Ahhhhh the beginning of regular season. Top that off with a win and it made for a very pleasant Sunday afternoon. My Sunday afternoon nap was delightfully peaceful. We have great weather here too. I opened the windows and went into dream land. All of this talk about sleep is really making me tired. I have to snap out of it and get this thing rolling. This is really tough when I'm sleepy because I take only mental notes of the games. I thought about using paper and pen but heck I can't even eat when the game is going on much less write. Enough of this. Let's get it started.
Regulatoooooooooooooors mount up!
1. Rush-Hard Spin-den_haul: He still scares me holding that ball like he's in the game "NFL Blitz". I have to say he gets the job done. He finished this off for us. I would have been really mad if he fell on the 5 yardline. I also say a play where, if he would have spun he would have made another 10 yards. Guess what? He didn't. I was shocked.
2. Timmons: For some reason I keep thinking back to people wanting Fox and Foote to play ahead of him. I'm laughing as I type this (not really). He did it all disruption in the backfield, pursuing and stopping lateral plays, blitzing and scaring Ryan half to death and shedding blocks/filling the holes to make tackles.
3. Farrior: Did he come in at his old weight (lower than last year)? Farrior did work yesterday. Gotta give him props.
4. Deebo: Atlanta's tackles are probably still having nightmares. Deebo pushed those big guys around like kids' furniture. And wouldn't you know it, they call a couple holding calls. There were way more than that but at least we got some of them.
5. Ryan Clark: The thing I liked about this game is you didn't see him much. I mean Atlanta wasn't getting to his level alot. That's a good sign. I did see Gonzalez get "alligator arms" a couple times when he heard Clark's footsteps.
6. Troy: New slogan for NFL QBs when they play the Steelers. "If you see the hair, don't throw there." Just look to the other side and take your chances. Once again Troy starts the year off with a highlight reel INT.
7. Our Defense: I love these guys. I bet you turner doesn't get shut down like this again this year. They got gashed a little at times but remember this is a chess match. Like Troy calling check when he picked off a pass that was there all day.
8. Randle El: He can still play. He was open a lot, but Dixon missed him most of the time. I still don't know about him returning punts. It may be because they trust him more in a crowd to handle the ball. I don't know. We will see how this pans out.
9. Dixon: Didn't play great & didn't play horrible. All I can say is he played well enough to not lose. What I find funny is, he played about as well as Ryan. The announcers were all on Ryans jock and he didn't play any better than Dixon. Roddy white made some good catches. I will give the announcers some props, because Dixon looked like he was trying to guide the ball into his receivers. I know this problem well. It's usually because you don't want to make a mistake. You really don't trust your muscle memory. Example: To put a lot of zip on a ball you don't have to muscle it. A smooth delivery and follow through and some snap at the end is what you want. Golfers, it's like the difference between a smooth swing and when you try to kill it (slice). When you muscle throwing a football in tends to go into the ground, mostly because your release point tends to be lower. These bullets are supposed to be brief...
10. Hines Ward & Heath Miller: The vets made plays for the young fella. Heath did a great job blocking and receiving. Hines did the same. He really showed he's still clutch. I purposely put these two together because they made plays all day that were crucial.
11. Wallace: I was starting to get ticked that they weren't trying to hit deep, when Dixon hits Wallace on a deep crossing pattern. That was one of Dixon's best throws of the day.
12. Willie Gay: Just as has been noted he plays very well as a nickel. He almost reclaimed his name "big play" but he had a big drop.
13. Johnathan Scott: He did alright in relief of Starks. I was afraid when I saw Starks go down, but it worked out. I'm just not so sure if he can do it fulltime while Starks is out.
14. I was watching the Redskins squeeze a win out of the Cryboys Sunday night and caught a glimpse of the Redskins cheerleaders. I rewound and paused. Random huh?
15. Bruce Arians: You call a time out with 2:05 so you know the clock is going to stop. It's 2nd and 5. I'm thinking great they called timeout so now they can run it knowing the clock is going to stop. But No! What the heck was that play he called?
16: Did you know Cincinnati got the ball back before half on a turnover and their offense had to come back on the field yesterday? Their whole offense was available except for to players. Guess who was already in the locker room? Ochostinko and B.O.
17. Redman: He got some tough yards for first downs. The play that stands out unfortunately was the one he was stoned on (not Santonio stoned). He did slide off and go forward but that was disappointing because of his superhero status....
18. B-Mac: He got a workout. He gave Roddy White a lot underneath, but he still had good coverage at times. They threw away from Ike a lot.
19: Ike: He played a good game. He still likes to mix it up some. Early in the game I saw him up in someone's face and I was thinking "Don't you dare!" I thought it so loud I thought my son heard me, because he looked right at me.
20. Announcers = suck
21. This one's for you: locked and loaded.
In case this is your first Driveby, it is supposed to be a series of short bullets with thoughts from the game for discussion. Sometimes they aren't so short. The last bullet is for you to fire off.