CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 09:  T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after making a sack during the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

4 Overreactions to NFL Week 1

Cover Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images


The definition of an overreaction is a more emotional or forcible response than is justified.


Now think of NFL fans and the way they react to the smallest bit of news pertaining to the their team. Then add a win for your team or a big fantasy output and all hell breaks loose.


The NFL is known for making fans overreact, so here are a few that went down in Week 1.

4. Jets Can Compete With Pats for AFC East Crown

Rey Del Rio/Getty Images


The Jets looked like the real deal on Monday night, led by rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. Despite throwing a pick-six on his first career pass, Darnold bounced back like a veteran and finished 16-for-21 for 198 yards with two touchdowns and a 116.8 QB rating. Jets fans are going to be talking a big game this week, and some will likely go as far as saying they'll be able to compete with the Patriots for the AFC East title. Darn right they can! 

3. Baltimore Ravens are the Best Team in the NFL

Rob Carr/Getty Images


Coming off the largest margin of victory in Week 1, the Ravens are flying high. Joe Flacco looked like the Super Bowl MVP version of himself, as the Ravens three new receivers all scored touchdowns. The defense -- arguably the best asset of the team -- tallied six sacks and two interceptions while allowing just three points. 


Before we can say anything about the Ravens, we have to remember they played the cellar-dwelling Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The win didn't even push Baltimore to the favorite in their own division; that still goes to the Steelers, despite a terrible tie against the Browns. 


Yes, the Ravens might be a playoff team, but talk to me after this Sunday's game against the Bengals before dubbing them anything other than average.

2. The Saints and Steelers Aren't Super Bowl Contenders

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images


Week 1 losses (or ties) never do good for a team's season-long outlook. When a Week 1 loss comes to the team expected to finish last in your respective division, it's even worse. Well, that's exactly what happened to the Saints (lost 48-40 to the Bucs) and the Steelers (tied the Browns at 21-21). Despite the loss, the Saints are still at +1700, the seventh-best odds according to FanDuel Sportsbook, to win the Super Bowl. The Steelers' tie left them at +1200, the fifth-best odds. It legitimately wouldn't be outlandish to say that these two teams could actually meet in the Super Bowl.

1. James Conner is the Top Running Back in Football

Joe Robbins/Getty Images


And speaking of the Steelers, how about running back James Conner? After a Week 1 line of 135 yards on 31 carries and five catches for 57 yards, who needs Le'Veon Bell? If there was a fantasy draft today, Conner would be a first-round pick. He's also auditioning for his own future job as the Steelers starting running back next season when Bell likely signs elsewhere. Conner has proven he can carry the load and thrive when given the touches. But, honestly, why would we overreact to one game?


Get $20 with your first deposit on FanDuel. Join Now.