Some thoughts and some numbers regarding Week 1 of the 2011 season...Those who like offensive football and the passing game had to enjoy Week 1 so far. 11 quarterbacks have thrown for 300-plus yards in the first 14 games of the season (compared to 9 300-yard passing performances in the first 2 weeks of 2010). There were 4 games (Saints/Packers, Falcons/Bears, Panthers/Cardinals and Cowboys/Jets) in which both quarterbacks threw for 300 or more yards. And while gaudy passing totals can sometimes be misleading in terms of team success, the 11 QBs were a combined 7-4 this week…<!--more-->There were a lot of changes on the offensive line for all 4 teams in the NFC East, most notably Philadelphia and Dallas. While the Birds managed to rush for 237 yards in their 31-13 win at St. Louis, the Giants, Redskins and Cowboys were all held under 100 yards rushing, while all 4 quarterbacks (Michael Vick, Eli Manning, Rex Grossman and Tony Romo) were sacked 3 or more times…One of the surprise teams of 2010, the Chiefs got off to a rocky start Sunday vs. the Bills and seemed to pick up where they left off very late last season. After opening 10-5 and being very careful with the football (12 turnovers), Todd Haley’s team has lost 3 straight games, all at home, by a combined score of 102-24, and committed 10 turnovers in those 3 setbacks, including 3 turnovers in Sunday’s 41-7 loss to Buffalo…The Colts looked helpless for most of the afternoon at Houston, although Jim Caldwell’s team played hard and was still hustling after falling behind 34-0 in the first half (forcing a pair of turnovers in the fourth quarter). Indianapolis’ defenders gave up 167 yards on the ground while the Colts’ running game totaled just 64 yards on 16 carries. It’s been a familiar theme for the successful but one-dimensional Indianapolis offense. From 2008-10, the Colts ranked 31st, 32nd and 29th in rushing offense, while finishing 24th, 24th and 25th in run defense. Minus QB Peyton Manning, Caldwell’s club needs to establish a ground game to preserve their defense…While 7 turnovers will get you beat every time, a failure to stop the ground game can be worse. Especially the Steelers, who are traditionally tough against the run and were first in the NFL in that department in 2010. Including playoffs, Mike Tomlin’s team held 17-of-19 opponents below the century mark on the ground. On Sunday, the Ravens totaled 103 yards in the first half on Sunday enroute to 170 yards rushing in the 35-7 win, and RB Ray Rice’s 36-yard run on the team’s first play from scrimmage was 12 yards longer (24) than any run allowed by Pittsburgh last season. The 170 yards rushing allowed by the Steelers was the most by an opposing team since Baltimore totaled 175 in Week 17 at Heinz Field…Special teams fun in California for the Chargers and 49ers in completely opposite ways. Norv Turner’s team rallied for a 24-17 win over the Vikings, but allowed a 103-yard return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff, the fifth kick return for a score (4 kickoffs, 1 punt) allowed by the Bolts since the start of last season. Meanwhile, the 49ers’ offensive unit managed 209 total yards and 1 touchdown, while Jim Harbaugh’s team totaled 268 yards on punt and kickoff returns and 2 touchdowns (both by KR Ted Ginn) and added 4 field goals in the 33-17 victory…While QB Cam Newton’s amazing performance was worthy of a lot of attention (throwing for 422 yards and 2 TDs, 1 INT, as the Panthers scored at least 21 points for just the third time since 2010), Cardinals' rookie CB Patrick Peterson’s 89-yard punt return for a touchdown that proved to be the difference in Arizona’s 28-21 win shouldn’t be. It was the 13th return TD in the last 17 games for Ken Whisenhunt’s team (3 interceptions, 5 fumbles, 2 kickoffs, 2 offensive fumble recoveries, 1 punt return). Of course, the Cardinals have totaled just 22 rushing and receiving touchdowns over that span, and that includes a TD run by PK Jay Feely on a fake field goal…The Lions may consider relocating the team to the Sunshine State. Detroit’s 27-20 win over the Buccaneers was their second win in Tampa in 10 months, and their third straight road win overall (at Miami in Week 16 of 2010). The Lions had dropped their previous 26 road games (an NFL record) and were 8-70 in their previous 78 road games before last season’s Week 15 victory at Raymond James Stadium…