NFL Week 1 – Review
Green Bay Packers 24-23 Chicago Bears
Arizona Cardinals 6-24 Washington Redskins
Carolina Panthers 16-8 Dallas Cowboys
Denver Broncos 27-24 Seattle Seahawks
LA Chargers 28-38 Kansas City Chiefs
Baltimore Ravens 47-3 Buffalo Bills
Cleveland Browns 21-21 Pittsburgh Steelers
Indianapolis Colts 23-34 Cincinnati Bengals
Miami Dolphins 27-20 Tennessee Titans
Minnesota Vikings 24-16 San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots 27-20 Houston Texans
Philadelphia Eagles 18-12 Atlanta Falcons
New York Giants 15-20 Jacksonville Jaguars
New Orleans Saints 40-48 TB Buccaneers
Star Team Of The Week
Tough to call for the first week of NFL action, but I’ll go with the Buccaneers who shocked everyone with their victory over the New Orleans Saints. The Buccaneers were relentless with their plays, with 9/62 offensive plays that were ran going for 20 or more yards and all bar one coming through the air.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who usually plays backup, was simply formidable as he completed 21 of 28 passes on the way to 417 yards and four touchdowns were completed through the air. He even managed to add 36 yards and a score on the ground. Not bad for the backup! New Orleans Saints will see this as a massive step back as they were looking to improve upon a decent season last year but looks like they’ve regressed. Still have a lot of time to fix this however.
Star Man Of The Week
Tempting to pick Ryan Fitzpatrick and he would be a worthy winner any other week. Except its hard to ignore one man – Aaron Rodgers. The Packers QB and highest paid player in NFL history was carted off with a knee injury in the second quarter and the Bears led 17-0 at half-time. The lead was extended to 20-0 before a still hobbling Rodgers inspired a stunning comeback against the Packer main rivals, throwing three touchdown passes to steal victory in the NFC North division.
Based on this its easy to see why we thought that Rodgers is the difference between Green Bay success and failure in our pre-season predictions and the fans will be relieved that Rodgers has made himself available against the Vikings next week. Another notable stand-out falling just short is Bronco’s charismatic linebacker, Von Miller. He was sublime in the Bronco’s win over Seattle Seahawks as he managed three sacks; seven tackles; four quarterback hits; three tackles for loss; two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in an insane defensive performance.
Game Of The Week
It doesn’t happen often, so I’ve gone with the tie game between the Browns and the Steelers. In a much-improved performance they were close to earning their first NFL victory for 625 days in a battling game against the Steelers as they overturned a 21-7 fourth-quarter deficit to force extra time and would have won if it wasn’t for TJ Watt’s block on Zane Gonzalez’s effort with only eight seconds left.
Browns fans will be both relieved to bounce-back after a disastrous last season but also frustrated that their wait to see their team win continues.