Let’s take a look back at some of the things that stood out from Week 1 in the National Football League!
– The Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints was the perfect way the open the 2011 NFL Season. I think the only other game that could match the right foot to open the season would be the Jets vs. Patriots.
– Dating back to the NFC Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Green Bay Packers are appearing to be a team that comes out of the gate fast but the offense dies out in the 2nd half. Look back at the Philly, Atlanta (while they didn’t need it anyway), Chicago and Pittsburgh games. Green Bay had a commanding lead in the 1st half and the offense was not the same in the 2nd half.
– At least my predictions for Baltimore winning the AFC Championship Game and Ray Rice to be the NFL MVP are looking pretty good in Week 1.
– Paging David Garrard to Indianapolis…
– If the Texans can’t win the AFC South this Season then farewell to Gary Kubiak. The way the other AFC South teams looked in Week 1 they could capture a first round bye in this year’s playoffs and 13 or so wins.
– Buffalo DESTROYS Kansas City in Arrowhead stadium to say the least. I predicted Buffalo to be a pesky team in the AFC East but not this pesky. What a great way to start the season for young Ryan Fitzpatrick.
– The Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers put together a great game on Sunday. Either one of these teams can be the surprise playoff team this season. I expect this to be the groundwork for a Wild Card battle this season.
– The Eagles beat the Rams and in convincing fashion I might add. I have not been too high on this Eagles “dream team” this season but they put away a good Rams team on Sunday. I’ll be interested to see how the Eagles matchup against some of the NFC elite this season.
– Some people had Atlanta down to be a team that may not make the playoffs this season while others had them deep in the playoffs like yours truly. Those who had Atlanta as a 9-win team and missing the playoffs looked very smart on Sunday.
– Could Jay Cutler be redeeming himself for his dreadful NFC Championship blunder?
– Chris Johnson was “shockingly” in-effective this past Sunday against the Jaguars. Had Johnson showed up to camp in time maybe we’d be talking about the Titans as a potential AFC South favorite and not the Houston Texans.
– Not shocked by this but the New York Giants looked horrible against Washington. If you can’t beat Rex Grossman and Tim Hightower then your season doesn’t look so good for you.
– San Francisco beats Seattle in Jim Harbuagh’s debut. While I still see St. Louis being the NFC West team to beat this season, the Niners certainly have the talent to make a run for it.
– San Diego is back on the right foot this season and Minnesota was as advertised. I believe it’s going to be a long season in Minnesota this year.
– Cam Newton was the shock of Week 1 along with Steve Smith. Had Cam Newton beat the Cards on Sunday we may be discussing him as the Week 1 Player of the Week. Great way to start off the season for a rookie many thought would not succeed in the NFL, including yours truly.
– The final Tony Romo believers in Dallas may have thrown in the towel after the Sunday night matchup against the Jets. This is a year where Romo needs to prove he is an elite NFC & NFL Quarterback. Many don’t think he can bring another Championship to Big D and he certainly helped those who believe that back their case in Week 1.
– The New York Jets didn’t look strong yet they still won, it was a typical Rex Ryan era win for the Jets. They may have not been the best team on the field but they still got the “W.”
– Tom Brady throws for over 500 yards in Week 1 in primetime to send a message to the league that he is looking to reclaim his MVP award from a year ago & that the Pats are a team to be reckon with in the AFC.
– Despite winning the Oakland Raiders need to throw the ball, if they want to win the AFC West they need Jason Campbell to throw more then 22 times for 105 yards. Giving Darren McFadden the ball (150 yards in Week 1) is going to eventually tire him out. With the victory, dating back to last season, Oakland is 7-0 against the AFC West, pretty impressive stat.
– Denver loses by 3, Orton throws for 304 yards and yet the Denver crowd chants for 3rd string QB Tim Tebow, I don’t get it.
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