Week 1 was great for the simple reason that glorious football returned to brighten our miserable lives. Teams seemed a little sluggish and were still getting over early season problems. There were plenty of penalties and good QBs who struggled. Overall, it was a pretty plain week until the Saints and Texans took the field. The Superdome was loud and ready to get over the terrible no-call in last year’s NFC title game. Watson and Brees both put on great performances, but both defenses showed up with some plays as well. The second half was nuts and the last few minutes even crazier. If you haven’t seen highlights yet or even if you have, watch them. Let’s dive into some of the other happenings around the league.
Packers 10 Bears 3 – Rodgers looked rusty, but healthy. 5 sacks would hurt any team and that needs to be cleaned up, and the pressure is on Trubisky to respond after that dreadful performance. Bears fans are longing for the day when the kicker was the biggest concern.
Redskins 27 Eagles 32 – No defense to be found, but Carson Wentz and DeSean Jackson balled out. Redskins lost Darrius Guice to injury but were buoyed by the strong play of Case Keenum.
Bills 17 Jets 16 – The Bills won despite turning over the ball 4 times and suffering a safety. The Jets lost after leading 16-0 even with Le’Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley having strong games.
Falcons 12 Vikings 28 – The Vikings defense/special teams blocked a punt and picked off Matt Ryan twice. They forced a fumble and picked up 4 sacks in a convincing effort. Dalvin Cook ran for 111 yards and 2 TDs as the Vikings led 28-0 after 3 quarters.
Ravens 59 Dolphins 10 – Lamar Jackson went 17-20 with 324 yards and 5 touchdowns. Mark Ingram ran for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Marquise Brown had 147 yards with 2 touchdowns. The Ravens had 59 points on 643 yards of offense. The Dolphins didn’t come to play, and this may be a reoccurring theme over the rest of the season.
Chiefs 40 Jaguars 26 – Sammy Watkins caught 9 passes for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mahomes was almost flawless as the Chiefs great offense returned as good as new. Nick Foles broke his clavicle and went on IR and thus begins the career of Gardner Minshew.
Titans 43 Browns 13 – With great expectations comes great boos. Baker Mayfield threw 3 interceptions and was sacked 5 times. Meanwhile Marcus Mariota threw 3 touchdowns as the Titans audition for a division crown that seems up for grabs.
Rams 30 Panthers 27 – It doesn’t look like they are suffering from a Super Bowl hangover. They forced 2 fumbles and led 13-3 at the end of the first half. In the second half they had an answer for every Panthers score. Christian McCaffery tried to win the game by himself but fell short. Cory Littleton was all over the field in the win.
Bengals 20 Seahawks 21 – It was a little too close for comfort for the Seahawks who barely beat the Bengals. John Ross caught 7 passes for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. D.K. Metcalf looked pretty good in his debut, but the Seahawks must play better.
Colts 24 Chargers 30 – The Colts put up a real fight before losing in overtime on an Austin Ekeler touchdown. This may have been a case of the Colts being better than anyone thought even without Luck. Even so, the Chargers run defense allowed Marlon Mack to run for 174 yards.
49ers 31 Buccaneers 17 – Jameis Winston seems to be getting worse every game of his career not better. Jimmy Garoppolo wins yet another game despite not being particularly strong.
Giants 17 Cowboys 35 – The running back battle of the decade turned out to be a Dak Prescott audition for a new contract. Prescott threw for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. Eli Manning was fine, and Daniel Jones got some action.
Lions 27 Cardinals 27 – The offense was lethargic, and the Cardinals were down 24-6 going into the 4th quarter. Kyler Murray led a furious comeback that ended in a tie. Ties are generally boring, but we can make an exception for this debut.
Steelers 3 Patriots 33 – “All the linemen except for the center.” Enough said.
Texans 28 Saints 30 – This game saved the weekend. Drew Brees was kept protected while Deshaun Watson was most definitely not. The Saints can hopefully begin to recover from the NFC Championship game because the rest of us are tired of hearing about it.
Broncos 16 Raiders 24 – Josh Jacobs had 2 touchdowns in his NFL debut. No more Antonio Brown is just as much of a win as the actual one. The Chiefs will be a different challenge.
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