By Dennis Caniz
D.M.Caniz@iup.eduThis is an opinion article.
It’s that time of year again.
The time of year when summer has come to an end and classes are starting to get serious, which can only mean one thing: Football is back.
This past week has been marked on calendars for the past seven months, ever since Peyton Manning took the Denver Broncos all the way to win Super Bowl 50.
Coming into this season, many teams had a lot of questions that needed to be answered and positions that needed to be filled.
Coming out of the NFC East, the big story was the Philadelphia Eagles.
Before the end of last season, the Eagles fired their head coach, Chip Kelly.
From there, the Eagles front office worked hard to not only find a replacement, but a coach they believe can turn the franchise around, and they feel they found their man in Doug Pederson.
Along with that, the Eagles drafted Carson Wentz, a quarterback who they jumped up in the draft to get hoping he can be the franchise quarterback they’ve been waiting for since the Donovan McNabb era.
Wentz’s first game this past weekend against the Cleveland Browns was a success.
He put up 278 passing yards, going 22 of 37 passing and had two touchdowns. Not bad for a rookie.
The next big story also occurred in Pennsylvania, but the other side of the state with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers are starting the season without starting running back Le’Veon Bell due to suspension, but it seemed like they hardly missed him in Week 1.
Backup DeAngelo Williams was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week with 26 carries for 143 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played well, too, going 27 of 37 for 300 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Steelers to a 38-16 win over the Washington Redskins.
When it comes to missing big-name players, the New England Patriots have to be hurting the most.
Quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski both were out Week 1, with Brady being suspended and Gronkowski hurt.
Even with their stars out, the Patriots beat the favored Arizona Cardinals in Arizona, 23-21.
Of course, the Colin Kaepernick saga stole headlines in Week 1, as well.
On Monday night, Kaepernick continued to kneel during the national anthem but this time, it wasn’t just him people were talking about.
Some players throughout the league took the same stance Kaepernick has taken, either by taking a knee or raising a clenched fist during the anthem.