NFL Week 1: Storylines to Follow

Sports can often be like TV/Movies in that there’s always a story-line. It’s not just about what happens during the game, it’s about the narrative, it’s about how things come together, how they progress. If the NFL, for example, were just about men trying to tackle each other, we wouldn’t really care, would we?

But, of course, it’s about much more than that, so before week 2 gets officially under way, let’s talk about the week 1 story-lines you should paying attention to going into week 2.

Aaron Rodgers Injury

When Rodgers went down, there were conflicting reports. Some pretty trustworthy people were saying torn ACL, hell, even broken leg. The Bears certainly believed it, and that could have played a role in the fact that, when Rodgers came back, the Bears were still defending like he couldn’t possibly beat them. And beat them he did. Now, you can say the Bears were naive and the Packers smart, but one thing is for certain, I won’t be trusting reports from now on, and that probably doesn’t bode well for any players out there with real injuries.

So, how bad is Rodgers injury? Can he continue to play – and win? Right now, smart money’s on yes, but this is a situation we should all keep an eye on.

How Bad Are The Bills?

For a moment or two there, it looked like the Bills weren’t even going to muster a first down, much less points, so the question has to be asked. How bad is this team? The other question that needs to be asked? How long do you stick with a QB everyone and their mother knows is just a place holder if your team is THIS bad? Do you throw your rookie QB to the wolves or do you just resign yourself to being a bad team and keep the kid on the bench till he’s ready? We shall see.

Did we over-hype the Steelers and Saints?

Anyone can have a bad game, but the Steelers had a really, really bad game, and against the Browns, no less. At least the Saints didn’t look like they had a problem scoring, but boy, does the defense look bad. But then again, so does the Steelers defense. If I had to bet on one of these two teams, I’d be the Saints, not just because I like them much more, but because I think there’s just too much talent on that roster not to do something better than this. They won’t be able to outscore opponents every week, but they might be able to do it enough weeks to get to the playoffs. As for the Steelers, well …maybe their reign is over. Maybe not Either way, we’ll be paying attention.

Von Miller and Khalil Mack can Dominate a Game

There’s no question about that. But the question is not whether they can continue to do this, they probably can, but whether they can lead their teams to win. Miller did this week, Mack came close. What’s that thing they say? Defense wins championships. I’m pretty sure both Denver and Chicago would settle for defense winning some games in the regular season right now, and both teams have the tools, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can both do it.

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NFL Week 2 gets underway tonight, when the Baltimore Ravens play at the home of the Cincinnati Bengals.

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