It is only one week.
It would be irresponsible to make any big statements after each team is only fit for one game of NFL football, especially when few, if none, NFL teams take pre-season seriously and when most, if not Not all, cut back on strikes and fitness from the training camp.
Teams don’t have a movie to plan the game, new coaches get their feet wet, and new faces in new uniforms get acquainted with the new environment, so one shouldn’t draw hard and fast conclusions after the first Sunday of the season.
However, it is very clear I’m the smartest man alive.
Yes, this was the first step out of 10 bold drawings NFL Predictions A couple of weeks ago, it sure seems as if three NFC-powered powerhouses are in for a big, big problem right now. And maybe the fourth.
For San Francisco, uncertainty in the middle is the driving factor here. Trey Lance was uneven in his first game against the Bears who came in the season ranked perhaps the worst in football. He went 13 for 28 for 164 yards in a frustrating 19-10 loss in rainy Chicago, failing to throw a touchdown pass while throwing a costly interception. He simply couldn’t move the San Francisco offense in the right direction.
And let’s not utter words here, bears defense stinks. It stinks of insulting them, too. In fact, the Niners outpaced the Bears 331-204, but 12 penalties for 99 yards and 2 spins converted an early 10-0 lead into a nine-point loss and a 0-1 record to start the season.
Lance’s fourth-quarter interception created the game’s final Chicago touchdown, and he missed a number of throws during his erratic descent, too, one of which should have touched Tyler Croft in the end zone. He also took a sack that took them out of the goal range.
To be fair, the weather in Chicago was awful and Lance had some nice mixed throws there, as he showed determination late in the game to try and keep his team in.
Starting Lance is the right decision for San Francisco’s future, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be great for their record in 2022. There will be growing pains for a young signal caller like Lance, and it remains to be seen how long it will take him to put it together.
Fast, the name of two Green Bay wide receivers. If you answered any two from Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins or Randall Cobb, congratulations, you know over 90% of the world’s casual soccer fans.
Davante Adams’ loss, the undisputed footballer of the year, felt big on Sunday during the Packers’ humiliating 23-7 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota. Adams picked up 10 balls for 141 yards and landed for the Raiders Sunday, while top receiver in Green Bay was running back AJ Dillon, with five catches for 46 yards.
Sure, Aaron Rodgers completed balls to 10 different receivers, but none of them made it to the finish zone and his final base line, 22 for just 34 yards and 195 yards and interceptions, earned him a 67.6-passing pass rating on a truly terrible day in which he was sacked four times.
Rodgers is undoubtedly the number one Hall of Fame ballplayer and probably still the second best quarterback in football, but even he needs at least one player wide on the field with him. Without one, he seemed lost and aggravated on Sunday.
It’s hard to imagine a team with a worse opener than the 49ers or Packers, but the Cowboys saved the worst primetime NFC in a shocking 19-3 loss to Tom Brady and pirate at home. As noted by Blogging the Boys’ RJ Ochoa on numerous occasions, none of this should come as a surprise to Dallas fans.
I’m not sure how to properly contextualize how terrible Sunday was for the Dallas Cowboys.
All of their unfounded beliefs were proven wrong at the expense of anyone else and all ended with injuries to the outstanding players, especially the quarterback.
This team is in a bad place.
– RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) September 12, 2022
The offense was an embarrassment even before Dak left Prescott with a broken finger that could keep him out of action for up to two months, and Cowboys fans showed their displeasure when they showered their QB franchise with some gifts as he left the field.
Before the injury, Prescott was 14-for-29 for an incredible 134 yards and one interception for a QB rating of 47.2. Cee Dee Lamb caught only two of his eleven goals for 29 yards. Ezekiel Elliott had 52 yards in 10 gigs, while Tony Pollard only had 8 yards in 6 attempts. Noah Brown led the team with 68 yards received, tight end Dalton Schultz had 7 team high catches for 62 yards. Tampa outplayed the Cowboys 347-244, while Dallas had 10 fouls for 73 yards.
Tom Brady didn’t have to do much in this, going 18-for-27 for 212 yards, as Leonard Fournett ran all over the Cowboys’ vaunted defense for 127 yards on 21 chariots.
Next week the Cowboys should host the 0-1 furious Bengals without Dak Prescott and beleaguered head coach Mike McCarthy that owner Jerry Jones can’t wait to get rid of. Everything is shaping up to be a disastrous season for ‘Pokes’.
While Josh Allen put in 297 yards in passes and 56 yards on the floor, Matthew Stafford struggled, throwing three picks with a passing rating of 63.1. Former Ram von Miller made Stafford’s life miserable all night, and Sean McVeigh couldn’t run, though Cooper Cobb was brilliant as always, with 13 catches for 128 yards and a hit.
While the loss drops the defending Super Bowl champion to 0-1, this loss seems less of an ominous omen and more of a stumble out of the gate against what could be the best team in the NFL. However, their 21-point loss in Week 1 was an eye opener.
Of course, with these four teams struggling, a number of contestants also showed up in a big way in the opening week.
Again, who could have seen this coming?
This is the only time I won’t look stupid to write this, so I have a moment.
Carson Wentz had his usual mid-game brainchild, but, as he often does, he outplayed his horrific interceptions by some massive late-game play, leading the Washington captains to a 28-22 win over his former coach. and Doug Pederson and Jaguar. Wentz threw four touchdowns in his opening week win, with 313 yards and a 101.0 rating, which included this hilarious rocket.
With all his faults, he can still do it.
Meanwhile, it was my pick to win the NFC North, and Minnesota Vikings, took advantage of Aaron Rodgers’ rot and dominated Green Bay from start to finish. Kirk Cousins has a rating of 118.9, while Justin Jefferson blasted off for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
The Vikings will be a very tough team to beat next week in Philadelphia.
Even in the event of a loss, the Detroit Lions Show why I think they are this year’s playoff team in a surprising victory over the Eagles, 38-35. Yes, Jonathan Gannon’s defense played like it was in the Football League, but Detroit’s offensive line is legally good, and they have some playmakers in DeAndre Swift and Amon-Ra St. Brown, DJ Chark, and T.J. Hockenson.
Sure, there’s some nasty interference there, but Dan Campbell can train. They may still be a year away, but that sounds like a 9-win team to me.
What about these giants? In Brian Daboul’s debut as coach, New York staged a 21-point run in the second half to surprise the Titans, last year’s AFC top seed, 21-20, on the road, scoring the green light with 1:06 points remaining. Rejuvenated Sacon Barkley rushed 18 times for 161 yards and scored six balls for 30 yards.
Saquon Barkley led the NFL in the rush yesterday with 164 yards, had a 33% completion from Daniel Jones and worked his way into the winning game by converting two points. pic.twitter.com/PvomVtdm27
– Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) September 12, 2022
The first week of the NFL season is undoubtedly turbulent, but there is reason to believe that what we saw in the NFC this week may not dissipate as sample sizes increase.