Last season serves as a reminder not to overreact to Week One

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The Buccaneers were better than the Saints last year. The Bengals were better than the Colts. The Panthers were better than the Cowboys. The Packers were better than the Bears. And the Broncos were better than the Seahawks.

At least, they were in Week One.

Those were five Week One matchups from the 2018 season that have one thing in common: In all five cases, the team that won in Week One missed the playoffs, and the team that lost in Week One made the playoffs.

Those games are a good reminder not to overreact to Week One results. Yes, the Bucs beat the Saints in Week One, but the Saints ended up in the NFC Championship Game while the Bucs ended up in last place. The Bengals beat the Colts in Week One, but the Colts won a playoff game and the Bengals ended up in last place. The Panthers beat the Cowboys in Week One, but the Cowboys won a playoff game and the Panthers were 7-9. The Packers beat the Bears in Week One, but the Bears ran away from the field in the NFC North. The Broncos beat the Seahawks in Week One, but the Seahawks went 10-5 while the Broncos went 5-10 the rest of the way.

That doesn’t mean Week One doesn’t matter; every week matters. But there’s a whole lot we still don’t know when every team is 0-1 or 1-0.

15 responses to “Last season serves as a reminder not to overreact to Week One

  1. Maybe so, but historically how many teams that went 0-2 went to the playoffs?

    Lose this week and you’re already halfway there.

  2. No, the reminder should be, to get your starters a few snaps in the preseason so we don’t have that trash offensive game we saw last night.

  3. Shouldn’t overreact to any of the weeks, enjoy the games. There’s always an ebb and flow to the season for all the teams. It’s a 16 game marathon.

  4. All I know is, right now the Packers are Number 1 in the following League categories or have the number 1 position in the following.

    Wins, QB, WR, RB, Off, Def, Special Teams, INT.

    But we aren’t Number 1 in drives ending in punts.

  5. What no one is talking about is the effect our (apparently) much improved defense will have on Rodgers’ game. I think he hedged his bets a ton last year because he knew the D couldn’t bail him out if he made a mistake. If he regains his confidence in them and starts playing like the AR of 5 years ago, look out!

  6. Trubinsky is a proven winner and you naysayers can all say nay into his Lombardi 5 months from now…….this much is TRUE and you can’t say TRU without TRUBINSKY

  7. pkrlvr says:
    September 6, 2019 at 11:08 am

    What no one is talking about is the effect our (apparently) much improved defense will have on Rodgers’ game. I think he hedged his bets a ton last year because he knew the D couldn’t bail him out if he made a mistake. If he regains his confidence in them and starts playing like the AR of 5 years ago, look out!
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    So you’re saying Rodgers threw the ball at his receivers’ feet last year and again last night because he was afraid his defense wasn’t very good? I have two revelations for you: First, from what I saw we can’t tell much about the Packers’ defense. The Bears offense was absolutely terrible. They’re probably improved, but nowhere near what the score of that game would suggest. Second, Rodgers just doesn’t throw the ball like he used to. The AR of five years ago is gone for good.

  8. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    Rodgers just doesn’t throw the ball like he used to. The AR of five years ago is gone for good.
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    The Cousins of five years ago is here to stay. I’ll take Rodgers, thanks.

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