– The defending Super Bowl champs put up 27 points, and were still throttled thanks to an impressive performance by our inaugural Player of the Week, No. 18. Peyton and the Broncos offense ran roughshod all over a Ravens defense that this year does not feature Ray Lewis or Ed Reed. Week 2 will see the Ravens face the former Baltimore team at 1 ET on CBS, while the Broncs take on a New York Giants team that looked truly woeful Sunday evening, although Eli did put up 450 yards and 4 TD.
– Terrelle Pryor wasn’t bad. 19-29, 217 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT, along with 13 carries for 112 yards. Pryor was able to find eight different receivers and certainly was a ray of hope for Raiders fans, though the Colts Defense was also quite impressive. The Raiders host Jacksonville in Week 2 and Indianapolis will host Miami.
– Two popular picks for the Super Bowl – The Steelers and the Falcons – faltered and did not inspire much confidence, though of course this all needs to be taken with a grain of salt, seeing as it’s only the first week. The Steelers obvious highlight was Troy Polamalu’s very quick tackle of Jake Locker, but running back Isaac Redman was dreadful for Pittsburgh, with 8 carries for 9 yards, 2 catches for 7 yards, and two fumbles. For the Falcons, Matt Ryan played well but the always fearsome Saints passing game was too much to handle, and Atlanta just didn’t quite get enough done on the ground.
– With a 33-27 win, the much-anticipated Eagles offense put up big points, as expected. But if it were not for the Redskins looking very rusty, this one would have been no certainty to go for Philadelphia, as they allowed Robert Griffin III to throw for 329 yards and 2 TD and turned the ball over twice themselves. LeSean McCoy, however, carried the ball a remarkable 31 times for 184 yards and a TD, and the Eagles and their monster running game were able to take the first half of the MNF doubleheader.