It is my favorite time of the year. The NFL 2014 season has begun, and it is already shaping up to be another great season. After watching most of the games this week, here are 5 things that we have learned about the NFL after Week 1:
1. Seattle Seahawks Are The Team To Beat!
This should come as no shock to anyone. Seattle sent a strong message on Thursday night with beating the Green Bay Packers 36-16. With a healthy Percy Harvin, Marshawn Lynch playing beast mode, Russell Wilson looking more mature as a quarterback, and the Legion of Boom on defense, they are going to be tough to beat. They know the target is on theirs back. With the attitude and confidence the Seahawks are showing right now, it is going to be a tall order for anyone to dethrone the Super Bowl Champions.
2. Peyton Manning Is Once Again In MVP Form!
Peyton Manning is looking like the same guy we love to see during the regular season. At 38 years old, he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the game right now. He had a tough ending to a great season last year, and that humiliating Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks has left a chip on his shoulder. I expect Manning to put up great numbers and go 13-3 again this year with the Denver Broncos. I do not have the Broncos winning it all, but their week 3 matchup vs. the Seahawks in Seattle is a great game to send a strong message that they are the best in the league.
3. J.J. Watt Is Still the Best Defensive End In The NFL!
J.J. Watt signed a six-year $100 million contract extension with the Houston Texans, including $52 million guaranteed. In his first three seasons he has averaged 36.5 sacks. A lot of players in various sports over the years sign a big contract and then don’t play with a high level of intensity and heart. NOT J.J. Watt. At his contract extension press conference, J.J. makes it known that he will work extremely hard to prove he earned this contract. J.J. Watt played a key role in the Texans 17-6 win over the Redskins. He scored 3 tackles and sacked RG3 once. If he keeps this up, J.J. Watt will be a favorite to win his 2nd Defensive Player of the Year.
4. On Any Given Sunday Anything Can Happen!
The New Orleans Saints lost in Atlanta via two 50+ field goals.
The Buffalo Bills beat the Bears in Chicago.
Kansas City Chiefs were manhandled by the Tennessee Titans.
Brady and the Patriots lose their 1st opening game in 11 years in Miami.
Before Monday night’s games, 57.1% of favorites have won so far this week. That is what makes the NFL great. On Any Given Sunday, anything can happen. That is why we can’t just hand the Seahawks the Vince Lombardi Trophy right now. It’s a long season and any upset can happen at any given time.
5. Dallas Cowboys Still Stink!
America’s team has one playoff win in the last 17 years, as well as 3 consecutive 8-8 seasons. Tony Romo had 3 interceptions in the Cowboys 28-17 loss against the San Francisco 49ers. The Dallas Cowboys will continue to struggle this season and will most likely miss the playoffs again with a 4-11 record. Teams that see the Cowboys on their schedule are cheering for joy even more this year. Sad, very sad.
Lots more football to come before we finally make it to the Super Bowl on February 1st in Glendale, Arizona. Enjoy the games and catch you next time!
“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary” Vince Lombardi