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The 5 Biggest Surprises To Come Out Of Week 1 Of The 2012-13 NFL Season

Submitted by on September 11, 2012 – 10:43 amNo Comment

Week 1 of the 2012-13 NFL season is officially in the books. And, after watching approximately 214 hours of football over the course of the last 60 hours or so (at least, that’s how it felt!), we’re tired of football. Okay, okay. So, that’s a lie. If there was another game tonight, you best believe we’d be watching! But, we do need a few minutes to regroup and assess what we just saw. We saw Peyton Manning prove that he’s back and (almost) better than ever. We saw Robert Griffin III prove that he’s the real deal. And, we saw the Miami Dolphins prove that they are going to have a long season ahead of them.

None of those things were surprising to us, though. Sure, we were a little surprised at least how well RGIII played. But, we weren’t shocked by it. But, there were a few surprises that came out of the first week of the NFL season. So, to help wrap up the start of the football season, we put together a list of The 5 Biggest Surprises To Come Out Of Week 1 Of The 2012-13 NFL Season. Were you as surprised as we were by these things?

1. Michael Vick’s poor play in the Philadelphia Eagles/Cleveland Browns game.

We know the Eagles got the win. But, Vick threw four interceptions and, for whatever reason, Eagles head coach Andy Reid kept letting him throw. If the Eagles want to have any chance of keeping up in the tough NFC East, they’re going to have to play much, much better than they did on Sunday. And, that starts with Vick doing a better job protecting the ball.

2. Mark Sanchez’s poise and confidence in the New York Jets/Buffalo Bills game.

Did anyone see that coming? After struggling to get the ball into the end zone during the preseason, Sanchez torched the Bills defense and helped the Jets put up 48 points in their first game of the season. Could this be the start of something really special for the Jets? We won’t get too ahead of ourselves. But, it sure looks like Sanchez has turned a corner in his career.

3. The horrendous defense of the Green Bay Packers.

So much for improving on the defensive side of the ball! We thought that the Packers would be at least slightly better on defense this season. But, they looked every bit as bad as they were last year in giving up 30 points (and almost 400 yards!) to Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers at home. Anyone who picked the Pack to win the Super Bowl this season should be worried. They lost in the playoffs last year when they ran into a solid defensive team. And, there’s a good chance the same thing will happen in 2012-13 if they don’t improve their D dramatically over the course of the next three months.

4. The shaky start by the Detroit Lions.

With all of the other action that was going on during Week 1, we don’t blame you if you glossed right over the Lions/St. Louis Rams game. But, the Rams had the Lions on the ropes—in Detroit, no less—for most of the game. Eventually, Detroit pulled out a 27-23 win. But, should Lions fans be really worried about the team taking a step back this season after making it to the playoffs last year? It looks like it.

5. The loss by the Carolina Panthers to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Didn’t someone on the Panthers guarantee that the team was going to win the Super Bowl this season? Ehrrrrrrr. That prediction doesn’t look too good right now. Look, we know Cam Newton will continue to improve as a quarterback over the course of the next few years. But, we’ve also seen second-year quarterbacks—namely, Cam’s competition on Sunday, Bucs QB Josh Freeman—regress in year two. So, let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Stay tuned. Because, if this weekend was any indication, we’re in for a lot more surprises during the 2012-13 NFL season.

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