Playoff teams flounder

Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

The biggest surprise was the performance of several 2010 playoff teams.

We knew the Colts were going to struggle without Peyton Manning, and they did. But the Steelers were routed in Baltimore in a game that's normally thisclose, and the Ravens physically dominated them.

Not only were the Chiefs unable to protect their home field — where they were 7-1 last season — but they were crushed by the Bills. And the Falcons couldn't generate anything close to a consistent offense against an admittedly tough Bears defense.

Typically, the biggest swing happens between Weeks 1 and 2, so these teams better hope to swing upward — and quickly.

Falcons flustered

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

The biggest surprise of Week 1 was how poorly the Falcons played.

They went 13-3 a year ago and had been picked by many to be a Super Bowl team. They had a strong offseason, acquiring Julio Jones and Ray Edwards. But on Sunday in Chicago, they were thoroughly inept in a 30-12 loss.

They were playing a tough opponent in the Bears, but the Falcons played so poorly, they would have been fortunate to have beaten the Baylor Bears.

Under Mike Smith, the Falcons have been known for avoiding mistakes. But they made mistakes all over the field Sunday, including three turnovers, nine penalties and several missed tackles.

Ravens rout Steelers

Ron Fritz

Baltimore Sun

The biggest surprise of the first week was the Ravens' 35-7 beatdown of the Steelers. The Ravens forced seven turnovers, a team record, and took away the Steelers' will at every turn.