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Did We Learn Anything From Week 1 in the NFL?


The first week of the 2019 NFL regular season is in the books. Everyone wants to win their opener, but everyone appreciates the potentially ominous uphill battle incurred by going zip and two out of the gate. Therefore, one thing we have learned from history is that every 0-1 team will have a little bit more urgency the second week of the season.

Records notwithstanding, what other interesting tidbits can we take from the first round of games? We're going to feed off the title of a famous old western motion picture and look at the good, the bad, and the undeniably ugly aspects of week one.

 

The Good

Yeah, we saw the Pittsburgh vs. New England score too. New England is good again, maybe very good. Prior to week one's Sunday kickoffs, the Pats handed a man named Brady one of the more talented pass catchers in the game.

With Antonio Brown in the Bill Belichick fold, the Patriots may have two of the more talented wide receivers in pro football. We mean seriously folks, if Josh Gordon stays in line and Brown stays somewhat quiet, the Patriots are going to be very, very good; again.

Also in the category of good is someone else who has been good and appears to be continuing down that path. Drew Brees tossed up the sixth most passing yards during the first week of games, albeit with only a pair of TDs.

However, he connected with Michael Thomas 10 times for 123 of those yards So, if early indicators matter, New Orleans, especially the Brees and Thomas show, is going to be good as well….again.

 

The Bad

We suppose we could group the bad and the ugly together, but there were a couple of situations that just looked bad. These teams are not characteristically this bad, so they haven't reached the qualifier to be ugly; yet.

The first case of bad could fall under the ugly category, but the Miami Dolphins just appear to be bad; really bad. Twelve first downs and but 200-yards of total offense would qualify as ugly too, if not so bad.

Three turnovers and less than half the possession time as the Baltimore Ravens were a clear prescription for a bad afternoon in South Florida. Fins fans shouldn't be expecting anything much different as a bad season continues in Miami.

Most Seahawk fans had hoped some changes in the Seattle defense might bring about some somnolence of past success. Since no one projected the Cincinnati Bengals to be a passing juggernaut heading into 2019, getting lit up by Andy Dalton for over 400-yards passing certainly would qualify as bad for Seattle's hopes.

The Bengals outplayed Seattle for most of the afternoon. If not for three untimely Cincinnati fumbles, Seattle may have produced a rather bad result in a seasonal home opener. But, better a bad win than an ugly loss.

The other bad performance was matched against one of our good outcomes. Pittsburgh really didn't play an ugly game against New England, but they were bad when it counted the most. The Steelers only managed to convert 25 percent on third down, while the Patriots moved the chains half of their third down opportunities.

Pittsburgh only had one sack, one turnover, and one fewer penalty. So, ugly wouldn't describe their 30-point shellacking in Foxboro. But, when they needed to be good, the Steelers just were not. Hopefully, better fortunes are ahead for the Pittsburgh faithful.

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The Ugly

We suppose you'd have to figure we'd label a team full of playoff and Super Bowl hype after an abysmal stretch of franchise futility, as ugly if they lost as bad as the Browns did Sunday. Three interceptions and a single third down conversion make for ugly.

Getting drubbed at home by 30-points after all the off-season hype is downright ugly. Even uglier was the fact Cleveland closed to within two-points with two-minutes left in the third quarter, only to get blindsided by four Tennessee Titan touchdowns to close out the victory.

Losing after an ugly performance is disappointing enough, but to have so much excitement doused by a four-TD avalanche to close out your home opener is just plain ugly. Browns fans hope these dogs don't continue these types of unflattering ends to their games.

This is the good, the bad, and the ugly from week number one in the NFL. One thing is for certain, all the 0-1 teams who cannot manage to put a stick in the win column next week, will be staring at the possibility of a long, bad and ugly season. The most glaring good from week one is that New England is going to be very, very good; again.

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