Top 5 Things I Learned After Week 1

Posted: September 20, 2010 in Opinions

5. The Colts are victims of the Super Bowl “hangover.”

Not only did we see the Texans slaughter Indianapolis this weekend, we saw yet another one-dimensional Colts team who relies solely on the aerial attack. Peyton Manning threw the ball 57 times. I was surprised to see his shoulder still attached after the game. Arian Foster’s 231 yards for the Texans showed that the Colt’s defense is vulnerable as ever. This team has been talking about not suffering the “hangover” felt by the annual Super Bowl losers. I’m going to need to be convinced otherwise.

4. The Bears ARE who we thought they were!

Big play potential, disappointing defense in crunch time, and turnovers galore. DA BEARS! Take every positive with a grain of salt. Yes Jay Cutler had 372 yards passing, but the Bears offense gave the ball away four times – thrice via fumbles. The inability to run the football is evidence that the Bear’s offensive line couldn’t get a solid push on Detroit’s front 4 all game. Zach Bowman was left one-on-one with Pro Bowl caliber receiver Calvin Johnson inside the final minute and got beat for what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown reception.  And the cherry on top? The 1st and Goal inside Detroit’s one yard line that resulted in zero points. Lovie, count your blessings.

3. Baltimore’s defense may be the best in the league.

Ray Lewis is downright disgusting. This guy can ball with the best of them. Ask Dustin Keller who got jacked up via the Miami linebacker if Lewis’ age of 35 is slowing the Raven’s defense down. Baltimore on Monday Night Football ruined the home opening of the Meadowlands for the Jets by holding New York to 1-11 on 3rd down. The Jets only had 176 yards of total offense and six first downs for the ball game. The Ravens will go on a three game stretch where they play all divisional opponents, including the Roethlisberger-less Steelers. If Baltimore plays as hard-nosed as they did Monday night, the AFC North is theirs.

2. Who said the Patriot’s window was closing?

Tom Brady just got paid and you’d swear it was a performance-based contract. The Patriot QB, who was just in a car accident last week before practice, looked bored by the end of the game. New England played great not only on offense, but defensively held Cedric Benson to less than 90 yards and caused a few turnovers. This week’s opponent is the Jets. If New England can stretch New York like they did Cincinnati, the Pats may have an early lead in the AFC East.

1. Michael Vick should be a starting quarterback.

Every year in my fantasy leagues I take a funny pick in the last round. This year, I took Vick in two different leagues in round sixteen. I seem like a genius now don’t I? The way Vick came in and put life into a dead Philly team against Green Bay was somewhat inspiring. Vick didn’t only do work with his feet, but threw for 175 yards and a touchdown. If Kolb isn’t ready for a few weeks because of his concussion suffered Sunday, Vick should start this Sunday at Detroit. If Vick is demoted back to a reserve, expect teams to inquire about trading for him. Vick still has plenty of talent.

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  1. Kieran says:

    5. The Colts are victims of the Super Bowl “hangover.”

    Not only did we see the Texans slaughter Indianapolis this weekend, we saw yet another one-dimensional Colts team who relies solely on the aerial attack. Peyton Manning threw the ball 57 times. I was surprised to see his shoulder still attached after the game. Arian Foster’s 231 yards for the Texans showed that the Colt’s defense is vulnerable as ever. This team has been talking about not suffering the “hangover” felt by the annual Super Bowl losers. I’m going to need to be convinced otherwise.

    Oh yeah…?

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