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SIDELINE
Observations, Opinion & Occasional Silliness by Richard L Gale

LOOKING BEYOND NFL WEEK 1
September 12, 2007

After so much offseason, I found myself unusually distracted during the NFL's opening Sunday. Women's World Cup, Men's International Soccer, Rugby World Cup, Formula One Racing, NCAA football, and the small matter of the US Open Tennis finals conspired to turn the NFL into a series of impressions rather than the sense–drowning experience the offseason had promised.

There was Justine Henin, landing the US Open title after a blistering run in which she had to defeat both Williams sisters in front of their home crowd before dismissing Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–1 6–3 in the final. There was Roger Federer, claiming his 12th Grand Slam title in a tight battle with Novak Djokovic that displayed exactly what kind of mettle this great for the ages is made of. And there was Lewis Hamilton, the rookie F1 driver, clinging to his championship lead against defending champion and (fiercely rivalous team–mate) Fernando Alonso.

As normal life does go on in our household, watching all of these sports is sometimes reduced to a single Sunday of replays, recordings, and channel–hops, devolving at times into a montage of blipverts. Rest assured though, the NFL underpinned it all (if you haven't guessed by now, this is predominantly a football column).

And my conclusions from the first week of the NFL are... that it IS too early for conclusions. There weren't any wins and losses in strange places, merely points and margins that call for closer scrutiny by fantasy football fans. Take these notes and log them, but weeks 2–4 will give them context:

– QBs answering doubters: Tony Romo had 5 TDs, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning four apiece. – Contenders looking the part: New England and Indianapolis will keep this rivalry going for a year yet. – Predictable story lines: Tom Brady looked sharp, Rex Grossman stunk, Chad Pennington broke.

Here's the 'context' games for week 2:

Houston at Carolina: One of these middling teams could break out of the pack. It would have been a spicier sell if David Carr were the starter for Carolina, but with victories in week one and divisional opponents in week 3, this makes for a nice sandwich game. Somebody will go 2–0, and with troubled Atlanta in the sights of Carolina in week 3 and Houston in week 4, a win here will be worth a lot to momentum.

San Diego at New England: If San Diego beat New England, they've already beaten two of the popular Superbowl picks – yuh, we heard that one already. But that would probably involve an excellent game from Philip Rivers and a major step forward from a receiving corps that has to establish more than Antonio Gates and LT out of the backfield, if it is to have the tools for playoff progress.

Dallas at Miami: Wade Phillips didn't deliver on the idea that his more aggressive defense would work, but the Cowboys did put up 45 points last week (including 5 TDs from the QB who's warming my fantasy bench, dagnabbit!). Miami shouldn't provide an upset for the Cowboys, but the Dolphins defense may provide a down–to–earth moment for Dallas' offense, as well as a snack–worthy backfield for the Cowboys' blitz.

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