That boy good.
Week 1 was chock-full of thrillers, track meets and even an old-fashioned slugfest, yet Carson Wentz displayed as much star power as anyone in the game on Sunday, whether his college pedigree is up to snuff or not. The other young quarterback who deserves to be mentioned right there with the North Dakota State product is Jimmy Garoppolo, he of Eastern Illinois fame. And how about another team featuring another inexperienced QB?
Yep. After Graham Gano missed his second attempt, a rush of Broncos fans came at me on Twitter, yapping about my incorrect pick of that game. (Don't think I was alone there ...) That doesn't take away from Trevor Siemian earning his first career win in his first career start against a darn good team.
Did get some positive vibes from that social media platform, though:
Thanks, Kia. I haven't driven you, but I do love me some Tecmo Super Bowl. Do you offer anything with AM/FM/cassette?
Like Siemian's Broncos, Video Bo's Raiders prevailed. As did the Chiefs, in comeback fashion. So how do all the AFC West winners stack up? See that -- along with the rest of the league hierarchy -- below. Your thoughts on such matters are welcome: @HarrisonNFL is the place.
Let the dissension commence!
**a)** The Patriots beat the most talented team in the league on the road.
**b)** They did it with their backup quarterback.
**c)** They did it *without* arguably the premier tight end in league history.
**d)** One of the top-two quarterbacks in history returns in a few weeks.
**e)** New England controlled the game almost wire to wire.
Will take your flak here: @HarrisonNFL.
**Power Rankings randomness:** I was really impressed with Todd Davis (seven tackles, 0.5 sacks), starting at ILB now with Danny Trevathan in Chicago. </content:power-ranking>
**Power Rankings side note:** Not sure why, but lost in Sunday's drama is the ridiculously clutch catch Michael Crabtree made to score those all-important two points. </content:power-ranking>
**Must watch:** Baltimore receiver Breshad Perriman showing us what we missed in his lost 2015 season. </content:power-ranking>
**Historical note:** While Browns at Eagles in 2016 turned up gnarly, Browns at Eagles in 1950 was one of the most significant games in NFL history. Paul Brown's franchise won four AAFC titles prior to the NFL assimilating it as part of its membership. In his infinite wisdom, Commissioner Bert Bell decided to schedule this upstart squad against the two-time league champion Philadelphia Eagles in a special Saturday opener -- kind of a 1950s "kickoff game" -- to increase interest in what was then America's fourth-most popular sport. It was no contest. As in, Philadelphia's vaunted defense could do nothing to contest Otto Graham and the innovative Cleveland offense. Browns 35, Eagles 10. </content:power-ranking>