Watching the game now since I was at work earlier...
Frankly, I feel like we did/should've dominated. Bene and Norman both drop picks. The Brady TD was just a perfect pass. Drops, drops, and more drops from Philly, including a TD (or two if he goes after the ball). OL looks pretty good so far, though running lanes are still iffy at times. Adding Shaq and Coleman to the defense could be HUGE...just get Harper off the field at some point.
Can't wait to get Kalil, CJ, Star, KK, and Funchess back. I still think the ceiling caved in once KB got hurt...but damn if this game didn't give a lot to be excited about. The defense has great potential, and the offense can at least be competent if the WRs catch the damn ball (Cam's been pretty accurate so far outside of drops). Let's get to Jacksonville already.
I'm going into the year expecting Tillman to be replaced by Bene, and average play. Anything more than that, is an obvious plus. Not to mention solely having him to mentor the young guys (and teach the Peanut Punch) might be more valuable than a year of decent play from him.
Just listened to Grantland's preview from Mays and Barnwell and need a decent podcast to cleanse myself. Just a FYI for anyone who wants the Panthers section of Grantland's NFC South preview...Panthers section starts around 20 minutes, both have us going 7-9, laugh at the OL and say things like Norwell is a dude off the street, give more time to Foucault. Secondary is still trash (no mention of Bene or Norman), and they don't know if the DL is that good (at least for Mays). Yet the Falcons are winning 9-10 games, and their OL and defensive issues could be fixed. Didn't bother listening to the Saints or Bucs love fest.
I think the only thing I've been right on, were the Kuechly and Cam picks.
Thought Brandon Hogan was a steal. Joe Adams would be amazing. Tried to talk myself into the Amini pick. Even rationalized the Jimmy Clausen pick. Loved when we re-signed JStew/D-Will to big contracts because I wasn't sure of the cap implications.
I can nail 1st rounders, and screw up everything else. Ladies and Gents, I think I'm Marty Hurney.
With Brockel banged up and the constant of Stew's injury concerns, the backfield is one place I could actually see guys like Wegher/Ward getting some time this year in Game 3. Especially if tough cuts are to come, give everyone some touches and let the play on the field decide things.