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What inspired this was something never before done in NFL history. For the first time in the league’s almost century-long existence, five teams scored 40+ points in one week. Talk about an explosive way to open a season.
With the cast of characters Atlanta (40 points vs. Kansas City Chiefs) has on offense, who wouldn’t expect the “Dirty Birds” to drop 40 on somebody? The shock and awe of it all comes from the other teams who tapped into 40-point territory:
Baltimore Ravens (44 points vs. Cincinnati Bengals)- Can Baltimore’s offense finally compliment its defense? Has Joe Flacco spoken his greatness into existence? While that remains to be seen, he sure was surgical against a solid Cincinnati defense this past Monday night.
Chicago Bears (41 points vs. Indianapolis Colts)- In last week’s picks, I suggested this offense would be a fun one to watch. To click on the cylinders it did out of the gate was an absolute surprise. Remember the names Cutler, Forte, Bush, Jeffrey and Marshall!
New York Jets (48 points vs. Buffalo Bills)- In one regular season game, Gang Green outscored their preseason point total by 17 points. Mark Sanchez who couldn’t find the end zone in the preseason, accounted for three touchdowns in the season opener.
Washington Redskins (40 points vs. New Orleans Saints)- In 2011, Washington was meager in the points department at 18 an outing. Scoring 40 points against the team many expected that amount from was jaw-dropping to say the least. The kicker, the offensive charge was led by two rookies in the backfield. One of which, Robert Griffin III, was just named NFC Offensive Player of the week.
Even if none of these teams ever score 40 points again in 2012, the most important thing is for them to maintain momentum moving forward.
Week two is here…let’s find out:
Bears over Packers
Chiefs over Bills
Browns over Bengals
Colts over Vikings
Dolphins over Raiders
Patriots over Cardinals
Giants over Buccaneers
Ravens over Eagles
Saints over Panthers
Texans over Jaguars
Redskins over Rams
Cowboys over Seahawks
Steelers over Jets
Titans over Chargers
49ers over Lions
Broncos over Falcons
Let’s do it again next week!
By Antoine Hoffman