NFL Week 1: Winners and Losers from the Opening Week

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NFL Week 1: Winners and Losers from the Opening Week
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From the opening kickoff at Metlife Stadium on Wednesday to the first round of Sunday's full schedule of NFL games, the excitement was palpable.

Andrew Luck and RGIII, who have been the talk of the league, got their first snaps that mattered Sunday.

Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow of the New York Jets dominated New York headlines despite their cross-town rivals, the Giants, being defending champs.

Fans in Detroit, who were dying to know if last year was a fluke, got their answer—sort of. And fans in Tampa Bay know, hope and assume that this year has to be better after a draft class many experts say was the best in the league.

In the NFC, the 49ers look like Super Bowl gold and will face tough competition (depending on which expert you believe) from the Packers, Giants, Eagles, Cowboys and maybe even the Saints.

And fans of the downtrodden—such as Tampa Bay, the Vikings and the Rams—are aspiring for relevance again.

In the AFC, all eyes are on Indy, as No. 1 pick Andrew Luck looks to return the Colts to respectability. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning and Mile High fans have been eagerly awaiting this day since the biggest free-agent signing in NFL history.

But the favorites in the AFC look a lot like last year: the Patriots, Ravens and Steelers, followed by the Texans.

So, who are the winners and losers of NFL Week 1 action? Read and learn, my friends—read and learn.

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