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It's that wonderful NFL time of year

September 11, 2007|By ROBERT KELLER

The NFL season began Thursday with several games played over the weekend. Teams from all around the NFL have shown improvement. One such team is the Houston Texans.

One of the most surprising games this week was between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Texans. Houston looked pretty bad last year, finishing with a 6-10 record. The Chiefs finished 9-7 and squeaked into the playoffs. In the season opener, the Texans came out with a new quarterback, Matt Schaub (he replaced David Carr when Carr was traded to the Carolina Panthers). Surprisingly, the Texans came out and dominated the Chiefs 20-3. The Texans had only two turnovers, while the Chiefs had four.

Other games from week one of the season included Indianapolis, Washington, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Washington defeated Miami in overtime 16-13. Philadelphia lost their first game to Green Bay 16-13. Pittsburgh stomped on Cleveland 34-7. Indianapolis, the reigning Super Bowl champs, overpowered the New Orleans Saints 41-10.

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Looking ahead to week two of the season, I will predict the winners of four games: the New York Jets at Baltimore, the Texans at Carolina, the Colts at Tennessee, and the San Diego Chargers at New England. The winners will be Baltimore, Houston, Tennessee and New England. If Houston continues to play like it did against Kansas City, the Texans could make something happen this year.

My biggest fear is that Baltimore quarterback Steve McNair will get injured and backup Troy Smith will come out to play. Troy Smith is not the greatest quarterback I've seen. He might be a rookie, but in the preseason, he looked bad even for a rookie.

Regardless of any of the outcomes, one of my favorite times of year - the marvelous season of the National Football League - is under way.

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