After one weekend of NFL football, everyone has already been reminded why they are so passionate about the sport.
The fact is the NFL is compelling because each game is critical to a team and nobody knows what to expect.
New England needed a last minute comeback to beat the lowly Buffalo Bills behind rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel.
However, Manuel threw for two scores and almost captured a win in his first start.
Meanwhile, rookie signal caller Geno Smith is thrust into action because of an injury.
He marches downfield to take his team to a last-second field goal and win his first game and left the Bucs with all kinds of questions.
The Colts and the new age golden boy Andrew Luck took on one of the worst teams in football.
But the Raiders kept ithe game close until the last Luck dove into the end zone and left Raiders fans wondering if they will ever escape the decade long hangover from the tuck rule.
Who could forget Super Bowl contender Seattle only scoring a dozen on a Panthers team that everyone had written off as the third best team in their division.
The Titans out-Steelered the Steelers on opening Sunday as well. Physical football and watching a Mike Tomlin team get pushed around was fascinating for three full hours.
St. Louis was a winner against the Cardinals on a last-second field goal and San Francisco outdueled Aaron Rodgers in a shootout.
The Cowboys forced turnovers in the clutch instead of giving the game away, and Chicago and their new coach straight out of the Canadian Football League last year and won a game against a playoff team from last year.
The Super Bowl champ looked like they wouldn’t be able to win game in the Big East.
Peyton Manning threw his way into the hearts of fantasy owners everywhere as he tied an NFL record.
We saw even more fireworks Monday night.
Chip Kelley’s offense looked efficient and difficult to stop in the first half. Meanwhile the Redskins couldn’t even get out of their own way and left themselves a hole that was too big to get out of in the second half.
Flip to the nightcap, the Texans overcome a 21-point deficit to win the game on a last second field goal. Matt Schaub looked mobile for his standards, and the Chargers looked the same. They have a ton of talent, no ability to finish off opponents.
The NFL has mastered parity. Games are close every week and fantasy football leaves every football fan sitting on the edge of their seat for games that don’t even affect their team.
Every Sunday until Feb., people will be speeding home from church, throwing on a football jersey and staring at the television for hours on end.