WHAT I THINK I LEARNED FROM THE NFL THIS WEEK: Week 1

Posted: September 14, 2011 in NFL FOOTBALL
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The National Football League is coming off two of the most exciting seasons it has had in a long time; First-time Super Bowl Champs, the resurrection and death of Brett Favre’s career, 6- Seeds winning the Super Bowl, Michael Vick’s glorious return, etc. etc. If Week 1 is a sign of things to come, this year will be another one that will be full of twists and turns.

Just like every other season, we all go in with our own preconceived thoughts on how things will go. From Thursday to Monday, I’ve realized that everything I thought I knew has gone down the “tubes”. So to keep up with this crazy reality show called the NFL, full of DECEIT, DRAMA, UNFORESEEN HEROES, and SPOILERS, I present to you my Tuesday post: WHAT I THINK I LEARNED FROM THE NFL THIS
WEEK

 (BEWARE. I am sure that from week to week I will be “flip-flopping” more than a politician, based on players and teams proving my praise and criticisms wrong. But hey, if the professional “experts” can flip-flop and make a big salary for it, I definitely should be able to do it for FREE.)

 I will go in order, by Divisions, to keep from jumping all around the League. (Don’t worry, I won’t comment on all 32 teams, but this is Week 1, so I have a lot to say)

 

NFC NORTH (GREEN BAY PACKERS, CHICAGO BEARS, DETROIT LIONS, MINNESOTA VIKINGS)

 I think I learned……

  • The NFC SOUTH has competition as the “TOUGHEST DIVISION” again. The North is definitely 3 Teams deep, and even though Minnesota continues its shaky play from last year, they still have dangerous players on roster.
  • The Green Bay Packers are more dangerous than they were last year. They had
    key injuries on offense and defense, but are now fully healthy. With Cobb
    creating magic on Special Teams, they are a “3-headed monster” to be reckoned with
  • The Lions have been building for about 3 years, and the completed project
    looks pretty good. Stafford has proven to be a stud (if he can stay
    healthy), Calvin Johnson is the second deadliest WR in the league (behind
    Andre Johnson), and Suh and Fairly have the potential to command the
    D-Line
  • The Bears are back! They played a good team in the Atlanta Falcons, and showed off.
  • Maybe Donavan McNabb deserved every bit of the treatment he got from the
    Redskins last year. I thought he still had something in the tank, but 43
    plays in a full game of football???? 15 passing attempts????

NFC EAST (PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, DALLAS COWBOYS, WASHINGTON REDSKINS, NEW YORK GIANTS)

 I think I learned……

  • Again, the NFC SOUTH has competition as the “TOUGHEST DIVISION” again. The East held the title for years, but has fallen off over the past 3 or 4 years. This year looks to be a dogfight between all 4 teams representing the
    Division.
  • Michael Vick and the Eagle’s offense are SCARY! Their entire offense should be on the next MADDEN NFL cover; because only in video games do offenses score faster.
  • (I didn’t just learn this next point, but it has been confirmed) Dan Snyder
    just needed to get out the way for the Redskins to be successful. He decides to pay someone else to handle operations and they have a strong Pre-Season and Week 1.
  • Tony Romo will continue to be judged by his collapses at the end of big games.

NFC SOUTH (NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, ATLANTA FALCONS, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, CAROLINA PANTHERS)

 I think I learned……

  • The NFC SOUTH is still one of the toughest Divisions. It just finally has some
    competition again. (NFC EAST and NFC NORTH) If Cam keeps playing the way he did Sunday, all 4 teams will battle ‘til the end. And they all stay tied for the Division lead with losses
  • Playing against a deadly offense and lights-out defense, the Saints proved that
    they pack a pretty good punch as well. I don’t know if I’ve ever witnessed a good LOSS, but Thursday’s game would qualify.
  • Cam Newton can definitely play in the National Football League. I’m not saying he will be in the “Top Echelon” of QB’s, but he proved that he has a great amount of POTENTIAL. Who would have thought that in his first official
    game he would eclipse a milestone that not even Tom Brady had accomplished? (Of course, Brady shut that argument down the next night)
  • The Buccaneers should have spent some of that $50+ MILLION under the cap money on more than a PUNTER!

NFC WEST (SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, SAN FRANSISCO 49ERS, ST. LOUIS RAMS, ARIZONA CARDINALS)

I think I learned……

  • This is still the WORST DIVISION IN FOOTBALL
  • If Ted Ginn Jr. could run a route and catch while maintaining his elusiveness and speed, he would be the “poster child” for the WR position.
  • Patrick Peterson deserves all the praise he received coming out of college!

AFC NORTH  (BALTIMORE RAVENS, PITTSBURGH STEELERS, CLEVELAND BROWNS, CINCINATTI BENGALS)

I think I learned……

  • If the Ravens could play against the Steelers every week, Flacco, Ray Rice (only
    RB to have a 100-yard game against the Steelers defense in the last 50 games! That’s 3 seasons!), and Ed Reed would have HOF numbers every season. (win or lose, check the last 4 games against them) These boys know how to play inspired ball, when they are inspired.
  • The Steelers get kind of SENSITIVE when they get a taste of their own medicine. But they still have POLAMALU, ROETHLISBERGER, MENDENHALL, and young, quick WR’s……they will be just fine
  • The Browns and the Bengals still have some serious growing to do

AFC EAST (NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, NEW YORK JETS, MIAMI DOLPHINS, BUFFALO BILLS)

I think I learned……

  • Tom Brady could throw for 50 touchdowns every season, if he wanted too. He
    turns any and every one into a weapon. Ochocinco is nothing more than an offensive “decoy”, just as Moss was.
  • The Jets still love to play from behind. If football games only had a 2nd half, they would be undefeated every season (but that makes no sense at all, does it?)
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick will give us 3-4 games of brilliance each season. (133.0
    Passer Rating, 208 passing yards, 68% completion pct., 4 touchdowns)

AFC SOUTH (HOUSTON TEXANS, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, TENNESSEE TITANS)

I think I learned……

  • The Colts were ill-prepared to ever be as much as a single possession without Peyton Manning, let alone a full game. I have to agree with Reggie Wayne and ask why the back-up QB, who has been there, knows the team, and understand
    the offense wasn’t given any kind of shot?
  • The Texans are tired of being the “little brother” in the Division. Even without Arian Foster, they ran over their “big brother” Colts.
  • The Titans needed Chris Johnson to handle his monetary affairs sooner, so he
    could have worked during their Training Camp.
  • As long as the Jaguars have MJD, they always have a chance to win

AFC WEST (OAKLAND RAIDERS, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, DENVER BRONCOS, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS)

I think I learned……

  • Philip Rivers’ arm can always give his offense a chance to win. (if he keeps
    throwing 48 times a game, he will be their only chance) Against the weakest Division in the AFC, you always feel like the title is San Diego’s to lose
  • The Raiders have either adapted New England’s video-taping scandal, or have
    found some secret AFC WEST playbook. How else can you explain their
    continued dominance of their Division, when they can’t beat anyone else in the league?
  • Whichever agency handles EXTRATERRESTRIAL ACTIVITY needs to take TODD HALEY, MATT CASSEL, JAMAL CHARLES, and DWAYNE BOWE into custody, because they have been abducted and replaced by ALIENS. 7 PTS IS ALL THEY COULD COME UP WITH AGAINST THE BUFFALO BILLS?!

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