14-9. Not exactly what you thought the opening game of the 2010 NFL Season would be. Opening game jitters? Too much pre-game hype? Too much Super Bowl and NFC Title Game recollection? Whatever the reason, both teams were sluggish out there. But, the matchup of the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints vs. the Minnesota Vikings was good enough to kickoff the season.
The first drive for the Saints was, without a doubt, their best drive of the game. For the other 3+ quarters of drives, both teams seemed out of sync. Neither team committed to the run, as both Brett Favre and Drew Brees went pass-happy. And that caused the game to run a little longer than most expected (well, at least it felt like a long game).
So, what did we learn:
-Drew Brees had trouble dealing with the 4-man rush the Vikings were throwing at him all game. Very surprising, given the numbers Brees & company have produced in the past.
-While he showed some signs of greatness, Brett Favre still needs to dust off the cobwebs, just a bit. Favre was trying to force-in some of those throws. Threading the needle basically. He needs time to sharpen those skills. That time could have been preseason.
-The kicking game…WHAT THE HELL? A missed extra point and two missed field goals. Baltimore fans know how important it is to have a good kicker. (Does Baltimore really have one now?)
-The only bright side to this may have been the fact that both defenses stepped up and played well. And for the Saints, a win is a win. The Saints, and their fans, will take it.
Which brings us to Monday night, and the battle of the big mouths. Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens vs. Rex Ryan and the New York Jets.
The Jets end this game with so much “swagger” that may cost them in the long run. However, Baltimore has a very tought start on the road this year.
And while we don’t know what’s going to happen, something tells me that we will not have a repeat of the last game.
Now, that the NFL season is underway, time to predict who will win the divisions.
AFC East: New York Jets
AFC North: Baltimore Ravens
AFC South: Indianapolis Colts
AFC West: Oakland Raiders
NFC East: Dallas Cowboys
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC South: New Orleans Saints
NFC West: San Francisco 49ers
What are your thoughts as to which teams will win their divisions? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.