The first Sunday of the NFL season is under wraps as I write this and there only remains two games to play tomorrow, both of which have a heavily favored team expected to win.
As with every season fans of certain 1-0 teams are penciling their team in for the Super Bowl. Additionally fans with teams or units expected to under-perform that did the opposite today are now playing a game of “I told you so.” As a matter of fact… people who said a team or unit would under-perform and they did under-perform are saying “I told you so.”
This would all be well and good if not for one thing… It is week one!
My baccalaureate degree is in psychology and one saying we have is that nothing in our field is capable of being “proven” merely given accompanying information that leads to educated speculation. That is week one in a nutshell. We know little more about these teams than we did on Wednesday night.
How is that possible though if we actually have seen these teams play though? I mean seeing is believing right?
You think that I don’t want to tell Titans fans that their defensive line missed Albert Haynesworth?
You think that I don’t want to yell at every Bears fan on the Internet that I was right about Jay Cutler being a product of a system?
You think that I don’t want to say that I knew the Cardinals would struggle?
Well I can’t! Why you may ask?
It’s quite simple actually… because it is week one and only three things were “proven” this year. Sixteen teams will be 1-0 on Tuesday, another 16 teams will be 0-1 and there are now injuries to players that were not. That is all that is proven to us.
Remember in 2008 when the Jets beat Miami in week one last year? Who made the playoffs and who missed them? This same scenario applies to Minnesota/Green Bay as well as Chicago/Indianapolis last season.
Remember in 2007 when the Cowboys won in a shootout against the horrible Giants defense and Eli Manning looked as if he was going to miss at least one month? How did that turn out for the Giants that year? As a matter of fact how did that turn out for the Cowboys?
But do you know what my favorite example of this is?
Week one of the 2001 season in which the Carolina Panthers beat the Minnesota Vikings who were 11-5 the year before (though they did go 6-10 in 2001). Over the next 16 weeks of the season the Panthers proceeded to lose every game they would play. Week one seemed so indicative of how good they were going to be that year, huh?
I think that you get my point but let me just reiterate it by looking at the numbers from the present.
Ben Roethlisberger leads the league in passing yards while his offensive line blocked well. Sheldon Brown showed elite hands and caught two interceptions. Joe Flacco – a Ravens quarterback – threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns. Mark Sanchez looked competent after not really looking so during the pre-season. Brandon Stokely made the most clutch play in week one history. Drew Brees could have thrown for seven touchdowns. Roy Williams played like a number one wide receiver. Finally… Tony Scheffler – a tight end – recorded an interception.
Does that sound like the NFL that you and I both know?
Heed what you saw Thursday Night, today and will see tomorrow.