“Settle Down”: Reactions to Week 1 in the NFL

What an incredible Week 1! Now it’s time to digest it all.

 

AJ Green catches a deep pass on Darrelle Revis (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

AJ Green catches a deep pass on Darrelle Revis (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

 

Seriously, That was one of the greatest weeks in recent football history. 5 games decided in the final drive. Well over half decided by less than double digits. And some incredible individuals efforts.

 

But let’s settle down folks. It’s week 1. Time to take a moment, breathe deeply and try to make sense of what we witnessed.

 

Let’s not overreact to…

 

Oakland’s Defence

The Raiders invested some serious cash in their defence this offseason as well as some draft picks. But, just because they gave up 34 points to a sneaky good New Orleans aerial attack in an incredible hostile Superdome, does not mean they will continue this trend. They are young and will learn from these mistakes and you know anytime a team comes in to the Black Hole, that D will be swarming.

 

Running Back Dud Performances

Ezekiel Elliot, Todd Gurely, Adrian Peterson all had less than stellar opening days. Sure Zeke had a TD and helped the Cowboys have a chance at winning, but he was less than brilliant. But, these three players have shown either in the big time or in the College game that they can get the job done. Give them time before we start writing off their seasons.

 

The 49ers Sudden Ability to Win

Calm your farm 49ers fans. You beat a very underwhelming Rams team that was pretty much DOA. Your quarterback still only managed 4.9 yards per attempt. That is not good. Sure, Carlos Hyde looked great, but he also looked great opening weekend last year and proceeded to be average at best. Next week you travel to Carolina to take on a very, very angry Panthers team. Beat them, then this statement will be retracted.

 

Let’s totally react to…

 

The Jets Defence

Wow. Coming into the season, it was common knowledge that the New York Jets front seven was loaded with talent but this group will win games. 7 (!) sacks on Andy Dalton is no small feat as Cincinnati’s O-line is one of the best in the league. The only slight question that remains surround Darrelle Revis. The idea that he can still shadow Number 1 WR’s is going to be tested this year. If he is provide them with 13 strong outings, they will go deep into the play-offs.

 

New England Is The Greatest Team Ever

Normally not one to come out in the first person however something needs to be addressed: I was wrong. Head Coach Bill Belichick knows how to coach a team and I forgot that when I picked the Pats to lose last week. Taking basically a rookie quarterback, no All-Pro Tight End, and a less than incredible defence into Arizona, Belichick proved that he is the master of the game in so many ways. The Cardinals will be spewing that they let this chance slip away. Oh by the way, the Patriots are absolutely going 14-2 and into the Super Bowl.

 

Cleveland Is The Worst Team Ever

Well, maybe not. But they were less than competitive in all levels of the game. Not only that, but you have lost reclamation story/project Robert Griffen III for at least 8 games if not the season. All the hope that was achieved in the offseason with the signing of Hue Jackson, the boat load of draft picks they acquired, as well as the Cavaliers winning the NBA title, seems like a distant memory. Sorry Browns fans. You are in for a very, very, very (this could go for a while) long season.

 

 

This entry was posted in NFL by Josh Wiles

About Josh Wiles

A self-proclaimed "sports nut", Josh is currently learning about the world of sports journalism whilst juggling full-time work and a family of three. His focus is primarily the NFL and College Football, but he has strong opinions on AFL, Cricket and Lawn Bowls.

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