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5 Things We Learned From NFL Week 1

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Takeaways From NFL Week 1

Takeaways From NFL Week 1
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Just like every year, we saw lots of things in the first week of NFL action that made us jot down a mental note so we'd remember the rest of the season. You know, for important stuff like office pools and fantasy football. Seriously, though; if you missed anything in Week 1, we've got you covered.

The best part about the first week of each season is some previously questionable teams look like bonafide contenders while others thought to be surefire Super Bowl picks look shakier and more vulnerable than ever. That's just the nature of the beast, though, right?

Like we said, if you missed anything in Week 1, here are the top five things you definitely need to know this week:

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5. The Patriots are Fragile

5. The Patriots are Fragile
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New England looked more beatable and vulnerable than ever as Tom Brady leaned hard on Danny Amendola, who almost broke in half. He's already hobbling and with Rob Gronkowski still ailing and Shane Vereen now out for a month, things look bleak for the Pats.

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4. The Saints are Back

4. The Saints are Back
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Sean Payton's return was all that was needed to ignite a dormant New Orleans squad that suffered through its skipper's suspension in 2012. Drew Brees and company looked like their high-flying selves while knocking off the favored Falcons.

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3. The 49ers are the Team to Beat

3. The 49ers are the Team to Beat
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Colin Kaepernick was more than sensational in his first game of 2013 and that was enough to beat the Packers…again. Look out for San Francisco to get back to the Super Bowl this year. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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2. Chip Kelly Can Succeed in the NFL

2. Chip Kelly Can Succeed in the NFL
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The Eagles got off to an extremely fast start on Monday Night Football and that's exactly what their new coach wanted. Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson are perfect fits for this offense and it should help turn this Philly franchise around.

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1. Peyton Manning is the Best Player to Ever Step on a Football Field

1. Peyton Manning is the Best Player to Ever Step on a Football Field
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At 37, Peyton Manning began the 2013 campaign with arguably the best game of his career, and that's saying something. No. 18 made more history while thrashing the defending champs and let everyone know he's out to win a second ring in Denver.