I tried to not make too much out of the last game and pre season as a whole, but for now, that's all we have to go on, so.............
Playing the Steelers, in Pittsburg, would be a way better guage, then playing the Rams, in Indy
Andrew Luck- I ranked him in the top 10 after last weeks game, with experience the only thing keeping him out of the top 5 Qb's in the NFL he's played 2 games, time for a promotion....I knew he was going to be special, but wasn't quite expecting this, this soon. The pick six, not a good thing, but the way he responded was very telling. Stanton and Harnish continue to impress, can't even remember how long it's been that I felt comfortable with the backup QB situation.
Brown and Ballard look like they will be a very good combo and when Carter and Moore get back........... even better.
Collie: that was not a good sign, we can only hope that last night was not the last time he put on a uniform, I haven't heard much, but if he had another concussion, I think he really needs to get out, that would be a very sad way to end a career of a guy who has never really shown what he was capable of, which in my opinion, was a pro bowl caliber career and a guy who really loved playing football. Great game for Whalen, who is going to be hard to keep off the roster.
The O-line was better, but I still think they have to play better and hopefully, in time, they will.
The O-line and the defense are the 2 areas I am really watching, because those are the 2 areas, I am not sure what to expect, yet. The stats have been very good , so far, but I am looking a little deeper than that and still haven't determined how good either unit will be. I didn't get too excited about Hughes' big game last week, it's a little easier to get sacks when you aren't blocked, but he backed it up again, with another sack and it seemed like every play, he was there......building a monster, was that in reference to Hughes? My hope is that Powers stays healthy and has a breakout year, so far, so good and Bethea, in this defense should excell and maybe get some (more) justified attention as one of the best Safties in the league, so far, so good. Who is Jerry Brown? nice game #57, the outside Lb's , who I really didn't think too highly of, had looked really good.
Special teams: too early to tell, the coverage units have been good, no return game to speak of, the blocked punt.....it happens.
Pretty impressive game, not so much the stats or the score or who won, but they way it was played, who they played and where, that was a good sign and that's what everyone wants, to guage where this team is and where it is going............