . I think I’ll be all right and I’m going to do everything I can to get back on the field Sunday, even if I have to rehab 24 hours a day.”
Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk discusses the Lions’ long list of miscues that eventually led to a 25-21 loss. I’m not sure what can be said about this topic that hasn’t been repeatedly discussed before: When will head coach Jim Schwartz ever get this team playing with some discipline?
Speaking of Jim Schwartz, he addresses the media in his postgame press conference from Detroitlions.com.
Sean Jensen of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press discusses quarterback Christian Ponder’s shaky start against the Bears and his strong performance late in the first half and the second half — which nearly held off the Bears to give the Vikings their first victory of the season.
Said head coach Leslie Frazier:
He really took charge. After the interception for a touchdown, he didn’t waver. He stayed strong and committed to playing good, clean football. I’m really proud of the way he bounced back and played down the stretch for us. He made some big throws and gave us a chance.
Ponder ended up going 12 for 18 for 175 yards in the second half.
Michael Rand of the StarTribune chronicles how the Minnesota Vikings choked the game away against the Chicago Bears. Vikings fans not looking to remind themselves of the loss may want to keep moving onto the final link.
Head coach Leslie Frazier addresses the media in his postgame press conference from Vikings.com.
So apparently it's the opinion of Newt Gingrich that "Vladimir Putin is not an American." And people ask me why I vote Democrat...
Looking at quaterback ratings 80's and under for these 2.
Year - 80's, 70's, 60's, ect
13 - 0
12 - 4
11 - 1
10 - 3, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1
09 - 3, 0, 0, 1
08 - 3, 2, 0, 2
13 - 0
12 - 2, 1, 0, 1, 1
11 - 1, 2, 1, 2
10 - 1, 2, 3, 1
09 - 3, 2, 2, 1, 1
08 - 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 0, 1
So you can compare Rodgers first 2 years starting, with Ryan's last 2 years, as the 2 were both Rodgers and Ryan's 4th and 5th year.
09 - 3, 0, 0, 1
08 - 3, 2, 0, 2
12 - 2, 1, 0, 1, 1
11 - 1, 2, 1, 2
I know it's early,but I am enjoying the Bucs and Panthers being both 0-2 at the moment,and will be rooting very hard for the Giants and Pats next week,so they can both be 0-3. The amount of shit that their fans talked on the ESPN blog during the offseason,makes it so enjoyable to watch.
Don't say I never gave you nuthin' Packer fans
In case no one has posted it:
Mutiny in Tampa Bay. Revis is unhappy with rules and scheme. Josh Freeman debacle. Players only meeting.
At this point, I think the question is will Schiano be fired during or after the season?
@The Real CJammin thats like judging all blacks on Al Sharpton...not a good policy
@Natesweet looked like he was going to rob a convenience store after the game.
AR's first year starting, he had one more 80's or under game than Ryan did 2 years ago, but instead of Rogers having a 60's and one higher than 80's, he just had 2 80's.
AR's second year he had one less game of under 80's, and only once did he have a score in the 70's or lower, coincidentally he didn't finish that game.
@ I Pooped Man SCOOPED
@falconsriseup19 Matt Ryan takes moneys from the homeless.
@falconsriseup19 Ryan's mom is also his dad.
@SDL A couple of those are pretty dumb looking. Like the one with a tornado looking thing wrapping around Rodgers.
@SDL they spelled *Godgers wrong in all of these.
@SDL i prefer porn.
@Donny_Donowitz33 Good. Fuck old people.
@JVince 11 Matt Ryan wrote a 9 part series on the bears.
@Donny_Donowitz33 Well, someone has to do that. Might as well be him.
@rocketman6969 He should be fired now. We tried to give Tampa the game yesterday and they just refused to take it.
@rocketman6969 Isn't he doing the same thing he did in NY?
@Big Cheese - extremer SCOOPED SON
@G & G hey....... Don't diss the crocs.
@JVince 11 Stanford is going to be one tough game. I don't expect Arizona State to win that one.
you get whatchoo need