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  • 09/14/2010, 01:35AM ET

Whose stock has dropped the most after Week One?

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Pick an NFL team whose 'stock', i.e. perception of how well they will do this year, has dropped the most.

My pick is the San Francisco 49ers.

Coming into this year, the 49ers were the trendy pick to win the NFC West. With Kurt Warner gone, Arizona was bound to struggle, and St. Louis and Seattle were rebuilding.

San Francisco supposedly had a strong defense led by All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis, and a good offense with emerging star Vernon Davis, and the improving Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree, and the ever reliable Frank Gore.

Then Seattle rolled in, and absolutely destroyed the 49ers, 31-6.

Matt Hasselbeck threw for two TDs and ran for another.

More disturbing is the offense. Alex Smith was awful, throwing two picks and fumbling. Frank Gore only rushed for 38 yards, with a 2.2 ypc average. Michael Crabtree caught 2 passes out of 8 targets.

After this debacle, the 49ers are no longer clear favorites to win the NFC West. The division is now wide open, thanks to the 49ers lack of ability to show up and do anything productive. San Francisco's chemistry and will to win are being called into question, as is there ability to compete in the division.


Well the Niners were only predicted to win the NFC West Division with a record of 9-7, which is the weakest Division in the NFC and possibly even worse then the AFC West Division. The Niners stock wasn't predicted high enough to fall very far.

The team that I see that had the most to drop in their stock?

J-E-T-S

This is a team that in some sports sites have projected them to go all the way to the Super Bowl. Winning their Division with the likes of a Potent Offense like the Pats team and a Well Balanced Dolphins team is going to be hard to make us believers.

The Jets believe to much in their own hype, sure the Jets defense is it's strength but you have to be able to play both sides of the ball and the Jets clearly proved that their offense is not going to scare anyone. Even with all the acquisitions in the off-season, the Jets lack the chemistry on offense.

They did play 1 of the leagues best defenses, but you could see that Sanchez won't be a Pro Bowler soon and the one RB that mattered most from last year (Thomas Jones) the Jets let go. They don't need an old LDT, the Jets need a grinder like they had last yr to help take the pressure off their young QB.


Who did the Jets play this week?

The Baltimore Ravens, who are the consensus pick to win the Superbowl.

A loss to them is not embarrassing. Coming into the game, we knew the Jets had a dominant defense, but Mark Sanchez was a question mark. After that game, the Jets still have a dominant defense, and Mark Sanchez still blows. The running game struggled because Sanchez did nothing, and the Ravens have an excellent defense. Sanchez surely won't be that awful for the rest of the season, and Greene and LT can get the run game going. The Jets may not be Super Bowl ready, but they will still contend for the Wild Card and maybe even the AFC East.

San Francisco, who did have milder expectations, lost in convincing fashion to a Seattle team that is supposed to be terrible. They have major question marks at quarterback, receiver, and the defense. Who knows if this team can even make it out of the NFC West, mediocre as it is. If Arizona can get its quarterback situation settled, that team still has a decent defense, as well as loads of offensive talent. Can San Francisco beat them?


Which team was being highly taunted as a possible participant in this season's SB? JETS.

The Niners are only mentioned to win the NFC West Division and that's all. No one has predicted more than that because year after year, the Niners are prematurely crowned the NFC West Division champions and year after year the Niners come up empty handed.

This is a team that sadly has no true leader at the most important position on the offense, they lack a confident QB, both the 1st & 2nd stringers are damaged goods. Also, I have to admit, Mike Singletary's approach to being a Head Coach is getting tiresome. I can see why players like Glen Coffee would quit on this team. I can see his act being a good motivator in the first year, but he is constantly becoming an annoying parent and these are adult men playing football.

On the other hand, the JETS were praised for their efforts in the playoffs last year. They went out and got another player to compliment Revis Island, they got a record breaking RB in LDT and were building up their own hype on Hard Knocks. Many sports site were saying the JETS would go even further this season, winning their Division & playing in the SB.


The Niners have been a sleeper team for years, not FAVORITES, because of Kurt Warner. This year, they easily the pick to win the NFC West. Now, the playoffs are in jeopardy. Are those expectations as high as the Jets? No. However, any ideas of the 49ers running away with the West have been shattered.

The Jets, on the other hand, are still a strong playoff contender. The defense is still the best in the entire NFL. Sanchez and the offense still have a chance to rebound. Hope remains for the Jets to at least make it to the playoffs, and maybe make a run like they did last year. San Francisco's playoff hopes are potentially gone with Arizona and Seattle looking better than expected.

Mike Singletary single handedly revived Vernon Davis' career. How is that tiresome? He can do the same with idiots like Crabtree. In fact, Singletary's coaching is a big reason San Francisco was expected to win.

Antonio Cromartie is a joke. He's much better at getting women pregnant than covering NFL receivers.


Whose stock has dropped the most after Week One?

My answer is still the Jets.

Let's look at the Niners. Inexperienced HD Coach, a timid QB in Smith, a WR who believes in his own hype, a RB that always gets hurt and misses a few games, a TE that hasn't lived up to the billing (players make plays, Singletary did not revive Davis's career, Davis did so because he started to finally catch balls). The Niners play in the weak NFC West, they played at their rival's backyard with a QB that lead them to a SB not so long ago. The most the Niners were expected to do was win their Division with a slightly above .500 record.

Now the Jets.

This team has gotten the publicity and are expected to do not just well, but to be in the Super Bowl. The Jets participating on Hard Knocks are believing their own clippings. Their HD Coach is getting cocky enough to assure game of the week of winning, there is nothing modest or humble that the Jets have shown. This is a team that made the playoffs because another team mad a good strategic move. Rex Ryan and the Jets had the swagger all summer long, but this past Sunday their bubble burst, their ego's took a heavy blow of reality.

September 14, 2010  01:40 AM ET

Oh, and it'd be nice if you avoided teams that just got trashed by injuries (cough cough Eagles)

September 14, 2010  01:42 AM ET

Anyone who had really watched this team knew they were a 9-7 team at best. They still get to play the Rams and Cards twice and Seattle at home. They may still win the NFC West. Anyone who actually thought they were going to be good has apparently never seen Alex Smith play.

September 14, 2010  01:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Anyone who had really watched this team knew they were a 9-7 team at best. They still get to play the Rams and Cards twice and Seattle at home. They may still win the NFC West. Anyone who actually thought they were going to be good has apparently never seen Alex Smith play.

Hindsight is 20-20..... 'experts' were expecting big things from San Fran. Actually saw one ESPN guy that had them winning it all.

September 14, 2010  01:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Hindsight is 20-20..... 'experts' were expecting big things from San Fran. Actually saw one ESPN guy that had them winning it all.

If so, that dude is an idiot. The only way Alex Smith is getting a ring is if he buys it on eBay.

September 14, 2010  01:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If so, that dude is an idiot. The only way Alex Smith is getting a ring is if he buys it on eBay.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5528592

Stephania Bell. Yep.

Good luck Alchemist!

September 14, 2010  02:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5528592Stephania Bell. Yep.Good luck Alchemist!

Good luck Ohio.

September 14, 2010  09:18 AM ET

Don't agree with either pick. Week 1 is still week 1 and SF will right the ship enough to still have a legit shot at the west division. The Jets were playing one of the toughest defenses in the league, they will still have a great shot at making the play offs.

IMO the Cinnicinatti Bengals lost the biggest ground in week 1. All the hype with Ocho and TO they never delivered until it was too late....AND with those two alone, the finger pointing will start early

September 14, 2010  09:37 AM ET

I can't agree with the Jets pick. Sure, their offense looked terrible and Sanchez is still suspect, but it was against a really good defense. Losing a close game to a team many predict to be in the Super Bowl is not that great of a drop. San Fran was only supposed to be decent this year, but Seattle was predicted by most to be really bad, so that is at least a decent choice.

September 14, 2010  09:51 AM ET

The Cowboys.

September 14, 2010  09:53 AM ET

Maybe the Cowboys? Not only did they lose to a "lesser" team, it's a huge rivalry. The 'Boys are a hyped-up team that really does have a lot of talent. Everyone expects a lot from them, and losing to Washington, who have been picked as a "dysfunctional" team, shows that a lot of us may have been wrong about both teams.

Chargers losing to the Chiefs? Last year's division winner vs. loser? OK, but I've always thought the Bolts were overrated, and won the division year after year by default. No surprise.

But, I'm going to say Green Bay. "Huh?" you say. "But they won." Yeah, they beat a flailing Eagles squad. They knocked the starting quarterback out in the first half, and the Eagles had to finish with an old felon behind center. Green Bay should have wrapped this up early, but they couldn't. Once again, Aaron Rogers spent more time on his back than Kim Kardashian, even in a winning game. This is a team that is expected to be dominant, and all they could do was escape with a win over a bad club.

September 14, 2010  10:13 AM ET

the jets? they played a team who is many people's favorite to win the afc.....and they lost by ONE point.

i'd say it would have to be the niners or san diego.

September 14, 2010  10:41 AM ET

How about Phillip Rivers? Lost a ton or respect for him last night. You can't throw tantrums in the middle of a game, especially when you are playing just as bad as everyone else.

September 14, 2010  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Maybe the Cowboys? Not only did they lose to a "lesser" team, it's a huge rivalry. The 'Boys are a hyped-up team that really does have a lot of talent. Everyone expects a lot from them, and losing to Washington, who have been picked as a "dysfunctional" team, shows that a lot of us may have been wrong about both teams.Chargers losing to the Chiefs? Last year's division winner vs. loser? OK, but I've always thought the Bolts were overrated, and won the division year after year by default. No surprise.But, I'm going to say Green Bay. "Huh?" you say. "But they won." Yeah, they beat a flailing Eagles squad. They knocked the starting quarterback out in the first half, and the Eagles had to finish with an old felon behind center. Green Bay should have wrapped this up early, but they couldn't. Once again, Aaron Rogers spent more time on his back than Kim Kardashian, even in a winning game. This is a team that is expected to be dominant, and all they could do was escape with a win over a bad club.

The Packers also let Vick run through their defense with no problem. Some of his plays reminded me of why I stopped playing Madden 2005. I think the Bengals lost alot of respect after the Pats smacked them around in the first half. That 1 second play with T.O. and Ochocinco in the locker room says it all.

September 14, 2010  11:15 AM ET

Chargers

September 14, 2010  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Maybe the Cowboys? Not only did they lose to a "lesser" team, it's a huge rivalry. The 'Boys are a hyped-up team that really does have a lot of talent.

Anything can happen when the 'Boys and Skins play. Cowboys have too much talent, they just need to stop being so cute with their play calling.

September 14, 2010  01:19 PM ET

Chargers.

September 14, 2010  01:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

How about Phillip Rivers? Lost a ton or respect for him last night. You can't throw tantrums in the middle of a game, especially when you are playing just as bad as everyone else.

Agreed. He was more focused on his tantrum than he was on execution of the plays.

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September 14, 2010  01:28 PM ET

after only 1 game the 49ers revealed all of the following:
1. Alex Smith is still the same ineffective QB he's been since he was drafted (the hope that he was now improved and settled into the 49er offense was a sham).
2. Mike Singletary should not be a head coach as he does not understand offensive football (you can't win in the modern game trying to run the ball up the middle)/
3. Crabtree and Davis are an average threat at best (they didn't get open the way Rice and Taylor used to).

 
September 14, 2010  01:30 PM ET
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Oh, and it'd be nice if you avoided teams that just got trashed by injuries (cough cough Eagles)

what are you talking about eagles were supposed to lose that game anyways haha

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