When we beat the Chiefs last week, most pundits were quick to point out that we we playing a bad team and would be brought back down to earth in week 2. In week 2 we beat the NFC contending, loaded on D, potent on offense, no major injuries to speak of Carolina Panthers in their home opener. In dominant fashion. I think we'll start getting some love this week. Thoughts: Coaching: Kubiak out game planned the other team. We made some adjustments at half time and crushed them from there on out. Sherman's doing a great job as the O-coordinator so far this year, and for all the flack Richard Smith has taken he's got his defense playing with tenacity. Offense: QB: Schaub continues to impress. He threw another bad pass to AJ in the red zone, but at this point I think what's going on is he and AJ still aren't exactly on the same wavelength yet. AJ was looking for a ball on his outside shoulder, and Schaub was looking to put the ball on the inside. Schaub's trying to give his main playmaker a chance to make a big play, and I think with more experience between them you'll see Schaub throw those "wtf?" balls much less often. RB: Green looks great, don't worry about his age until he starts showing it. Dayne does what we need out of him. Did anyone notice that Gado was in street clothes today? If Dayne and Green would've gotten tweaked Jameel Cook would've been our RB today. WR: AJ is a different player with Schaub. He's what makes out offense tick, and hopefully he's not out for long with a strained PCL. When Johnson and Schaub start to develop some more chemistry they're going to be lights out. Jacoby got a pass or two thrown his way today, and he looks alright but he's not ready to be relied on for consistent production. Walters continues to be sure handed. OL: Our offensive line gave excellent pass protection against one of the leagues best DL's. Run blocking was meh. On the panthers boards people are b*tching about how inconsistent Peppers is; how he dominates one game and is gone the next. Maybe we should be a little easier on Mario around here. Eric Winston made him a non-factor today. Winston's shaping up to be our long term answer at RT. The run blocking was good enough to get the job done, but there were 5 or 6 plays where there was a jail break on Green as soon as the ball was snapped. Expect to see Indi do the same thing next week with their quick penetrating DL. Defense: DL: Did anyone notice today when the Panthers OL was shoving one of our DB's around after the play, and Mario grabbed him by the shoulder and got in his ear and told him to get off his boy? I loved seeing Mario stick up for his team mates out there. Our DL is playing like we thought they should when we saw them on paper. People laughed last year at rotating our 8 man DL so often, but now that we have 7-9 really good defensive linemen, keeping fresh guys out there all the time is really paying dividends and Texans fans are doing the laughing. Amobi didn't waste any time proving he was worth the 10th pick with 2 sacks, and Mario was applying pressure all day and almost caused one pick I saw. DB: Dunta Robinson is a beast. He basically shut down Steve Smith when he was covering him. We can put him on the best WR in the NFL and he can hold him down. Faggins got burned twice, but I think Richard Smith needs to do a better job of giving him a match up he can win. CC Brown and Hutchins need to keep starting until they give us a reason to bench them. They play well against the run, hit hard, and besides Steve Smith's 74 yard TD they've done a good job preventing the big play. Will Demps caused a fumble when he was in for a play, and Boulware looked good on ST making a big hit, they're great reserves. LB: Demeco's the heart of the defense, he does it all. Clark and Greenwood continue to give solid but unspectacular play. ST's Jacoby and Mathis both had some big returns, although Mathis' was called back for a blocking in the back penalty. Jacoby does much better when he makes a cut and goes up field, he tries to do too much laterally on a lot of returns. Thought it was funny that they (Mathis and Jones) congratulate one another on the sidelines after a big play with a big leaping high five, a little ST camaraderie going on just like the offensive and defensive players do. Walters, our hands man, showed good hands bringing in the fumble in the end zone, but almost made a huge gaffe on the Panthers onside kick later when he muffed the kick. Marciano obviously has this team prepared, but maybe we spend some extra time on onside kicks this week. Overall, this team gets an A+ from me. The NFC is obviously much weaker than the AFC, but the Panthers don't have many holes on their roster and we demolished them in every phase of the game. Indi's gonna be tough next week, hopefully Green and AJ will be healthy so we can give them our best shot.