Winning the opening game of the regular season is important so a team can start the year off on the right foot. If a team loses its first game, the absolute worse thing it can do is fail to bounce back in Week 2.
Losing can come in bunches if a team isn't careful, and before you know it, a season can be lost. Last year, slow starts doomed the once promising seasons of the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys.
It is likely that the same thing will happen to a couple of teams this year as well. Here are four Week 1 losers which will fail to get into the win column in Week 2 as well.
I will start off with an easy one. The Indianapolis Colts probably will not be winning anytime soon. As long as Peyton Manning is out of commission, the Colts are my favorites in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
In Week 2, Indianapolis will host the Cleveland Browns who are also coming off of an opening week loss. The difference between the Browns and the Colts is that the Browns still have hope for a successful season where the Colts can only hope Manning's neck injury isn't career-threatening.
On a side note, after the Colts' performance last week, can we go ahead and retroactively award every MVP for the last decade to Peyton Manning?
I am not ready to crown the Eagles as a dream team after one win, but they are a very good football team, and as all their new additions start to get more comfortable, they will only get better.
Also, after a subpar performance last week, I have to believe Michael Vick will take advantage of an average Falcons defense.
Meanwhile, the Titans are coming off a loss to a Jacksonville Jaguars team that cut its starting quarterback less than a week before the season started.
To me, that sounds like a recipe for disaster for Tennessee. I don't want to overreact to Baltimore's big Week 1 win, but I already thought the Ravens were going to take a leap forward this year, and it appears as though that leap might be even bigger than I had thought.
I don't think the Titans have a chance in this game. It could be a long season for Tennessee.
After the Kansas City Chiefs were one of the league's most surprising teams last year, they are an early possibility to be one of the league's most disappointing teams this year.
The Chiefs are coming off a 41-7 shellacking at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. These are the same Buffalo Bills that won just four games last year.
In Week 2, Kansas City has to go on the road to play the Detroit Lions who appear to be for real after taking down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The Chiefs won't be able to find their first win at Detroit.