The NFL opening week did not disappoint, with its upsets, beat downs and head scratchers.
The Seattle Seahawks picked up right where they left off in February, schooling the Green Bay Packers and beating them handily by 20 points. Aaron Rodgers is, in my opinion, the best quarterback in the league right now and he seemed a little overwhelmed at times during the game. It makes me wonder if there is a team right now that can handle the Seahawks, although last year the Cardinals went into their house and beat them, so we’ll have to see how things unfold as the season progresses.
It was surprising to see that the Jacksonville Jaguars were winning against the Philadelphia Eagles for the first half of the game. Apparently, someone handed the Eagles the memo that the preseason was over and they might want to try winning the game. And they did.
Nick Foles played lights out last season but seemed a bit more human in the opening game this season, losing a couple of fumbles and throwing an interception. Fortunately for the Eagles, even these miscues didn’t stop them from getting the W and letting the rest of the league know they are contenders, not pretenders.
The Ravens lost their game against the Bengals on Sunday and their premier running back on Monday.
It was jarring to say the least to see the video of Ray Rice punching his fiancée in the face and knocking her unconscious. Initially, he was suspended for the first two games of the season and the league has now suspended him indefinitely after viewing the footage of the assault. This should have been done in the first place, but I guess better late than never.
Kudos go to the Titans, Vikings and Falcons for winning this weekend. They all had losing seasons last year and are off to a good start this year, we’ll see if they can all sustain their early success. On the downside, I’m bummed about the Patriots loss, but I have faith that they can turn things around; otherwise, it’s going to be a long, long season for me. The Cowboys look like they are in trouble and I’m not sure they can turn things around at least not this year. But who knows they may end up proving me wrong.
Finally, I believe the officials are not all on the same page as to when to call a holding penalty or a hand to the face penalty.
In some games the penalized player barely touched his opponent but drew a flag and in other games there was mauling taking place by both the offensive and defensive players and no flags were thrown. Needless to say, I still can’t tell what is considered a penalty and what isn’t. I really hope the officials develop some sort of continuity soon or else there will be a lot of games determined by a penalty instead of a play. And that will not be good for anybody.