Week 1 of the NFL season featured a number of terrific contests, and much can be gleaned from the results.
We saw heavyweights falter (Washington Redskins) and contenders soar (Denver Broncos), and a few teams shook up conventional wisdom (Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles).
As always, despite the Week 1 results, the goal for each of the 32 NFL teams remains the same: to hoist the Lombardi Trophy this February at MetLife Stadium.
Here are the updated Super Bowl odds for every team heading into Week 2, courtesy of Bovada.
After one week of regular-season action, the Jacksonville Jaguars hold the dubious distinction of being the NFL team with the worst odds of winning the Super Bowl. But when you realize how awful the team played in its 28-2 home drubbing at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, it shouldn't come as a surprise.
Making matters even worse for the team is the injury quarterback Blaine Gabbert suffered, a nasty laceration to his throwing hand that will keep him out of this Sunday's "Toilet Bowl" against the Oakland Raiders. Backup signal-caller Chad Henne will get the start, but it's worth noting that Henne was beaten out for the job by the mightily disappointing Gabbert.
The Jaguars do have some good young players, but 2013 will be a lost year for the club. If you're thinking about laying a dollar on Jacksonville to win $500, you might as well light that dollar bill on fire instead.
The Oakland Raiders played with a lot of pride in their season-opening 21-17 loss at Indianapolis.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor dazzled, rushing for 112 yards and making several nice throws. The thought-to-be toothless pass rush even showed up, as the team sacked Colts quarterback Andrew Luck four times.
Even though they lost the game, Raiders fans should be proud of the effort their team displayed in Week 1. Coach Dennis Allen clearly had the club ready to play.
However, the Raiders still possess one of the very worst 53-man rosters in the NFL, and it's extremely unlikely that the team will be in contention for even a wild-card spot come December.
But after Week 1, Raiders fans should be pleased. Their team showed heart, grit and determination this past Sunday and nearly pulled off a monumental upset.
The Rob Chudzinski era in Cleveland got off to a rough start this past Sunday, as the Browns' new coach saw his squad drop a 23-10 home decision to the Miami Dolphins.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw three interceptions and was sacked six times. And despite the breakout performance of tight end Jordan Cameron (nine catches for 108 yards and a touchdown), the offense was stagnant. Running back Trent Richardson couldn't get going against the Dolphins front, rushing 13 times for only 47 yards.
That said, the defense played excellent football, sacking Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill four times and nullifying Miami's run game.
This week, the Browns travel to Baltimore. Since head coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco landed in Baltimore in 2008, the Ravens are 10-0 against the Browns. Chances are, that record will be 11-0 after Sunday.
That sound you just heard was Browns fans across America sighing in unison.
Despite entering the fourth quarter with a 24-13 lead, the Arizona Cardinals managed to lose their opener to the St. Louis Rams, 27-24, in what had to be a bitter disappointment for new coach Bruce Arians.
Even though the team lost in crushing fashion, there were positives to be gleaned.
New starting quarterback Carson Palmer played well, actually looking the part of a legitimate NFL signal-caller. That's a significant improvement over the slop the team trotted out at the position in 2012 (Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley).
Palmer's play revived the team's otherwise moribund passing attack, as receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts each accumulated over 80 receiving yards, to go along with two touchdown catches for Fitzgerald.
But in a turn of events that will surprise no one, the team had difficulty protecting Palmer, who was sacked four times. The Cardinals offensive line is a mess, especially when considering the season-ending injury suffered in the preseason by guard Jonathan Cooper, the team's first-round pick in this past April's draft.
Next up for Arizona is a home date with the Detroit Lions, and you have to believe that Detroit's front four is ready to feast. The Cardinals are nowhere close to being Super Bowl contenders.
Perhaps no team was more impressive in defeat in Week 1 than the Buffalo Bills, who dropped a 23-21 heartbeaker at home to the heavily favored New England Patriots.
The Bills came to play in head coach Doug Marrone's debut and held a 21-17 lead after the third quarter. Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel was impressive in his first NFL start, completing 18 of his 27 passes for 150 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Ralph Wilson Stadium was rocking, and the Bills nearly pulled off the upset. For a fanbase starved for a winner, Sunday's game was a major step in the right direction.
The Bills have no chance of winning the Super Bowl this year, but with Marrone and Manuel, they are clearly a team on the rise.
The Tennessee Titans pulled off the biggest Week 1 shocker, completely suffocating the Steelers in Pittsburgh en route to a 16-9 victory.
The Titans defense was magnificent, not allowing any points by the Pittsburgh offense until late in the fourth quarter, and it sacked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times.
While quarterback Jake Locker didn't dazzle, completing only 11 of his 20 passes for 125 yards, he didn't turn the ball over and managed the game effectively. He'll need to play better as the season progresses for the team to win, but his effort on Sunday was enough to secure the victory.
Not much was expected of the Titans heading into 2013, but the opening win provides cause for optimism. If the team can triumph at Houston in Week 2, its Super Bowl odds will certainly look better seven days from now.
Chargers fans must have felt like they were in the Hot Tub Time Machine on Monday night, and for all the wrong reasons.
In a game that positively reeked of the Norv Turner era (or is it error?), the Chargers choked away a 28-7 second-half lead, ultimately falling 31-28 to the Houston Texans. It was not the start that new coach Mike McCoy was looking for in his debut.
While quarterback Philip Rivers played well, throwing four touchdown passes, it came in a loss—an all-too-familiar refrain for the signal-caller.
Some might credit the Chargers for even holding a 21-point lead over the favored and more talented Texans, but the bottom line is that the team lost. San Diego has no chance of winning the Super Bowl and likely won't sniff playoff contention in the AFC.
Next up for the club is a date in Philadelphia with new Eagles coach Chip Kelly and his uptempo offense.
Good luck with that, San Diego.
Credit must be given where credit is due. Despite the victory being absolutely gift-wrapped by Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David's egregious late hit on New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith on the game's final drive, the Jets got the job done when few thought they could, beating Tampa Bay 18-17 in the opener.
Smith played well enough to win in his debut, completing 24 of 38 passes for 256 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The defense was stout and kept the Bucs offense in check, holding star running back Doug Martin to 65 yards on 24 carries.
While it was a tremendous result for coach Rex Ryan and Co., the honeymoon will come to an end when the team plays at New England Thursday night.
If the Jets can perform well and somehow escape Foxborough with a win, the hype train will be in full effect. Don't expect that to happen. The Jets are not legitimate contenders.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers stumbled mightily in Week 1, dropping an awful 18-17 decision to the New York Jets. It was a massive disappointment for the club, which entered 2013 with major playoff aspirations.
Quarterback Josh Freeman followed up a subpar preseason with a disconcerting Week 1 effort, completing 15 of his 31 passes. The running game never got going against the Jets defense, and linebacker Lavonte David snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with his asinine late hit on New York quarterback Geno Smith on the game's final drive, allowing the Jets to attempt and convert the game-winning field goal.
Coach Greg Schiano will need a better effort from his team this Sunday when it hosts the 1-0 New Orleans Saints in a divisional battle. If the Bucs fall to 0-2 in a season where many expected a playoff run, fans might start calling for someone to walk the plank.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took his first carry of the season for 78 yards and a touchdown, and it seemed as if Minnesota would cruise to a season-opening victory in Detroit.
Instead, the Vikings found themselves on the sour end of a 34-24 loss.
Peterson couldn't get going on the ground after his opening explosion, finishing with 93 yards on 18 carries. Much-maligned quarterback Christian Ponder turned in a poor effort, throwing three interceptions and failing to put his team in a position to win. And the defense was positively gashed by Lions running back Reggie Bush, who amassed 191 yards of total offense.
For a Vikings team seeking a repeat trip to the postseason, Week 1 did not provide the ideal start.
It won't get any easier in Week 2, when the club visits the 1-0 Bears in Chicago. Minnesota cannot afford to fall to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in the NFC North.
If someone had told you that the Carolina Panthers would only allow 12 points to the Seattle Seahawks in the season opener, you'd likely have been reasonably confident in a Carolina win. But quarterback Cam Newton and the Panthers offense could only muster a single touchdown, and the team lost a 12-7 decision to the Seahawks at home.
Newton threw for only 125 yards in the defeat and couldn't get the job done late. It was a very disappointing loss for coach Ron Rivera and the team.
Next, the Panthers travel to Buffalo. It's pretty close to a must-win for the team, with a Week 3 game against the New York Giants looming.
If Carolina starts 0-3 heading into the team's Week 4 bye, coach Ron Rivera's already hot seat could burst into flames.
Perhaps no team turned in a more disappointing Week 1 effort than coach Mike Tomlin's Steelers, as the team dropped an alarming 16-9 home decision to the Titans.
The Steelers offense was beyond stagnant, compiling only 32 rushing yards in the loss. The unit never got going and didn't put up a single point until late in the game.
Plus, the team suffered two devastating injuries: Center Maurkice Pouncey suffered a torn ACL and MCL, and linebacker Larry Foote ruptured his biceps. Both men are lost for all of 2013.
The Pouncey loss in particular is crushing for Pittsburgh, as the team would have struggled to protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger even with him in the lineup. Roethlisberger was sacked five times in the loss.
Right now, the Steelers look like a poor football team. For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, that's just not good enough.
The Steelers will get the chance to right the ship on Monday night in Cincinnati.
Monday night's opening game against the Philadelphia Eagles didn't exactly follow the script put forth by Redskins coach Mike Shanahan or quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Griffin struggled in his first game back since tearing an ACL last January, and the team sputtered to a 33-27 loss that wasn't as close as the final score indicated.
While Griffin performed much better in the second half after a disastrous opening 30 minutes, it was too little, too late for the Redskins. Nonetheless, his performance late was encouraging and should leave Redskins fans optimistic that he'll be able to perform at high level as the season progresses.
Quite simply, it wasn't fair to assume that Griffin would immediately step in thrive immediately. He'll likely get there, but it will take time.
As for the Redskins? They are still a very good football team, and we can chalk it up to a bad night at the office.
Problem is, the schedule doesn't get any easier. They're staring down the barrel of a 0-2 start with a trip to Green Bay this Sunday.
The Rams season got off to a rousing start, as the team outscored Arizona 14-0 in the fourth quarter to complete a 27-24 comeback victory.
Quarterback Sam Bradford played well, throwing for 299 yards, while tight end Jared Cook sparkled in his first game as a Ram, hauling in seven catches for 141 yards and both Bradford touchdowns. And defensive end Robert Quinn was a beast, sacking Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer three times and forcing two fumbles.
Things are looking up in St. Louis, as the Rams are clearly a team on the rise. Coach Jeff Fisher's team will have the chance to prove that it's for real this upcoming Sunday when it visits the Atlanta Falcons.
The Miami Dolphins entered 2013 with playoff aspirations, and the team got off to an excellent start, beating the Browns 23-10 in Cleveland.
The Dolphins defense was magnificent, intercepting Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden three times and sacking him six times. Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake terrorized Cleveland; he alone was credited with 2.5 sacks.
It was a strong start for the team, which will look to keep the positive momentum going when it takes on the 1-0 Colts in Indianapolis this Sunday. The quarterback matchup will be one to watch, as it's a battle of second-year starters in Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins) and Andrew Luck (Colts).
The game could end up going a long way toward determining the wild-card contenders in the AFC.
It was an extraordinary debut for Chiefs coach Andy Reid. His team turned in a dominant effort, crushing the Jaguars in Jacksonville by the lopsided score of 28-2.
New Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith played efficient, turnover-free football in his team debut, and the defense recorded six sacks.
There had been some serious buzz surrounding the Chiefs entering the campaign, and they backed it up with a tremendous performance. Still, the Jaguars remain one of the NFL's bottom-feeders, and the Chiefs will face a much stiffer test on Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys visit Arrowhead Stadium. That game will likely provide a barometer to how good the Chiefs actually are.
Despite being heavily favored, the Indianapolis Colts barely managed to eek out a 21-17 Week 1 home victory against the Raiders. Yes, they won the game, but it has to be considered a disappointment that the result was so close.
Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor terrorized the Colts defense, which nearly allowed a game-winning score before safety Antoine Bethea made the game-clinching interception.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck played well, completing 18 of 23 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, one going to the ageless Reggie Wayne, who caught eight passes for 96 yards.
This Sunday, the Colts host the Dolphins, a team they defeated last year at Lucas Oil Stadium. If the team is to repeat last year's victory, it will need to turn in a better effort than it did against the Raiders. Otherwise, it will surely find itself sitting at 1-1.
The New York Giants put together a hideous performance in Sunday night's 36-31 loss at Dallas, turning the ball over six times.
Running back David Wilson's play was particularly egregious, as he lost two fumbles and looked lost in pass protection, leading to his benching in favor of backup Da'Rel Scott.
That exacerbated the Giants' situation at the position, with backup Andre Brown not slated to return until at least Week 10 from a broken leg. With Wilson struggling to hold onto the ball, the team brought back Brandon Jacobs to fortify the position.
Still, quarterback Eli Manning threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns (with three interceptions), and the Giants wideout trio of Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle all went over 100 yards receiving.
Week 2 doesn't provide any relief, though, as the team will welcome Eli's big brother Peyton and the Denver Broncos to town for the third installment of the "Manning Bowl." All the elder Manning did was throw for seven touchdowns in his team's season opener.
In the coach Tom Coughlin era, the Giants play well with their backs against the wall. Expect a better performance on Sunday against Denver.
Coming off a disastrous 4-12 campaign in 2012, the Detroit Lions needed a good performance in Week 1 to inject some confidence into the team, and they got it in a 34-24 victory over the Vikings.
Running back Reggie Bush looked like he was back at USC, compiling 191 yards of total offense. The defense did a solid job against the reigning NFL MVP, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, holding him to 93 yards on the ground.
Detroit now travels to Arizona, and there's a realistic chance the Lions could start the season 2-0. That would considerably chill the hot seat that coach Jim Schwartz has been sitting on since the end of the 2012 season.
Last Thursday night's 49-27 defeat in Denver wasn't exactly the start that the Baltimore Ravens were looking for as they began their defense of the Super Bowl title. No one could have predicted Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning shredding the Baltimore defense for seven touchdown passes.
The game exacerbated some of the Ravens' major problems. Quarterback Joe Flacco no longer has receiver Anquan Boldin (now in San Francisco) and tight end Dennis Pitta (out for the season) as targets in the passing attack and instead was looking to receiver Brandon Stokely and tight end Dallas Clark. If this were the 2005 Indianapolis Colts, that would be great.
The Ravens have too much talent to perform as poorly as they did last Thursday throughout the season. Expect the team to bounce back on Sunday when it welcomes the Browns to Baltimore.
If you watched the Eagles' 33-27 victory over the Redskins on Monday night, chances are you're still catching your breath. New coach Chip Kelly's uptempo offense was as advertised, leaving the Redskins defense exhausted and bewildered.
It was as impressive a debut as the NFL has seen in quite some time. Kelly's offense showcased the talents of quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy, and both played very well in the win.
While the Eagles' suspect defense allowed Washington back into the game late in the second half, there is no reason to stress anything but the positive. Kelly couldn't have drawn up a more successful opener.
This Sunday, the Eagles host the Chargers, and there's a good chance Philadelphia will begin the season 2-0.
In a topsy-turvy NFC East, the Eagles look like they'll be in the race until the very end.
The Dallas Cowboys were the beneficiaries of the Giants' six turnovers on Sunday night, riding that wave to a 36-31 victory.
Detractors will point to the fact that Dallas was still in danger of losing the game late despite the turnovers, but the bottom line is that the Cowboys came out on top.
Quarterback Tony Romo showed toughness in playing the second half with a rib injury, and the new 4-3, Tampa-2-based defense had a successful debut under new coordinator Monte Kiffin. The unit did allow 450 yards passing by Giants quarterback Eli Manning, but when you force so many turnovers, you can get away with allowing that kind of yardage.
Dallas next faces a trip to Kansas City against old foe Andy Reid and the Chiefs. If the Cowboys can come out on top, it'll be fair for their fans to start thinking that a playoff run might be in the cards.
For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, Sunday's 24-21 loss at Chicago represented a disappointing result for the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals turned the ball over three times, and that, along with some poor timeout management in the second half by coach Marvin Lewis, led to the defeat.
Still, the Bengals are a team on the rise. Quarterback Andy Dalton played well despite throwing two interceptions, and receiver A.J. Green is close to unstoppable. There's no shame in losing on the road to a very good Chicago team.
Look for the Bengals to get back on track when they host the Steelers on Monday Night Football. If the Titans defense could keep the Steelers offense in check, the Bengals defense is likely salivating at the opportunity.
The Marc Trestman era in Chicago got off to a rousing start, as the new Bears coach guided his team to a 24-21 victory over the Bengals.
The defense was at its turnover-causing best, intercepting two passes from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and forcing/recovering a crucial fumble from Cincinnati receiver Mohamed Sanu.
It was an excellent start to the Trestman era, and one that should fills Bears fans with optimism.
Chicago has an excellent opportunity to start 2-0 when it hosts the 0-1 Vikings this Sunday. It's early, but the Bears look like they could challenge Green Bay for the NFC North crown.
Ultimately, it's not surprising that the Falcons lost in Week 1 at New Orleans. Saints coach Sean Payton made his return in the game, and the Superdome crowd was raucous. There's no shame in dropping that decision.
What was surprising was the lack of protection for quarterback Matt Ryan, continuing a trend witnessed in the preseason. Ryan was sacked three times and generally looked unsettled in the pocket. The Falcons are still a playoff-caliber team, but they must fix their issues along the offensive line if they're to make a serious run at the Super Bowl.
The Falcons host the 1-0 Rams in Week 2, and the game will be far from a cakewalk. It's important for Atlanta to not fall to 0-2, as it surely wants to play January games in the comfort of the Georgia Dome.
The return of coach Sean Payton couldn't have been scripted any better, as the Saints downed division-rival Atlanta at the Superdome 23-17.
While quarterback Drew Brees was as sharp as ever, throwing for 357 yards and two touchdowns, the game was ultimately won on the strength of the New Orleans defense. That's a stark contrast from 2012, when the Saints defense was statistically the worst in the history of the NFL.
If the defense can continue its stellar play, New Orleans will be a team to be reckoned with in the NFC.
The Saints travel to Tampa Bay for a Week 2 showdown, and they should leave Tampa with a 2-0 record.
Despite their season-opening 34-28 defeat in San Francisco, the Green Bay Packers played a hell of a game and appear to already be in midseason form. It's hard to imagine the team losing much this season if it plays as well as it did on Sunday.
Detractors will point to the statistics put up by the 49ers offense. While San Francisco did throw up some gaudy numbers, the bottom line is that the Packers had an opportunity to win the game late with the ball in quarterback Aaron Rodgers' hands. Against a quality team like San Francisco on the road, they'll take that scenario every time.
Green Bay will be fine and will likely get its first win this Sunday when it hosts the Redskins at Lambeau Field.
The Houston Texans could be the most complete team in the AFC, and they showed their resolve on Monday night, coming back from a 28-7 second-half deficit to beat the Chargers in San Diego 31-28.
The return of linebacker Brian Cushing from an ACL tear is a huge deal. Cushing was masterful on Monday night, with an interception return for a touchdown that helped swing the momentum of the game squarely in Houston's favor. Cushing joins defensive lineman J.J. Watt as the leaders of a potentially dominant defensive unit.
The running back duo of Arian Foster and Ben Tate combined for 112 yards on the ground, and rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins (five catches, 66 yards) looks like the real deal. Meanwhile, fellow receiver Andre Johnson caught 12 balls for 146 yards.
With the Colts struggling to beat the lowly Raiders at home, Houston looks like the clear favorite to win the AFC South. The team hosts the 1-0 Titans on Sunday.
Even though they found themselves on the ropes for much of the game, the Patriots did what the have done so often in the quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick era: pull out a close victory, downing the Bills in Buffalo 23-21.
The win could prove to be of the Pyrrhic variety, as running back Shane Vereen, a key cog in both the ground and aerial attacks, broke his wrist and was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. According to the Associated Press (via Sporting News), he'll miss at least eight weeks. Plus, receiver Danny Amendola re-aggravated a groin injury and is expected to miss Thursday's contest against the Jets, according to ESPN.
Still, the Patriots have Brady and Belichick. And with a likely victory over the Jets at home on Thursday night, the team will be 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the AFC East.
The Seahawks didn't play great on Sunday at Carolina, but they managed to escape with a 12-7 victory after some clutch quarterback play from Russell Wilson.
While the run game never got going, Wilson threw for 320 yards, including a fourth-quarter touchdown to receiver Jermaine Kearse, who made the team after an impressive training camp and preseason.
The Seattle defense stifled Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, holding him to 125 yards through the air.
Next up for the Seahawks? An epic Sunday night home date with division-rival San Francisco in one of the most anticipated games of the season. The result of that contest will certainly affect next week's Super Bowl odds.
Even if they lose to San Francisco, the Seahawks are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
The San Francisco 49ers looked mighty impressive in Sunday's 34-28 win over the Packers.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns. It was a stark contrast to his record-setting performance against Green Bay in the divisional round of the 2012 playoffs, where he ran all over the Packers. This time, Kaepernick beat them through the air.
Receiver Anqan Boldin (13 catches, 208 yards, one touchdown) and tight end Vernon Davis (six caches, 98 yards, two touchdowns) were the primary beneficiaries of Kaepernick's brilliance.
When you couple the team's offensive mastery with its extremely talented defense, you have a surefire Super Bowl contender and one of the very best teams in football.
Now, it's up to the team to avenge last year's blowout 42-13 blowout loss in Seattle when the 49ers face the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night.
No one player put in a more impressive opening performance than Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who tied the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a single game, with seven. It's not like he did it against a chump team, either; it came against the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens.
While there are still questions regarding the Broncos offensive line and defense, Manning and the offense are rolling. As long as he plays like he did last Thursday night, the Broncos must be considered the prohibitive favorites in the AFC.