Week 1 RankingsThursday, September 09, 2010
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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.Editor's Note:
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