After so much speculation over the summer about whether or not there would be football this year, here we are at the end of the NFL’s week one of the regular season.
Everyone is so excited that there is football at all, most aren’t concerned that the teams had to deal with a much-abbreviated offseason. It may not be at the forefront of every fan’s mind, but with week one in the books, its impact is clear.
It is very apparent that some teams were ready for the season, and some teams simply were not. This is why the week was laden with upsets and blowouts.
The year kicked off with a real shootout as the Packers topped the Saints. The game featured great performances by both teams’ all-pro quarterbacks, but neither defense looked impressive.
The most surprising result was surely the Baltimore Raven thrashing of the defending AFC champs, the Pittsburg Steelers.
The Steelers were certainly considered one of the top teams in the NFL, and mainly felt Baltimore is on the downturn.
Despite that Big Ben and the Pittsburg offense committed seven turnovers, while Ray Rice and the Baltimore Offense sliced through a Steelers defense that severely underperformed.
Next to that, another big surprise was how the Buffalo Bills dominated the defending AFC West champs, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Granted it doesn’t take a lot to win the AFC West, and one expected them to repeat it this year, but the Bills were clearly ready for this game, and came to win.
The Bills were one of the worst teams in the league, and showed no improvement to their offense during the offseason, but managed to put up 41 points in the contest.
The team possibly most disrupted by the lockout was the Indianapolis Colts. With Peyton Manning coming off of a neck injury not able to get the constant attention of team doctors, he wasn’t able to rehab as well as he otherwise would have been.
It is no secret that Manning has been the one guy holding the Colts franchise for the last several seasons now, and without him they are lost.
Realizing that he wouldn’t be ready to play in time, the Colts were forced to pull Kerry Collins out of retirement; their lack of preparation is what caused their crushing defeat to division rival, the Houston Texans.
The Texans have been on the cusp of a playoff berth for a couple years, but have been unable to surpass Manning and the Colts.
Now with Manning on the sidelines, this could be the year the Texans finally take that next jump everyone has been waiting for.
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