1. Carolina’s QB Cam Newton likely will throw for over 400 yards each game this season…primarily because he’s on the field all day. The Panthers’ defense employs what we call a “Quick Strike” strategy. This means the opposition only has to throw one deep pass to score, allowing Carolina’s defenders to then get rest while Cam retakes the field to chew up large chunks of time and pad his stats. Already this year, the Panthers have given up scoring passes of 49, 55, 70 and 84 yards. This week they play the Jaguars, who likely will be QB’d by rookie Blaine Gabbert…since Luke McCown’s approval rating dropped below Barack Obama’s after last week’s 32-3 debacle against the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets in the Meadowlands…um, Met Life Stadium (apologies to Snoopy).
2. Many folks publish weekly NFL “Power” Rankings. I would suggest two teams be scratched from everyone’s immediately until we can determine if they have ANY. The Kansas City Chiefs lost AT HOME in Week One to Buffalo 41-7…then went to the Motor City and got run over by the Lions 48-3. Things are so bad RB Jamaal Charles threw himself at the sideline and tore his ACL on it to escape the madness that has become their 2011 season. Smart man. Worst back-to-back beatdowns in KC history. Then there are the Seattle Seahawks, who aren’t quite averaging 48 yards a game rushing the football. They would like to pass the ball but recent WR signee Sidney Rice sees the writing on the wall and looks to favor sitting as much of this season out as possible until the Seahawks can draft Andrew Luck and enter 2012 with an actual quarterback. Smart man. Tarvaris “It Only Takes A Minute” (For Me To Throw The Ball) Jackson is NOT the answer.
3. You knew Eagles’ QB Mike Vick would get hurt at some point this season. He’s so aggressive…and his offensive line is anything but. However, getting concussed by your offensive line is quite another matter. You would hope the line would seek to concuss a member of the opposition, not its superstar signal-caller. Anyway, second-year pro Mike Kafka will likely have to do as Vince Young is still nursing a hamstring strain. A sign of hope is that his injury was not administered by the offensive line. If something happens to Kafka against the Giants this weekend and Young can’t perform…I would just direct snap to LeSean McCoy and let him make do. He’s making the running game happen all by himself. There is no truth to the rumor Andy Reid puts numbers in a cap and lets each o-lineman pull one, determining which position he will attempt to play that particular week. That IS how they determine where each linebacker will play however.