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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / 9 Things we learned from Week 1 of the NFL season

9 Things we learned from Week 1 of the NFL season

What did we learn during week 1?
Publish Date: 09/13/2021
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 12: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at TIAA Bank Field on September 12, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

1) Mike Tomlin is great at getting a lot out of a little

Nobody expected much entering this season, and that’s the way Mike Tomlin likes it. I think Tomlin is actually a better coach when the talent level is not the greatest. Tomlin has a team of fighters, and they will be a tough out for anybody. Will they make the playoffs? Probably not, but would it surprise you if they did. The Steelers shut down Josh Allen and the favored Buffalo Bills in Buffalo on Sunday and have notified the rest of the NFL that the Steelers are still a threat. BTW T.J. Watt is worth every penny!

2) The Bengals are talented, but they need a new head coach

How do you go in the same game from being too conservative early to go for it on 4th and 1 from your own 30 up 21-7 midway through the third quarter. The Bengals got away with one on Sunday; they should not have had to though, Zac Taylor’s utter stupidity gave the Vikings hope, and it’s distressing if your a Bengals fan to see a young, up-and-coming team being led by an idiot!

3) Mac Jones was the right choice in New England

I know they lost, but it wasn’t Jones’s fault on Sunday as he led the Patriots into a position to win the game only to have his running back fumble the game away. Nevertheless, Jones looks to be a keeper in New England. Jones has the body language, and he makes great decisions for a rookie in his first game. The Patriots should be a threat by the end of the season.

4) A new offensive coordinator was needed in Seattle

The eight-time Pro Bowler Russell Wilson finished with 18 of 23 completions for 254 yards with four touchdowns, no picks, and a 152.3 passer rating. The offensive coordinator had been the issue in Seattle for some time, and it seems straightened out. Wilson has weapons and an improved offensive line. I am not saying Seattle is Super Bowl-bound, but you got a shot when you have one of the top 3 Quarterbacks in the league.

5) Are the Eagles a contender?

Normally I would say no, but the Eagles are in the NFC East, so they have a chance. Jalen Hurts (264 passing yards, 62 rushing yards, three touchdowns) was unstoppable; that being said, it was against an impotent Atlanta Falcons tea,m so we shall see if it continues when things get a little more difficult.

6) Urban Meyer is in over his head

I have said this since he got the job, and I am sticking by this after one game. The worst thing to ever happen to Trevor Lawrence is Urban Meyer.

7) Watch out for the Cardinals

Kliff Kingsbury is a brilliant offensive coach. I am not sold on him as a head coach, but what his offense is capable of doing is scary, and the Cardinals are a definite contender.

8) Jameis Winston is good enough in New Orleans

Winston has a talented team around him, and if he plays within himself, the Saints are a contender. The question is can Winston control himself for the entirety of a season. I think he can, and the Saints will contend once again.

9) Watch out for Denver

My questions with this team were all because of one position, QB, and on Sunday, Teddy Bridgewater played very well; if it continues, the Broncos should be a dark horse in the NFL this year.

10) Trouble looms in Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers did not look right yesterday; we could chalk it up to a bad game, but with everything that’s gone on in the last couple of years in Green Bay, you have to wonder if this is the beginning of the end to Rodgers as the Packers quarterback?

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