Week 1 of the NFL Season is in the books and every team (except 2) has given fans a taste of what their team looks like. Everyone has their own takeaways from the action and I’m here to give you mine. I’ve kept in mind that this is one of sixteen for these teams and things change in the blink of an eye in this league. With that said, here are some of my impressions from the action from Week 1. Stay tuned every Tuesday for my weekly NFL takeaways and more from our beloved National Football League.
The Steelers Are Still Inconsistent
After the Patriots were defeated by the Chiefs on Thursday Night, many NFL fans were ready to put the Steelers in the driver’s seat in the AFC. Well they certainly didn’t look great on Sunday afternoon, continuing their trend of mostly underwhelming away from Heinz Field. The defense looked good and TJ Watt looked impressive facing a rookie quarterback, but it was their offense that looked flat. The explosive Pittsburgh offense couldn’t get a ground game going with Le’Veon Bell and only put up twenty one points against the Browns. While they did not lose on Sunday, they need to play better on the road with the talent they have to ultimately win the AFC.
The Giants Need To Pay OBJ As Much Money As He Wants
In my opinion, the biggest disappointment of the weekend was the New York Giants offensively. We new they weren’t going to run the ball very effectively and pass protection is iffy, but the offense we saw Sunday Night was just putrid. In a game without star receiver Odell Beckham Jr, none of the Giants’ receivers stepped up, play calling was not good, and the offensive line looked mostly overwhelmed by a Dallas defense that doesn’t scare anybody. It is clear as day that OBJ is the focal point of the offense and Big Blue needs to keep him at all costs. New York clearly needs him back and others to step up if they want to contend in the tough NFC.
Andrew Luck Could Be The MVP Already (But Won’t Win It)
It is truly amazing how much Andrew Luck is undervalued. I’ve heard Luck is overrated and to me that is laughable. Quarterback is the most important position on the field and it was evident in the Colts-Rams game on Sunday. The Colts got stomped 46-9 by previously underwhelming Jared Goff and 31 year old Head Coach Sean McVay. The defense albeit without Vontae Davis, looked abysmal and backup quarterback Scott Tolzien looked like he doesn’t belong in the league. He doesn’t. If Andrew Luck were to miss the whole season, Indianapolis would be competing with the Jets for the #1 overall pick. The fact that he wins 7-9 games a year is astounding and needs to be appreciated.
Carson Wentz Looks Legit
I was very high on Carson Wentz among other young quarterbacks heading into this season and he looked very good to me. Wentz threw for over 300 yards and two scores with virtually no running game. He made some tough throws into small windows and looked much more poised, resulting in a nice Philly divisional road win. If the Eagles want to surprise in the NFC, they will need Wentz to continue to play well and take a jump to at least the top 15 QB’s in the league. If he can get a good chemistry with Alshon Jeffery as well, that’s icing on the cake.
The Patriots Will Be Fine
While this is close to a week after New England’s season opener, people were ready to dethrone the Pats from league supremacy. Not so fast. Tom Brady had a poor showing against an elite defense Thursday Night, just what America wanted. Although, if you’ve watched him play the last decade you know he ALWAYS bounces back. The defense looked bad as well against Kansas City but Bill Belichik will make changes. That is what truly makes New England Patriots football so great, their ability to make adjustments. Brady and company will come back with a vengeance this week, count on it.
The Packers and Seahawks Remain The Favorites In The NFC
These teams competed in a heavyweight fight on Sunday, a potential NFC Championship Game matchup. It was Green Bay that came out victorious but Seattle looked very tough. Green Bay still has the best quarterback in the NFC and Seattle the best defense. Both of them were on full display, giving me encouraging signs these teams could meet again. Dallas, Atlanta, or whomever contends in the conference will have a tough task in getting through the two favorites.