Brees didn't finish with spectacular numbers Monday night, and most of his completions went to running backs. When he had 39 seconds left, and he had to go downfield, he managed to squeeze the ball into Marques Colston(notes), in traffic, on what might've been the game's most important play.
The 49ers couldn't have had Colston better covered if they were allowed to use handcuffs and a lasso, and Brees still found a way. I wouldn't recommend that too many other quarterbacks even attempt that throw.
Dansby's name goes here, but at least a handful of Dolphin defenders deserve credit for walling off Adrian Peterson at the goal line. It's fourth-and-1 for the Vikings, with the game on the line ... how much would you have wagered that Peterson would've found a way to get the ball across the plane? Would you have wanted any running back other than Peterson in that situation?
And yet, the Dolphins plugged the hole. The Dolphin running backs seemed to desperately want to lose that game. They put the defense in tough situations, and again and again, it responded.
This is getting ridiculous. Clay Matthews has recorded three sacks in each of his first two games, which puts him on pace for 48 sacks this season. That would break the NFL's single-season sack record by, let's see ... 25 1/2 sacks. That would be pretty good.
Of course, it's unlikely that Matthews will keep up this pace, because it's just not realistic to think -- actually, you know what, to hell with that. Matthews is a beast, and if he decides he can do it, I see no reason to doubt him. If he decides he wants to finish the season with 48 sacks and Brett Favre's(notes) taxidermist-stuffed head on his mantle, then I say he can do it.
He did this:
Is that any good? Think about all the things Polamalu has to get right mentally, and then the physical ability that requires. That's superhuman. People shouldn't be able to do that.
I don't think I can overstate how well the Steelers defense is playing, and Polamalu's the straw that stirs the drink back there.
I can't say I was on the Cutler bandwagon after the opener, but the strides the Bears offense made between Week 1 and Week 2 were significant and impressive. They still can't pass protect, but Cutler made up for it with fantastic quick reads and the ability to get the ball out on time. He found the vulnerabilities in the defense, and he exploited them.