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What we learned: Sunday night

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Hopefully you watched some football Sunday night. If not, we’ll let you know what you missed below.

Check out our recaps for ThursdayFriday, Saturday or go back to Week One of the preseason if you dare.

Jets 27, Bengals 7

1. So much for Plaxico Burress slowly working into the mix. He caught three passes for 66 yards and a diving touchdown in his Jets debut.

There was one miscommunication between Burress and Sanchez that nearly led to a pick, but this was a very promising start.

2. The Jets missed Shonn Greene, out with an injury. LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for only 16 yards on nine plays.

3. Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton didn’t go full debacle, but it was pretty close.

4. Cincinnati’s defense was actually much better than a week ago. Put on short fields repeatedly, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer’s crew did a decent job limiting damage.  They will have to carry this team because the offense has a long way to go.

Chargers 20, Cowboys 7

1. Felix Jones continues to run like he’s ready to be a true No. 1 back. (56 yards on 7 carries.) In the scrum for reserve running back jobs, Phillip Tanner stood out.

2. Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan wasn’t shy showing his blitzes, but his secondary isn’t healthy enough to cover one-on-one right now.

3. Kevin Ogletree caught three passes for 27 yards, helping his chances of winning the Cowboys’ No. 3 receiver job.

4. Philip Rivers and Vincent Jackson look ready for the season to start. Jackson has over 100 yards combined in his two abbreviated preseason outings.

5. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews backed up his training camp improvement with a solid game.  (7 carries for 35 yards, including a 15-yard TD.) He could run with a little more decisiveness, but this was a nice step.

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37 Responses to “What we learned: Sunday night”
  1. trbowman says: Aug 21, 2011 11:13 PM

    Dalton is nowhere close to being ready to play week one.

  2. doctorfootball says: Aug 21, 2011 11:18 PM

    I learned what most already knew, Rob Ryan’s defense will never be as good as his brother’s. Andy Dalton has a loooooooooong way to go before he’s ready to start in the NFL. And, Plaxico Burress, for all his rustiness, is still 6’6 and can beat defensive backs with speed and height.

  3. rectumnearlykilledem says: Aug 21, 2011 11:20 PM

    What we learned? That Sanchez likes high school girls and was arrested for sexual assault. Oh wait, that was what we learned from this offseason and his college days.

  4. dirtydrynn27 says: Aug 21, 2011 11:20 PM

    We learned that the Cowboys secondary has`nt improved a bit! And to make matters worse they did nothing in the off season to improve it!!!!

  5. mad5555 says: Aug 21, 2011 11:23 PM

    Kirk Lazarus says to Andy Dalton:
    You went full retard, man… Never go full retard. You don’t buy that? Ask Carson Palmer, He went full retard, went home empty handed.

  6. polegojim says: Aug 21, 2011 11:30 PM

    We learned Marvin Lewis won’t last the season as Bengals head coach.

    Bengals = horrid football, ugly, ugly, ugly on all sides. Cincy is on a perenial rebuilding program…. it just won’t end.

    Word: Painful

  7. iamgoodkid says: Aug 21, 2011 11:31 PM

    i learned the cowboys suck and i will not record them on tape ever again i hate the cowboys they cant win for squat, and plus im an atlanta fan… i rather record atlanta play their games any day

  8. cokewithrealsugar says: Aug 21, 2011 11:43 PM

    Cowboys secondary does not appear ready to cover if Ryan is going to rely on blitzes to create pressure. A Qb with the stature of Rivers with quality receivers poses a real problem with this philosophy.

  9. jetropolitans says: Aug 21, 2011 11:56 PM

    What we learned… prison made Plax about as hard as anyone in the game…

    What we already knew…the Bengals, from top to bottom, are the most pathetic organization in the NFL.

  10. RussianBreadMaker says: Aug 22, 2011 12:01 AM

    We learned that Dallas has a lot of holes…a lot

  11. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 22, 2011 12:19 AM

    Everyone knows you never go full debacle.
    Just ask Sean Penn, 2001, “I Am Sam.” Remember? Went full debacle, went home empty handed…

  12. trigzter says: Aug 22, 2011 12:26 AM

    Not sure why the NFL has changed so much. Reviews after touchdowns, with the refs having that fancy new pager, and dead plays once a helmet is off. The kickoff rule is a whole nother subject, but the NFL seems to be doing everything they can to stop games from being exciting.

  13. itsmammoth says: Aug 22, 2011 12:34 AM

    Man…I don’t know what’s gotten into Felix Jones, but he looks like a beast this year.

  14. egls7 says: Aug 22, 2011 12:39 AM

    What I learned: I can’t wait for this crap to end already

  15. realnflmaster says: Aug 22, 2011 12:40 AM

    Hey wannabe Jet fans?

    What do you gotta say out Plax now! Still think he’s a downgrade from Edwards? ahahahah.

    2011 Superbowl Champions. Rex Ryan Coach of the year. Darelle Revis Defensive Player of the Year. Muhammed Wilkerson Defensive Rookie of the Year. 2011 Jets most hated team of the decade.

    And we LOVE IT. Keep hating. 3 years AFC title in the row, capped off with the big one. Something Philly cant do ahahah. overpaid. over the hill. overrated. Filthadelphia.

  16. orthodoxdj says: Aug 22, 2011 1:30 AM


  17. jebdamone says: Aug 22, 2011 1:34 AM

    hate the jets but good to have you back plax…just wish you were in purple.

  18. duncanthecat says: Aug 22, 2011 1:48 AM

    What ever happend to Anthony Spencer. Just one tackle again.

  19. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 22, 2011 1:50 AM

    Looks like the ole boys are on tap for another over hyped, media soaked, disappointing year. They got rid of the coach, next is the QB.

  20. footballzilla says: Aug 22, 2011 3:24 AM

    Full debacle!? Everyone knows you never go full debacle! Simple Andy.

  21. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 22, 2011 6:48 AM

    Bengals need to sit Dalton for a year or 2. He clearly is not ready for the NFL yet.

  22. sbs0311 says: Aug 22, 2011 7:01 AM

    I thought it was a legit possibility that Plax would fall flat on his face, but the way he played, especially the chunk of yardage he picked up on the back shoulder fade, was vintage Burress.

    There’s obviously going to be a host of corners he simply cannot run by anymore, but that fade play showed that the most advantageous part of his game is still intact.

  23. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Aug 22, 2011 7:25 AM

    While I do believe that preseason games have some—albeit limited—predictive value, the Bengals are not exactly among crème de la crème and should therefore not be seen as the yardstick by which to gauge future success for the 2011 NFL season.

  24. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Aug 22, 2011 7:49 AM

    As a Cowboys fan I can honestly say that I never want my team to lose any game. But to be honest, I am hoping they continue to play like complete garbage this pre-season so Jerry can see the mess he has failed to improve at the CB position. However something tells me they could have the leagues worst defense and finish 0-16 and he would still think he made genius off season moves.

  25. CKL says: Aug 22, 2011 7:58 AM

    Seeing Plax do that made me even happier my team’s starting CBs are not Samuel and Hobbs anymore like they were the last time he played them.

  26. paintan8 says: Aug 22, 2011 8:43 AM

    itsmammoth says:
    Aug 22, 2011 12:34 AM
    Man…I don’t know what’s gotten into Felix Jones, but he looks like a beast this year.

    It’s preseason. He’ll be out half the season with his usual injuries starting week 3. Can’t carry the ball 20+ a game.

  27. readysethike says: Aug 22, 2011 8:59 AM

    With roy williams gone im guessin that moves dez bryant into the number 2 spot? I wasnt really impressed with their other receivers, I think they should sign housh. Hes not a deep threat but hes good at short yardage and I think the cowboys need a veteran presence at wideout

  28. melonnhead says: Aug 22, 2011 9:59 AM

    Looks like the ole boys are on tap for another over hyped, media soaked, disappointing year. They got rid of the coach, next is the QB.


    Should be pretty obvious by now that Romo’s the best QB in the NFCE by far.

  29. melonnhead says: Aug 22, 2011 10:04 AM

    Newman held out. Jenkins held out. Hatcher held out. Brooking held out. Four defensive starters. Plus Miles Austin didn’t play and they tried out two rookies at RG.

  30. Vegas Guy says: Aug 22, 2011 10:38 AM

    What we learned? Cincinnati sucks… oh.. wait.. we’ve known that for 20 some years now.

  31. dirtydrynn27 says: Aug 22, 2011 10:41 AM

    Say melonhead,dont you guys ever get tired of hyping up Tony Romo???….Every year you clowns talk about how great he is and every year he falls flat!!!!.Remember last year? He won a grand total of 1 game but yet he is considerd elite.LOL!!!!…..truth is he is just average!!!

  32. ice90 says: Aug 22, 2011 11:35 AM

    Take a deep breath…………….. it’s the pre-season. Be happy if none of your starters get hurt.

  33. bigbob987 says: Aug 22, 2011 12:59 PM

    I’ve learned that I hate Jets fans more then anyone in the world.

    You guys really need to get off your high horses…You lost to the Texans and beat the worst team in the league…Got the boob up there saying 2011 champs, Ryan Coach of the year, and Revis DPOY…lol…relax buddy.

    Remember – You got lucky in the playoffs last year…You still got the Pats to go thru.

  34. robsterny says: Aug 22, 2011 1:30 PM

    @ bigbob987;
    “You got lucky in the playoffs last year”..WHAT??…I guess you missed last year ..we did go thru the Pats…or did you miss that one?..Maybe you should try an alcohol free playoff game!!

  35. melonnhead says: Aug 22, 2011 2:00 PM

    Say melonhead,dont you guys ever get tired of hyping up Tony Romo???….Every year you clowns talk about how great he is and every year he falls flat!!!!.Remember last year? He won a grand total of 1 game but yet he is considerd elite.LOL!!!!…..truth is he is just average!!!


    I know this is way over your head but Tony Romo, with his 94.9 passer rating and 11 TD passes in 5 and a quarter games was not the problem. LOL!!!!

  36. jsrdc says: Aug 22, 2011 11:55 PM


    What I learned is you are a hater troll, and probably an Eagle or 4skin fan. The Cowboys did “nothing to improve their secondary”? They brought in Abram Elam, and hired Rob Ryan. Two very good additions. Jenkins and Newman haven’t played at all. No, they didn’t get Nnamdi or Joseph, and yet the defense will STILL play competitive and execute well. They also chose to address their O-line and help protect Romo, who will have a great season. How about actually allowing their play and the score of regular season games speak for itself, rather than basing a hater opinion on an extremely short off-season and two preseason games? Effectively rushing the passer has quite a positive effect on the secondary coverage, and as been on display already, the blitzing will be dialed in this year – the Cowboys will be among the leaders in sacks, and the secondary will rank in the top half of the league.

  37. jsrdc says: Aug 23, 2011 12:05 AM

    @ ilovefoolsball,

    “Looks like the ole boys are on tap for another over hyped, media soaked, disappointing year. They got rid of the coach, next is the QB.”

    Let’s look at this a little more closely – actually, your description will very much fit the Eagles, who are on tap for another disappointing year. The Eagles are now the media-soaked over-hyped team (keep up with me now, since this is in reverse order, and I am sure I could easily lose you here) who got rid of two of their Qb’s, and will next get rid of the coach when they miss the playoffs even with the immense talent on their roster.

    Nice try of trying to project the Eagles’ outcome onto the Cowboys.

    So, your description is close, but you are inaccurate on the teams. The Cowboys aren’t over-hyped at all this year. They still are media-soaked (and that is only because the media are leeches who can’t help latch onto anything controversial), but this year the Eagles get all the spotlight as the dream team. I like it very much, and when the Eagles crash and burn despite all the talent on the team, it will be that much more enjoyable that it is right here in print.

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