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NFL 2016 Week 1 Review: Takeaways From Football’s First Week

NFL 2016 Week 1
No Brady for New England, no problem.

Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season has concluded. In NFL 2016 Week 1 there were an amazing number of close games, including four one-point wins and two two-point victories. That means that 37.5% of the games were decided by one or two points. Of course, there were some major runaway wins, including both Monday Night Football contests, as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Washington Redskins 38-16 and the San Francisco 49ers hammered the Los Angeles Rams 28-0. Here some of our quick takeaways from NFL 2016 Week 1

AFC Takeaways

Broncos brought it in week one.
Broncos brought it in week one.

There’s a lot of food for thought when it comes to the NFL 2016 Week 1 in the AFC. Here’s what we found out.

  • Denver Broncos are going to be tough to beat
  • Jacksonville Jaguars have to prove they can finish
  • Buffalo Bills are looking for their offense, once again
  • Baltimore Raven QB Joe Flacco has to play better to continue to win
  • Houston Texan new-look offense is winning
  • Cleveland Browns still play like the Cleveland Browns
  • Tennessee Titan pass defense may want to show up next week
  • Cincinnati Bengal kicker Mike Nugent can take the pressure
  • New York Jets have an awesome pass rush
  • Oakland Raiders can score against a poor defense
  • San Diego Chargers forgot there was a second half to play
  • Kansas City Chiefs showed a never say never spirit
  • Miami Dolphin kicker Andrew Franks needs to make the chip shots
  • Indianapolis Colt kicker Adam Vinatieri is still one of the best
  • New England Patriots can win without Brady and Gronkowski
  • Pittsburgh Steelers are an offensive machine on ground and in air

NFC Takeaways

Panthers could not do it.
Panthers could not do it.

Here are 16 things we can takeaway from the NFC in the NFL 2016 Week 1. As with the AFC, there’s one for each team.

  • Carolina Panthers seem to be unable to beat the Denver Broncos
  • Green Bay Packers played just good enough to win this week
  • Chicago Bears are somewhere between mediocre and almost mediocre
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be contenders in 2016
  • Philadelphia Eagle QB Carson Wentz had a great first NFL game
  • Atlanta Falcons are in search of a pass rush
  • Minnesota Vikings have a D that can win games
  • New Orleans Saints 2016 defense will lose more games than their offense will win
  • Seattle Seahawk QB Russell Wilson has to play better for his team to contend
  • Detroit Lion QB Matthew Stafford is off to a great start
  • New York Giants squeaked by against a completely inexperienced QB
  • Dallas Cowboys almost won with a completely inexperienced QB
  • Arizona Cardinals could not beat a team that did not have its starting QB or top TE
  • Washington Redskins can’t win if they make that many mistakes
  • Los Angeles Rams have not scored a point in Los Angeles since 1994
  • San Francisco 49ers coach helped make the team a winner

NFL 2016 Week 1 Conclusion

Here’s what we have discovered concerning NFL 2016 Week 1. Teams that looked highly competitive include New England, Detroit, Denver, Tampa Bay, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Minnesota, and San Francisco. Of course, this is just after one week. Things can change this week. Thursday Night Football features the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Week two ends with Philadelphia at Chicago.


Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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