Sep. 11, 2019
True or False? (Week 1)
With all the games in the books for Week 1, it's time for me to dissect what I saw. Some of the following statements could be true with time, while others could just be simple overreactions.
1. The 2019 Miami Dolphins are the worst team of all-time.
I've watched a lot of football in my life, and I've seen a lot of bad teams. I remember the Bengals of the 90s, the post-Kurt Warner Rams teams of the mid-2000s, the 1-15 Dolphins, the 0-16 Lions and Browns teams, and many others forgotten by time. But I don't know if I have ever seen a worse team than what I watched today. The thing about those other teams, they at least looked competitive occasionally. The 0-16 Lions almost beat a few teams, the 1-15 and 0-16 Browns came close as well. They all at least tried. I can't say that about this Miami team, which is sad, because it is only Week 1 and they've already given up on the season.
2. The Patriots are the best team in the league.
I mean, it looked like it against Pittsburgh, and it is tough to argue otherwise. Not only did they dismantle the Steelers fairly easily, but they are also getting Antonio Brown next week. After the Patriots massacre Miami next week (and they will) we will start hearing the 16-0 talk again, because that's a yearly ritual in the NFL.
3. The Tomlin/Roethlisberger window has closed
Before we completely anoint the Patriots as the best team once again, remember that the Steelers are not the powerhouse they once were. The defense is above average, Roethlisberger is getting old (and all those hits he has absorbed have taken a toll), and they were without arguably their two best players of the past decade in AB and LeVeon Bell. I have a feeling they're on their way to a 6-10 season that'll see major changes in the offseason.
4. The Browns, as I expected, are not invincible.
The final score doesn't really reflect how close of a game this really was. It was a 1 possession game going into the 4th and then Tennessee went into overdrive. Look, maybe they clean up their 18 penalties next week, but if they start 0-2 you'll see that team implode at record speed. Players like OBJ, Mayfield, and Landry are far more likely to tear a team apart at the seems than bring it together in the face of adversity.
5. Get ready for more of that Jets fans.
After watching my team get decimated by the Ravens, I probably can't say much, but I don't envy the Jets for one minute. Adam Gase is an awful coach. You're up 16-0, have LeVeon Bell and a stout defense (that forced multiple turnovers) and ya still lost the damn game. You know what this reminds me of? Adam Gase's tenure in Miami. Get used to watching your team implode in the 4th quarter week-in and week-out.
6. Cincinnati is actually pretty good!
I watched the majority of the Cincinnati/Seattle game and came away impressed with the Bengals. Should they have won the game? Absolutely. They dominated the Seahawks in virtually every phase of the game, except special teams and red zone offense. And this was on the road, at that. If they can figure out their red zone offense, the Bengals will sneak up on people.
7. The Ravens will win the AFC North and go deep in the playoffs.
First of all, the Ravens looked amazing today. But let's pump the brakes, because it was against the worst team I've ever watched. But, Lamar Jackson did make some nice throws into tight windows, and the defense dominated from start to finish. With Cleveland on the verge of implosion and the Steelers waning, the Ravens looked poised to win the division again this year. And they do have a proven head coach with a formula that wins playoff games, even those that are on the road.
8. Houston is now the favorite in the AFC South.
Most years I'm not too high on the Texans, because most years they rack up a bunch of wins against 3 and 4 win teams. But after watching them go to the Superdome and almost beat the Saints in primetime, I can say I think they'll win the division (assuming DeShaun Watson stays healthy). Because no matter how impressed I was with the Titans beating the Browns, the Texans should have beaten a better team in a more hostile environment. Kudos to you, Houston.