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Debunking biggest NFL overreactions: Patriots slide, Rams concerns

As a lot as optimism is a ceremony of passage getting into the NFL’s opening week every year, so, too, is the rampant overreaction to the outcomes from Week 1 within the days after. 

Right here’s a take a look at some overreactions to Week 1 outcomes: 

The Patriots, who misplaced at Miami final Sunday, are on a downslide. 

Not so long as Invoice Belichick is the HC of the NEP will the Patriots tumble to irrelevance. Although there definitely are points to be addressed, Belichick’s groups are notoriously gradual starters. Additionally, the Patriots virtually all the time have hassle at Miami. 

The Cowboys are finished after the lack of quarterback Dak Prescott within the Sunday evening opener. 

Firstly, Prescott can be again — hopefully inside six weeks or so. Secondly, the Cowboys stay a fairly proficient workforce. Thirdly, the NFC East is maybe the weakest division within the NFL, so Dallas isn’t prone to fall too far out of the race. 

The defending-champion Rams are experiencing the post-Tremendous Bowl hangover and can wrestle to make the playoffs. 

The Rams misplaced to a Payments workforce that might be destined for the Tremendous Bowl this season with quarterback Josh Allen, who’s an early favourite to win the league’s MVP award. The Rams stay essentially the most proficient and well-coached workforce within the NFC West. Ebook your playoff tickets. 

Bill Belichick
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Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford
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The Seahawks have moved on seamlessly with Geno Smith having changed Russell Wilson at quarterback. 

Smith has been a backup most of his profession for a purpose. He’s not an elite quarterback. Although he had a powerful recreation towards the Broncos, I’m not a believer that he could be trusted as an every-week starter — although he does have some terrific skill-position expertise in receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, and tight finish Noah Fant. 

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers won’t win the NFC North for a change. 

Although Rodgers spoke with an elite stage of vanity within the lead-up to this recreation about his workforce’s division dominance, don’t imagine for a second that Inexperienced Bay’s 23-7 loss to the Vikings means Minnesota is poised to take over the division. 

The Packers, don’t neglect, misplaced 38-3 to the Saints in Week 1 final season and went on to win the division with 13 victories. I belief Rodgers much more than I do Minnestoa quarterback Kirk Cousins even if the Vikings’ Justin Jefferson (184 receiving yards and two TDs final week) would possibly emerge as one of the best receiver within the league this season. 

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 Mitch Trubisky is the long-term reply at quarterback for the Steelers. 

Regardless of the Steelers’ opening win, there are nonetheless stay Over/Beneath bets on what number of video games it’ll be earlier than Trubisky is changed by first-round draft choose Kenny Pickett. The Steelers beat the Bengals largely as a result of their protection pressured 5 turnovers. 

The Bengals are in hassle after their loss to Pittsburgh. Sure, Joe Burrow was intercepted a career-high 4 instances. Even after these turnovers, he threw a game-tying TD cross within the closing seconds of regulation, however kicker Evan McPherson’s further level was blocked, sending the competition to additional time. Keep in mind Burrow is coming off a disjointed summer time that included an appendectomy, so a gradual begin is just not utterly surprising. He stays top-of-the-line quarterbacks within the recreation, and the Bengals stay proficient, younger and hungry. I nonetheless think about them top-of-the-line groups within the AFC. 

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