NFL: Week 1 Notes
The NFL season is underway and a pair of Monday night games will complete the week one schedule. In advance of those games, I offer my thoughts on a highly entertaining first 14. Here are some notes I took as I was perusing the action on a lazy Sunday.
The Packers, Bears and Lions have a leg up on the "glamour" division beating the Saints, Falcons, and Buccaneers. NFC North, 3. NFC South, 0.
Cam Newton's 422 passing yards tied a single game record for most yards passing by a rookie in NFL history (Matthew Stafford).
With all the headlines going Newton's way, you'd think the Panthers had won the game. They didn't. Arizona 28, Carolina, 21.
Both the Vikings and Jets have punters who wear the number 4. Coincidence?
WEEK 1 STAT: 9 QB's threw for over 300 yards...and there are still 4 QB's yet to play.
The Indianapolis Colts are in desperate need of Peyton Manning's return. They could also use him on defense after being pounded by the Texans, 34-7.
Super Bowl hangover? The Pittsburgh Steelers lost 35-7 to the Baltimore Ravens. The average point differential in the last regular 8 season games played between the two teams is 4.25.
The Eagles were impressive in their 31-13 over the upstart Rams, but consider who the Rams lost due to injury: QB Sam Bradford, RB Steven Jackson, WR Danny Amendola, RT Jason Smith, and CB Roger Bartell.
Remember week one of the 2010 season when Lions WR Calvin Johnson potential game winning TD catch against the Bears was ruled incomplete when the ball, which was firmly in Johnson's hand after two feet hit, touched the ground? Fast forward to yesterday's game when Johnson scored on a 1-yard TD catch and held the ball straight in the air for about 10 seconds for the world (and the officials) to see.
Vikings QB Donovan McNabb's debut line: 7-15 for 39 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT...and he played the whole game.
How have the Kansas City Chiefs - a team that won the AFC west last season - fallen so hard, so fast? They looked lost in their 41-7 loss to the Bills.
San Francisco 49ers WR Ted Ginn Jr. became the first player in NFL history to return a kickoff and punt for a TD on opening day - and he accomplished both in a 5 minute span in the 4th quarter.
The Dallas Cowboys should author a book on how to lose an NFL game. Chapter 1: fumble on the goal-line. Chapter 2: have a punt blocked and returned for a TD. Chapter 3: throw an interception in the final minute of a tied game. Jets, 27 - Cowboys, 24.