Calais Campbellā€™s 4 sacks help the Jaguars take down the Texans 29-7, Fournette goes for a 100 yards rushing:

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Everyone was speculating this off-season whether the Jacksonville Jaguars could become the team they are capable of being and the Jags proved they could by dominating the Texans 29-7 in the opener. Newly acquired Defensive End Calais Campbell had 4 sacks for the Jacksonville defense and Houstonā€™s offense line were just outgunned all game long. Campbell also added 6 tackles on his monstrous day and when the veteran plays like this it really sets the tone for the Jaguars on the defensive front. That paves the way for guys like Myles Jack, who played out of his mind against the Texans registering 14 tackles in this contest. This youth movement the Jacksonville Jaguars have going on is finely panning out and thatā€™s why guys like Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue are really elevating their play. There’s so many 2nd and 3rd year players all over this roster and the youthfulness of Jacksonville really gels together. We thought the Jaguars were going to unleash those abilities on the league in 2016, that didnā€™t happen. However this football team is 1-0 this year and thereā€™s a ton of upset for Doug Marroneā€™s ball club. Leonard Fournette was spectacular as well in this match up, the rookie recorded 100 yards and 1 rushing touchdown on the ground. Fournette seemed to energize the Jags and thatā€™s something this franchise was missing a season ago. Now with a running back who can help control the time of possession Jacksonville will be much more balanced.Ā  Finally it should be note that Deshaun Watson got in the game and scored a touchdown pass for the Texans. That one touchdown went to DeAndre Hopkins, who also had 55 receiving yards. Houston looked terrible on offense and will have a hard time this year with the current talent they have on offensive side of the ball. Thereā€™s just not enough playmakers to get it done especially at the wide receiver position. Itā€™s been a couple years now that Houston has asked DeAndre Hopkins to handle the majority of their receiving game. The Texans desperately need another pass catcher so itā€™s easier to put points on the board. Bottom line though the Jags are trending upward and the Texans are not.

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Green Bay Packers will their way past the Seattle Seahawks in a defensive battle at Lambeau:

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The Green Bay Packers hosted the Seattle Seahawks in Green Bay Wisconsin and if you like good defensive play this was your ideal match up. Only 2 touchdowns were scored in the entire game and itā€™s no coincidence the winning team (Packers) scored those TDs. Aaron Rodgers significantly outplayed Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson and this game was a perfect example of how much good quarterback play can uplift a team. Rodgers had 311 passing yards and 1 touchdowns pass while Wilson finished the day with 158 yards and no touchdowns. Rodgers has the ability to make throws from every angle and when you get into these tough defensive contests it takes a pure thrower to put points on the board. The Packers success hinges on Rodgers ability to continually elevate his game and fortunately for the fans known as the Cheeseheads it doesnā€™t look like their quarterback is slowing down anytime soon. Ty Montgomery also put together a decent performance for Green Bayā€™s running game, Montgomery racked up 1 rushing touchdown and 54 yards. The other touchdown in this game went to Jordy Nelson off a Rodgers pass, Nelson recorded 1 touchdown reception and 79 receiving yards. Seattle didnā€™t have any notable offensive performances Doug Baldwin had more yards than pretty much every other Seahawks player and he only had 63 yards. That tells you that Pete Carrollā€™s team is significantly under-producing when it comes to offensive output and Seattle will have to correct that as they head into week 2. On the defensive side of the ball there were a number of players from both teams who made big plays. Mike Daniels was pretty stellar for the Packers he put up 7 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Nick Perry also registered 3 tackles and 1.5 sacks. For the Seahawks Shaquill Griffin led the way with 10 tackles. Michael Bennett also continued his dominant ways he finished the day with 3 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Green Bay ended up winning the game 17-9 when it was all said and done and Pack Nation improves to 1-0 on the season.

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Jaylon Smith will start at middle linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, itā€™s been an amazing recovery for the former Notre Dame alum:

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Jaylon Smith was an absolute star at the collegiate level and now it appears Smith will get an opportunity to make his name as a pro. The Dallas Cowboys have announced Smith will be a starter at the middle linebacker position and if youā€™re a Cowboys fan you you have to be proud of the progress the former Notre Dame standout has made. After missing all 2016 with a knee injury (ACL and MCL tear), this is a huge step in Smithā€™s own personal development. The last thing any player wants to have happen is to miss their entire rookie season. Thatā€™s a lot of reps and development that Smith wasnā€™t able to work towards however we all knew Jaylon Smith was a spectacular player it was just about getting past his medical setbacks. With hard work and determination Smith was able to do so and that alone says so much about the young linebackerā€™s character. That whole season away would have cost a lot of players their career, not only did Smith have to rehab his body. He also had to stay disciplined mentally and focus on the bigger picture at hand. Anybody would have been depressed sitting out their first whole year but Jaylon Smith was optimistic that he could get back and now Sunday he gets to live out those dreams. The fans will judge Smith by how well he plays on the field but give this guy a ton of credit for the things he has done off the gridiron. This miracle recovery plays a huge factor in Smithā€™s overall story line now and imagine how great the next chapter can be if the 22 year old can put together a Pro Bowl caliber season? It just goes to show that anything is possible with perseverance and resiliency. Jaylon Smith has an unbelievable grit about him and that should serve him well as the anchor of the Dallas Cowboys defense.

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Joey Bosa will look to build on his impressive first season as a pro, his mission starts with a tough match up against the Denver Broncos:

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The Los Angeles Chargers will take on the Denver Broncos in week 1 of the NFL regular season and that means the Broncos offensive line will have to deal with Joey Bosa. Bosa was outstanding as a rookie recording 10.5 sacks and Denver will have their hands full trying to contain the second year pass rusher. Bosa presents a match up nightmare because not only is he exceptional quick and instinctive. Joey Bosa also possesses unusual strength and if the Broncos offensive lineman arenā€™t on their A game the Chargers can rack up a lot of sacks quickly. Denver surrendered 40 sacks a season ago and were in the bottom tier for pass protection. The Broncos front office drafted Garrett Bolles to help in that category however it doesnā€™t feel like any Denver offensive lineman can go one on one with Joey Bosa. Trevor Siemian is going to overwhelmed trying to adjust to both Melvin Ingram and Bosa. Really getting after the quarterback is one of the things the Chargers can do well, however from a talent standpoint the Broncos clearly have a major edge. That just puts even more pressure on Bosa to come out and play the best game of his life. If Bosa can dominant for all four quarters that will keep Los Angeles competitive and the rest will be up to Philip Rivers. The best players on the field for LA have to do their jobs and then hopefully the Chargers get some big plays from their role players / special teams. It wonā€™t be easy at all because the Broncos seem to be trending upward under new coach Vance Joseph. At the same time though anything is possible in the National Football League and if Bosa can lead the Chargers to a big week 1 victory it would be a great start for the Anthony Lynn era. Los Angeles has to make the most of this opportunity.

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Ezekiel Elliott gets a preliminary injunction which means the Cowboys running back wonā€™t serve any suspension until the court process plays out:

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The Ezekiel Elliott suspension took an interesting turn when the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled that Elliott will be granted a preliminary injunction. What that essentially means is the courts in Texas are weighing their options when it comes to the NFL vs the NFL Players Association (Ezekiel Elliott). The courts are going to decide what the next step in the legal process is but things could end up going to a full hearing. Basically this situation could turn into a cloud hanging over the league just like Deflategate did with Tom Brady. Football fans canā€™t be happy with that but itā€™s safe to say most people are siding with Ezekiel Elliott when it comes to these particular matters. Elliott is accused of domestic abuse but through media leaks the public has become very aware with the ongoing investigation. From that information it seems like the NFL suspended Ezekiel Elliott just to make an example out of the young Cowboys running back. While domestic violence is a very serious issue and shouldnā€™t be taken lightly keep in mind Elliott has never had any criminal charges filed against him. It also feels like Elliottā€™s accuser is coming from a position of someone who was upset that Ezekiel Elliott had moved on and no longer wanted to be apart of her life. Pro athlete are targets these days and often times people want to exploit their wealth with false allegations and lawsuits. Maybe the biggest factor in everything that is going on with Elliott is the fact that he was never arrested for domestic violence. Thatā€™s going to end up being a very big feather in Elliottā€™s cap and itā€™s very possible that the the second year player ends up beating this suspension in court. One thing is for sure youā€™re going to hear about Elliottgate quite frequently as the NFL regular season plays itself out.

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