NFL Week 1 in Review (and Other Random Thoughts in My Head)

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NFL Week 1 in Review (and Other Random Thoughts in My Head)
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Week 1 in the NFL and plenty of storylines to choose from! Let's get rolling as we cover all the games from the first week of the 2012 NFL season:

Dallas 24, NY Giants 17

Forget about Tony Romo, this was the DeMarco Murray show with 20 carries for 131 yards. If I’m a NY Giants fan, I’m worried about that run defense. REALLY worried.

 

Chicago 41, Indianapolis 21

Rookie QB Andrew Luck throws the ball 45 times, has little protection and no run game. It’s going to be a tough year if this is the game plan for the Colts this season. They need to help him out.

 

Philadelphia 17, Cleveland 16

This wins the “Stink Bowl” award for Week 1. Eagles QB Michael Vick throws 4 interceptions and Browns QB Brandon Weeden stats for Week 1: 12-of-35 for 118 yards, 4 INTs, and a passer rating of 5.1. HORRIBLE.

Silver lining? A win is a win, Philly is now 1-0. That’s something, right?

 

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New England 34, Tennessee 13

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady gets a bloody nose and throws for 2 touchdowns, RB Stevan Ridley runs wild for 125 yards and a TD, and Titans running back Chris Johnson rushes 11 times for 4 yards.

When did the Patriots get a run game? That’s all New England needs, ANOTHER offensive weapon. This time a running back.

 

Atlanta 40, Kansas City 24

The Matt Cassel show? No this was the Matt Ryan show. The Atlanta Falcons QB threw for 299 yards and 3 TD (one rushing). This is supposed to be the dark horse Chiefs, not a good sign giving up 40 points AT Arrowhead Stadium. I still think the AFC West is the Broncos division to lose.

 

Minnesota 26, Jacksonville 23 (OT)

Fantasy owners (including myself) were relieved to hear Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was going to play this game. He didn’t have a huge game in yards, but delivered with 2 touchdowns.

TPSNation.com breaks down RGIII and Andrew Luck coming out of the draft.

However, the real story of the game was Vikings rookie kicker Blair Walsh kicking four field goals, including a 55-yarder to force overtime and the game winner.

 

Oh, and Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew? Yeah he’s back and ran for 77 yards on 19 carries. Look for MJD to put up much better numbers in the coming weeks.

 

Washington 40, New Orleans 32

How do you help a rookie QB in his first game in the NFL? Run the ball 44 times for 153 yards (42 of them from RGIII himself).

By supporting RGIII with a solid run game and a stable pocket to throw from, RGIII showed composure and leadership beyond his years as he threw for 320 yards and 2 TDs. Kudos to coach Shanahan for putting together a game plan that set his QB up for success in his NFL debut.

I’m beginning to think my TPSNation.com co-host @sportsbarangel knew what he was talking about when he talked about RGIII being the better QB in Year 1 compared to Andrew Luck:

All kidding aside, you surround either QB Andrew Luck OR RGIII with enough support and both will succeed.

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Fun fact, RGIII is the first QB to start a game that was born in the 1990s. In other news, I officially feel OLD….

 

 

NY Jets 48, Buffalo 28

The New York Jets put together 6 TDs (with one on defense and one on special teams). Yeah, they’ve been saving up all the touchdowns they didn’t score in preseason for Week 1. With solid line play, Jets QB Mark Sanchez looked pretty good throwing for 266 yards, 3TDs and 1 interception.

Tim Tebow, you ask? Yeah he played a few Wildcat plays, but the less you see of him the better, if you ask me.

 

Detroit 27, St. Louis 23

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford looked impressive on that final drive for the win, but not so good for most of the game. Stafford threw 3 interceptions but he managed to connect with Calvin Johnson 6 times for 111 yards. And can Kevin Smith stay healthy? I can’t get excited about these Lions yet.

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Houston 30, Miami 10

Miami stinks and QB Ryan Tannehill has a LONG way to go.

 

San Francisco 30, Green Bay 22

This may be the best-run offense I’ve ever seen from an Alex Smith-led 49ers unit. Not huge numbers from Smith (20-of-26 for 211 yards and 2 TD), but you can see the benefit of having the additional weapons of WRs Randy Moss and Mario Manningham and how that’s freed up Michael Crabree (7 catches for 76 yards). And of course, Frank Gore is a stud.

The big question for me in this game? How has Green Bay not fixed a thing on defense since last season?

 

Arizona 20, Seattle 16

Cardinals QB John Skelton goes down and Kevin Kolb brings them back for victory against the Seahawks. But I’ll say this about Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, even though he threw three incompletions on that final drive… I see big things for this kid as the season rolls on. If only the Seattle defense can step up and play as well as they finished last season.

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Tampa Bay 16, Carolina 10

Cam Newton… paging Panthers QB Cam Newton…  Newton may have went 23-of-33 for 303 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT, but that Bucs defense dominated this day. Quite an accomplishment shutting down that Panthers offense.

 

Pittsburgh 19, Denver31

Denver QB Peyton Manning showed why he is so amazing as he marched the Broncos offense down the field, running the-no huddle against that stout Steelers defense. He’s simply amazing, period.

 

Baltimore 44, Cincinnati 13

Who do you think you are, Ravens QB Joe Flacco? All acting like Peyton Manning like that. Flacco threw for 299 yards and 2 TDs, looking like a general out there commanding that offense spreading the ball to WRs Dennis Pitts, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. If Flacco plays like this all season, look out. This offense is going to be dangerous.

 

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San Diego 22, Oakland 14

I’ll give Oakland credit, I liked how they called that first half. Raiders QB Carson Palmer (32-of-46 297 yards 1 TD) looked comfortable running the west coast offense, Darren McFadden was great out of the backfield and rookie WR Rod Streater rebounded nicely after the early fumble. More importantly, the Raiders rush defense was vastly improved.

However, what we learned from this game was how important a long snapper can be. Losing Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Condo killed Oakland. After losing Condo, three botched punts later and the Raiders lose 22-14.  

The Chargers, you ask? QB Philip Rivers dissected the Raiders secondary and TE Antonio Gates may have lost a step, but he’s still a stud.

 

 

Quick shots:

RIP former Browns/Ravens GM Art Modell, the former NFL President was so instrumental in the expansion and growth of the NFL both as a league and on television. Love him or hate him, the NFL is where it is today because of his help….Yeah, the replacement referees screwed up a few times. The old referees can’t return soon enough….Now that I’m living near Seattle, Washington I can’t help but pull for Seahawks QB Russell Wilson….Big ups to my friends over @SolidVerbal for their new video show, good job!.... 2-0 in my two fantasy football leagues! Off to a great start with my teams…. I was a big wrestling fan as a kid, sad to hear the news about Jerry “The King” Lawler’s heart attack. Hope he recovers and is behind the mic again soon….

Until next time, see you in Week 2!

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