All We Know After Week 1 Of The NFL Season, Is That We Know Nothing
There’s an old adage among front office executives of NFL teams, in regards to the conclusion of Week 1 of the NFL season: the 50% of teams in the league who win their opening game will begin wondering if they’ll lose at all that upcoming season, and the 50% of teams who lose their opening game will begin to wonder if they’ll win a single game all year long.
Such is life in the ultra-reactionary world of professional football.
Deep down, people in and around the league know the truth: that Week 1 of any NFL season offers some of the wonkiest — and often meaningless — results, especially in the grand scheme of the marathon that each season ends up being.
After Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season last year, the team that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl — the Atlanta Falcons — lost to a team that failed to make the playoffs (Tampa Bay). The team with the second best record in all of football (the Dallas Cowboys) also lost their opening game. The San Francisco 49ers, who finished with the second-worst record in football last year (2-14), won their Week 1 game in resounding fashion — a 28-0 trouncing of the Los Angeles Rams — and then went on to win only one of their next 15 games.
So, at the risk of overplaying or underplaying any team’s performance last week, let’s all slow-down with the all the hot takes, proclamations, and panicking, shall we?
Kansas City’s offense isn’t as prolific as everyone is making it out to be. New England’s defense isn’t as bad as everyone is making it out to be. Jacksonville’s defense won’t maintain their pace for finishing this season with 160 sacks of opposing quarterbacks. The New York Giants won’t maintain their pace for scoring a grand total of 48 points this season. The Los Angeles Rams won’t have the #1 point differential in the NFL for much longer. The Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions aren’t going to finish the season with an undefeated record. The Seattle Seahawks aren’t going to finish the season with a winless record.
Tom Brady isn’t going to finish the year without ever throwing a touchdown pass. Alex Smith won’t maintain his pace for throwing 64 touchdown passes this year. Andy Dalton won’t continue his current pace of turn the football over 80 times this season. Deshone Kizer and Jared Goff won’t have more touchdowns passes than Marcus Mariota and Russell Wilson for much longer. Le’Veon Bell won’t be ranked below 29 other running backs and two different quarterbacks, in terms of total rushing yards. Antonio Brown won’t maintain his pace for catching 176 passes this year. Austin Hooper can’t possible maintain his average of 64 yards per catch.
So, enjoy Week 1 for what it was… because it was just one week of a long football season. There’s still plenty more football to go, and plenty more for all of this season’s stories to unfold. While everything is still in the air, we hope all of those potential prospects wear their sports mouth guards while doing the football practice.
(Although, if you’re still wondering: yes, the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets really are that bad, and what we saw from them last week is probably a very good sign of things to come for them this year; apologies to fans of those teams.)