Photo credit: Keith Allison
Author: Joey Carr
The first week of the NFL Regular Season was everything we hoped it would be. There were blowouts, nailbiters, and upsets, all the aspects that make for a great week of football. However, the injury bug was in full effect, as multiple top players on both sides of the ball left their games earlier than they planned. Let’s take a look at some of the more notable moments from Week 1.
The game that probably has everyone abuzz would be the Seahawks and Rams overtime thriller. In a game where the Seahawks were favored to win by 5 points, the Rams showed the world they need to be taken seriously in that crowded NFC West. Seattle didn’t look like themselves from the opening kickoff, allowing a subpar Rams offense to take advantage of the Kam Chancellor-less Seahawk defense. Russell Wilson and company couldn’t find a rhythm for most of the game but that was mostly due to the human run stopper that is Aaron Donald. Donald and the Rams defense really held their ground for the majority of the game, but did show some holes in the secondary that needs to be patched if they want to be a serious contender this year. The game came down to a 4th and 1 in overtime for the Seahawks, who ironically gave the ball to Marshawn Lynch instead of passing it. For all the criticism he took after Super Bowl 49, it seemed like Pete Carroll had no choice but to run the ball with a yard to go. Unfortunately for Seattle, Lynch wasn’t able to get the first down, proving everyone wrong who said: “running the ball with a yard to go works every time!”. So now every team in the NFC West is 1-0 except for the defending NFC champs, and without Kam Chancellor, Seattle could be in danger of being dethroned.
Another game that’s got the league humming is the matchup that took place up in Buffalo. The Colts were favored by a field goal, but got way more than they bargained for when they took the field against Tyrod Taylor and the ferocious Bills defense. In Rex Ryan’s first game as head coach, he really proved the Bills are for real this year, manhandling the Colts 27-14. Andrew Luck looked like anything but an MVP, throwing 2 picks but had a few more passes that could’ve easily been intercepted. The Colts as a team were in the same boat with Luck, looking like anything but a Super Bowl contender. The defense couldn’t keep up with Tyrod Taylor and his legs and the D-line couldn’t handle Shady McCoy. The offense looked stagnant for the most part and the offseason additions of Frank Gore and Andre Johnson seemed to drag the team down rather than propel them to new heights. The Bills on the other hand looked great, making the Colts run game almost nonexistent and causing Andrew Luck to make some uncharacteristically bad passes. The offense looked explosive with Taylor at quarterback, something that the rest of the league might have to look out for in the coming weeks.
In regards to injuries, there were quite a few in the first week of action. Most notably, Dez Bryant of the Cowboys is out 4-6 weeks after having surgery to mend a broken bone in his foot. This is a huge blow to the Cowboys offense, as he is the focal point along with Tony Romo, causing Romo to lean on Jason Witten a little more
than he planned to. At wide receiver, Dallas will now have to rely on Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams for the next 4-6 weeks, which could be an issue going forward. However, the most serious injury of Week 1 happened to Terrell Suggs, who is out for the season with an Achilles tear. The heart and soul of the Ravens defense, Suggs has led Baltimore’s D ever since Ray Lewis left, and without number 55, they could be in some trouble. Baltimore’s defense looked good against the Broncos, but that was against an aging Peyton Manning who can’t seem to throw the ball downfield with any accuracy anymore. Less serious injuries included the ones to: Luke Kuechly, T.Y. Hilton, Derek Carr, and Andre Ellington. Kuechly’s injury isn’t serious at all, as it was just a mild concussion and he should be available next week for Carolina. T.Y. Hilton could miss 1-2 games however, which could spell problems for Andrew Luck and the Colts. Derek Carr injured his right hand, but the x-rays came back negative. Andre Ellington’s injury looked more serious than the others, as he had to be carted off the field with a leg problem. He probably won’t be returning to the Cardinals for a few weeks, but with Carson Palmer playing so well, his presence won’t be as badly missed.
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