I don’t throw around the word “love” very often, but I fucking LOVE NFL Sunday Ticket. I purchased the Madden game for X-Box and got a deal on the online-only version of DirecTV’s signature product, and boy was it worth it! The only shame of it was the fact that the Seahawks were playing at 10am, so the bulk of my focus was on that. Nevertheless, I had my laptop running the Atlanta/New Orleans game in the background. And, when both games were on commercial: that was time to flip it over to the Red Zone channel!
I’m sure many of you have enjoyed this NFL viewing experience for years now, but this is entirely new to me. Anytime I’ve ever had a chance to watch multiple games, it was either at my Dad’s house or in a bar somewhere. At my dad’s, he’s got three TVs in the living room. But, he’s only got regular ol’ cable TV, so I was at the mercy of whatever Fox or CBS deemed worthy for the Seattle market. Which usually means a lot of Jets, a lot of Cowboys, and in the afternoon, a lot of Raiders and Rams and Cardinals. I fucking can’t stand all of those teams.
At a bar, sure, you can watch whatever games you want (if you find the right bar, with the right configuration of TVs, and you’re not bombarded with a bunch of annoying Steelers or Packers fans). But, if you’re getting any sound, it’s on one dedicated game, so you can’t toggle between games like you could at home. And, you can’t just sit at a bar and not buy anything, so in any given day, you’re spending anywhere from $30-$60, depending on how much you eat and drink. If you’re going to spend that much every week, you might as well just buy DirecTV and get it over with!
This is starting to sound like an advertisement, which I promise you it is not. I’ve only had it for one week, so I’m sure there are things I’ll hate. But, right now, it’s a whole new world. I’m hooked. I would probably pay any amount of money in the world just to know that I’ll never have to watch another boring Jets game ever again.
- Seattle Seahawks (1-0) – Until the Seahawks lose, I’m not even thinking about moving them down this list.
- San Francisco 49ers (1-0) – For anyone wondering when Kaepernick is going to go through some sort of second-year slump, keep dreaming.
- Denver Broncos (1-0) – They might end up with the best record in football, but that won’t make them the best team. Nevertheless, they’re still pretty fucking good.
- Green Bay Packers (0-1) – Man, what can I say? The 49ers just have their number. Pretty sure that’s the only team in the NFL they fear playing in the playoffs.
- Atlanta Falcons (0-1) – The Falcons are still the second-best home team in the NFL. They lost a tough road game against a tough divisional opponent; and they almost won anyway!
- Houston Texans (1-0) – Pretty amazing come-from-behind win to start their season.
- New England Patriots (1-0) – I’m pretty sure the Patriots won’t be terrible this year, but they’re not going to be elite. The defense is still iffy, and the offense totally lacks weapons.
- New Orleans Saints (1-0) – Outside of the Chiefs, the Saints might be the most improved team in the NFL this year. Still, Drew Brees can be sloppy with the ball.
- Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) – Chicago certainly isn’t the easiest place to start your NFL season, but the Bengals are better than that. They’ll bounce back.
- Washington Redskins (0-1) – Welp, that’s what happens when your starting quarterback goes the entire pre-season without playing. I expect the offense to improve and in a hurry.
- Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) – Something tells me the Chiefs won’t be out of the Top 10 for long. Andy Reid was a terrible coach for what the Eagles became last year, but he’s just what these Chiefs need.
- Carolina Panthers (0-1) – Excellent front seven, better-than-they-showed-on-Sunday offense. I kinda predicted Tampa Bay would be one of the breakout teams of the NFC, but it’s probably going to be Carolina.
- Detroit Lions (1-0) – You pair that passing game with Reggie Bush and you’ve got something lethal. They better hope Bush can stay healthy for the duration; a pass-catching back is all they need to be unstoppable on offense.
- Baltimore Ravens (0-1) – The thing is, those receivers won’t drop as many balls as they did in the opener. The other thing is: I’m telling you, this is a .500 football team.
- Dallas Cowboys (1-0) – Jesus Dallas, how did you almost blow that game after generating six turnovers?
- New York Giants (0-1) – Of course this is the year that Eli Manning dominates. I had him on my fantasy team LAST year and avoided him like the plague this year.
- Chicago Bears (1-0) – This is still a team that only has one receiver, and still a team that under-utilizes their running back.
- Indianapolis Colts (1-0) – Took quite the effort to beat the Raiders, when it should have taken no effort whatsoever.
- Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) – Weird! You lean on LeSean McCoy and use Vick in the passing game as little as possible and you do well on offense! Andy Reid, are you fucking WATCHING THIS?
- St. Louis Rams (1-0) – I kind of expected the Rams to handle the Cardinals better than they did. Does that mean the Rams are worse than advertised, or are the Cards better?
- Miami Dolphins (1-0) – Whoop-dee-doo, they beat up on the Cleveland Browns, BFD.
- San Diego Chargers (0-1) – I’m shocked that they blew a 21-point lead, but then again I’m not that shocked. Philip Rivers always finds a way.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) – They were one bone-head play from being 1-0. Then again, I’m hearing all kinds of bad press on Josh Freeman. In a contract year? That doesn’t bode well.
- Minnesota Vikings (0-1) – God the Vikings are terrible. Ponder is one of many busts at quarterback starting right now.
- Arizona Cardinals (0-1) – Carson Palmer, where have you been all of Larry Fitzgerald’s career?
- Cleveland Browns (0-1) – I’m having a tough time figuring out how bad Weeden is. He throws the ball a ton of times per game and kinda racks up the yardage. But, his completion percentage is usually terrible and he throws for more picks than TDs. He sort of strikes me as a young, disappointing Vinny Testaverde, without the possibility of ever having a long career.
- Tennessee Titans (1-0) – The Titans are terrible. But, who knows? Maybe they’re not as terrible as we thought. Who am I kidding? They ARE as terrible as we thought, but the teams under them are even worse.
- Oakland Raiders (0-1) – I never for one minute thought they were going to beat the Colts.
- New York Jets (1-0) – Lucky win for a bullshit team. Here’s to hoping Geno Smith turns out well. Mark Sanchez needs to go away forever.
- Buffalo Bills (0-1) – Goes to show you how underwhelming this rookie quarterback class is that EJ Manuel is getting seriously glowing press even though he only threw for 150 yards.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) – The Steelers might not be the next-to-worst team in the NFL, but this is the penalty they get for being my Survivor Pool pick in week 1. I might not ever put them in the top 30 all season.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) – Two points? Gus Bradley, would you like to reconsider your decision?