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Things we learned on Sunday of Week 1

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - We thought that New Orleans and Green Bay could score on anybody at any time and that proved out to be correct on Thursday night's NFL season opener.

Below are a few more things we learned on Sunday afternoon.

Philadelphia at St. Louis

Michael Vick is really hard to tackle. The Eagles quarterback was running for his life over most of the day behind a makeshift offensive line, but managed to throw for 187 yards and two scores and rush 10 times for 98 yards.

DeSean Jackson (6-102-1) didn't take his contract problems onto the field.

Steven Jackson is too fragile...or too old. Jackson took the first carry 47 yards for a touchdown and ran just once more before heading to the sidelines with a right-leg injury.

Jackson's replacement, Cadillac Williams, isn't dead yet after rushing 19 times for 91 yards.

Detroit at Tampa Bay

Matthew Stafford's great preseason wasn't a fluke. Stafford burned the Bucs' defense for 305 yards and three touchdowns, two to Calvin Johnson.

Johnson (6-88-2) is a lock to return to the Pro Bowl as long as Stafford stays healthy.

If the Bucs' Josh Freeman is forced to throw 40+ times, Tampa Bay is in trouble as are LaGarrette Blount owners.

Atlanta at Chicago

Jay Cutler fought off five sacks and all the off-season talk about his lack of toughness to throw for 300+ yards.

Matt Forte is a good running back (16-68-0), but a better receiver (5-90-1).

The Bears defense is underrated even as the No.4 D/ST in the latest fantasyfootballnerd.com rankings.

Matt Ryan's 319-yard passing effort couldn't produce an offensive touchdown.

Indianapolis at Houston

Ben Tate (24-116-1) can run behind the Texans' offensive line almost as well as last year's top fantasy running back - Arian Foster.

Maybe Indianapolis WAS a one-man team. They were atrocious and only Reggie Wayne held up his end of the bargain with 106 yards and a score on seven catches.

Tennessee at Jacksonville

Maurice Jones-Drew made it through one game without further injury to his knee. He had a touchdown and 97 yards rushing, but again had trouble down at the goal line, getting stuffed three times in the third quarter when Jacksonville could have made this game much easier on themselves.

Kenny Britt (5-136-2) is very good when his off-the-field problems don't get in the way.

Chris Johnson was not ready for game action. It's no surprise that the running back who held out for all of training camp wasn't ready to play. Back in 2007 when Kansas City Chiefs' star running back held out for more money, it took three regular season contests before he was in "game shape."

Pittsburgh at Baltimore

Ray Rice is a good receiver (4-42-1), but he's a better running back (19-107-1). The Steelers don't give up 100-yard rushers very often, but Rice has done it twice in his six career regular season games against Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were evidently suffering from a Super Bowl loss hangover. They aren't that bad.

Cincinnati at Cleveland

The Cincinnati Bengals won't be as bad as most fantasy owners expected. Cedric Benson (25-121-1) and tight end Jermaine Gresham (6-58-1) are both fantasy- worthy starters.

A.J. Green was a non-factor for most of the day, but scored from 41-yards out when the Browns blew the coverage and didn't have anyone guarding him.

Buffalo at Kansas City

Ryan Fitzpatrick (17-for-25 for 208 yards and 4 TDs) is more than just a backup quarterback.

Fred Jackson doesn't get enough respect in the fantasy world. His No.70 ranking was too low and owners who chose him will be happily rewarded with much better value than a normal sixth-round selection.

Carolina at Arizona

Carolina's Steve Smith (8-178-2) may have found a quarterback to play with. Putting up good statistics is easy when one catch goes for 77 yards and a score after a blown coverage. The second touchdown the two hooked up on, 26 yards, was a beauty at both ends. Cam Newton threw for a stunning 422 yards and also ran for a touchdown.

Kevin Kolb rewarded the Cardinals for their faith in him, throwing for 300+ yards and two scores without an interception.

Minnesota at San Diego

Percy Harvin can catch, return kicks and run from scrimmage with equal skill. Pray the headaches stay away and he'll end up being a huge sleeper.

Adrian Peterson earned the 100-yard bonus until he and McNabb messed up a draw play late in the fourth quarter.

I think I'd rather have "backup" Mike Tolbert than Chargers starting tailback Ryan Mathews.

Philip Rivers threw for 335 yards. Nothing new here, he threw for 300+ yards six times last year.

Seattle at San Francisco

Tarvaris Jackson is the same quarterback he was in Minnesota...unfortunately.

Alex Smith was mistake-free and the 49ers looked like a real football team. The downside is that he won't be throwing much which hurts the values of Vernon Davis, Braylon Edwards and Michael Crabtree.

New York Giants at Washington

Santana Moss had a quiet 93-catch season in 2010 and his 2011 should be more of the same. He'll reward those fantasy owners who took him in the seventh round (fantasyfootballnerd.com ranking of 79).

If Tim Hightower will continue to hold the ball, Mike Shanahan will turn him into a household name.

Eli Manning is never going to be a high-percentage passer, but with his receivers and solid running game he should still be able to put the ball into the end zone more than twice a game.

Hakeem Nicks was a non-factor in the second half, though he did earn the 100- yard bonus.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.


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