Upon Futher Review - Week 1 September 10, 2018

By: Nabeela Damji

Monday, September 10, 2018

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles

So, the Falcons tried that Matt Ryan to Julio Jones thing again…

That failed.

The Eagles, however, kept the winningness (that’s now a word) alive with an 18-12 win over the Falcons on Thursday Night Football.

Jay Ajayi had a pair of touchdown runs, and Matt Ryan’s incomplete pass on the final play from Philly’s 5 proved to be all that was needed in this one.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints

It’s FitzMagic time. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick put on a show in the Superdome, completing 21 of 28 passes for 417 yards and four TD’s as they whipped the Saints 48-40 in New Orleans on Sunday afternoon.

Drew Brees was 37 of 45 for 439 yards and three TD’s in the loss.  Offensive Rookie of the year Alvin Kamara got right back on the saddle, catching nine passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

If you’re shocked at the lack of defensive effort by the Saints, then you don’t know much about, well, the Saints. 

Cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who was defensive rookie of the year had trouble covering Mike Evans, who caught seven passes for 147 yards and a TD in the win. 

The combined 88 points in this game set an NFL record for a regular-season opener.

 

Tennessee Titans @ Miami Dolphins

This game was long. So was Jakeem Grant’s 102-yard kickoff return.

LONGGGG.

The Miami Dolphins overcame two weather delays to win the longest game since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, beating the Titans 27-20.

The game had delays for lightning that chewed up three hours 59 minutes, and the game took a total of seven hours to play. 

Told you.  LONG. 

Back to Grant.  His touchdown sparked a jolt (lighting reference, I’m good with the words) and a fury of plays to end the season opener.

After his TD, Kenny Stills scored a 75-yard TD, Darius Jennings returned an ensuing kickoff 94 yards to the house, and Reshad Jones’s 54-yard return after he intercepted Blaine Gabbert was all the Dolphins needed to secure the win. 

Titans starting QB Marcus Mariota threw two interceptions in the third quarter before leaving the game with an elbow injury.

 

San Francisco 49ers @ Minnesota Vikings

84 Million dollars, also known as Kirk “why the hell did you give this guy 84 million dollars” Cousins made his debut for the Vikings on Sunday. And, well, they won.

Cousins passed for two TD’s and the Vikings forced four turnovers in a 24-16 win over the 49ers.   Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph both had TD’s in the win.

Jimmy Garoppolo went 15 for 33 for 261 yards in the loss, and rookie Dante Pettis scored a TD late in the third.  The loss was Garoppolo’s first loss in eight games as a starting QB.

Cousins went 20 for 36 for 244 yards targeting Adam Thielen 12 times.  Thielen caught six passes for 102 yards in the win.

 

Houston Texans @ New England Patriots

They looked like they were going to retire after last season.  More importantly, they scared the crap out of every Patriots fan by contemplating retirement.  

Instead, one threw for 277 yards and hit the other dude up for 123 yards and a TD in a 27-20 win over the Houston Texans.

So much for a relaxing retirement.

Tom Brady found Rob Gronkowski seven times, including a 21-yard touchdown to grab the win on Sunday.  It was Gronk’s 31st career regular-season or playoff game of 100 yards or more, tying Tony Gonzalez’s NFL record. Brady completed 26 of 39 passes and had an interception.

On the other side, DeShaun Watson, who returned to the field after missing the final nine games of the season last year, completed 17 of 35 passes for 176 yards, one TD and an interception in the loss.

Patriots Riley McCarron’s muffed punt with under five minutes to play set up Watson’s 6-yard pass to Bruce Ellington for the TD and cut the deficit to 27-20, but the Texans couldn’t get the ball past midfield in the final minute.

Phillip Dorsett caught seven passes for 66 yards and a 4-yard TD.

Lamar Miller ran 20 times for 98 yards for the Texans, who also welcomed back two defensive pieces in JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus from injuries.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Giants

New coach, new RB, Odell, same Eli.

Still not enough to beat the Jaguars. 

Linebacker Myles Jack scored a 32-yard interception return early in the fourth to lift the Jaguars over the Giants 20-15 in New York on Sunday. The Jaguars defense picked up right where they left off with their 2nd ranked defense last season, with two sacks, six quarterback pressures, eight tackles for losses, stopped a two-point conversion, and didn’t give up a lead.  Annddd, exhale.

Blake Bortles was 18 for 33 for 176 yards in the win.

Eli Manning targeted Odell Beckham 15 times and connected on 11, and a muffed punt cost the Giants a final possession in the last minute to lose the game.  

 

Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck’s neck beard wasn’t lucky enough this week.

Backup safety Clayton Fejedelem’s sprint down the sideline with 35 seconds left in the game was enough to spoil Luck’s comeback giving the Bengals a 34-23 victory on Sunday. Fejedelem was hurled into the game after starter Shawn Williams became the first player this season to be ejected after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Luck.  Fejedelem entered the game with 25 tackles in his first two NFL seasons.  He had 10 in this game alone.

The win ended the Bengals eight-game losing streak in Indianapolis and gave them their fourth win in five openers.

In the loss, Luck was 39 of 53 for 319 yards, two TD passes, and an interception.  

 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns won in a way that was familiar to them.  By not actually winning. 

The Browns “ended” their 17-game losing streak in a 21-21 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was the first tie in week 1 since 1971.

That’s not really how you do it, kids. 

Pittsburgh blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, and Chris Boswell went wide on a 42-yard field goal attempt with 1:44 left in the extra frame. The Steelers also committed six turnovers in the tie. Roethlisberger threw three interceptions in the first half and finished 23 of 41 for 335 yards, throwing a TD to Antonio Brown in the fourth quarter. AB became the second-fastest player to reach 10 thousand receiving yards.

In his debut for the Browns, Tyrod Taylor completed 15 of 40 passes for 197 yards.

 

Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Ravens

What in the hell happened here? Said the five people watching a Bills game.

Nathan Peterman didn’t stand a chance, as the Ravens embarrassed the Bills with a dominant 47-3 win at home on Sunday.

Joe Flacco targeted new and shiny things, throwing TD’s to three new receivers the Ravens added during the offseason. He went 25 of 34 for 236 yards before being replaced by rookie Lamar Jackson in the third.  The Ravens held Buffalo to 33 yards and no first downs at the half.

Bills QB Peterman, who was making his third NFL start, went 5 of 18 for 24 yards two interceptions and a spectacular QB rating of 0.0.  LeSean McCoy finished with 33 yards on seven carries and the Bills had a total of 77 yards passing. 

 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers

Tyreek Hill can score touchdowns. 

The Chiefs earned a 38-28 win over the Chargers thanks to three TD’s by Hill, two coming in the first quarter alone. Hill also had 169 yards on seven receptions, the second-most yards by a Chiefs receiver in an opener.  

On the other end, Philip Rivers was 34 of 51 for 424 yards, the most by a Chargers QB in an opener, but it wasn’t enough. He also had three TDs and an interception in the loss.

 

Dallas Cowboys @ Carolina Panthers

Dak Prescott spent a lot of time on the ground opening weekend, getting sacked six times in a 16-8 loss to the Carolina Panthers.  

The Panthers defense also limited Dallas to 232 yards.  Cam Newtown ran for 58 yards and a TD, Luke Kuechly had 13 tackles, Kawann short had two sacks and Mario Addison had the game-winning strip-sack with 1:20 left to clinch the win.

Prescott finished with 170 yards passing, and Ezekiel Elliott didn’t nab a TD until the fourth quarter. The Cowboy’s leading receiver was Cole Beasley, who finished with seven catches for 73 yards.

 

Seattle Seahawks @ Denver Broncos

Whatever was left of the Seahawks (and their bandwagon fans) they didn’t manage to do much in Denver.

So much so, that the winning QB threw as many interceptions as TD’s and still won.

Score. *waves fist in the air*

Case Keenum won his Denver debut despite throwing three interceptions and three TD’s in a 27-24 win over the Seahawks at home on Sunday.

Von Miller sacked Russell Wilson three times, forced two fumbles and recovered one as the Broncos won for the 18th time in their last 19 home openers. 

What I’m trying to say is Von Miller is basically doing everything since he did everything in the SuperBowl.  Don’t @ me.

 Wilson threw for 298 yards and three TD’s, and was picked off twice, sacked six times, and ran twice for an abysmal 5 yards. The Seahawks took the lead in the fourth when Wilson found Tyler Lockett for a 51-yard TD, but Demaryius Thomas caught a 4-yard TD pass from Keenum to take the lead for good.

 

Washington Redskins @ Arizona Cardinals

Adrian Peterson showed the four people who still care about Adrian Peterson that he still has it. 

The tandem of Alex Smith and Peterson was enough t give coach Jay Gruden his first win in a season opener in five years, with a lopsided 24-6 win over the Cardinals Sunday.

Smith completed 21 for 30 passes without an interception (yay!) and three TD’s to Chris Thompson and Jordan Reed.  Peterson Rushed for 96 yards on 26 carries and had a 1-yard TD. This was Peterson’s 100th career touchdown.

Making his debut for the Cardinals was Sam Bradford, who went 20 for 34 for 153 yards and was intercepted once in the loss.

 

Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers  

Whatever happened to Aaron Rodgers in that tent on Sunday night, I need that unicorn magic in my life. 

This game, man. 

Initial thought: “I can’t believe I’m cheering for DA Bears”

15 minutes’ later: “this is why no one cheers for DA Bears

To recap: Packers are down 20-0.  Rodgers goes down.  Rodgers goes into tent to do some voodoo crap.  Rodgers gets carted off the field.  World War 3 ensues at Lambeau field and on Twitter. Rodgers comes back.  Packers win 24-23.  

And it was freakin’ magic.

One legged Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the second half as the Packers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Bears 24-23 on Sunday Night football. This was the first time in the franchise 100 years, the Packers won after trailing by 17-plus points entering the fourth quarter.  Rodgers found Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison for TD passes. He finished the game going 20 of 30 for 286 yards including 17 of 23 for 273 yards in the second half.

With the addition of Khalil Mack, the Chicago defense was dominant.  Mack had a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown against backup QB DeShone Kizer in the second quarter. Mitchell Trubisky was 23 of 35 for 171 yards and ran for 32 yards on seven carries, including a 2-yard TD in the first quarter