Week 1 NFL Observations


Baker Mayfield stinks, and Browns fans are easy marks. Mayfield threw an interception on the Browns' first possession.

He wound up with fewer than 200 yards passing and his offense was only able to put up 6 points. I keep hearing from tons of Browns fans that Mayfield's struggles from last year are all Freddie Kitchens' fault. Yeah, Freddie was awful.

Why does Baker get a pass, though? He was the worst full-time starter in the NFL last year. He continued with a less than stellar opening weekend.

New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski went for a horrendous fake punt backed up in their own territory with the Ravens up 7-0. Dumb. Hey, maybe he continued right where Kitchens left off!

The Ravens are, well, still good. LaMar Jackson was hitting plays down the field. He showed wiggle in the running game. He’s still a dude.

The Bucs aren’t the Patriots. They committed nine penalties for 103 yards. They lost the turnover battle 3-0. Brady was fine. Just fine. But this team has lost for the better part of a decade and a half. Bruce Arians' squad led the league in turnovers and penalties last year.

Arians is a good, not great, NFL head coach. What's he ever actually won? His laissez-faire attitude is a stark contrast to "The Hoodies" in New England.

Gronk, by the way, looked like he was playing in slow motion. He's 95 percent machine. Also, everyone’s favorite RB, Leonard Fournette had four yards on four carries.

Joe Burrow is going to be the truth and a bitch to deal with for about a decade, Steelers fans. He led the game winning drive, but a PI call on A.J. Green wiped away the game winning touchdown. The big take away is that Burrow has stones. Wow.

If Josh Allen plays that way all year long, then the Bills are Super Bowl contenders. But, he hasn’t been good in his first two years. Jury is very much still out. He's got a completion percentage of <60 in his career.

DeAndre Swift is the perfect Lion. Matthew Stafford had a beautiful throw and Swift would have won the game with six seconds left. Too bad! He dropped it. Must be the sickest man in America! Except for me! I ate 30 boneless wings!

Cam Newton was fine. Not sure how much I learned there against the poopy Dolphins.

The Washington Football Team is still called the Washington Football Team, and that’s hilarious. Even more hilarious is that they came from behind to beat the Eagles 27-17. Their pass rush is ferocious.

Just like I told you all offseason, Phillip Rivers isn’t the answer for the Colts. H threw two picks in game one after he threw 20 last year. Right on track.

I told yinz that the Cardinals would be good. They also gave the Niners trouble last year. They did it again on Sunday. I’m not sure they’re a playoff team, but that’s the best division in football!


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