NFL kick-off a true eye opener

What a start to the 2009 NFL season.

The inaugural week of the season wrapped up on Monday and saw loads of great action.

A lot of happenings, albeit in one game, are bound to have an impact for the rest of the year.

One of those key events is the play of rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez for the New York Jets.

Sanchez went 18 for 31 with 272 passing yards, a touchdown and one interception as the Jets rolled to an impressive 24-7 win over the Houston Texans.

His numbers came against a Texans team that has been a contender the last few seasons, especially on the defensive front.

The bigger picture here is not that Sanchez is a saviour for the Jets. Instead his performance under a rookie coach points to the fact that the Jets are better than advertised.

The team still has Thomas Jones (who nabbed 107 yards and two touchdowns by the way) and enough pieces on offense (Jerricho Cotchery) and defense (Lito Sheppard) to be a threat this season.

That fact spells trouble for the teams slated to finish ahead of them in the AFC East.

Over in the NFC the Chicago Bears got a double whammy on Monday night.

Not only did they lose in disappointing fashion to Green Bay but the side also lost defensive stalwart Brian Urlacher.

Urlacher is done for the year with a wrist injury. Undoubtedly the Bears will struggle throughout the season to replace his leadership and production.

Couple his loss with Cutler’s unease in the pocket and Chicago may not be the powerhouse or playoff contender many think they are.

Another team hit by injury is the Philadelphia Eagles. Star QB Donavan McNabb went down with a rib injury in the team’s blow-out of Carolina.

McNabb is slated to return in a few weeks and in the meantime the Eagles added another QB in the ageless Jeff Garcia.

Now Garcia may have had a successful eight game spell a few years ago but it does not make sense having Kevin Kolb on the bench rather than an extra receiver or defender.

Unless Vick will be used strictly as a combo receiver, adding Garcia to the mix is a negative; especially since the team is sacrificing a wide-out to get him.