After watching the Week 1 matchups, Scouts Inc. shares these key observations:
1. Seattle is a very difficult place to play, but the San Francisco 49ers' performance in that town was unacceptable: Not surprisingly, the 49ers proved very difficult to run against. So the Seattle Seahawks opened it up with more spread formations and went to the air. They spread the ball around very effectively, and the 49ers' secondary could not keep up with the Seahawks' targets. The 49ers might have been even worse on offense, especially in the running game. They were dominated by Seattle's run defense. Amazingly, San Francisco was the less physical football team on both sides of the ball. If the 49ers are going to win the NFC West, they had better put this performance behind them in a hurry. Maybe they have been reading too many preseason predictions.
2. The Oakland Raiders' offensive line is a nightmare: All day in Nashville, the Raiders' front five appeared slow and outmanned. As it was in 2009, this will be a problem this season. It is the No. 1 reason why I just can't see Oakland approaching respectability this year. Jared Veldheer is not going to work out as a starting center in this league. The guy is 6-foot-8 and just can't get low enough to play that position after snapping the ball. Big nose tackle types are going to push him all over the field.