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Panicking off Week 1 is easy. And sometimes merited. Oh, sure, I could rant about the Browns’ lack of discipline or Jameis Winston’s lack of ball security. We could get into a classic Jets loss or vintage Lions tie. And the Dolphins? Well, they’re in a completely different category of ineptitude.
But what’s the fun in that? Football is BACK, and that’s a glorious thing to say. Can’t take away that new-season glee from me! For Week 1, I’m going positive. All positive.
How was Kyler Murray’s highly anticipated debut? Forget the slop in the first three quarters — the fourth quarter and overtime were majestic. Arizona’s glass isn’t half full, it’s overflowing. And that wasn’t the only storyline that tickled my fancy on Sunday …
Here are my favorite positive developments from the first NFL Sunday of the 2019 regular season, Schein Nine style:
1) New England Patriots’ all-around (timeless) dominance
Sunday night had the feel of watching the Warriors firing on all cylinders in the regular season. New England’s 33-3 beatdown of Pittsburgh was simply majestic. Not a fair fight.
Father Time’s previously undefeated mark has apparently been toppled by Tom Brady. Throwing for 341 yards and three touchdowns in your first game as a 42-year-old?! Freakin’ extraordinary, something that cannot be glossed over. The connection with Phillip Dorsett, who paced the Pats with 95 receiving yards and two touchdowns, was stellar. Josh Gordon (three catches for 73 yards and a score) looked like the physically imposing wideout who damages defenses whenever he steps on the field. And wait until Antonio Brown gets going.
And how about New England’s defense? That’s the bigger-picture story here, when it comes to the Patriots’ efforts to winning a third title in four years: This is Bill Belichick’s best defensive group in years. The defensive backfield is unreal. The Steelers were flat-out stoned. They couldn’t run. They couldn’t pass. They couldn’t function.
The Patriots won by 30 points, and it felt even more lopsided than that.
2) Tennessee Titans’ offense
This is kind of a huge deal. It’s not hyperbole to call this a make-or-break season for Marcus
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