Here are some quick thoughts on the action from week one of the NFL season.
The Dallas Cowboys and defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants kicked off the 2012 season from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Usually the defending Super Bowl Champions win these home games. Someone forgot to tell that to the Cowboys. The Giants struck first with a 22 yard field goal. From there, it was all Cowboys. They scored two touchdowns to go up 14-3 and never looked back. The closest the Giants would get is four. The Cowboys won 24-17. Tony Romo was 22-29 for 307 yards, 3 touchdowns and one pick. DeMarco Murray ran for 131 yards on 20 carries. Fourth receiving option Kevin Ogletree had 8 catches for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. If the Cowboys are going to play like that on the road all year, they could be in for a good year.
The expectations for the Philadelphia Eagles were high entering last season. Everything went terribly wrong for over half the season. The Eagles showed signs of life towards the end of the season leading to renewed high expectations entering this season. The defense began to figure it out late last season and seemed to pick up where they left off in week one. The offensive line was bad all of last year and they, unfortunately for the Eagles, also picked up where they left off last season. Vick was under duress or hit on 19 of his drop backs contributing to a 4 interception day. Luckily for the Eagles, Vick led a late game 91 yard drive that culminated with a four yard touchdown pass to Clay Harbor that allowed the Eagles to escape Cleveland with a 17-16 win.
Welcome back Adrian Peterson. The Vikings running back started in week one after a fast recovery from tearing his ACL late in 2011. Considering it had only been eight and a half months since the injury, it seemed reasonable that Peterson would not have a huge impact on this game. I guess if Peterson was going to play he was going to play. He carried the ball 17 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns. It is simply an amazing recovery. Peterson’s performance was not for nothing either as the Vikings would defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-23 in overtime.
Speaking of comebacks, welcome back Peyton Manning. The new Denver Broncos quarterback led his squad back from a 19-14 fourth quarter deficit against the Pittsburgh Steelers to win 31-19. Manning was 19-26 for 253 yards and two touchdowns. It was a good win for the Broncos, but it was clear that the weapons around Manning are suspect at this time. It’s still early, but the receivers are not picking up the offense as quickly as Manning and head coach John Fox had probably hoped. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the squad to come together. Still, it was a nice win to start the season.