Should seven Super Bowl contenders be worried after the first week of the NFL? Questions about the Packers, Patriots, 49ers and Raiders

week 1 of 2022 NFL season It wasn’t always pretty, but you can’t go beyond the entertainment value. Seven out of 13 matches in my noon window It was one match, and the eighth was a draw. Five were determined by scores in the last two minutes. Multiple teams missed the field goals that could have won the match, while another team faltered due to an extra point blocked. The Chiefs and Ravens are back to their old selves, but the story of the week has been turbulent.

Seven playoffs from last season lost on Sunday afternoon, with four losses against teams that missed the post-season a year ago. Both #1 seed from 2021 were defeated. After the Rams lost in their season opener Thursday, their opponents in the NFC Championship game, the 49ers, were sent through 2 inches of continuous rain by the humble Bears. And the AFC champion Bengals lost in a very painful way.

Let’s delve into a few of these teams to see if fans should be genuinely concerned about what they saw over the weekend. There’s not much to say about the Cardinals’ chiefs getting rough, who at first glance looked to be better than the team we saw a year ago. I want to beat the five teams that qualified for the playoffs in 2021 and then lost to an outside playoff team on Sunday.

I’ll also add two teams that went through the playoffs last season, and I’ll beat them first. The Steelers ended up on top of the Bengals in overtime, but I’m wondering if both fan bases might feel bad about their team heading into week two. Let’s start with Cincinnati, who seemed to get over their mistakes by the end of the game, the unbelievable happening:

Go to a team:
49ers | Bengals
Packers | patriots
invaders | Steelers | titans

First week result: Lost 23-20 to Pittsburgh Steelers

During the 2021 qualifiers, we talked about the many reasons why the Bengal team turned 7-6 and in the middle of a crowded qualifier picture to somehow exit the AFC as conference champions. All the AFC midfielders have been injured in one way or another. Their success rate increased. Joe Borough He was more confident about the left knee he injured in 2020. And the defense merged. Nobody thinks they stand a chance against titans and bosses. All of these factors mean something.

The biggest difference between the Bengals who lost to the Bears and Jets and those who defeated the Chiefs and Titans, was as clear as day. During the first 13 games of their season, they converted the ball more than 21 times. When they turned the ball two or more times during that 13-game period to start the season, they went 0-5.

Over the last seven games of the season — with the exception of the senseless Week 18 game that kicked off at the start — Burrow & Co went 6-1. They only turned the ball twice, with one bounty in their victory over the Titans and their subsequent victory over the Chiefs.

We knew the Bengals weren’t going to flip the ball once a month for any length of time, but the regression after the mean didn’t have to come on so suddenly and be so dramatic. Burrow and Cincinnati converted the ball in four of the first five rounds in Week 1, with the quarterback losing a fuss on a ribbon sack and throwing three interceptions. A fourth pick was added later in the game. Boru was fired again in overtime, but his teammate Samaje Perineum Sign on feel.

Maybe the Bengal team would win this game without these giveaways. safety Minka Fitzpatrick He took the first interception home in order to pick six, giving the Steelers’ lameness attack seven crucial points. The Bengals might have been in a position to attempt a long field goal if Burrow had just avoided a ribbon sack in overtime, with Cincinnati instead having to play. Even with the flush, the team was in a position to win an extra point at the end of regulation or a 29-yard field goal in overtime, neither of which resulted in points.

Should Bengalis be concerned about the transitions? Not right. We know from history that the five giveaway game is historically unlikely. Watching those shows, the Steelers deserve credit for making some great moments. TJ Watt somehow managed to Pick up a full speed Burrow pass 0.2 seconds after it hits the air, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. Cameron Suttonwho had a great game, made an excellent catch to cut Burrow to pass the seam. Ahkello Witherspoon He passes a pass to himself for his selection. Those throws are more likely to hit the ground unharmed in the coming weeks than to turn into interceptions again.