(Eds: With AP Photos.) By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Yes, it's one game in a four-month season. Many teams that sizzle in September disappear in December.
Yet the statements made by the 49ers, Cowboys, Redskins, Jets and Broncos cannot be ignored.
Their performances screamed for attention in the opening week of the NFL schedule. Sure, their fans could be screaming for their coaches' heads in the dead of winter if things fall apart. But for now, all five made significant strides with impressive wins.
The most noteworthy probably came at Lambeau Field, where San Francisco had lost eight in a row dating to 1990. Green Bay, the top-rated team in the AP Pro32 power rankings heading into the season, was angry over its previous game that counted, a home playoff loss to the Giants, and poised to make another run at a 15-1 regular season.
Instead, the 49ers were in control from the outset with a defense that, if not the stingiest in the league this season will be the mos...