With week one of the NFL season in the books, We’ve arrived at the point where we as fans overreact to what happened during the first games of the year. Are the Saints Super Bowl favorites? Are the Packers the worst team in the league? Are the Eagles a force in the NFC East? I’ll take some time to look into what I consider to be around long term and what can just be chalked up to it being early in the season.
First up, I’m gonna take a page out of Aaron Rodgers book and tell all Packers fans to “R-E-L-A-X.” Yes, Green Bay got annihilated by the Saints this past weekend, however, I don’t see this spelling doom for the Pack in the long run. All-Pro offensive lineman was out on the PUP (Physically Unable to Participate) list while recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee. Add to that, the fact that this New Orleans team had huge chips on their shoulders entering their first game of the “post Brees era” and they certainly showed up. As a final note, I’ll add that the Saints beat the Buccaneers 38-3 last November and that played zero role in the futures of those teams season, just like this past weekend.
Now, on to what I feel might have more of a chance of becoming commonplace this year. The Baltimore Ravens may have an offensive line problem. Allowing your MVP-level QB to be pressured on 54.5% of his drop backs by a team that finished 29th in sacks last season. Compare that to Derek Carr facing pressure around 20% of his passes from what’s supposed to be a really good Ravens pass rush. I think this may be a lingering problem for the team as they’ve been depleted at RB, which leaves them with less than stellar blocking backs, Alejandro Villanueva is past his prime and has lost a step from what I see. Baltimore has the usual tough AFC North schedule this season and they’ll have their work cut out for them on the offensive front.
Last, but not least….well let’s hold on about that last part. We have the New York “Football?” Giants to discuss and what has been deemed a make or break season for QB Daniel Jones did not get off to the best start. The Giants have been fighting to get back to their Eli Manning days for about a decade now and this current iteration of the team will not get them there. Not saying this is a historically bad team, however, this is a team in desperate need of roster improvements. Quarterback, left and right tackle and linebacker are all positions of need. Jones turns the ball over far too much to hold down a starting spot for a winning team. Saquan Barkley is an elite back who’s got nothing around him. Prepare for a long season Giants fans following a disheartening performance against the Teddy Bridgewater led Broncos at their own stadium.