NFL Week 1 Column

This is where I’ll take a look at the whole league and pick what I thought were the best and worst performances. Pretty self explanatory.

It was an ugly week 1 that’s for sure. A lot of the NFL’s “top teams” didn’t exactly have great showings. Ravens and Jets put on one of the most pitiful offensive performances I’ve seen in awhile. The Niners got blown out by the Seahawks. Chargers lost to the Chiefs. Last year’s AFC North champs got humiliated by the Patriots.  Cowboys beat themselves…well that’s actually not that surprising. There were a lot of bad mistakes, penalties and sloppy football all around the league. There were a few teams and players I felt really stood out, though.

Best Team Performance: Tennessee Titans

Yes, they played the Raiders but they had the most dominant performance of the week. No question there. Chris Johnson got off to a slow start but he was bound to explode sooner or later, and he did. 27 carries 142 yards 2 TD’s. Vince Young also did a pretty good job both through the air and on the ground. Notice how they limited him to 17 passes…maybe some other teams should take note of this.  Their defense also sacked Jason Campbell four times. Looks like he’s going to be running for his life in the backfield in Oakland too.

Worst Team Performance: San Francisco 49ers

Alex Smith had 2 picks, no TDs…well he threw one but it was to Marcus Trufant of the Seahawks. Frank Gore was limited to 38 yards on 17 carries and Michael Crabtree only had 2 catches. Not to mention they lost 31-6 to the Seahawks. 49ers fans should freak out yet because they always seem to struggle in Seattle and they can still win the West. Didn’t expect for them to look this bad, though.

Offensive Player of the Week: Arian Foster

Texans getting it done on the ground with him this week. He torn apart the Colts rushing defense as he went for 231 yards and 3 TDs on 33 carries. Maybe the Texans finally have a dependable running back now. Let’s see if he can do this again next week. Steve Slaton had a few big weeks in 2008 but didn’t hold up. Foster is a bit bigger and stronger than Slaton so maybe he’ll be different. The Texans offense can become even more lethal if he stays consistent.

Runner Up:  Matt Forte, Tom Brady

Worst Offensive Performance: Matt Moore

So maybe a line of 17-33 182 yds 1 TD 3 INT doesn’t look that abysmal compared to others, but all 3 picks he threw were some of the worst I have ever seen. His confidence needs to get better now that he’s playing in some meaningful games.

Runner up: CJ Spiller, Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch, the entire New York Jets offense

Game of the week: Packers vs. Eagles

Not a lot of good ones to choose from…but this game was very entertaining to watch. Eagles put themselves in a hole they couldn’t get out of but made a nice effort in the 2nd half to try to come back. Unfortunately, poor clock management did them in. At least it was fun to watch Michael Vick

Runner up: Chargers-Chiefs, Colts-Texans

Worst Game of the Week: Panthers vs Giants

It was a pretty good and competitive game until the 4th quarter after the Giants pulled away, then it looked like both teams were trying their best to lose. There were about 4 turnovers in the course of 5 minutes between both teams. Daryl Johnston’s comment after the Brandon Jacobs fumble summed up my feelings; “I’m just not going to say anything until something positive happens to one of these teams.” Amen.

Runner up: Ravens-Jets, Redskins-Cowboys

Surprise of the week: Chargers vs. Chiefs

Chargers might want to give Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil their money after last night’s game. I thought they would be in good shape since they were playing the Chiefs but nope. Dexter McCluster, Glenn Dorsey and Jamaal Charles had other plans, apparently.

Idiot of the week: Andy Reid

Not for spending his timeouts so early but for putting Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley back out on the field after they suffered concussions. That’s just plain stupid and inexcusable. The Eagles could be looking at a fine for this.

Runner up: Antonio Cromartie, Calvin Johnson

Here’s hoping next weeks batch of games aren’t as sloppy and full of mistakes.


One Response to NFL Week 1 Column

  1. Chris Ross says:

    Great post bud, I really enjoyed reading it. Opening week of the NFL was of course a really great weekend that gave us lots of surprises. The one thing that wasn’t much of a surprise to me though was the Raiders. I really don’t think that Jason Campbell has the makings of a quarterback that can lead his team anywhere. The Raiders were dominated by the Titans on both sides of the ball and I think the only thing that is going to get significantly better for the Raiders is their defense not their offense. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I really wanna hear your thoughts on my thoughts.

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