Football is back and Week 1 was fun as always until the end of the Giants Dallas game where Ben McAdoo ruined Sunday night. At any rate here’s a look at some of the action from yesterday.
Cowboys 27, Giants 26
Before I get to the actual game, Dez Bryant reportedly suffered a broken foot and will be out at the very least a month. Rookie defensive end Randy Gregory sounds as if he suffered a high ankle sprain as well which is a tough injury to shake. Now to the game. The Giants offense did next to nothing for most of the game and benefited from three turnovers forced by the defense. Odell Beckham was held in check with 44 yards. New York had a chance with over one minute remaining to either punch it in from the one to wrap the game up or at the very least to continue running the clock for another 40 plus seconds. They went another route by running play action and throwing it out of the end zone. Tony Romo took Dallas right down the field and hooked up with his security blanket Jason Witten to give the Cowboys a 27-26 division win. I thought Romo played pretty well and was granted tremendous pass protection from the line. In the running game, Dallas did not exactly dominate like they did last year. Joseph Randle tallied 65 yards on the night. Kudos to Dallas for pulling out the win, but the Giants squandered a big opportunity to start the season off right.
Packers 31, Bears 23
This turned out to be a closer game the most probably thought it would be. In the end, Aaron Rodgers outplayed Jay Cutler and the Packers walked away 1-0. Cutler played pretty well most of the game then reverted back to his old form late in the game throwing a pick to Clay Matthews which pretty much wrapped it up for Green Bay. James Jones looked like he never left Green Bay as he hauled in two touchdowns from Rodgers. This was a very underrated pickup for the Packers replacing Jordy Nelson. Matt Forte racked up 141 yards in the run game where the Packers are vulnerable especially against the better teams. Green Bay faces off with Seattle next Sunday night at Lambeau in a great early season contest. Chicago hosts Arizona at Soldier Field.
Rams 34, Seahawks 31 OT
The Nick Foles era got off to a nice start in St. Louis as the Rams came back to pull off a huge overtime win versus Kam Chancellor less Seahawks. Chancellor’s replacement Dion Bailey met the dreaded turf monster as Foles hooked up with tight end Lance Kendricks to tie it up at 31-31. Marshawn Lynch was eventually stopped on 4th and 1 in OT to give the Rams a Week 1 win. The Rams seem to give Seattle fits especially at home in recent years. Tavon Austin ran for a touchdown and also housed a punt return. Foles had a nice game for the Rams throwing for 297 yards including the touchdown to Kendricks. His only blemish came when former Eagle Cary Williams stripped him on a corner blitz then scooped it for six. Aaron Donald had a hell of a game on the defensive line where he sacked Russell Wilson twice and was in the backfield all game. Jimmy Graham caught his first touchdown as a Seahawk and rookie Tyler Lockett is dynamic in the return game as he took a punt back for six. Seattle travels to Green Bay for a very important Week 2 rematch. The Rams head to Landover to face off with Washington.
Chargers 33, Lions 28
Detroit was up 21-3 during the first half and was then outscored 30-7 as Phillip Rivers took over. Rivers threw for 404 yards and two scores. Danny Woodhead returned to action for San Diego with two rushing scores. Keenan Allen looked in 2013 form as he racked up 166 yards on 15 receptions. Stevie Johnson and Ladarius Green also had nice games for the Chargers who were without Antonio Gates. Matthew Stafford continues to puzzle for Detroit. Stafford finished with 246 yards but two interceptions the second one leading to a San Diego score. Rookie running back Ameer Abdullah looked fantastic in open space where he put safety Eric Weddle on skates for a touchdown. Calvin Johnson was very quiet with only 39 yards on two catches. On the defensive side of the ball the Lions really missed linebacker DeAndre Levy. The Chargers really wore down the Lions in the second half and missed Levy’s playmaking ability. San Diego heads to Cincinnati for Week 2 while Detroit travels to Minnesota for a division game.
Bills 27, Colts 14
In one of the more surprising outcomes on Sunday the Bills dominated Andrew Luck and the Colts from start to finish. Rex Ryan’s Bills defense looked pretty formidable in their debut even without All Pro tackle Marcel Dareus who returns next week. Buffalo picked off Luck twice holding him to 243 yards passing. New Bills starter Tyrod Taylor looked sharp throwing for 195 yards and rushing for 41. Taylor hooked up with new Bills wideout Percy Harvin on a 51 yard score. Rookie running back Karlos Williams found the endzone as well from 26 yards out. Buffalo faces another stiff test in Week 2 as they host the Super Bowl Champs. Indy returns home to face off with the Jets on Monday Night Football.
Chiefs 27, Texans 20
Our favorite Hard Knocks team did not play well in Week 1 as they went down to Big Red and the KC Chiefs. Brian Hoyer stinks just plain and simple. He is not a starting quarterback in this league. Hoyer was intercepted on his first attempt and eventually replaced by backup Ryan Mallet who has a much better skillset. DeAndre Hopkins had a nice game for Houston racking up 98 yards with two receiving scores. The Chiefs are a sneaky good team I did not expect them to dominate as they did yesterday. Alex Smith had 243 yards and threw for three scores. Two of those went to monster tight end Travis Kelce who finished with 106 yards as well. The Chiefs defense got after Houston’s duo of quarterbacks sacking them five times total. Kansas City heads home for Thursday Night Football versus Denver which should be a very good game. Houston heads to Carolina and we’ll need to name a starting quarterback again.
Broncos 19, Ravens 13
A game with Joe Flacco and Peyton Manning did not register an offensive touchdown as strange as that sounds. Manning did not look comfortable in the new Denver offense under head coach Gary Kubiak. He threw a pick six to Ravens corner Jimmy Smith on a ball which floated big time. Manning finished with 175 yards passing. The Denver defense allowed Flacco to throw for only 117 yards on the day and running back Justin Forsett only rushed for 43 yards. Aqib Talib swung the momentum of the game as he jumped a route picking off Flacco to return it for six. In addition to the defeat, Baltimore lost veteran pass rusher Terrell Suggs to an Achilles injury which will end his 2015 season. Baltimore stays out west as they face the hapless Raiders in Week 2. As previously mentioned, Denver faces a tough division test at Arrowhead on Thursday night.
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