The Patriots opening day win over the Jets was a ratings blowout for WBZ-TV as well, as the game posted a 26.4 rating / 51 share in its time period.
My two quotes of the day from yesterday:
“No, He looked OK there. It wasn’t the Moss of old.” – Phil Simms, on the CBS telecast when asked by Jim Nantz after Randy Moss’ first catch if it “looked like the Moss of old” out there. Moss, of course went on to grab nine passes for 183 yards and a touchdown.
“Effectively today, The AFC East is over.” -Cris Collinsworth on NBC’s Football Night in America.
Michael Silver was in San Diego to watch the Patriots next opponent, the Chargers and leads with LaDainian Tomlinson’s day in this week’s edition of Morning Rush.
Peter King has his opening weekend edition of Monday Morning Quarterback.
ESPN’s The Last Call rounds up all the action from yesterday.
Pete Prisco has his week one grades.
Kerry J. Byrne examines the Randy Moss factor for the Patriots.
Ron Borges is now using the Chiefs official website as his platform to bash the Patriots.
Chris Mortensen looks at the “spying” accusations leveled at the Patriots.
From ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown yesterday:
Which team should be AFC favorite?
Tom Jackson: “Clearly, the Colts are the favorite. The reason is not Peyton Manning and the offense, we know what they are going to do. It is the defense that was 32nd, dead last, against the run last year and 21st overall … I think they have better people in place. If this defense is in the middle of the pack, they will be in the Super Bowl again.”
Emmitt Smith: “I won’t give it to the Colts so fast. At the end of the day, I like the Patriots. The Patriots did a great job of upgrading their team. Offensively, they added Randy Moss. They also added Donte’ Stallworth. And when you have Randy Moss on your ball club, he will draw the double team. When you draw the double team, it creates matchup problem for other defensive units. Tom Brady, who is the master of finding the multitude of wide receivers, will do that and take advantage of that upgrade.”
Keyshawn Johnson: I love the Indianapolis Colts. But I’m in love with the New England Patriots. The reason is Randy Moss …Even if Randy Moss is standing out there as a card board cut-out, you have to pay attention to him. Even if he doesn’t get the football, even if he decides to run downfield and pull another hamstring and stand out there, he’s going to do a terrific job to help Tom Brady.”
Mike Ditka: “You can’t tell me the defense the Colts played last year didn’t bother Tony Dungy. Well, it did bother Dungy. He fixed it. Take a look at it and go back to what he did in Tampa Bay, that’s the same defense. They are flying around hitting people.”
Keyshawn Johnson on the Chargers getting to the Super Bowl: “I think the San Diego Chargers could (supplant New England), but they don’t have the guy that went 14-2. They decided to part ways with him for whatever reason. They said: ‘Hey, we’re not interested in going 14-2 again. We’re going to bring in another coach.’ In the wide receiver position, they don’t need one, they need five wide receivers to help that receiving corps.”
Super Bowl XLII picks by the CBS The NFL Today staff:
Boomer Esiason: New England vs. Philadelphia
Shannon Sharpe: Indianapolis vs. St. Louis
Dan Marino: New England vs. Philadelphia
Bill Cowher: New England vs. Seattle
FOX NFL Sunday Staff Super Bowl Predictions:
Terry Bradshaw: New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints
Howie Long: New England Patriots and Chicago Bears
Jimmy Johnson: New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks
Lee Spencer has Red Sox owner and Roush Fenway Racing considering a purchase of the New Hampshire International Speedway.
Eric Wilbur looks at the J.D. Drew/Jacoby Ellsbury debate that is sure to ensue when Manny Ramirez returns to the lineup.
Kevin Hench ranks the AL Cy Young contenders.
Charley Rosen is confused by Danny Ainge’s roster building following the Kevin Garnett trade.
7:00pm, NESN – Devil Rays @ Red Sox
7:00pm, ESPN – Ravens @ Bengals
10:15pm, ESPN – Cardinals @ 49ers