Kitna needs to get his head out of...well, somebody's ass.

The St Louis Ram's Offensive Line: It's like they aren't even trying. Unless they're trying to suck, that is. Stephen Jackson has rushed for only 93 yards and no touchdowns in the Ram's first two games...mostly because it's hard to squeeze a 6'2", 230-pound man through a Mini-Me-sized gap. Marc Bulger has been sacked 10 times already, with six of those sacks coming yesterday against the Giants. And Marc will be the first to tell you that it's hard to throw accurate passes from your ass. As Rams tight end Randy McMichael said: "Our quarterback can't be a pinata." (Although wouldn't it be pretty sweet if delicious candy exploded out of him every time he got sacked this season? But I digress...) Oh, and you know how many sojourns the Rams have made into the Red Zone so far this season? Zero. Same as me. Of course, it hasn't helped matters that the defense can't stop anybody: The Ram have given up 38 and 41 points, respectively. Perpetually playing from behind rarely makes an offense run smoothly.

Tampa Bay's quarterback battle: Brian Griese "won" the starting job from Jeff Garcia by throwing for 160 yards (18-for-31) and a touchdown in the Bucs' 24-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons. (Can we just stamp "Game Manager" on Brian's forehead and get it over with?) It was the most furious quarterback competition since, uhm, Kyle Orton versus Rex Grossman. Wah-wah-waaaaaaaah! And that should tell you everything you need to know about Tampa Bay's chances this season. Sidenote: The ESPN sportsticker indicated that the Bucs had inquired as to whether the 49ers were interested in acquiring Garcia for roughly 10 cents on the dollar. The answer was and emphatic "Bwahahahahahahaha...uh, no."

Matt Ryan: Here's a quick note to fantasy football team owners everywhere: If you have a Falcons receiver on your roster, drop him like he's got Ebola. Matt played reasonably well in Week 1, but then, who doesn't play well against Detroit? Against Tampa's, ahem, slightly more aggressive defense, Ryan completed only 39 percent of his passes (13-for-33), was intercepted twice, got sacked four times, and finished with a QB rating of 29.6. Moreover, he misfired on his first nine passes, one of which led directly to a Tampa Bay touchdown. But Ryan was strangely confident after the game: "Obviously, you don't want to start 0-for-9 and throw two interceptions. But you've got to keep battling. Everybody on our team did that. You've got to love that." Here's something you won't love, Ryan: Atlanta doesn't have any more games against the Lions this season.

Fantasy hangover, Part I: Remember Michael Turner's 220-yard, three-TD effort last week? Yeah, you can officially consider that a one-game abberation. This week, he ran for 42 yards on 14 attempts and scored zero times. Yup. that's about right. He was LT's backup for a reason, folks.

The Seattle Seahawks: Is there a Seattle sports curse I don't know about? Months after having the SuperSonics cruelly taken from them by evil-incarnate Clay Bennett, the denizens of "Rain City" were forced to watch their struggling Seahawks fall to 0-2 for the first time since 2002. In overtime. To the San Francisco 49ers. Despite forcing three turnovers and sacking Niners QB J.T. O'Sullivan eight times. How desperate had things gotten for the 'Hawks? Already missing their top four receivers, they had been grooming Seneca Wallace -- the teams backup quarterback -- to catch passes all week in practice. Then Wallace injured his groin during pregame warmups. Oh, and during the game, Logan Payne, who was starting at WR by default, went down with a torn knee ligament in the first quarter on his only reception. Yeah. It's going to be that kind of season in Seattle.

San Francisco's offensive line: Did I mention that their QB got sacked eight times?! Also, Frank Gore only managed 61 rushing yards on his 19 attempts. Maybe they should put up one of those rope barriers they use to keep people in line outside of fancy nightclubs. That would probably provide sturdier protection than the Niner O-line.

Joe Nedney, quote machine: Ned the Destroyer sunk the Seahawks with a 40-yard field goal 4:40 into overtime, after which he said: "There's nothing louder than 67,000 people dead silent." What about a mouse peeing on cotton? Is that louder?

The Aaron Rodgers Love-Fest: Rodgers had a fantastic outing yesterday: 328 yards (24-for-38), three touchdowns (with no interceptions) and a QB rating of 117.0. And, based on the media explosion out of the greater Green Bay area, you would think he was the second coming of, well, Brett Favre. But to put things into perspective, he did it against the Detroit Lions. You know, the team that allowed Matt Ryan (see above) throw a touchdown on his very first NFL pass ever. My 12-year-old niece could probably throw for 200 yards against Detroit. And yes, he was solid against the Vikings last week -- 178 yards, 1 touchdown, no interceptions -- but Minny was the second-worst team in the NFL against the pass last season, and it doesn't look like they've improved all that much (Peyton Manning threw for 300 yards against them yesterday without an offensive line).

Look, I understand there's still a lot of Favre residue in Green Bay. But can we please, please, pretty-please let Rodgers establish an actual body of work before we come to any conclusions about him. And, while we're at it, can we somehow legislate that the announcers of all future Green Bay games are forbidden to mention the words "Brett" and "Favre" on pain of death? And I mean a grisly, testicles-in-the-paper-shredder kind of death. That would be awesome, thanks.

The Detroit Lions: Oh good God. This Lions team may very well give last year's 1-15 Dolphins team a run for its money. One week after getting skewered by Matt Ryan and Michael Turner, they made Aaron Rodgers (see above) and Greg Jennings (6 receptions, 167 yards) look like first-ballot Hall of Famers. They've already given up 82 points so far this season and a quick look at their schedule provides grim tidings: If they can't come through at San Francisco next week or at Houston in Week 7, they could very well lose every single game this season. No, seriously. Every. Single. Game.

John Kitna: As awful as the Lions are as a team, Kitna was bad enough yesterday to warrant individual mention. His 276 yards and 2 touchdowns might have helped whatever poor schmucks might have started him on their fantasy squads this week, but he killed the Lions chances yesterday by standing statue-like in the pocket (leading to five sacks) and throwing three straight fourth quarter interceptions, the last two of which were run back for touchdowns by the Green Bay defense. As Kitna himself put it: "Unfortunately when we needed it the most, I didn't get the job done." True, John, but it was a little worse than that. You didn't just fail to help the little old lady across the pushed her in front of the speeding Mazda.

Lance Briggs: The Bears were leading the Panthers 17-3 in Carolina when Lance Briggs leveled Jake Delhomme with a shoulder-to-helmet hit. No penalty was called, and Panther safety Chris Harris was pissed. "I gathered everybody up and told them, 'Hey, we aren't going to take that. I felt it should have been a penalty but it wasn't. I told them we're not taking it. It turned into more than a game at that. Guys were upset. After that, we got after it." They sure did. Harris forced a fumble on Chicago's next possession, and it led to Jonathan Stewart's first NFL touchdown. From that point, the Bears got beaten up and intimidated into a 20-17 come-from-ahead loss. Thanks for that, Lance. Maybe you should try insulting their moms next time, too.

Greg Olsen: It wasn't all Briggs' fault, though. Chicago's second-year tight end caught only two passes...and he fumbled them both away. The first fumble cost the Bears a scoring opportunity (they were already in field goal range) and the second, as noted, led to the first of Carolina's comeback touchdowns. Said Olsen: "Anytime you have two critical errors that lead to your team losing, it's tough to swallow." I hope you choke on that bitter pill, Greg.

The New Orleans Saints defense: Their offense had given them a 9-point lead going into the fourth quarter, and they couldn't hold onto it. Partly because Clinton Portis ran them into the ground (96 yards, two TDs), but mostly because they let Jason Campbell channel his inner Peyton Manning: 321 yards (24-for-36), a touchdown, and a QB rating of 104.1. Those are slightly better than his career numbers of 202.3 YPG and 78.8 QBRat. And for the record, that TD came on a 67-yard pass to Santana Moss with 3:29 remaining. And yes, that was the winning score.

Jeremy Shockey: Hey, New Orleans WR Marques Colston is out, so Shockey's gonna pick up the slack, right?! Bzzzzzzzt!! Wrong. The Shockmaster caught only two passes all game, one of which he fumbled away with the Saints in position to score. Hasn't anybody else noticed how much better Eli Manning plays without this guy around? There's a reason for that.

Reggie Bush, the running back: Yes, I know he's a great all-purpose back. He caught seven passes and returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown. But 10 rushes for 28 yards?! Yikes. No wonder the Saints were talking to Cedric Benson a week or so ago. Yes, that Cedric Benson.

The Indianapolis Colts offensive line: Do they miss Jeff Saturday and Tony Ugoh? You bet they do. In two games, Joseph Addai has carried the ball 27 times for only 64 yards, and Peyton Manning is getting hit and harrassed like he's the practice dummy at a pimp-slap contest. Indy isn't going to go very far this season until they spackle up the holes in their line.

Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson rushed for 118 of his 160 yards in the first half, leading the Vikes into Colts territory on his team's first eight possessions. The result? Five field goals and three punts. Still, the Minnesota defense was beating the stuffing out of Peyton Manning -- thanks to the Colts' aforementioned offensive line woes -- and the Vikings led 15-0 with a couple minutes left in the third quarter. Then everything came undone. Turns out Tavaris Jackson still can't, you know, throw the football, and the Colts scored 18 unanswered points to win the game. The Vikings, who were predicted to win their division, are now in an 0-2 hole with a touch home game next week (against Carolina) and three stiff road tests coming up (against Tennesee, New Orleans and Chicago). Assuming they can beat Detroit in Week 6, they could very well be 1-6 heading into their bye in Week 8. Which would pretty much mean season over.

Tavaris Jackson: I know I alluded to this above, but Jackson threw for 130 yards. And Bernard Berrian, who caught zero passes, found himself missing the hell out of Rex Grossman. And that's not good. Said Berrian: "It's real frustrating. It's kind of embarrassing, actually, to go out there and just have field goals all day." That crunching sound you hear? It's the bus rolling over Mr. Jackson, who replied with: "You can get mad, throw a chair, whatever. It really doesn't matter. We've just got to go out there and execute." If by "We" you mean "me," then I absolutely agree. Vince Young, Tavaris Jackson, JaMarcus Russell...aren't those mobile quarterbacks something!

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