Friday, September 16, 2011

Week One NFL Recap: Jaws Said WHAT On Monday Night Football??

It's difficult to draw many conclusions from Week 1 of the 2011 NFL season, other than it's going to be another great year!

There were, of course, a few surprises: Pittsburgh looking so unprepared, Atlanta as if they had missed all of training camp, and Kansas City wondering if they could get Charlie Weis back from Florida.  Let's also not forget the terrible start by Monday Night Football analyst Ron Jaworski and his S-bomb.

Those were the bad surprises.  The good surprises were Cam Newton's 400+ yard debut, the fantastic opening game between the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints (no Super Bowl hangover for the Pack), Brian Urlacher's awesome game for the Bears, and even Reggie Bush's nice offensive day for the Miami Dolphins.

The only teams that truly look already out of contention already are the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks.  Primarily because they were beaten by teams that probably aren't going to have a winning season, and yet they looked so terrible against them.  They both play in fairly week divisions, but there is little hope for either of these franchises (until the 2012 NFL Draft, wonder if they'll get Lucky?).

If your favorite team goes 0-2, there's truly no need to panic.  After all, the Falcons are 0-1, but so is the rest of the NFC South.  They didn't lose any ground yet.  Also, if you're a Steelers fan, you know Week 1 is bound to be the worst they'll play all year.  Coach Mike Tomlin will see to that.

Early MVP Candidates:  Tom Brady, Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton (hey, he had over 400 yards!!)

Coaches On Extreme Hot Seat:  Todd Haley - how big a mistake was letting Charlie Weis go?

Games of the Week:  San Diego @ New England, Chicago @ New Orleans, Philadelphia @ Atlanta

Thing I Wanna Change:  Can we just have Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden as a pair without Jaworski? He doesn't add much more than what Gruden does, and he frequently repeats him.  I find MNF very difficult to listen to because of that.

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