Does anybody else watch the first Sunday of the National Football League and wonder what just happened? Does anybody ask questions like how could this sleeper team lose by twenty or who is this player and where did he come from? If you are like me, you are sitting in a NFL coma right now wondering what whirlwind did I just get thrown through? Well you are in luck because I am here to help sort through every Sunday throughout the year and nurse every football fan back into a realm of understanding.
Brett Favre will retire after this year trying to figure out why he came back. He is down his top receiving option from a year ago in Sidney Rice for at least half the season and he is a year older. An offense that relies on Visanthe Shiancoe as the top receiving threat will struggle throughout the year. Unless Adrian Peterson learns to run against 8 man fronts with success, which is a long shot, Favre will question his decision to come back for one more year.
The Bengals seem to have a lot more issues than anybody was ready to think. The team makes too many mistakes and having the top two receiving options choose to sit out of a hail mary play at the end of a half is unacceptable. Terrell Owens is 6’3” and forcing Carson Palmer to throw hail mary passes to 5’11” Jordan Shipley is unacceptable. Ochocinco looks like he may return to his form of three years ago with his 159 receiving yards and a touchdown. This team is still a run first team and 43 yards from Cedric Benson cannot happen for this team to be successful. If the Bengals cannot figure out how to run with more success then this team will fight with the Browns for who gets the best seat in the basement of the AFC North.
Do I think Arian Foster is a good running back? Yes. Do I think he is a great running back? Not yet. The Houston Texans have the best wide receiver in the league in Andre Johnson and a top 10 quarterback in Matt Schaub. They have Kevin Walters and sleeper receiver in Jacoby Jones. This team will pass the ball A LOT and Arian Foster putting up 231 yards against a small defense like the Colts is great and all but do not expect these numbers every week. If the Texans use Foster like they did with Slaton last year then expect a very valuable player but if the Texans start to put the ball in the air then look for Foster to slowly lose his value.
The 49ers will not be anything near a good team with Alex Smith at quarterback. This is the same 1st pick that has struggled through every season he has played. I bought into the 49ers hype and I can say that I jumped off the bandwagon so fast that I broke an ankle. This team has talented players in Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and Frank Gore but without a quarterback to get the first two the ball and take the focus off the third this team will not win more than 7 games. Also, what happened to the defense? Either Pete Carroll has figured out how to pick NFL players or the 49ers defense is not what everyone believed it would be. I believe that the latter is truer than the previous.
On some brighter notes, the Saints defense played really well and that offense will only put up more points so expect that team to continue to build on its Super Bowl win from last year. The Patriots have more weapons that anybody could have imagined and if Tom Brady stays healthy look for Aaron Hernandez to put up monster numbers and the Patriots to return to the top of the league. Pittsburgh has always been able to run and play defense and missing out on Roethlisberger for the first four games will not hurt this team because Rashard Mendenhall and the Steel Curtain will lead the way. If the Eagles stay with Michael Vick and give him free rein to do the same things he did before his suspension, this team will be fast and fun to watch.