The hardest week to predict the outcome of NFL games isn’t the first week, it’s the second.
So many mirages. So many false impressions from Week 1. So much overreaction.
Look back to opening week of last season:
- Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston threw four touchdown passes in a 31-24 victory over Atlanta, and the Buccaneers established themselves as the team to beat in the NFC South. (It was Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan who had the MVP season, with Atlanta reaching the Super Bowl and then suffering an epic meltdown after building a 28-3 lead against New England.)
- Dallas rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott looked like, well, rookies in a 20-19 home...