As evidenced by the final score of the Vikings v Saints game (14-9), it can take some time for NFL teams to get up to speed. Based upon the results of our WEEK 1 Predictions (8-8), the same can be said for prognostication.
One game does not a season make, but there is much to be gleaned from the opening weekend:
Brett Favre needs to start showing up for training camp. At the post-game press conference Favre admitted missing on a few of his passes. With a straight face, he then stated how he didn't think skipping most of the preseason had any negative effect on his performance.
The Houston Texans are tired of losing to the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans appear to have spent the entire off season preparing for their opening match against the Colts. They came to play on both sides of the ball, securing only their second win against Indianapolis in team history. The Peyton-Manning-orchestrated near comeback, however, had to be unnerving, and will surely be on everyones mind when the teams meet again in Week 8.
Tennessee Titan's Running Back, Chris Johnson is outstanding, again. Sure, he was up against the Raiders, but Johnson's early returns are inarguable. Johnson had his first 100-yards before most teams even took the field, including, apparently, the Raider's themselves.
The San Diego Chargers are not going to waltz through the AFC West. Picked by the few who still care about the AFC West to win it easily, the Chargers might need to start playing their games on the field rather than paper. The Kansas City Chiefs aren't anything special, but with their schedule, and a Divisional win in their pockets, they may have already helped cloud the AFC playoff picture.
The Browns, Bills, Rams and Raiders are as bad as advertised. Not withstanding the Raider fan's ability to remain hopeful in the face of undeniable futility, no one expects much from these teams. The Week 1 performance of each of these perennial underachievers certainly lived down to all expectation. In Cleveland, Buffalo, St. Louis and Oakland, it is going to be a long year, again.
The Seattle Seahawks are either better than expected, or the 49ers are worse. Difficult to tell from this single game, which was difficult to pay attention to, but one of these teams is the early surprise of the season. From the talk surrounding the West, San Francisco was supposed to win all of their games, while Seattle wasn't likely to win any. The Seahawks appear to have taken it personally inflicting a 31-6 wood-shedding upon their Division rivals.
The NFC East is not going to live up to its media-enforced stellar reputation. The Cowboys are a mess. The Redskins. The Eagles are broken. Only the Giants appear capable of fielding a team worth watching. Their upcoming game against the Colts certainly should be (worth watching), unfortunately their fellow unwatchable Division mates are going to be splattered all over the networks as well.
The New York Jets are not going to the Super Bowl. Despite HBO and every ESPN reporter's best intentions, the Jets are not going to be handed a free pass from the rest of the league. If the Baltimore Ravens' demeanor is any indication, the Jets are not highly regarded.
Review Week 1 Predictions, but know it is a little late to point out errors, or call me a d'bag.