AFC East Filled With Headlines In Week 1

Zach AugerContributor ISeptember 7, 2008

What a first week. There was a lot going on Sunday. The AFC East was particularly busy. The Patriots looked to rebound after losing all four preseason games against the Kansas City Chiefs. Brett Favre led the Jets in his regular-season debut against against division rival, the Miami Dolphins, along with ex-Jet Chad Pennington. Also, Marshawn Lynch and the Bills played host to the Seattle Seahawks

A sense of relief overcame the New England fans as Tom Brady followed through with his promise that he would start against the Chiefs. But relief quickly turned to anxiety for the Pats as Tom Brady through the ball deep under pressure to Randy Moss, who fumbled the football. But that was an insignificant truth about that play. After releasing the ball, Brady was knocked down after Kansas City safety Bernard Pollard rolled over Tom's Left knee. Brady was helped off the field halfway though the first quarter. Matt Cassel then took the reigns of the Patriots potent offense. Cassel did well going 13-18 for 152 yards and one TD. The Patriots won the game 17-10. Brady's status is still unknown.

What most where watching, however, was Brett Favre play in his first game as a Jet that would count towards their regular season record. Favre played well but I couldn't help not to pay more attention to Chad Pennington. The way he played late in the game and on the final two drives made me question whether or not the Jets made the right decision to go with Brett. In the end though, it seemed they were right as the Jets were able to outlast the comeback attempt and win the game 20-14.

Seattle went into Buffalo Sunday without key WR's Deion Branch or Bobby Engram. That proved to have an impact as the Seahawks only had 190 passing yards and Hasselbeck struggled throughout the game. The Bills displayed strong defense on their way to an impressive win with the final score of 34-10. My favorite play of the day, not just for this game but for the first week, had to have been Roscoe Parrish's 63-yard punt return. I'm also a sucker for return TD's but it was still pretty impressive.

And so a dramatic week one ended for the AFC East. Now we need to wait and see what week two has in store for this division. hopefully, by years end, the Patriots won't be the only ones playing in January from this Division. I always enjoy rivalry games and I pick the game between the Jets and Patriots. Favre making his home-debut against a powerful Pats team. Hopefully Tom Brady will be back in time for the show.