NFL Cheers, Jeers, and Props Week 1
Welcome to Cheers, Jeers, and Props, this season, Technorati is going to give you, the NFL fan, a weekly diagnosis of the best & worst teams each week, and individual credits as well. So without further ado, let's get down to business.
3. Seattle Seahawks- The Seahawks had the upset of the day on Sunday, and it wasn't the fact they beat the San Francisco 49ers, it was the WAY they beat them. Matt Hasselbeck was playing like he was in the Super Bowl season, the defense harassed Alex Smith into two interceptions (one returned back by Marcus Trufant for a touchdown), Justin Forsett looked great on the ground, and you can't forget about how Mike Williams came back to the NFL after a two year absence and had four catches for 64 yards. While a lot of people may think this is a transitional year for the Seahawks, maybe it won't be the case.
2. Houston Texans- The Texans came into the season opener vs. the Colts 1-15 all time, but showed they weren't going to be pushed around or collapse this time around. This team overcame a huge day by Peyton Manning, and did a great job putting pressure on him and taking away the running game from their opponents. Mario Williams continues to show each and every day why he was drafted #1 in 2005 over Reggie Bush. What Houston needs to do now is keep their momentum from the win into next week, as they have had issues building off of wins. The running game was great, and if they can continue to establish the run, it'll make the passing attack a whole lot more lethal.
1. Kansas City Chiefs- What we saw on Monday night was just simply magic. Arrowhead Stadium, a place where Kansas City was 4-20 the past three seasons was jumping like the old days when the Chiefs were 71-25 from 1995-2006, and what was most impressive was the special teams play and the punt return tandem of Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster was electric. In 2009, the Chiefs longest punt return was only 19 yards. McCluster set a new club record with a 94 yard punt return for a touchdown. Another thing that was impressive was how strong and how well the defense held, frustrating Philip Rivers in ways that were never seen before. Very big confidence booster as the Chiefs are in sole possession of first place in the AFC West after Week 1.Continued on the next page