1. The Patriots aren’t as good as advertised

They’re better.

We’ll keep the September hyperbole to a minimum, but who wasn’t impressed by the way the Pats ran through the Bengals at home Sunday??

The best part for New England fans is that this team should only get better. If Wes Welker improves, Randy Moss gets over himself and Logan Mankins (theoretically) returns to the fold, an AFC East title is a very real possibility. Week 2 will say an awful lot about that, though.


2. The Eagles have a QB controversy

A few years ago, we told ourselves we’d never cheer for Michael Vick again.

Well, we kept our streak alive Sunday. At the same time, though, we couldn’t stop watching him play. He totaled 103 yards on the ground against Green Bay, showing his old brilliance.

And that’s a bit of a problem for the Birds. The Philly crowd was clearly behind Vick after Kevin Kolb went down with a concussion. If both are healthy come Week 2, get ready for an argument.

3. Favorites up, favorites down

You can’t take too much from Week 1 results in the NFL, but some favorites are feeling very good — or very bad — today.

We had Indianapolis pegged for a return trip to the Super Bowl, but its ugly run ‘D’ has shaken our confidence a bit. Ditto the Cowboys and their offense, which laid an egg on national television.

Smelling like a rose, meanwhile, are the Saints?(who won way back on Thursday), the Packers and the Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers.

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