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NFL Week One: What Did We Learn?

NFL Week One: What Did We Learn?

The opening week of the NFL season did not disappoint. That is unless you are a fan of the Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins or Cleveland Browns. There were some really good games and some new teams threatening to crack the playoff party this year. Here are some of the noteworthy moments from Week One.

  1. Watch out for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Bucs. Florida has been an easy place to escape the cold and get a road win for a long time in the NFL. That may be changing this year. All three Florida teams beat the spread in the opening week and the Bucs took home a win over the Atlanta Falcons. The Jags nearly pulled an upset of one Super Bowl contender, the Green Bay Packers and the Miami Dolphins went to Century Link Field and almost upset the Seattle Seahawks. The Dolphins may not have enough offense yet to strike fear in opponents, but the Jags and Bucs might. Two of the best young QBs in the game are playing in the Sunshine State in Jameis Winston of the Bucs and Blake Bortles of the Jags. The playoffs in Florida may not be too far off.
  2. The Browns haven’t gotten the memo that the “Cleveland Curse” ended. This team is snakebit, especially when it comes to quarterbacks. New starter, Robert Griffin III is already out for at least eight weeks after getting hurt in Week One. There is already talk of the Browns going 0-16.
  3. Pro football still hasn’t quite made it to Los Angeles. The country’s second largest market has bee without a pro team since the early 1990s (unless you count Arena Football) and it looks like they still don’t. The Rams looked pitiful on Monday Night Football, making sure those of us on the east coast could turn the game off early and get to bed at a decent hour. Question: If you traded up to draft Jared Goff with the #1 pick in the draft, why isn’t he at least in uniform on a team that couldn’t score a point?
  4. New England will still be good after Brady. Jimmy Garappolo and the Pats went to Arizona and beat a really good Cardinals team, 23-21. Do not be shocked of the Pats are 4-0 and some people will want the Pats to stick with Jimmy G when Brady returns in Week Five.
  5. The demise of the Broncos has been greatly exaggerated. Even with no Peyton Manning and no Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian played well enough and the defense was good enough to beat a very good Carolina Panthers. Bad news for the Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders, the Broncos are not ready to give up the top spot.
  6. The Raiders are another team on the rise. They pulled out all the stops to get a big road win at New Orleans in Week One, including foregoing overtime and going for a two point conversion to win the game at the end of regulation. A gutsy move like that will get young team believing in themselves.
  7. The 49ers are ready to join the fray in the NFC West. Neither the Seahawks or Cardinals looked that great in Week One and the Niners did. With Blaine Gabbert starting to figure out this NFL thing, they could be a contender in the division this year.
  8. The AFC North is going to be good, Take the Browns out, the other three teams are all going to be contenders. You will want to watch every Ravens-Steelers, Ravens-Bengals and Steelers-Bengals that comes on this season. The Bengals visit the Steelers on Sunday.
  9. Cam Newton is mortal. Two games in a row, the Broncos have showed if you put heat on him and hit him hard a few times, he’s like every other quarterback. Now let;s see if someone else can do it.
  10. Football on Thursday night might not be something the players like, but the fans do. Was there a better game last week than the Panthers-Broncos game? And the whole football-watching world got to see it.

 

NFL Week One: What Did We Learn?

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