Joe Flacco is the real deal
Opening weekend featured outstanding offensive performances and, surprisingly, one of the best displays was put together by the Baltimore Ravens - a team normally associated with a hard-hitting defence, with just enough attacking prowess to get by.
It could be a very different story this season if Joe Flacco continues to mature into a fine passer in his second year. He threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns during a 38-24 win over Kansas City and the Ravens gained 501 offensive yards.
I visited the Ravens' mini-camp in June and from talking to some guys I know who work on that team, they are expecting Flacco to come of age. I tend to agree with them after meeting him and watching him in action during practice.
Last year, Flacco had the same strong arm that he possesses today and the same bright future. But there were also times when he lost a little poise under pressure and occasions when he had the 'rabbit in the headlights' look going on.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had an impressive season-opener against Kansas City
Flacco was also content to follow imposing linebacker Ray Lewis. Not this year. The 24-year-old has matured impressively, understands what it takes to succeed as an NFL quarterback on and off the field and has taken it upon himself to become a leader.
Succeeding at quarterback comes down to mental toughness - and I'm not just talking about knowing the plays. The very best quarterbacks thrive in pressure situations - they live for it.
Joe Montana oozed confidence with the game on the line - to the point where he spotted actor John Candy in the crowd just before leading the San Francisco 49ers on a game-winning drive late in Super Bowl XXIII - and Tom Brady was in his element as he led New England to a come-from-behind win against Buffalo on Monday.
Americans have a wonderful term to describe quarterbacks - they talk about "moxie". Montana had it by the bucket-load, the same goes for Brady. If Flacco continues to develop his moxie and leadership to go alongside his undoubted physical skills, he could enjoy a big season.
And if the Ravens boast a free-scoring attack to pair with their punishing defence, the rest of the NFL better look out.
Behind the scenes...
I certainly noticed the differences between television and radio broadcasts on Sunday night as we kicked off our coverage on 5 live sports extra.
For starters, jeans and a comfy t-shirt were the order of the day - no need to worry about suit and tie rotation with this gig. And after arriving at the studio, I got straight on with watching the early games being played around the NFL. I didn't need to have my face plastered with make-up.
I had an absolute blast working with Arlo White in London and Greg Brady at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.
In our studio, Arlo and I had the Giants-Redskins game on one monitor, our main game - San Francisco at Arizona - on another screen and a computer hook-up to all the statistics and storylines from Week 1. In other words, it was every NFL fan's dream.
And it was great to get so many texts and messages from our listeners. You can send us your thoughts during this week's show by joining our Facebook group. Keep them coming.
You can catch Neil commentating on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Buffalo Bills game this Sunday on BBC 5 live sports extra from 2100 BST (UK users only).