Football games create colossal amounts of over-reacting. It makes sense; there are only 16 games in a season compared to 162 games in baseball.
But frantic fans are ready to jump ship on their team after only one game. Let’s take a look at three teams that shouldn’t be panicking…yet.
1.) Redskins—The Meadowlands is not an easy place to play by any stretch of the imagination. The Giants are a Super Bowl contender and looked great on D against the ‘Skins. Jason Campbell was 19-26 for 211 yards with a TD and INT for a QB rating of 93.6. Not terrible but he leaves something to be desired.
Enter St. Louis.
The next three games for the ‘Skins are home against the Rams, at Detroit, and home against the QB challenged Buccaneers. Righting the ship shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Santana Moss only had two catches for 12 yards in week one. Credit should be given to the Giants for making sure the top Redskins receiving threat didn’t beat them. But I expect some serious stat padding games over the next three weeks for the entire Redskin offense.
2.) Panthers—Boy did they look great in that first quarter against Philadelphia. An eight plus minute drive that ended in a DeAngelo Williams TD. Then the Panthers unraveled quicker than a Kayne West apology.
Jake Delhomme has been a turnover machine of late, but if you look at his overall body of work, you can trust him to bounce back. He has been in the league for nine years and will have a short memory going into Sunday’s match-up with Atlanta and the Dallas MNF game in two weeks.
The running game still has the dual threat with Williams and Jonathan Stewart. The D-line, led by Julius Peppers, can still create consistent pressure on the QB.
While the Panthers schedule isn’t as favorable as Washington’s, I think the veteran’s on this team keep the ship a sail. Don’t forget they won 12 games last year.
3.) Texans—Boy oh boy did the trendy pick of the year get embarrassed at home or what? Letting a rookie QB, making his first career start, come in and pick apart your supposed “improved” D at home is horrendous.
QB Matt Schabb had a dismal outing, throwing for 166 yards on 18-33 attempts with an INT. I expect him to play better as the season progresses as he learns what it takes to be a team leader. And the Jets D is looking like a force to be reckoned with under new head coach and former Ravens D coordinator Rex Ryan.
A trip to an angry Tennessee team awaits the Texans this week. This is a huge game for both teams.
Nobody wants to start 0-2. But I think the lack of Titans offense will allow this game to come down to one or two plays in the fourth quarter. It’s up to the Texans to decide which way it goes.
But after that, the schedule opens up favorable for Houston. After the Titans they play two home games in a row against the Jaguars and Raiders, followed by trips to Arizona and Cincinnati. That’s four very winnable games in a row, so 5-1 or 4-2 is still a very distinct possibility.
No need to hit the red panic button just yet Redskins, Panthers, and Texan fans. It’s going to be a long and grueling season that will have you feeling different about your team each and every Sunday.