-If he gets 15-20 touches a game, Chris Johnson is your Rookie of the Year; 15 carries, 93 yards, 3 catches, 34 yards, TD.
-If Brady is done for the year, the Buffalo Bills automatically become your AFC East team to beat. They throttled Seattle today. I can honestly say they're legit. Trent Edwards + Marshawn Lynch + good young defense = lots of wins
-Vince Young might be done for the year, but the drop-off to Kerry Collins isn't as steep as you might think- he reads defenses a lot better than Young does, and that's good for Tennesee's passing attack.
-If Chicago's defense plays this way this year, they'll win 11 games. Matt Forte is the real deal. He's the top threat to Chris Johnson for ROY honors.
-DeSean Jackson further confirmed my assessment that he is the best rookie WR in the NFL: 6 catches, 106 yards, and 6 returns for 87 yards, including a 60-yarder. You can't teach speed. He's got top 5 wheels in the NFL, for sure.
-Dallas is the team to beat for the Super Bowl as of right now, but I think they could be beaten if the Giants continue to rush the passer well. That o-line will give Marion Barber and Tony Romo all kinds of blocking provided they stay healthy.
-Speaking of the Giants, they don't appear to have lost any mojo from last year. The pass rush is still ferocious, even without Osi Umenyiora. They are probably the 2nd best team in the NFC, behind Dallas. Eli Manning certainly looks a lot more confident this year too.
-Philly looks great too. Granted, beating the Rams isn't all that impressive, but Donovan McNabb was excellent today. If he keeps that up, the NFC East will send 3 teams to the playoffs again.
-Green Bay is still the best team in the NFC North. If Aaron Rodgers plays this well year-round, the Pack could return to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1997-98 season. The defense looked unstoppable, led by A.J. Hawk's 10 tackles.
-Adrian Peterson could very well win offensive player of the year now that Brady is toast. Other guys to consider are McNabb, Michael Turner (200+ yards in his debut), Chris Johnson (seriously), and Tony Romo.
Observations from Week 1 of the NFL
Posted on: September 14, 2008 3:46 pm
Tags: A.J. Hawk, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Chris Johnson, Dallas Cowboys, DeSean Jackson, Donovan McNabb, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Kerry Collins, Marion Barber, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, Michael Turner, New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahwawks, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Trent Edwards, Vince Young