NFL1000: Ranking the Top 1,000 Players from Week 1

September 15, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season brought out a lot of interesting (initial) truths.
Cam Newton is just as good as he was last year, and the NFL still can’t figure out how to officiate helmet-to-helmet contact. More pressing for Newton and his Carolina Panthers was the fact they still couldn’t solve the Denver Broncos defense, and that gave the Super Bowl champs a 1-0 mark to start the new season.
Both the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks learned that offensive line concerns can quickly break up a dominant offense. While the Seahawks barely beat the Miami Dolphins at home, Russell Wilson’s health may be a constant source of concern this season. And Bruce Arians is still trying to figure out what went wrong against the New England Patriots. The Pittsburgh Steelers, another perennial Super Bowl contender, had no such worries, working over the Washington Redskins on Monday night with a balanced offense and a defense that showed improvement.
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