Mac's NFL Blog - 9/10/07

The 2007 NFL season may have kicked off on Thursday night, but the real season started yesterday. Here's a sampling of NFL links to drink your coffee to.

Buffalo Bills TE Kevin Everett has "sparse movement" following surgery for the cervical spine injury he suffered covering a kickoff in the Bills-Broncos game.

In addition to losing the game on a last second field goal,
the Buffalo Bills lost three defensive starters to long-term injuries.

Bills rookies Marshawn Lynch and Paul Posluszny had stellar debuts.

Denver Broncos QB Jay Cutler kept his cool under pressure.

Broncos RB Travis Henry has 274 yards on 48 carries in his two games against the Bills since they traded him in 2005.

Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News blames Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, not the punt returners, for the pair of muffed punts that led to an Eagles loss.

Eagles CB Lito Sheppard sprained his MCL and other Eagles tidbits can be found in that notebook by Les Bowen of the Philadelphia media conglomerate.

Some of us have blood running through our veins. Green Bay Packers rookie kicker Mason Crosby apparently has ice water running through his.

The Packers offensive line was abused on Sunday. (I watched quite a bit of this game, and Brett Favre was constantly running for his life.)

The Atlanta Falcons floundered offensively in the season opener.

Falcons CB DeAngelo Hall thinks he should've had a touchdown on his interception.

Dave Hyde of the Miami Sun-Sentinel thinks the Miami Dolphins are an off-season away from success.

The Dolphins barely used their $20 million dollar man in overtime.

Washington Redskins WR Antwan Randle El had a career-day.

The Redskins have most likely lost right tackle Jon Jansen for the season with a fractured dislocation of his right ankle.

The new arrivals for the New England Patriots helped them beat the Jets.

The Patriots offense in a word: Balance.

New York Jets QB Chad Pennington will have an MRI on his right ankle today.

The lone bright spot for the Jets yesterday: It was only one of 16 games.

Long forgotten Tennessee Titans RB Chris Brown cruised past his 2006 rushing total in just one game.

The 100-degree days during training camp in Nashville helped the Titans in the season opener in hot and humid Jacksonville.

Aside from the passing defense, the grades weren't good for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee's injured right quadriceps had an affect on the decisions Jack Del Rio needed to make.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau got 6 sacks and 5 turnovers from his defense on his birthday.

The Mike Tomlin Era is off to a great start in Pittsburgh.

Yesterday was the first time the Cleveland Browns offensive line played together...and it showed.

Let the record show: Browns fans waited 20 minutes and 6 seconds before chanting for QB Brady Quinn.

Carolina Panthers QB Jake Delhomme had a field day against the Rams secondary.

Panthers DT Kris Jenkins had one tackle and a QB pressure on Sunday, which is why statistics are a horrible way to measure a defensive tackle's impact.

St. Louis Rams right tackle Orlando Pace will have an MRI on his right shoulder today.

Despite the addition of Bill Brasky to the defensive line, the Rams run defense was the same as it was last year.

The missed field goal in the 1st quarter by Kansas City Chiefs rookie kicker Justin Medlock might cost him his job.

It's a good bet that the "short leash" Chiefs coach Herm Edwards kept on RB Larry Johnson will be lengthened significantly next week.

All of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers flaws were exposed yesterday.

Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune writes that the Buccaneers not only lost, they were beaten up.

The Seattle Seahawks started slow, but woke up in the second quarter and dominated.

The Seahawks new-look defense made a good first impression.

San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson was patient and it paid off.

Did a Chargers punt hit a TV camera wire?

Chicago Bears safety Mike Brown is expected to miss the season after injuring a ligament in his knee.

Bears RB Cedric Benson removed no doubts on Sunday.

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson was solid in his NFL debut.

It wasn't pretty, but the Lions held on and started the season with a "W".

The strength of the Oakland Raiders let them down on Sunday.

The Raiders and #1 pick QB JaMarcus Russell are expected to resume negotiations today.

The New York Giants defense yielded nearly 500 yards of total offense to the Dallas Cowboys in the debut of Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

Wallace Matthews of Newsday has an interesting reason on why you can hate former Giants RB Tiki Barber.

Within Clarence Hill's recap in the Star-Telegram, we learn that Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo had a career-high 345 yards and 4 touchdowns and head coach Wade Phillips earned a game ball from owner Jerry Jones.

Jennifer Floyd Engels of the Star-Telegram asks "How do you like T.O. now?" Top Stories