It was a big opening weekend for the NFL, from the season opener last Thursday night between New Orleans and Green Bay to the last Monday night game versus Oakland and Denver. While the Packers ended up winning an exciting game 42-34, many Hoosier football fans were probably pulling for New Orleans, due to the fact that two IU football alums currently play for the Saints.
Cornerback Tracy Porter and wide receiver Courtney Roby both suited up for New Orleans in this first week. Porter was coming off a knee injury, and his performance confirmed his lack of offseason practicing with weak tackles and an overall poor defensive game for the entire team. Luckily, they had a strong offensive game collectively, which is what helped them keep up a high-scoring fight but unfortunately was not enough in the end.
James Brewer was selected with the 117th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft by the New York Giants. Although the organization has no desire to use him until heâ€™s good and ready, they will eventually benefit from his large size and ability to learn and grow as a player. Following a beautiful 9/11 memorial ceremony, the Giants struggled in all phases of the game and ended up losing 28-14 to the Washington Redskins.
It was a good day for guard Kris Dielmanâ€™s San Diego Chargers. Defeating the Vikings 24-17 this former IU tight end and his team should be very happy with themselves.
Rookie wide receiver Tandon Doss, who was drafted with the 123rd overall pick and by the Baltimore Ravens, was hoping to see the field this past week. Unfortunately, he and some other rookies were declared inactive for Sundayâ€™s game. Nevertheless, the Ravens are looking forward to the offensive impact Tandon Doss will bring to the table. The Ravens blew out the Steelers in a crazy 35-7 game.
On the other end of the spectrum we have former IU quarterback Antwaan Randle El. Randle El started the offseason as a wide receiver for the Steelers, but was cut before the start of the season. Randle El is currently looking to sign with another team as a free agent.
Another former Hoosier, offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, is now playing for the St. Louis Rams. Unfortunately Michael Vick and his Philadelphia Eagles were too much to handle Sunday, sending the Rams to a tough a 31-13 loss.