Sid Saraf’s NFL Thoughts: Wade Through The Waters Of Overreaction
We’re just getting our sea legs under us. Now that Week 1 is in the past, it’s time to wade through the waters of overreaction.
The Patriots suck! The Seahawks are screwed! Jared Goff is a future Hall of Famer!
Please, slow down.
One game does not a season make. Just because Tom Brady overthrew a couple receivers last Thursday, that doesn’t mean there’s any real cause for concern. It happens.
However, fans aren’t known for rational responses. And quite frankly, being reasoned with isn’t much fun. But to prevent this from turning into a #HotTake convention, I’ll comment on the first slate of games in three ways:
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FANBASES WHO SHOULD BE PLEASED
Chiefs: You don’t get much better than going to Foxborough and silencing a Patriots crowd that was reveling in the glory of their Super Bowl win. And extra points for making New England’s defense look like it was standing still in the fourth quarter.
Raiders: They didn’t have the most dynamic performance, but they hung tough on the road and took down a good Titans team. In the 10 a.m. PT window, to boot.
Cowboys: Again, they didn’t look great offensively, but they have to feel good as their defense stepped up in that Sunday night win, especially after losing twice to Big Blue in 2016.
Vikings: Sam Bradford. What a beast.
FANBASES WHO SHOULD BE CONFUSED
Ravens: It’s always good to start the season with a victory, but you’re not going to get four picks from Andy Dalton every week. And now they’ve got the Browns at home. It’ll be a little bit before Baltimore figures out what kind of team it is.
Jaguars: Wow! It’s not everyday you get 10 sacks on an opponent, but it was clear to everyone with eyes that the Texans offensive line is complete garbage.
Rams: Seriously, what the hell was that? I know the Colts didn’t have Andrew Luck, but I thought at best, the Rams would squeak out a win in the realm of 21-13. But 46-9? Really? And Jared Goff looked capable? Strange times …
FANBASES WHO SHOULD BE UPSET
Colts: Seriously, what the hell was that? Giving up 46 points to the Rams? Ewww!!
Chargers: All 20,000 fans the Bolts have left saw it with their own eyes. This franchise can change cities, but they won’t lose their ability to completely muck up a close game.
Eagles: It has to suck to get it done on the road against a division opponent and all the national media wants to talk about is the Cowboys.
WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT …
– Alex Smith would be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week? Did anyone see that coming?
– Andrew Luck would look like an MVP after not playing in Week 1? It’s pretty clear he’s been the only thing holding that franchise together all these years.
– The Packers defense would be the story of their win over Seattle?
– Adrian Peterson would turn into an also-ran?
– The Rams would put up 46 points? Sorry to keep harping on this, but I’m still blown away.
GAMES TO WATCH IN WEEK 2
Vikings at Steelers: Sam Bradford carved up the Saints defense on Monday night, but things will get decidedly more difficult this weekend. The Steelers are a completely different team at home, so don’t expect another lackluster offensive performance. Have to think Pittsburgh will take this one.
Patriots at Saints: One would think New England would take this one without much of a problem. But I say, hold everything. The Patriots defense got gashed in Week 1 and I have to wonder if they’ll be able to hold up against a Saints team that can throw and run. I’m not saying Tom Brady is going to fall to 0-2, but this might be closer than people think.
Cowboys at Broncos: Dak Prescott took down a quality defense at home in Week 1. I’m not expecting a repeat performance. Look for Denver to run the ball well and keep the Cowboys in check.
Packers at Falcons: A rematch of the NFC Championship Game. I expect this will go the same way. I like Atlanta to win big in their shiny new stadium.
Eagles at Chiefs: Andy Reid is riding high after taking down Bill Belichick. I can’t imagine he’ll have any sleepless night prepping for Doug Pederson, his former offensive coordinator who wasn’t even allowed to call plays. Chiefs all the way.
Currently a Mobile Editor at Yahoo, Saraf spent 5.5 years (Oct. 2010 - Feb. 2016) working for FOX Sports as an NFL Editor and Writer. Prior to that, Saraf worked for CBS Interactive for 4.5 years (May 2006 - Oct. 2010) as a Staff Editor.