Rants and Raves From Week 1 In The NFL
So the NFL returned this week for the 2018-19 Season, and there are many faces for new teams as the QUEST for the Super Bowl Trophy starts! This year the Super Bowl will be in Atlanta Ga, and some teams are trying to return to greatness while others are working on rebounding from last year.
The Season kicked off on Thursday Night in Philly as the Super Bowl Champion Eagles hosted the Atlanta Falcons, and mother nature wasn’t ready for Football yet, and caused a Rain and Storm delay to kick off the season. But once it started it was all about the pigskin.
Jay Ajayi had a pair of touchdown runs, Nick Foles caught another pass to jump-start a sputtering offense and the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles needed another defensive stand to open the NFL season with an 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Cleveland ended its 17-game losing streak on Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who prevented the Browns from getting their first victory since 2016 when linebacker T.J. Watt blocked Zane Gonzalez’s 43-yard field-goal attempt with 9 seconds left in OT.
The Bengals’ backup safety jarred the ball loose from Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle with less than 35 seconds left in the game. Fejedelem scooped up the loose ball and sprinted down the sideline to end Andrew Luck’s comeback hopes with an 83-yard touchdown return to preserve the Bengals’ 34-23 victory.
Jakeem Grant won the longest game with the longest play. Grant struck like lightning when he scored on a tiebreaking 102-yard kickoff return with 14 minutes to go and the Dolphins overcame two weather delays to win the longest game since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, beating the Tennessee Titans 27-20 Sunday.
Kirk Cousins gave the Minnesota Vikings exactly what they needed for a victorious debut by their new quarterback. Cousins passed for two touchdowns and the Vikings forced four turnovers, fueling a 24-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday that stuck Garoppolo with his first loss in eight games as an NFL starting quarterback.
Tom Brady threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns, hitting Gronkowski for 123 yards and a score to lead the defending AFC champions to a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans. The reigning NFL MVP found Gronkowski seven times, including a 21-yard touchdown three plays after Deshaun Watson fumbled a handoff at the Texans 19 on Houston’s first offensive play .
Ryan Fitzpatrick backpedaled giddily for about 20 yards as he watched DeSean Jackson come down with a 36-yard touchdown pass over the middle. The journeyman quarterback then turned toward the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sideline and triumphantly thrust his arm in an upward arc. Fitzpatrick highlighted a 417-yard, four-touchdown performance with two scoring strikes of more than 50 yards, and the Buccaneers stunned the Saints 48-40 on Sunday.
Linebacker Myles Jack scored on a 32-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter and the Jaguars spoiled the New York Giants debuts of coach Pat Shurmur and second-overall draft pick Saquon Barkley, and the return of Odell Beckham Jr. with a 20-15 win on Sunday.
Baltimore harassed and embarrassed Buffalo quarterback Nathan Peterman, and the Ravens got three touchdown passes from Joe Flacco in an opener worth savoring as the Ravens routed the Buffalo Bills on a rainy Sunday 47-3.
Tyreek Hill helped get the Patrick Mahomes era off to a blazing start for Kansas City. The speedy receiver scored three touchdowns, including two in the first quarter, as the Chiefs opened the season with a 38-28 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Case Keenum won his Denver debut despite throwing three interceptions to go with his three touchdowns. He can thank Von Miller , who sacked Russell Wilson three times, forced two fumbles and recovered one as the Broncos held off the Seattle Seahawks 27-24 on Sunday to win for the 18th time in their past 19 home openers.
Alex Smith looked like his old self. So did Adrian Peterson. When the 34-year-old Smith wasn’t carving up the Arizona defense, the 33-year-old Peterson was running through it. The result was a 24-6 Washington victory on Sunday, coach Jay Gruden’s first win in a season opener in five tries, and it was even more dominant than the final score would indicate.
Cam Newton ran for 58 yards and a touchdown, and Carolina’s defense turned in a dominating performance as the Panthers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 16-8 in the season opener Sunday. Luke Kuechly had 13 tackles, Kawann Short sacked Dak Prescott twice and Mario Addison had a huge strip-sack of the Cowboys quarterback with 1:23 left to seal the victory.
There are 2 Monday Night games this week as Rookie Sam Darnold with be under center when the Jets visit the Lions, who will play their first game under new head coach Matt Patricia and The Oakland Raiders open the regular season with the conspicuous absence of Khalil Mack, the decorated defensive end who was traded to the Chicago Bears after a prolonged contract holdout.