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NFL: What We Learned In Week One

Mill Woods

Posted on September 15, 2021 14:26

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Dynasties do crumble. Great leaders falter. Underdogs bite. The letters N.F.L. do not stand for "No Fun League". Those letters stand for "Not For Long", and that uncertainty is exactly what makes the NFL so much fun.

Sunday, we watched the league MVP get humiliated and his team get crushed. We witnessed the near demise of the AFC's champion in a match that was even closer than the near demise of the Super Bowl champions on Thursday. We came to understand just how important one player can be to a team, even if that player is not the top star.

The Packers got bombed into oblivion by the Saints. League MVP Aaron Rodgers was totally upstaged by a guy that was on the outs just last season (playing backup to Drew Brees). We now recall that Jameis Winston did actually throw all those passes to Mike Evans in Tampa to help Evans notch six straight 1,000 seasons. (Brady threw the last 1,000 yards, making Evans' feat seven seasons in a row).

As the Texans prevailed while the Ravens sank, we were reminded why Mark Ingram won the Heisman — and went on to make two teams better: the Saints and the Ravens. Lamar Jackson is the Ravens' leading rusher, but he was more dangerous when he was faking a handoff to Ingram.

The Vikings were another example where one of the league's highest-paid quarterbacks ended up on the losing end. The Vikes were upended by the lowly Bengals in the week's greatest upset. It was predictable (per me) that the Dolphins would flip the Patriots, but it was another thing to actually watch Bellichick and company go down to a team coached by a former employee.  And, while the Cardinals' victory over the Titans was no upset, the size of the blowout was in no way predictable — by me or anyone else. 

This 'extreme parity' among NFL teams is what makes pro football so maddening to try to predict — and so much fun to watch (as long as you're not too upset when your team gets dumped).

So, what happens in Week Two? I think that the strongest teams will win most games, but we just can't rule out the possibility of several upsets.

I scored a nice 10-6 record in Week One.  Here are my picks for Week Two:

        Away                Home                        My Pick

1.     Giants               Washington                Washington
2.     Raiders             Steelers                       Steelers
3.     49ers                Eagles                          49ers
4.     Texans              Browns                        Browns
5.     Broncos            Jaguars                        Jaguars
6.     Saints               Panthers                      Saints
7.     Rams                Colts                            Rams
8.     Bills                   Dolphins                     Bills
9.     Patriots            Jets                             Jets
10.  Bengals             Bears                          Bears
11.  Falcons             Buccaneers                  Buccaneers
12.  Vikings              Cardinals                     Cardinals
13.  Titans               Seahawks                    Titans
14.  Cowboys         Chargers                      Chargers
15.  Chiefs               Ravens                        Ravens
16.  Lions                 Packers                        Packers.

Grab a beer and park it in front of the TV.  It's fall — and that means football.

 

Mill Woods

Posted on September 15, 2021 14:26

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