It's only week one, but we learned something about every team on Sunday.
The Atlanta Falcons are going to be scary good this year with Matt Ryan throwing the ball to Julio Jones and Roddy White. It doesn't matter who the QB is for the Arizona Cardinals, Ken Whisenhunt's squad wins by playing strong defense and special teams. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the answer at QB for the Buffalo Bills. As great as Cam Newton can be, the Carolina Panthers have to be able to run the ball with their backs. Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears will put up a boatload of points on a regular basis.
The Cleveland Browns found a recipe to lose a game when the opponents throw 4 interceptions--throw four of your own. Peyton Manning looks focused and ready, the Denver Broncos are going to be in every game that #18 plays. Matt Stafford can shake off bad series and bad decisions for a Detroit Lions team that will only improve. The best offense in the world won't hide the fact that the Green Bay Packers can be outplayed and smothered by more physical teams. Andre Johnson and Arian Foster make the Houston Texans one of the most dynamic teams in the AFC.
Andrew Luck will have growing pains and there's a reason the Indianapolis Colts held the first overall pick--talent wise, this team is severely limited. Blaine Gabbert may not be the worst starting QB for a Jacksonville Jaguars team that can be competitive this year. Giving up 40+ points in consecutive season openers at home is not Kansas City Chiefs football. Joe Philbin's Miami Dolphins look outmatched in every facet of the game.
Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin provide the Minnesota Vikings with game changers at football's 'other' important offensive positions. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots always seem to be at the top of their game. The New Orleans Saints can't stop any team with a balanced offense. The New York Jets struggles before week one only prove that preseason outcomes and stats are meaningless.
If the Philadelphia Eagles offense can limit mistakes, the defense can keep them in games as well as in the NFC East race. Ben Roethlisberger needs a running game or the Pittsburgh Steelers will become way too pass-happy.The Seattle Seahawks have a leader in Russell Wilson and a dangerous defense. The San Francisco 49ers won't sneak up on any team this year, but they will still punch every one they play in the mouth.
Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams are no longer an easy W on the schedule. Doug Martin can do-it-all for a Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad that feels like they can contend in the NFC South. The Tennessee Titans lack the offensive firepower to be in shootouts and the defense played timid. Daniel Snyder has found the face of his franchise--RG3 and the Washington Redskins present nightmares to opposing defensive coordinators.
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