So lately I’ve been getting pretty big into ‘time’ stuff.
I guess that’s what I’ll call it, ‘time stuff’.
You know, like the ‘Butterfly effect’, and things that make the mind think about how precious every second is. For those who don’t know what the butterfly effect is, it’s the theory that one small ripple in time, like a butterfly flapping it’s wings at the exact moment and place, could eventually cause something even bigger to happen, like a tornado. I know it sounds crazy, but when you think about it, it’s true. If the butterfly had been somewhere else, or flapped it’s wings a split second earlier, or later, most likely, no tornado. And there are examples of it in sports too.
For example, everyone knows what happened in Super Bowl 49, how Malcolm Butler intercepted it on the one yard line, and became a hero. Ok, well what if two plays before that, when Jermaine Kearse made that crazy catch, on Butler, he dropped it. If he hadn’t made that crazy catch, Seattle runs another play, and maybe they fail to score like they did, or who knows, maybe they march down the field and pull it off in a different fashion. Only thing anyone can probably guarantee, is that Malcolm Butler doesn’t make that heroic interception, and the NFL world is completely different. Who knows? Brady might still only have three rings, Marshawn Lynch might still be in the NFL, and Malcolm Butler might not. The future of so many people was impacted by just one little play.
Another idea that attracts me is the idea that everyone on Earth is living today differently. Sure we all do common things, like eat breakfast, go to work or school, go to sleep, but no one has the exact same day. My Mom isn’t doing the same exact things I am. When I’m waking up at 6:00, she’s most likely still sleeping. When I get home from school at 2:00, she’s most likely at work. Get what I’m saying? Every day’s lived differently by every human being. Which is the same case in the NFL. Every player, and team lives their game differently, which brings me here.
Each week, I’ll briefly go over one thing the NFL world learned about that team. So, with all that mumbo jumbo out of the way, we recap week 1, and get ready for another week of one point victories, 4 TD performances, and missed game winning field goals. Hoorah!
Arizona Cardinals – We learned that even with the most perfect team on paper, the Cardinals can lose to any team on any given night. That includes Jimmy Garoppolo, who had more passing yards than Packers QB, Aaron Rodgers this week.
Atlanta Falcons – We learned that their defense still has a lot to work on, especially when they give up 4 TD’s and 281 yards to Jameis Winston, who is now 3-0 against Atlanta so far in his young career.
Baltimore Ravens – We learned that their defense might be one of the most underrated d’s in the league this year, shutting the Buffalo Bills to only one touchdown this opener.
Buffalo Bills – Well, speak of the Devil. We learned that Tyrod Taylor‘s gonna need more protection than what he had last week. He got sacked twice and only had 111 passing yards to show for the outing.
Carolina Panthers – We learned that for some odd, peculiar reason, they just can’t beat the Denver Broncos. We also learned that Kelvin Benjamin is back, and should have a stellar comeback season.
Chicago Bears – To be totally honest, I don’t know what we learned from the Bears last week … everything was kind of expected. They lost to one of the best defenses in the league, nothing really surprised me. Oh well, they’ll face the Eagles in the Monday Night game, and maybe then we’ll learn more about them.
Cincinnati Bengals – We learned that AJ Green can put up monster numbers on just about any defensive back that attempts to cover him. He tallied 180 receiving yards, and a Touchdown off of 12 receptions. He was targeted 13 times.
Cleveland Browns – We learned that RGIII is still fragile, and is one more major injury away from ending his career. Cleveland, as usual, needs a quarterback.
Denver Broncos – We learned that their defense is still the best in the league, and it might not matter who’s throwing the ball for them. Defense>Offense. We also might’ve seen the return of the C.J Anderson we saw two years ago. You know, the C.J Anderson who had over 800 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns, that C.J Anderson.
Detroit Lions – We learned that Matthew Stafford is just as good without Calvin Johnson as he was with him. Him screaming at his receivers to “Get the F#%* out of bounds!!” late in the game might’ve been my favorite thing about week 1.
Green Bay Packers – We learned that when it needs to, the defense shows up. Also, Aaron Rodgers is still very good. Simple as that.
Houston Texans – We learned that Will Fuller will make a fine addition to an already loaded receiver core.
Indianapolis Colts – We learned that Andrew Luck is back, but the defense has to do their job if they want to take back their division.
Kansas City Chiefs – We learned that Alex Smith can put up money numbers and pull his team through just about anything.
Los Angeles Rams – We learned that Todd Gurley might be losing his dominance factor. All eyes will be on him in week 2 as he looks to get back on track versus the always tough Seattle.
Miami Dolphins – We learned that they can compete with Seattle in Seattle, which just about means they can compete with anyone. Is Ryan Tannehill good enough to finish the job though?
Minnesota Vikings – We learned that despite no Teddy Bridgewater, and a horrible performance from Adrian Peterson, the men in Purple still have a high powered offense, and a defense loaded with potential.
New England Patriots – We learned that as long as Bill Belichick’s in charge, this team always has a chance to win. We also might’ve learned that Julian Edelman is done playing Mr. Nice Guy, with just about everyone, from Tyran Mathieu, to this guy. Watch here
New Orleans Saints – We learned that Drew Brees is one of the league’s most consistent players, and deserves every penny of his shiny new contract. However, that team needs more than just an outstanding quarterback to get the job done.
New York Giants – We learned that Victor Cruz can still do the salsa pretty damn good. This weekend’s upcoming Saints/Giants game should be a good one.
New York Jets – We learned that Matt Forte will fit into his new system quite nicely.
Oakland Raiders – We learned that Jack Del Rio has some guts calling for a late two point conversion when a simple PAT would’ve tied the game. Gutsy move payed off for the black and silver as they won in a shootout against New Orleans.
Philadelphia Eagles – We learned that Carson Wentz is on to something special. No rookie shined brighter than he did last week.
Pittsburgh Steelers – We learned that even with out Le’Veon Bell, they still have the best offense in the game. No question about it.
San Diego Chargers – We learned that this going to be a loooong season for San Diego. They blew a game they were well ahead of, and lost their #1 receiver in Keenan Allen for the year, again to a heartbreaking ACL injury.
San Francisco 49ers – We learned that their defense might be better than people think. And that Colin Kaepernick is still lower than dirt.
Seattle Seahawks – We learned that Doug Baldwin is a real legit WR1.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – We learned that Jameis Winston is very good. That is all.
Tennessee Titans – We’re still learning with this one. Come back next week I guess.
Overall Week 1 lesson learned – One bad snap, hold, kick can decide the outcome of a game, and possibly an entire season in the long run. 5 games were won by a final kick attempt this week. Butterfly effect baby.
Well, that’s all I got for this eventful week 1, let’s hope we learn more about some teams in what should be a decent week 2.