To quote the great Vince “What the hell is going on out here?”
First of all, sorry I haven’t posted for a while- but I’m back and in a conference that is normally devoid of news there has been quite a bit there was the cut of Josh Sitton and the insane trade of Sam Bradford (which I will write about once they have both played a few games and we can see how it worked out for everyone)
THEN there was the little matter of Week 1. Some great results for the teams in the North, with the Packers, Lions and Vikings all picking up wins. Chicago lost on the road to the Texans.
If you read my predictions pieces previously you’ll know that I am currently 3-1 to the good (I’ve predicted a shocker for the Lions) so not too bad there.
If you were a NFL fan you most likely watched the Packers game. It was on at a decent timeslot on Sunday, you get to watch one of the best players in the game go to work and a sneak preview at the much improved Jags who will be coming over to Wembley for the International Series. I thought it was a great game- it was always going to go down to the wire, the Jags offense didn’t really get going, but the defence looked so much better than last year and that offseason story looks as though it holds water, which conversely means that the narrative that we were hearing about the Packers offense didn’t really have time to come to fruitition (although Lacy did look as though he was getting back to his best)
The Vikings looked average against a much improved Titans team, but I’m sure given the awful injury their starting QB and the limited time that the team had to adapt to a new QB they were happy with any kind of a win. That being said I’m sure that the Vikings are looking to step it up against the Packers this week, so as a Packers fan I’m nervous that they are going to really turn it up for their matchup this week and try and beat the Packers in their new stadium (I’m hoping they don’t manage)
Meanwhile the Lions played a shoot out against the Colts which was great if you had their offensive players in Fantasy, but not if you had their defenses. I thought that the Lions looked ok against a Colts team who couldn’t defend, I’m feeling at this early stage that strangely enough Stafford looks like he might be better without Johnson (lets give that a few more weeks) but my prediction of an awful season may be wide of the mark. The Titans who pushed the Vikings the week before may provide them with a challenge with a Mariota led offense, but we will need to wait and see on that.
A much improved Texan offense was too much for the Bears to handle and they went down in a low scoring affair, a home game against the Eagles is next up for them and I’d expect them to really push the Eagles and put Wentz under more pressure than he felt last week.