With the final painful snap of the San Diego/Oakland game, the first week of the 2012 NFL season is in the books. What do we take away from week 1?
Well if you listen to popular media it’s very simple. Peyton Manning is clearly on his way to a MVP regular season along with the obvious comeback player of the year award. San Franciscois a lock to win the NFC. Robert Griffin the third...that’s right I wrote it out...is clearly the best QB taken in the draft since Peyton Manning and the Redskins just won the NFC East this past Sunday. That is due to the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles most likely won the only game they can possibly win the entire year based on Michael Vick’s play. In the end RG3 (abbreviated) will out clutch the not trustable Tony Romo when it matters most and lead the Redskins to the post season. The Green Bay dynasty is clearly over and Tom Coughlin needs to go in NY/NJ. New England will be there at the end along with Baltimore and the rejuvenated Denver Broncos and this year’s Super Bowl will hopefully be a Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh matchup. Oh and by the way, all of these facts were determined by games that didn’t even have real referees. Oh shit wait...“Tim Tebow!” Phew……almost forgot that.
What I take from week one is a little different from popular media. I agree that the 49er’s look really, really good. Baltimore and Peyton Manning were no slouches either. Beyond that I cannot take anything forward from one week of football considering the last two Super Bowl Champions limped into the playoffs in the final minutes of the season and were long shots to get out of the first round. My hat is off to the replacement officials for doing a bang up job considering where they came from and the situation in which they find themselves (#EricGregg). The facts of week one are that Rex Ryan lost the weight of a place kicker and Tim Tebow put on 20 pounds to facilitate a couple of dives into the line of scrimmage. Logic tells me that the Saints losing GM’s, coaches, head coaches, and players had and will continue to have a negative effect on their season. (Not taking anything away from RG3.) On the topic of rookie QB’s my summary is this: Seattle fucked up, Miami is rebuilding, Andrew Luck is fine, Brandon Weeden is not, and Washington is shitting gold for a week. The speculation that Indy was in the wrong for trading Manning and drafting Andrew Luck based on one week is ludicrous. Let us not forget, Peyton Manning was 3 and 13 in his rookie season. The final thing I take from week one of the 2012 NFL season is that my beloved Buffalo Bills look like they are once again in for a long season. But nonetheless football is back and the next five months should be exciting.
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