Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What We Learned From Week One in the NFL

            Rejoice!! The NFL is back, meaning that your fall will not be filled with pumpkin spice and boredom! Anyways, there were plenty of fireworks to be lit on the first week. What did we gain from all of this first-week hoopla?

  1. Antonio Brown is the Best Receiver in the NFL, Hands Down: In a highly-touted match-up between one of the better corners in the NFL and one of the best receivers in the game, Antonio Brown made Josh Norman look silly yesterday. Out of 11 targets, Brown had eight receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns. He also got flagged for 'twerking' in the endzone, but Brown still left Norman in the dust for the entire game.
  2. The Patriots' "Next Man Up" Mentality Works: No Tom Brady? No Gronk? No problem! New England edged a Super-Bowl contending team in the Arizona Cardinals 23-21 on Sunday night, proving Bill Belichick's mastery. Jimmy Garoppolo had a solid game, going 24 for 33 while throwing for 264 yards and a touchdown. With the win, New England has a chance to go 4-0 when Brady returns due to a paltry early schedule. 
  3. Indy Needs to Stop the Run Better: The Indianapolis Colts allowed 116 total rushing yards against a Detroit Lions team that hasn't had a great running game since Barry Sanders was in town. The Colts wound up losing that game 39-35. For a team that's trying to rebound from a disappointing season last year, it doesn't seem like anything has changed. 
  4. Will Russell Wilson's Ankle be a Factor Later On? Russell Wilson suffered an ankle sprain in Seattle's 12-10 win against Miami on Sunday. The way that Seattle's offense looked on Sunday, it seems they'll need Wilson as much as possible. Will his ankle pose a problem later in the season or is it just a mild sprain?
  5. Where Was Todd Gurley? In a 28-0 loss to the 49ers, everything that could go wrong went wrong for the Los Angeles Rams. Todd Gurley had a horrible game, running for 47 yards on 17 carries. Case Keenum wasn't that much better, going 17 for 35, throwing for 130 yards and two picks. Games like this are where Todd Gurley needs to be at his peak form. Not only did Gurley hurt a lot of savvy fantasy owners out there, but his team could've used a better performance from him.
  6. The Raiders' Big Gamble: Oakland took a big risk in their game against New Orleans: they went for the two-point conversion instead of the win on their touchdown with little to no time left. The gamble paid off, propelling the Raiders to a 35-34 win in the Big Easy. The Raiders told reporters that the gamble was "all about trust". Plays like that are big reasons why the Oakland Raiders will be an exciting team to watch this season.

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