The Highlight Reel

Missed something this week? Catch up on the top stories from The MMQB

Monday

Monday Morning Quarterback: Anquan Boldin Has the Last Laugh • By Peter King :: While Baltimore’s wideouts struggled, the one it gave away quickly made himself at home in the Bay; plus my thoughts on a less-explosive-than-expected Week 1

Keys to Victory • By Greg A. Bedard :: You’ve seen the highlights and taken stock of your fantasy teams, but there’s more to digest. Here are the inner workings of four plays that determined who won and lost on Sunday

Tuesday

The Colin & Clay Show • By The MMQB Staff :: SI photographer Robert Beck had a sideline view of the critical, and controversial, fracas in Sunday’s testy Packers-Niners game

The Chip Kelly Era Takes Off • By Peter King :: The Eagles showed crazy looks at a breakneck pace in their opener, and it sure was fun. Plus, the Tuesday Mailbag

D.J. Hayden’s Heart Is In the Game • By Robert Klemko :: The Raiders rookie, 10 months removed from an injury that nearly killed him, came out of his NFL debut stronger and a little wiser

Wednesday

Now the Schedule Gets Real • By Andy Staples :: We now have some data on the draft’s top prospects, but the cream will really separate itself now that conference games are beginning

Video: Getting Ready for a Grudge Match • By Peter King :: 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis looks ahead to this weekend’s battle with the Seahawks, and the potential for a NFC title game rematch

Plenty of Denial, but No Discipline, in Detroit • By Don Banks :: The Lions are still committing needless penalties with their unhinged approach, and it’s clear they refuse to look in the mirror. But where are they getting their cue?

The Read-Option As We Know It Is Dead • By Andy Benoit :: But the scheme is quickly evolving to redefine play-action and revolutionize the passing game. Long live the read-option

Thursday

Oz the Great and Powerful • By Greg A. Bedard :: Ozzie Newsome, Hall of Fame tight end and architect of the Ravens’ two Super Bowl champions, doesn’t talk much about himself, but listen to the men who know him and you’ll learn something of the esteem in which he’s held throughout the league

Pocket Change • By Jim Trotter :: By dialing back his sledgehammer arm and harnessing his thoroughbred speed, Colin Kaepernick has softened his touch and made the 49ers virtually unstoppable. The Seahawks get their chance to rough him up Sunday in prime time

From Savior to Backup Plan • By Andrew Brandt :: Kevin Kolb and Matt Flynn each got two teams to buy into them as a QB of the future. Neither found success on the field, but that didn’t stop each from cashing in off it

Video: Brotherly Love, and No Love Lost • By Peter King :: One key matchup to watch as the 49ers and Seahawks rekindle their rivalry, and previewing perhaps the final Manning Bowl

Don’t Go Chasing Week 1 Trends • By Jim Trotter :: The season’s openers, as always, brought about some surprising fantasy twists. Don’t let that cloud your thinking when putting together your Week 2 lineup, though

Friday

Slow Getting Up • By Nate Jackson :: A Division III wideout from tiny Menlo College, Nate Jackson beat the odds and endured an endless pounding to last six seasons in the NFL. But the end was the hardest part of it all

Seattle’s Ready for the 49ers’ Deception Game • By Peter King :: The Seahawks will have to keep their heads on a swivel if they want to find Anquan Boldin Sunday, and that’s fine with them; plus more of what I’m looking forward to in Week 2

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