Week 1 Roundup
Top 5 Notes
What was viewed in the Cardinals week one loss to the Lions may be the norm throughout the 2003 season in Arizona. Quarterback Jeff Blake has the type of arm and experience to move a team that utilizes a wide-open offense, as evidenced by the masterful performance of he and rookie wide receiver Anquan Boldin. The Cardinals will not be very good because of a questionable defense, but as long as the Cardinals can keep Blake healthy, they could be interesting offensively. Let's not forget that they played defensive team in the Detroit Lions that is only now getting its wheels turning defensively.
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did the Houston Texans defeat
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are going
to be very tough in the 2003 season. As we noted throughout training camp, the
Steelers offense is only going to be better and build upon its 2002
accomplishments. Quarterback Tommy Maddox may not be the chosen one in the
wasn't the Lawyer Milloy
factor that made the Buffalo Bills destroy the
New England Patriots 31-0, Sunday. Watching these Bills in 2002, head coach Gregg
Williams had them on the right path defensively, but was without the right
compliment of players to run his pressure, aggressive defense. The additions of Takeo Spikes,
Sam Adams, and Milloy have provided
the Bills with veteran leadership, quality play, and an aggressive nature that
fits into the
Best of the Rest
If the Minnesota Vikings can continue to improve on the defensive side of the ball (starting safety Corey Chavous sprained knee) and show the threat of a rushing game, they will be tough to handle this season. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper has a firm grasp of Scott Lineham's explosive offense. The Vikings handled the packers, much more convincingly than the final score (30-25) would indicate.
around the league, there has to be a home for a very good, serviceable veteran
quarterback. Mark Brunell of
the Jacksonville Jaguars
showed against a very good
Kelly Holcomb sure looked like embattled Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Tim Couch, Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Holcomb was named the Browns starting quarterback midway through the preseason, but did not look like the same player that was awarded the starting role.
The Oakland Raiders look old, that may because they are. Without a threat at wide receiver (Jerry Porter was out) that can stretch the field, look for more teams to bring their safeties closer to the line of scrimmage and force the Raiders to beat them over the top. While I don't expect it to happen, this Raiders team could be one that falls off the map this season as the season progresses.
If the Kansas City Chiefs can become a respectable defensive football team, they will seriously contend for the AFC West crown. With an explosive offense led by quarterback Trent Green and running back Priest Holmes, they have enough offensive weapons to keep them in every game.
the Rams defeat the explosive
starting middle linebacker Shelton Quarles (Nate Webster
stepped in), with a second-year player (Ryan Nece) making his first
start at outside linebacker, and with a converted cornerback (Dwight Smith) now starting at
safety, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers steam-rolled the
Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia,
Monday night. Much like they did in the 2002 season,