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Thoughts on NFL's opening week?

The NFL is back! On the first Sunday, some teams (San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos) won as expected, others (New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots) suffered surprising defeats, and a few more (Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs) were downright demoralized. On Monday, the Detroit Lions grabbed the headlines by routing the New York Giants. What's your take on some of the major questions from Week 1 action?

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  • Which team was most impressive in Week 1?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 67,599)

  • Which team's fans should be most worried after Week 1?

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  • How will the Lions fare this season if Calvin Johnson stays healthy?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 76,323)

  • Is Calvin Johnson the best player in the NFL?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 439,949)

  • Should Antonio Brown be further punished for his kick of Browns punter Spencer Lanning on Sunday (he was penalized 15 yards)?

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  • Is Tony Romo done as a quality starter in the NFL?

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  • Will injuries hamper Jadeveon Clowney throughout his career?

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  • What do you make of the Colts' coming back from 24-0 down to lose 31-24 (with a possession to tie the game late in the fourth)?

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  • What do you make of the Titans' 26-10 win at the Chiefs on Sunday?

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  • What do you make of the Bills' 23-20 win at the Bears on Sunday?

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  • What do you make of the Dolphins' 33-20 win over the Patriots on Sunday?

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  • What do you make of the Falcons' 37-34 overtime win over the Saints on Sunday?

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Your 2014 NFL predictions?

The 2014 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, with the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers in the first of what should be many intriguing games in this wide-open league. What will happen this year? Read our experts' NFL preview, then cast your votes below!

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  • Which team will win the NFC East?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • Which team will win the NFC South?

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  • Which team will win the NFC West?

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  • Which team will win the AFC East?

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  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • Which team will win the AFC South?

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  • Which team will win the AFC West?

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  • Which team will finish with the NFL's best record (assuming there are no ties)?

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  • Which team will finish with the NFL's worst record (assuming there are no ties)?

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  • How confident are you feeling about your favorite NFL team heading into the 2014 season?

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  • Who will win NFL MVP?

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  • Which rookie will have the biggest impact in 2014?

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  • Which team will win the NFC?

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  • Which team will win the AFC?

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  • Which team will win the Super Bowl?

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Titans release Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson's time with the Titans has come to an end, as the team has released him today. Johnson had several amazing seasons in Tennessee, rushing for at least 1,000 yards in his first six seasons and passing the 2,000-yard mark in 2009, but his declining production and big contract have made him something of a burden for the Titans. His impending release is an example of the disposable nature of running backs in today's NFL; aside from rarities like Adrian Peterson, it seems that a running back's time in the spotlight is briefer than it has been in years.

  • Would you want your favorite team to sign Chris Johnson?

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  • What would be the best way for a team to use Chris Johnson going forward?

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  • Will Chris Johnson ever rush for 1,000 yards or more in a season again?

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  • How important is the running back position in the modern NFL?

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Titans make Ken Whisenhunt coach

A franchise and a coach both longing to get back to the Super Bowl joined forces Monday, with the Tennessee Titans announcing the hiring of Ken Whisenhunt as their boss on the sideline. The Titans made six playoff appearances from 1999 to 2008 -- including a Super Bowl trip under Jeff Fisher -- but haven't been back since. Whisenhunt led the Arizona Cardinals to an improbable Super Bowl berth in 2008-09, but a dropoff led to his dismissal after last season (he served as San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator in 2013). Whisenhunt was a hotly sought-after candidate; the Detroit Lions also seemed like a strong suitor. Was his choice a good one?

  • What do you make of Ken Whisenhunt becoming the next Titans head coach?

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  • How many games will the Titans (7-9 in 2013) win in 2014?

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  • When will the Titans next make the playoffs?

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  • Will the Titans (no Super Bowl appearances since 1999-2000) reach a Super Bowl in the next 15 years?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers might be below .500 on the season, but they looked the better team in their 30-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night. And they weren't the only losing squad to come up big on Sunday. Both the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams handed stunning losses to division leaders. Still, every sub-.500 team is eliminated -- or close to it -- from playoff contention this year, meaning it's not too early to look toward 2014. Which teams are best set up for a bounce-back next season? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

2014 bounce-back teams

Bills

Bills

2013 record: 5-9

Browns

Browns

2013 record: 4-10

Buccaneers

Buccaneers

2013 record: 4-10

Falcons

Falcons

2013 record: 4-10

Giants

Giants

2013 record: 5-9

Jaguars

Jaguars

2013 record: 4-10

Jets

Jets

2013 record: 6-8

Raiders

Raiders

2013 record: 4-10

Rams

Rams

2013 record: 6-8

Redskins

Redskins

2013 record: 3-11

Steelers

Steelers

2013 record: 6-8

Texans

Texans

2013 record: 2-12

Titans

Titans

2013 record: 5-9

Vikings

Vikings

2013 record: 4-9-1

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