Well the football gods finally let the season begin. The Black and Blue division looked like that. Many injuries and bruises everywhere.
Vikings: Starting with players out for the game the Vikings struggled against a very good Saints team. The vaunted passing attack of the Vikings was shut down. Whether that was due to missing one receiver (unlikely), an effective pass rush ( doubtful), an excellent secondary, or a combination is hard to decipher. But the outcome was that Farve received a bruised ego and one of the tough Vikings opponents came away with a win.
The Minnesota defense gave a good enough statement to prove that they are the best in the North this year. Before anyone starts shouting about the secondary I have to say. Defense is played as a whole. With the injuries already sustained they played pretty good against Drew Brees.
More teams after the jump.
Green Bay: The Victory against the Eagles in Philadelphia has to be a relief to the Pack. Two sacks of Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter has to be scary. The fact that he can pick himself up and throw with accuracy is commendable. The G.B. passing offense would be Indianapolistic if they could protect Rodgers. Ryan Grant was injured (ankle).
The Green Bay defense looked OK but it is hard to tell when playing a 1st year QB or Michael Vick. But any team that bruises up 90% of a Philly team is a tough defense.
Chicago: Most want to believe that if Mathew Stafford had not been knocked from the game that Chicago would have lost. Can't disagree. The Chicago offense really goes nowhere. The line just isn't good enough. The receivers are not good enough.
Defensively one would have to say that so far Julius Peppers is worth every penny of what he got paid. He is personally responsible for 100% of Chicago's wins this year. The defense will determine whether Chicago goes very far this year. But if you can't stop Detroit you are not going far.
Detroit: Bad teams make their own bad luck. Small breaks in concentration can lose ball games. Finish every play. Play every snap to win. Never quit. Think of your team over yourself. These are all known coaching sentiments that winners take to heart. Some day soon Detroit will realize that this is how to play. I expect a different attitude on this ball club when Matt Stafford returns in a few week.
defense- Want to watch a really good defensive line? Watch the Lions. Are they as good as the Vikings? Probably not but only because of depth. The starters for both are very good.
Want to watch some really average to poor offensive tackles? Watch every offensive line in the NFC North.