While there were many upsets and results I didn't see coming -- thanks, Chip Kelly -- Sunday did confirm some notions I had about certain players, coaches and teams. Basically proving that, well, they are who I thought they were.
Allow me to channel my inner Denny Green, Schein Nine style:
1) Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers: Simply the best.
Before the season kicked off, I picked Aaron Rodgers to win another MVP award and Green Bay to win another Super Bowl. And Sunday night's 27-17 win over the Seahawks confirmed my thinking on all of the above. Rodgers was at his best in the fourth quarter, when it mattered the most, putting together a vintage 10-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a touchdown pass and two-point conversion to Richard Rodgers. The best quarterback in the business was composed and took advantage of the middle of the field, with Seattle missing Kam Chancellor. And Rodgers was able to rock steady despite Eddie Lacy missing most of the game with an ankle injury.
We all know Rodgers is the best quarterback in the game today. (Related side note: This kind of throw is just unfair.) The big key for Green Bay to reach the pinnacle as a team: The defense has to be clutch. This unit won't ever be dominant. But in a big game -- a revenge game -- the Packers' D made plays and created turnoversin the fourth quarter. If this remains the norm, Packer Backers can start booking trips to the San Francisco Bay Area in early February.
2) The Pittsburgh Steelers are an offensive juggernaut.
Now this is why I picked Pittsburgh to make the playoffs. The Steelers bounced back from a Week 1 loss in New England to bludgeon the 49ers, 43-18. This is what I expect from this offense, which will get even better when Le'Veon Bell returns from suspension next week -- and when Martavis Bryant follows suit in Week 5.
After racking up a lot of yards (464) but not a lot of points (21) in Week 1, Pittsburgh simply exploded against a San Francisco defense that was fresh off completely shutting down Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. Ben Roethlisberger was dynamite, showing again that he is truly elite with this stat line: 21-27, 369 yards, three touchdowns, zero picks. Predictably, a large portion of that came via Antonio Brown, who posted nine catches for 195 yards and a touchdown. Bell placeholder DeAngelo Williams provided positive returns for the second straight week, logging three touchdowns on the ground.
Ben, Bell and Brown comprise the best set of triplets in the NFL today, and they will carry Pittsburgh -- despite its work-in-progress defense -- to the postseason.
3) Adrian Peterson is still a rushing machine.
Peterson, who managed just 31 total rushing yards in the opening game, piled up 45 in the opening driveagainst Detroit. By day's end, he had 192 total yards, including 134 on the ground.
4) Surprise! The New England Patriots are the team to beat in the East.
I tried to warn you in the preseason that Tom Brady would embark on the greatest middle-finger tour in sports history. Don't get it twisted: The final score -- Patriots 40, Bills 32 -- isn't indicative of how lopsided this game truly was. Brady absolutely torched Rex Ryan's talented defense with 466 yards through the air. No, Rex didn't have King Kong at his disposal, and Rob Gronkowski remained unstoppable, with 113 receiving yards and a touchdown. Julian Edelman caught 11 passes for 97 yards and two scores. Oh, and Dion Lewis, who was out of the NFL last year, continued to make a name for himself in New England with 138 total yards and a touchdown on 13 touches.
5) The Houston Texans don't have a quarterback.
6) Hello again, mediocrity! The St. Louis Rams are an 8-8 team.
St. Louis had a strong win against the Seahawks in Week 1, furthering the offseason notion that Jeff Fisher's squad was ready to break through in 2015. But Sunday's 24-10 loss was just unacceptable. Getting pushed around by the Washington Redskins? When you play in an ultra-competitive division like the NFC West, that can't happen. What happened to the power-loaded D-line? Redskins rookie Matt Jones ran wild, with 123 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
7) The New York Giants have major problems.
This New York roster was put together in anemic fashion -- again. The Giants don't have the requisite talent to make the playoffs -- again. And they start the season 0-2 -- again.
8) Joe Philbin isn't the future of the Miami Dolphins.
I picked Miami to earn a wild-card slot despite my reservations regarding Philbin. The Dolphins are 1-1 and could easily be 0-2 -- which is rather remarkable, considering Miami has played the Redskins and Jags. Jacksonville simply outplayed Miami on Sunday. Self-induced mistakes plagued the Dolphins, and Blake Bortles and the Jaguars took advantage.
Even if the 'Fins make the playoffs, I think they need to win a game for Philbin to stick around. And they definitely can't afford to fall short, like they have in each of the past two years. Losing to inferior teams like the Jaguars certainly doesn't help.
9) The Arizona Cardinals are a top-three team in the NFC.
Last week, in the walk-up to the game, DB Tyrann Mathieu joined my SiriusXM Radio show, "Schein on Sports." The third-year pro described the business-like approach in Arizona. We saw that on Sunday in all phases, starting with David Johnson's 108-yard touchdown on the opening kick of the game. The defense forced turnovers. The Carson Palmer-to-Larry Fitzgerald combo produced three touchdowns. And none of this is surprising.