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Around the League: Week 2

A quick break from the Bills game to talk about what else transpired in Week 2.

Let's start with next week's opponent, the San Francisco 49ers. SF won a close game for the second straight week, this time against the St. Louis Rams 17-16. It wasn't easy or pretty for the 49ers, who needed a special teams gaffe from Dante Hall late in the 4th quarter to escape with the W. Frank Gore fininshed with 81 yards and 2 TDs, but if you take away his 43 yard scamper, he only managed 38 yards on his other 19 carries. Kudos to SF for finiding a way to win on the road, but they're going to have to play better on offense if they hope to have much of a chance at Heinz Field this coming Sunday.

Lots of chirping about the Houston Texans early season success. I'm not sure I'm on board just yet. They beat a hapless Chiefs team and a Carolina team that is wildly inconsistent on defense and overly one dimensional on offense. Andre Johnson is a bona fide upper echelon WR, but I'mt not convinced the OL and Ahmad Green are going to hold up over the course of a 16 game schedule in the AFC South, which is competitive from top to bottom.

As I mentioned last week, I think the Washington Redskins are going to be in a lot of games. They let Adam Archuleta - one of the most overated safetys in football IMO - go after last year and replaced him with rookie S Laron Landry. Landry happened to save the game with his big hit on Brian Curtis last night. It's an improved defense and an offense that continues to run the ball effectively. With 2 home games coming up against the NY Giants and the Detroit Lioins, the Redskins have a great shot at starting 4-0 and having an inside track to a playoff berth this year.

Tough loss for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. A dropped pass at around the Colts 30 yard line cost them a chance at a potential game winning FG. Huge game next Monday Night for both the Titans and the New Orleans Saints, who got embarassed on Sunday by the Bucs. 0-2 can be overcome in the suddenly mediocre NFC South, but 0-3 may be too much, especially with road games remaining at Chicago and Seattle.