The New York Giants' defense played far better in Week 1 than anyone expected against the Dallas Cowboys for 58 minutes and 27 seconds. The last 1:33 seconds was not very good, but that was probably the offense's fault.
Week 1 is in the books and it provided many surprises for fantasy owners as well as unbelievable frustration as well. Who would have guessed that guys like Marcus Mariota, Andy Dalton and Alex Smith would outscore supposed studs like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson?
Since the NFC South's inception in 2002, only one team has won back-to-back division titles — the Carolina Panthers from 2013-14. However, they finished with a sub-.500 record last year. With no true dominant team, this division is really a toss-up. Any of these teams could win this division, but will any of them clearly stand out from the others?
The Titans and Falcons are both coming off of disappointing seasons and look to make 2015 a fresh start. The Titans and second-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt will look to bounce back from a dreadful 2-14 campaign last year. The Falcons hired new head coach Dan Quinn, formerly the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks.
Here are five things to watch for in tonight’s preseason matchup.
The NFC South was absolutely awful last year with every team posting a record below .500. Almost every team in the division shuttled players in and out to prevent that from happening again in 2015. The biggest question is who is going to take the crown and by how much.
The New England Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions and won't officially open defense of their title until Sept. 10 when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers to kick off the 2015 NFL regular season.
The bleeding never stopped. The Falcons blew a 17-point lead at home in the 2012 NFC Championship Game and, two full seasons later, still haven’t recovered. An offensive line thin on talent suffered a collection of season-ending injuries in two consecutive offseasons. Julio Jones, easily the most talented player on the roster, was lost in 2013 to a broken foot.