NFL Week 1 Report Card: Manning ties record, Cowboys get a win and more
Denver Broncos: A+
Entering the season no one doubted that Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos would be good, but did anyone know they would be seven touchdowns and a 22-point blowout good? The Broncos are Super Bowl favorites while Manning is the favorite to bring home his fifth MVP trophy. Denver is probably looking at a 13-3 season with the number one seed in the AFC and the elder Manning will continue to cement his legacy as the greatest regular-season quarterback of all-time.
Dallas Cowboys: A
Sunday night’s win over the New York Giants was the first time that the Cowboys have beaten their division rivals in their newly built stadium. The team has gone 0-5 against the Giants since the opening of “Jerry’s World”. One win is nothing to go crazy over, but maybe Dallas is turning over a new leaf. In the past taking a big lead against Eli Manning and the Giants usually resulted in the Cowboys blowing a big lead against Eli Manning and the Giants.
San Francisco 49ers: B
The 49ers did not look spectacular during their matchup against the Packers, yet there were still able to pull of the win. The scary part about San Francisco is that they made a 34-point performance along with 412 yards and three touchdowns from their quarterback look pedestrian. The Niners are probably the best team in the league and their Week 2 and 14 showdowns with the Seattle Seahawks may be two of the most anticipated games of the year.
New England Patriots: B-
The Patriots needed a last-second drive and touchdown to beat the Buffalo Bills. However, that is no reason to panic or write off the Tom Brady and the Pats. Last year New England started out the season 3-3 and was below .500 at one point with a record of 1-2 before reeling off seven straight wins to finish the season 12-4. Buffalo is a division rival and will always play hard against the Patriots. Expect another 12-4 or 13-3 season from New England.
Pittsburgh Steelers: D
If the Steelers are going to lose to the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 of the season, there are going to be in some deep trouble. Pittsburgh’s offensive was non-existent while the defense did an admirable but less than stellar job. The Steelers are probably entering a rebuilding phase and are more than likely to end with an 8-8 or 9-7 type of record.
Jacksonville Jaguars: F
The Jaguars only managed to score two points. Yes, two points on a safety. Jacksonville fans are probably looking at a very lonely 3-13 record—5-11 if they overachieve.