What We Learned: NFL Week 1
We all got to see what the Colts will look like without Peyton Manning under center, and it was well, in a word, pathetic. The Colts offense was anemic and the defense was overwhelmed. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to most as Peyton Manning IS the entire Colts offense in literally every dynamic. Their defense is also desperately reliant on Manning as they are built to play with a lead. Freeney and Mathis are straight-up monsters against the pass and pretty average when it comes to stopping the run. They both need a lead in order to pin their ears back and rush the passer. Look for more of the same in terms of play on the field and results from the Colts for the remaining 15 weeks of the season. It’s going to be a looooong season for Colts fans. Hey, who knows. Maybe Indy will LUCK out (pun intended) in the end.
Joe Flacco and the Ravens answered all the questions brought upon them going into the season. Ray Rice looked amazing in both the run and pass game, and Joe Flacco stepped up and took charge of a somewhat new receiving cor. The defense played like the typical Ravens defense we’ve all grown accustomed to, as the Birds made an early statement in the AFC North.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs were absolutely embarrassed at home by the, wait for it…Buffalo Bills! Yes, the same Buffalo Bills who started off last season 0-8 put up a 41-spot in Arrowhead. It’s only fair to now question whether or not the Chiefs were just a one year wonder, and with Matt Cassel nursing injury it could be a disappointing season for Chiefs fans.
Ted Ginn Jr.
The freak athlete out of Ohio State showed us that he definitely possesses the capability of taking over a game. The 49ers led the Seahawks 19-17 with about 3 minutes and 45 seconds left in the game. In a mere 59 seconds the score read a lopsided 33-17, all thanks to Mr. Ginn’s 102-yard kickoff return for a score almost immediately followed by a 55-yard punt return for yet another touchdown.
Cutler’s last impression was one that left football fans everywhere questioning his toughness, passion, and work ethic. Well, I think he proved his worth in week 1, throwing for 312 yards with 2 touchdowns and a QBR of 107.8.
The number 1 overall pick did not disappoint in his debut on the road against the Cardinals. Despite the loss, Newton threw for a rookie record 422 yards with 2 touchdowns and added another score on the ground. Cam looked poised in the pocket and showed great progression in his reads. He got a lot of help with some incredible catches by both his wide-outs and tight-ends but overall Panthers fans should be excited for the future.
Romo once again showed us that he can’t be trusted in crunch time as a late fumble and subsequent interception basically cost the Cowboys a chance for a fantastic win on the road.
Plain and simple, we learned that McNabb is done. The proof: 7 of 15 for a whopping 39 yards passing with one touchdown and a pick on his first pass as a Viking.