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By JoeLeming September 17, 2020 0 Comment
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Week One In The NFL Is Complete !

With week one in the books, the NFL season is well underway. From Cam starting in New England to crazy comebacks there is a lot to review. Here in this segment we will recap each game from each of this weeks match-ups.

 

TNF Chiefs (1-0) 34, Texans (0-1) 20

Week one of the NFL season opened up with the reigning Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs  hosting the Houston Texans. The Texans went into Arrowhead Stadium with hopes of avenging their Divisional Round loss from the year prior. The Chiefs had no interest in falling behind 24-0 this time around. After falling behind early 7-0, the Chiefs kicked it in gear and never looked back.

After a dramatic ending to their season in 2019, the Houston Texans made a trade that shocked the NFL world. The Texans shipped out star WR Deandre Hopkins to Arizona for RB David Johnson and draft picks. New addition David Johnson put up 109 all purpose yards and a touchdown on fourteen touches. Maybe Bill O’Brien knew what he was doing after all…. That is until the passing game looked drastically worse without Hopkins. Deshaun Watson‘s release has gotten quicker, but struggled to orchestrate a potent offense until the game was well out of reach.

Patrick Mahomes threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns, but that is not what has everyone talking. Chiefs rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire put on a show in his debut. Edwards-Helaire looked dominant as he rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on twenty-five carries. It is hard to imagine, but the Chiefs look even more lethal than last season.

Packers (1-0) 43, Vikings (0-1) 34

The Green Bay Packers and  Minnesota Vikings faced off in a pivotal NFC North match-up to begin the new season.

The narrative coming into this week was that Aaron Rodgers struggles when playing the Vikings. Rodgers made sure to put all of that speculation to rest. The Green Bay passing offense put up 364 yards and four touchdowns.  Davante Adams put a claim on 156 of those yards while scoring twice. This is extremely encouraging after spending most of last year battling lingering injuries. There is no doubt that this Packers team is going to be lethal moving forward.

The Vikings are the main threat to the Packers in the NFC North and struggled to keep up until it was too late. Strangely enough, Kirk Cousins only attempted five passing attempts in the first half. Once the passing game got going is when the Vikings started to claw back. Dalvin Cook was able to find the end zone twice, but only managed 50 yards on the ground. As the season progresses Cook must become more of a factor if the Vikings want to keep up with the Packers.

Bills (1-0) 27, Jets (0-1) 17

The Buffalo Bills and The New York Jets. Two teams hopeful to take the AFC East crown after Brady’s departure from New England.

The score in this game looks a lot closer than the game actually was. The Jets were hopeful that in Adam Gase’s second season there would be a bit more consistency. Surprise ! There is not. Sam Darnold looked lost and he will now have to proceed in the season without his main check down Le’Veon Bell. Bell went down with a hamstring injury and is expected to miss a couple weeks. The Jets defense came into this week knowing that Bills QB Josh Allen has a ball protection issue. The Jets forced two fumbles off of Allen which is what kept the score respectable.

The Bills are back to business as usual. They are lead by an elite defense and a hit or miss offense. Allen had a good day outside of his two fumbles. Allen did not take long to get antiquated with newly acquired WR Stefon Diggs as the duo linked up for 86 yards on eight receptions. It was an impressive day where Allen racked up 369 yards of total yards. The Bills are my pick to come out of the East.

Washington (1-0) 27, Eagles (0-1) 17

Early on it looked like the Philadelphia Eagles were enroute to an easy victory on Sunday. The Eagles jumped out to an early 17-0 lead. From there the Washington Football Team put the petal to the metal and never looked back. Lookout ! The Washington Football Team is leading the NFC East !!!

The Eagles looked great to start. Carson Wentz was slinging the ball around and getting his teammates involved. Wentz connected with Ertz and Goedert for touchdowns in the first half. After that, the Eagles became unglued. Wentz threw two interceptions and lost one of two fumbles. The ground game struggled mightily as well. The Eagles collectively put together a measly 57 yards on the ground.

Hats off to the Washington defense. It was apparent that new head coach Ron Rivera has put his defensive stamp on Washington already. The Washington defense took a lot of pressure off of second year QB Dwayne Haskins by flipping field position. Look for the defense to keep this team competitive throughout 2020.

Ravens (1-0) 38, Browns (0-1) 6

The factory of Sadness is back ! The Cleveland Browns got absolutely demolished by a Baltimore Ravens team that was looking to bounce back from a horrible loss in last years Divisional round. Lamar Jackson shows why he was last years MVP as he put up 275 yards and three touchdowns in the air and added a team leading 45 yards on the ground.

Baker Mayfield continues to appear in more national commercials than he has wins in the NFL. Baker had an underwhelming 189 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Browns as a team just looked lost as a unit. Odell Beckham also continued to struggle to find his groove in Cleveland as he only produced twenty-two yards on three receptions, but lead the team with ten targets. The Browns will be looking for a big bonce back next week vs a shaky Bengals team.

Jaguars (1-0) 27, Colts (0-1) 20

They aren’t who we thought they were ? Coming into this week many were calling the Indianapolis Colts strong AFC contenders and the Jacksonville Jaguars a team tanking. Only time will tell what fate has for these teams, but the Jaguars had one of the upsets of the week.

It had seemed that the Philip Rivers era was everything that Colts fans were hoping for and more after they marched down the field for a touch down on the first drive of the game. At the end of the day, Colts fans found out what they truly got in Rivers: untimely interceptions and frustration. For a team that was thought to be honing in on a run heavy offense, we got to see Rivers throw the rock FORTY-SIX times for 363 yards, one touch down, and two interceptions. As if losing to the Jaguars was not bad enough, the Colts may be without Marlon Mack for an extended period of time as he tore his Achilles.

With speculation of the Jaguars tanking for Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, it is apparent that current Jags QB Gardner Minshew has a word to say about that. Minshew had a near perfect day as he completed nineteen out of twenty passes for 173 yards and three touch downs. Minshew was able to spread out the ball. All three of Minshew’s touch downs went to different receivers. Minshew Mania is alive and well in Duval County and without Nick Foles behind him, the job is his to lose. The Jaguars defense is a young unit, but showed extreme promise. Rookie CB CJ Henderson appears to be the real deal and played a huge part in this weeks upset. Look for the Jaguars to try and build momentum against the rival Tennessee Titans next week.

Bears (1-0) 27, Lions (0-1) 23

Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears traveled to Detroit to face off against Matthew Stafford and the Lions in week one.

The Lions came out of the gate flying. Matthew Stafford threw for 297 yards, Adrian Peterson rushed for 93. Then reality crashed in on the Detroit Lions. Just as it happened in 2019, the Lions suffered yet another fourth quarter collapse. The Lions were up 23-6 on the Chicago Bears as the fourth quarter began. The Bears then proceeded to put up twenty-one unanswered points to slither away with a win in Detroit.

As if blowing a seventeen point lead to Mitchell Trubisky was not bad enough, it got worse.  After Bears WR Anthony Miller hauled in the go ahead touchdown with two minutes remaining in the game, the Lions had one last shot to win. The Lions drove all the way down to the Bears 16 yard line with twelve seconds to get into the end zone. On second down Stafford had rookie Deandre Swift wide open for the win. The pass was perfect. Swift dropped the ball untouched. Yet another devastating loss for the Lions.

I expect both of these teams to take the back seat to the Vikings and Packers this season.

 

 
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