Not my picks; I'm off to a great start (but I'll discuss that more tomorrow in my big week two picks column). No, I missed a golden opportunity, and I can't let it pass without publicly acknowledging it.
In my week one picks column, I discussed the whole Goodell/Brady fiasco and the concomitant confusion it caused me. I cheekily described an imagined scenario featuring Roger Goodell dancing in front of a mirror like some demented Buffalo Bill (with a hint of Ray Finkle). On Sunday, while reflecting on the column, and its reference to the iconic scene from the Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs, I came to the devastating conclusion, much too late, that, considering the scene (and the tie to Brady), I missed an absolutely glorious opportunity to make a "Tuck Rule" joke.
Mea culpa. I'll try not to let such an oversight happen again.
Broncos at Chiefs
In my season preview, I expressed some worry about Peyton Manning:
I’m worried about Peyton Manning, though. Watching him struggle in the playoffs last year, then hearing recently that, since his neck surgeries, he has NEVER regained the feeling in his fingertips, made me realize just how quickly and loudly the clock is ticking on his career. Throw in a sketchy OL, and I’m legitimately concerned.
His performance against the Ravens last week did little to assuage my concerns. Manning’s passes appeared to have little zip, Manning seemed ill at ease, and the ineffective running game failed to take the pressure off. If it hadn’t been for the superlative play of the Denver defence, the Broncs would be 0-1. KC’s defence had a good day against the Texans last week as well, notching five sacks and shutting down Houston’s running attack. This should be a great matchup, an early season tilt between division rivals. I’m leaning toward KC here. The Chiefs’ much-maligned passing offence was effective last week, with a breakout performance by TE Travis Kelce, and with Jamaal Charles in the backfield, QB Alex Smith was loose and in control. The loudest fans in the NFL should be at their boisterous best, and the Chiefs should take a close one. Winner: Chiefs