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Week 1 Rankings

Thursday, September 9, 2010

There's so much we don't know.

We don't know what teams stunk in the preseason because they stink, and which teams were playing possum. Outside of a few teams – Jets, Steelers, maybe the Cowboys – we don't know what defenses are truly tough matchups.

Yeah, the Lions offense should be improved and its defense should still make you feel better about playing Jay Cutler. But Week 1 is all about playing the guys you drafted high and not overthinking things.

I'm always amazed by the careful thought so many readers put into lineup decisions, but sometimes we all experience paralysis by analysis. Don't assume you know how the new Saints safety will match up against Visanthe Shiancoe. Let's see what happens first, and play the guys who you drafted.

I'm down in New Orleans for the season opener this week. Sean Payton said something that stuck with me on Wednesday. Week 1 is an "Imperfect game" no matter what. There are going to be mistakes, mental errors.

This is a coaching week. An unpredictable week. A week I'm so thankful is finally here. Teams can break out plays and formations they have been holding since February. It takes a few more game films for the rest of the league to catch up.

Expect the unexpected, but don't try to predict it. Not yet.

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Week 1 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Drew Breesvs. MIN -
2Aaron Rodgersat PHI -
3Peyton Manningat HOU -
4Matt Schaubvs. IND -
5Tom Bradyvs. CIN -
6Philip Riversat KC -
7Jay Cutlervs. DET -
8Tony Romoat WAS -
9Kevin Kolbvs. GB -
10Matthew Staffordat CHI -
11Kyle Ortonat JAC -
12Brett Favreat NO Probable(ankle)
13Matt Ryanat PIT -
14Donovan McNabbvs. DAL Probable(ankle)
15Matt Casselvs. SD -
16Joe Flaccoat NYJ -
17Eli Manningvs. CAR -
18Carson Palmerat NE -
19David Garrardvs. DEN -
20Vince Youngvs. OAK -
21Chad Henneat BUF -
22Alex Smithat SEA -
23Mark Sanchezvs. BAL -
24Dennis Dixonvs. ATL -
25Jason Campbellat TEN -
26Matt Hasselbeckvs. SF -
27Matt Mooreat NYG -
28Derek Andersonat STL -
29Sam Bradfordvs. ARZ -
30Josh Freemanvs. CLE Probable(thumb)
31Jake Delhommeat TB -
32Trent Edwardsvs. MIA -
33Michael Vickvs. GB -
34Seneca Wallaceat TB -
35Tim Tebowat JAC -
36Charlie Batchvs. ATL -

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