NFC Week 1 Hot Takes

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: Good news America, we can finally stop hearing about how Dak Prescott is going to take Tony Romo’s job. You will not see a much more vanilla offensive gameplan than the one Jason Garrett and company installed for Dak on Sunday. If they truly believed the kid was ready, wouldn’t they have opened it up at least a little bit? That’s 12 losses in their last 13 games without Romo and you can bet that number will only rise because this is a bad football team. Also, are we sure Jason Garrett is a competent head coach? Everyone is blaming Terrance Williams for not getting out of bounds, but some of that has to fall on the head coach’s shoulders. – Randy Haines

New York Giants: It is pretty cool how the Giants and Cowboys always try to give us games that demonstrate ways not to win football games. This time around on the ineptitude carousel, the Cowboys managed to outdo themselves by forgetting to run out of bounds in order to have a chance at a game winning field goal. Which I guess means the Giants excised last year’s demons? Or maybe they just escaped Texas with a win. Either way, salsa is back. – Jordan Curet

Philadelphia Eagles: Carson. F******. Wentz. I know it was Cleveland, but the rookie made some legit big boy NFL throws. His two touchdown passes were absolute dimes and he was under control the entire game when calling protections and audibles at the line of scrimmage. On his third play in the NFL he pulled an Aaron Rodgers and went hard count drawing the Browns offsides giving the Eagles a free first down, who does that seriously? Barack Obama is talking about getting on the Wentz Wagon and you should as well. – RH

Washington Redskins: LOL. Was there a bigger guarantee in Week 1 than Washington disappointing everyone who believed in them on Monday Night Football? Everytime DC gets hyped with positive thoughts on the ‘Skins, the team finds a way to destroy their dreams. That was the exact Redskins team I predicted going 5-11 this year. – Nick Bair

NFC North

Chicago Bears: The Bears looked decent in the first half, but the second half showed that this will be a long year in the Windy City. The offensive line struggled with the Houston pass rush and the secondary looked pretty weak against the Texans’ pass catchers. Six wins might be the ceiling for Chicago this year. – NB

Detroit Lions: This is Matthew Stafford’s team! The Lions got a big road win against Andrew Luck and the Colts. Stafford looked like the team leader on the final drive, screaming at his receivers to make smart plays and setting the team up for a nice win. Detroit could surprise this year and sneak into the playoffs without Megatron. – NB

Green Bay Packers: Take a good look at what was clearly the best play of Week 1. Then think really hard about these facts: Devante-freaking-Adams made a tough catch for TD, Jordy Nelson looked solid in his return, and the defense won the game. This could be another one of those magical years for Pack fans, where Rodgers terrifies the league and I yell GO PACK GO until I’m hoarse. All good things. – JC

Minnesota Vikings: It was a rough first three quarters of football for the Vikings until their defense finally took the game over. Shaun Hill showed why he is a backup quarterback and nothing more. Escaping Tennessee with a win when Adrian Peterson only has 31 yards (his fantasy owners are still banging their heads against the wall) is something to hang your hat on. I’m sure Vikings fans are already dreading their matchup against Green Bay this weekend as Sammy Sleeves is expected to make his debut on national television, what could possibly go wrong? – RH

NFC South:

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons allowed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to start off the season leading the NFC South. Borderline unforgivable. And yeah, Matt Ryan actually had a good game but Atlanta still got punked by second-year QB Jameis Winston so there are no moral victories. Plus you have a running back controversy brewing. Nothing but L’s here. – JC

Carolina Panthers: Unlike some grumpy people, I like Cam Newton best when he’s cheesin’, playing like a free spirit but the Broncos took all of that away Thursday night by trying to knock the guy unconscious half the game. Not cool, Broncos. At least Kelvin Benjamin is back. This is still the team to beat in the NFC South, but they are losing a few more than last year. – JC

New Orleans Saints: Ughhhh they are we thought they were. The Saints offense was dynamic and Drew Brees looks ready to win another passing yard title. Meanwhile, the Saints’ defense showed no sign of improvement after finishing as the worst defense in the history of the NFL last season. New Orleans will be fun to watch, but don’t expect a lot of wins until the defense shows signs of life. – NB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This couldn’t have gone any better for the Bucs and their fans. After a slow start in the first quarter, Jameis Winston ripped apart the Atlanta defense with a pair of beautiful deep touchdown passes and got some help on another from shifty running back Charles Sims. The Bucs have sole possession of first place in the NFC South for the first time in what feels like forever. Tampa quickly has it’s eyes on the postseason and there’s definitely a scenario where Winston gets into the MVP conversation. – RH

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: I wish I could use this take to say Carson Palmer is the reason the Cardinals lost, but that is not the case. Arizona on the whole lost all of their good will from fans and will have to earn their way back into the contender discussion. I’m not selling all of my stock just yet, but they better get that second cornerback situation figured out ASAP. – NB

Los Angeles Rams: What in the hell was that? How is Jared Goff not better than Case Keenum? How is Jared Goff not better than Sean Mannion? Who the hell is Sean Mannion? When Jeff Fisher said his team would not go 8-8 this season he was right, this team is headed for a top 5 pick. Oh wait, they don’t have their first round pick this year because they traded the pick and the rest of their draft pick for the guy who couldn’t beat out either Keenum or Mannion. Awkward. – RH

San Francisco 49ers: Borderline graphic Monday Night Football game there that should have come with a warning about how absolutely terrible it was going to be. Getting a win in that manner against what looked like Week 1’s most hapless team should not be celebrated. Enjoy another few days of “Is Chip Kelly a good coach?”. – JC

Seattle Seahawks: I almost feel bad for Russell Wilson, knowing he will have to become an even better escape artist this season with how his offensive line looked this past Sunday. Then I remember he’s just a walking advertisement married to Ciara and, well, there goes any sympathy. Also, almost losing to the Dolphins does not bode well for this team, on offense or defense (I’ll eat those words by Week 9). – JC

Click here to read our AFC Week 1 Hot Takes.

-Nick Bair, Jordan Curet, and Randy Haines

Photo Credit: John Kuntz/Cleveland.com

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