We did what good teams should do... we beat an inferior opponent handily. Week 1, their house, dominated. @justice98 You say you've seen this movie before? Under Gruden, I haven't. I don't know why you try to make a point by bringing up the Raiders game, we lost damn near our whole D over the following weeks, you know this.
Expectations aren't Super Bowl-or-Bust because of this game, but it was a huge breath of fresh air to have most of our off season optimism confirmed... usually we have to wait at least one week for the rust to get knocked off.
-I said it all off-season, I prefer Alex to Kirk. His pocket awareness, ability to extend plays, and decision making is on a different level than Kirk. I'm not saying that I think he's better, but this is the skillset that I thought we were getting when we drafted RG, this is what I want in a QB. Sidenote- did anyone see Kirk's presser? In classic Kirk way, he threw some big jabs at this franchise.
-Ryan Anderson showed very well. I was down on him this off-season big time, but he shut me right up.
-Secondary was studly led by Dunbar. He's always had the physical tools, great to see him getting the mental part down also. Bashaud who? Sure, this wasn't Aaron Rodgers, but Bradford when healthy is a good QB.
-I was happy to land AP, but had no idea that he'd do what he did. Watching him run, his patience and vision, is night and day compared to any RBs we've had for as long as I can remember.
-I would knock the WRs, but we just didn't need to go to them this game. If we were down by a few scores and needed big plays and kept missing then it'd be a different story. In this one, the run game was in beast mode, Reed was being healthy Reed, and CT was consistently picking up chunk plays. Don't fix what ain't broke.
-There were no second half woes as far as I'm concerned. Our D continued to shut it down through the majority of the 4th Q, all we had to do was run clock. Related, effing WaPo had the balls to write a column about how our "ridiculous" shut out-less streak continues.
-Just stay healthy for the love of god. This is a good team. After back-to-back seasons as the most injured team, we have to have some positive karma coming our way...