Week one of the NFL season is finished. 15 teams stand with a winning record and 15 have a losing record. The two exceptions being the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers who postponed their game until week 11 due to the effects of Hurricane Irma.
Week 2 is set to begin tonight as the Cincinnati Bengals will host the Houston Texans. More on this game coming soon.
Here lets break down three winners and losers from week one.
Alex Smith – Quarterback Kansas City Chiefs
Talk about your season debut being the best game you’ll ever play in your professional football career. Alex Smith and the Kansas City offense went into New England and dismantled the Patriots. Smith tossed for 368 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 28-for-35 passes and had a QBR of 90.4.
Smith was on alert when the Chiefs front office decided to move up in the draft to take Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech. Smith was never in real danger of losing his job this early but a slow start could have led to increased pressure. Now that’s no longer the case.
Los Angles Rams
The Rams dismantled a hapless Colts team to begin their season. Everything clicked in their LA debut. The offense, defense and special teams were all impressive in the 46-9 victory. This was all done without standout defensive tackle Aaron Donald who missed week 1 due to his holdout for a contract extension.
Jared Goff, the first overall pick in the 2016 draft was 21-for-29 for 306 yards with a touchdown pass. A good first sign in Sean McVay’s new offense.
Todd Gurley struggled running the ball only getting 40 yards on 19 carries but had a rushing score. He did assist in the passing game getting 56 yards on 5 catches.
Sammy Watkins even had a nice debut catching 5 balls for 58 yards.
The defense was especially strong feasting on Scott Tolzien intercepting two passes for touchdowns. Trumaine Johnson returned one for 39 yards and Lamarcus Joyner returned one for 29 yards.
Jacksonville Jaguars Defense
For the first time since week one of the 2011 season, the Jacksonville Jaguars now have a winning record. Not a bad start as the Tom Coughlin has returned to turn the franchise around.
The Jaguars defense dominated the Houston Texans recording ten sacks and intercepting one pass. Calais Campbell had an extremely impressive Jaguar debut recording four of those sacks. Myles Jack led the team with 14 tackles and the team as a whole only gave up 203 yards.
The Jaguars defense heads into a week two match-up against the Titans. A 2-0 start in the division may have people jumping on the Jags bandwagon.
Dalton and the Bengals offense was an utter disaster. Dalton threw four interceptions and lost a fumble for five turnovers on the day. Dalton only completed 16-for-31 passes for 170 yards. His QBR was a pathetic 0.7.
Dalton’s opener was an embarrassing one and if the Bengals struggle and miss the playoffs like they did last season, questions may come up about Dalton’s job status. Dalton is in his 7th year, has no playoffs wins and the Bengals seem to trending downwards. Things are not looking good in Cincinnati.
The Houston Texans flopped in week one against the Jaguars. The offensive line was dominated, the quarterback play stunk, and the defense could not force a turnover. The Texans had the support of an emotional crowd as this was the first game back due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey and the team flat. Three tight ends were lost to concussions and are likely unavailable tonight vs the Bengals.
The Texans are going to start Deshaun Watson at QB making Watson the 9th quarterback to start a game since 2014 (more than the Cleveland Browns during that time period). It’ll be an early test trial for Watson but by no means is he the permanent starter over Tom Savage.
They say if you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterback and right now head coach Bill O’Brien is unsure who will be the QB in week 3.
New York Giants offense
The Giants offense was a train wreck in the Sunday opener vs Dallas. Odell Beckham was forced to miss the game due to an ankle injury and the offense collapsed like a house of Cards. Brandon Marshall was no where to be found, the running game sucked and the team struggled even to pick up a first down.
The Giants offense has now failed to score 20 points in their past 7 games dating back to last season (including playoffs).
The offensive line play was a major concern as Ereck Flowers and Jon Jerry were constantly beat despite the Cowboys never really rushing more than four guys. The fact the Giants were dominated that easy against an average defense using basic concepts is a major concern going forward as the team still has to face the Denver, Seattle, Kansas City and Oakland defenses.
With a tough schedule and an 0-1 start already in division play, a bounce back victory against the Lions is a must.