What to make of knee-jerk reactions

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Originally Published: September 12, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Everyone tends to overreact to the opening games of a season.

A loss tends to bring out too much criticism. A win tends to spark more optimism. Go back a year ago. After the Steelers lost 35-7 to Baltimore in the season opener, the knee-jerk reaction was that age caught up to the Steelers' defense. By season's end, the Steelers had the league's top-ranked defense.

Here are seven knee-jerk reactions from NFL Week 1

1. The Bills blew it by giving ...

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