Football is back! The game last Thursday featured the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs knocked off the champs 42-27. It was a nice lead up to Sunday jam pack day of action. Just wanted to highlight some of the big news that resulted.
First, The Chicago Bears took the defending NFC champs to the wire coming up short, 23-17. The Bears were noticeably better this game. The D played tough and sacked Ryan a couple of times, they even held Julio Jones in check for the most part. If a couple of third downs go their way in the 4th, they most likely win that game. Good news, if any from this game. Rookie running back Tarik Cohen looks like a stud. Cohen had 66 yards rushing and 47 yards receiving with a touchdown. Not really surprised by his outing as he showed well in preseason, Cohen gives the Bears a dynamic play maker that will desperately be needed with the loss of Meredith and the loss of Kevin White.
The Texans were destroyed by the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-7. Tom Savage was benched for Deshaun Watson who led The Texans to their only scoring drive. Watson finished the game with a line of 106 yards on 12/23 one touchdown and one interception. The Jags defensive dominated the game collecting 10 sacks, three fumbles and one interception.
Baltimore shut out Cincinnati 20-0, probably one of the worst games in Andy Dalton’s career. He completed 16/31 passes for 170 yards, had four interceptions and a QBR 0.7…0.7!!! Not a great showing from the Dalton.
Green Bay outlasted Seattle 17-9. There were some questionable calls in this game with the biggest one being a personal foul call on Cornerback Jeremy Lane for a “punch”. Lane was ejected and a pick six by the Seahawks was taken off the board by a push in the back call. Game was pretty slow after that until Rodgers took over. A big play to Jordy Nelson helped them grab a commanding lead after scoring on an early fumble by Wilson deep in Seahawks territory.
Cardinals lose to Lions 35-23 but more concerning for them is how long they will be without David Johnson. He has a dislocated wrist and will be out for extended period of time.
In a battle that featured Quarterbacks who had their seasons cut short due to leg fractures, Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota. Carr’s Raiders had the leg up on Mariota and the Titans as they won 26-16. Marshawn Lynch did not disappoint in his Raider debut carrying the rock 18 times for 76 yards.
Monday night featured a double header with the first game featuring The New Orleans Saints versus The Minnesota Vikings. Adrian Peterson got to go up against his former team and it was not the performance he had in mind. He only rushed six times for 18 yards and had an interesting interaction with Head Coach Sean Payton on the sideline. The Vikings, had quite the night though. Sam Bradford dominated the Saints defense to the tune of 346 yards on 27/32 completions, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Rookie Running Back Dalvin Cook also had a nice night rushing for 127 yards. Vikings look really strong, if they can maintain that type of offensive output in both the run and pass, they’ll be a serious contender in the NFC.
The second half of the double header saw The LA Chargers against the Denver Broncos. Philip Rivers just continues to be productive at this stage in his career. He threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Opposite Rivers, Trevor Siemian had an impressive night throwing for 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Chargers scored 14 in the fourth but had the game tying kick blocked as time expired. Broncos special teams unit came up big for them.
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