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NFL Week One observations

September 13, 2011 - Seth Staskey
As I've pointed out numerous times, I am not the biggest fan of the National Football League. But, being a vested sports fan, I have no other option other than to pay attention.

I watched bits and pieces of a few games this past weekend, including the matchup of the last two Super Bowl Champions on Thursday; Ravens rout of the Steelers; the Browns flop against the Begals; the Cowboys choke job against the Jets and then parts of the two Monday night games. The first thing that jumped out at me, after I quit laughing over how poorly the Steelers played in every facet of the game, was just how good Tom Brady is. That guy is a machine, but more on that later. Back to the Steelers: Let's be honest, they couldn't have beat a really good high school team with seven turnovers let alone a really good NFL team. Ben Roethlisberger looked like he was still on his honeymoon, the offensive line was poor, the defense looked slow and old. Having said all that, I still believe the Steelers are a good football team and will definitely win their fair share of games. Obviously, week one is far too early to begin writing teams and/or seasons off to the waste. As for the Browns, all I can come up with is typical. The Browns haven't been a good football team since John Elway was leading last-second drives in Memorial Stadium. I mean, they had nearly a dozen penalties, got tricked because they couldn't get out of the huddle in time. I mean, are you serious? These are professional players and they fell for that. The Bengals looked like the worst team ever formed during the preseason. But, I guess, I just didn't watch enough of the Browns or I probably would have crowned them that. As for the balance of the league, the Chiefs miss Charlie Weiss more than people know; the Patriots are well-oiled machine and Brady is just ridiculous; Peyton Manning is worth every penny he receives and more; the Broncos stink and Tim Tebow wouldn't be the answer and lastly, major kudos to the NFL and NBC for choosing the Saints as the Packers' opponent during the opening game. I am willing to go out on a limb and claim that will be the most exciting game of the season.


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