The NFL was wild in Week 1! But let's not forget what defined the madness.
You live and you learn. And if some coaches didn't do the latter, I'm here to help.
Here are nine lessons to be learned from Week 1 -- and applied to games in Week 2:
1) Be true to yourself, Chip!
I don't downgrade the Eagles for losing on the road to an energized, Dan Quinn-infused Falcons team Monday night. But I didn't like Chip Kelly not acting like Chip Kelly. Certainly wasn't a fan of Chip trotting out Cody Parkey, who had struggled with inconsistency and injury in the preseason, for that ill-fated field-goal attempt on fourth-and-1. Chip Kelly, with his moxie and swagger, goes for it.
And for that matter, Chip Kelly doesn't run Ryan Mathews on the second-and-4 and third-and-1 plays that preceded that fourth down. He throws with Sam Bradford. He runs DeMarco Murray. He dares you to stop the best offerings of his explosive offense. Chip Kelly doesn't let Quinn's team dominate the tempo like it did in the first half. He pounds Murray, whom Kelly rightly favored as a better fit for his offense than LeSean McCoy, on north-south runs.
2) Norv, please run Adrian Peterson.
So many things went stunningly wrong for the Minnesota Vikings in their grotesque season-opening loss at San Francisco on Monday night. Teddy Bridgewater looked utterly confused. And Mike Zimmer thinks the Vikes might have been guilty of reading press clippings in an offseason when everyone loved them. I know one loud mouth who compared them to the Golden State Warriors ...
OK, I'm not panicking about Minnesota. As gruesome as it looked, that game only counts for one loss. And there's an easy fix: Feed your beast! Peterson is the key to everything. He should be able to get going Sunday against the Lions. Make it happen, Norv!
3) Caldwell & Stafford: Get Megatron and Golden involved.
4) Stop the run, Pats.
Tough to nitpick New England after Tom Brady kicked off what'll be the single greatest middle-finger tour in sports history in style ... But it was stunning to see 32-year-old Steelers back DeAngelo Williams gash the Patriots for 127 yards on the ground.
Bill Belichick needs to nip this problem in the bud. It won't be easy if Dominique Easley is on the shelf Sunday, but the Pats cannot let Rex Ryan's team just ground-and-pound them into submission.
5) Big Blue, you must cover the forward pass when it matters.
On Monday, I torched New York for the epic breakdown of offensive sanity against Dallas. Lost in the shuffle: The fact that Tony Romo easily led the Cowboys down the field in 87 seconds for the game-winning touchdown -- sans timeouts and sans Dez Bryant. On the game's definitive drive, the great and clutch Romo looked like he was playing against air, going 5-for-6 for 72 yards with an easy TD strike to Jason Witten.
6) Balance is key, Sean Payton.
Fortunately, the schedule gods gave the Saints the perfect remedy: a date with the Bucs in the comfy confines of the Superdome. Now, make it count.
7) Bill O'Brien: Stick with Ryan Mallett.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that the Houston Texans were preparing to start Mallett in Week 2 -- something O'Brien himself confirmed Thursday. This is good.
Now, the Panthers' defense will present a stiff and formidable test. O'Brien can't waiver or waffle on this decision. Mallett needs to be given the confidence to let it rip and not feel the threat of being yo-yoed.
8) Make Momma Lynch happy!
So here we are, heading into a highly anticipated rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game, and Pete Carroll has to answer questions about Marshawn Lynch's mother, who called Darrell Bevell "the worst play caller ever" in a Facebook rant that also said the offensive coordinator should have been fired after Super Bowl XLIX.