If you’re looking for a new show, I strongly recommend Cinemax’s ‘The Knick’. From Clive Owen’s spiked doctor to the gruesome-but-fascinating imagery of turn-of-the-century surgery, things look promising. So far. I’m skeptical, you see, as I imagine anyone who wasted five or so years on ‘Lost’ awaiting something better than that lame finale is.
Then again, I’m glad I hung with the whole first season of ‘The Leftovers’ (exec produced by one of ‘Lost’’s creators)…but it was a slow burn: Things didn’t really start happening ‘til at least Episode Five. By the end, though, my patience was rewarded.
Maybe I’m reaching, but I feel like there’s something we football fans can take away from Dave Dameshek’s scripted-television-viewing habits, namely: It’s too soon here in mid-September to pass judgment on just about any NFL team. We’re 60 minutes into the season, everybody: Slow down. Let’s see where this show’s heading.
After just one week of evidence, pro pigskin’s kneejerkers have reached the following conclusions: The Packers are fraudulent would-be contenders after getting exposed in the C-Link, while the Seahawks are likely to go 16-0. The 0-1 Patriots are done for because of shoddy play on either side of the line of scrimmage. The Niners D doesn’t miss NaVorro Bowman or Aldon Smith. Tom Coughlin won’t make it to October. RGIII is damaged beyond repair. Jay Cutler stinks. Matt Ryan is elite. Matt Stafford, too. The Colts may as well shutter the doors for the rest of year without Robert Mathis. (Actually, that one might be true.) Matter of fact, they all might be true. Point is, we don’t know yet.
Things are even worse for the Pittsburgh Steelers, on whom the kneejerkers now have TWO weeks of evidence to pass final judgement. Never mind the team is just 1-1 (overall and in the division, same as the Ravens): if social media is to be believed, the Steelers are doomed! The defense stinks! The o-line is inept! Fire Todd Haley! Fire Dick LeBeau! Fire Mike Tomlin! Trade the whole team to Cleveland and start anew!
If I may, though…
Maybe the callow Steelers’ defense just needs more time to learn the intricacies of Dick LeBeau’s tricky scheme. Maybe the Baltimore crowd – already amped for a primetime game against the archrival – was even louder in support of their currently troubled franchise and disruptive to the road team. Maybe the Ravens themselves understood losing two home games within the division in the first two weeks would give them an imposing mountain left to climb. Maybe without an ill-timed fumble or penalty, the game would’ve gone Pittsburgh’s way – and we’d be comparing the 0-2 Ravens to ‘Rake’.
Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, the Steelers and Ravens each have 14 episodes left in the season. Everyone else has 15. In TV terms, we’re barely through the opening credits. Let’s not turn the channel just yet.
Warning: Do NOT continue reading if you don’t want to know the results of the rest of Week One’s games.
(0-1 this week, 9-7 last week, 9-8 on the season)
K. Moreno: 18 carries, 65 yds
BUF D: 4.5 sacks, 2 turnovers
C. Henne: 23-40, 290 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
D. Jackson: 3 rec, 110 yds, TD
D. Bryant: 7 rec, 120 yds, TD
B. Sankey: 34-yd TD rec
G. Tate: 5 rec, 90 yds, TD
K. Benjamin: 4 rec, 95 yds
L. Fitzgerald: 3 rec, 56 yds
R. Jennings: 18 carries, 97 yds, TD
K. Thompkins: 6 rec, 88 yds, 2 TDs
MIN D: 1 sack
D. Brees: 24-30, 390 yds, 3 TDs
B. Hoyer: 22-43, 280 yds, TD, 2 INTs
ATL O: 21 rush att, 60 yds
G. Bernard: 15 carries, 105 yds, TD; 5 rec, 60 yds
Z. Stacy: 25 carries, 75 yds
P. Murray: 3-for-3 FGs
M. Lynch: 19 carries, 110 yds, TD
K. Allen: 5 rec, 110 yds, TD
JJ Watt: 3 sacks
D. Carr: 22-37, 300 yds, 2 TDs
C. Ivory: 10 carries, 30 yds
R. Cobb: 8 rec, 125 yds, TD
J. Charles: 50-yd TD run
D. Thomas: 10 rec, 140 yds, 2 TDs
J. Cutler: 400 yds, 4 TDs
C. Hyde: 12 carries, 90 yds, TD
S. McCoy: 17 carries, 102 yds, 2 TDs; 4 rec, 44 yds
TY Hilton: 68-yd TD rec
Good luck to your team this weekend. I hope they win…unless they’re playing my team.