Five Takeaways From Week 1
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Football season is back! And if you're like me you must have felt like a kid opening gifts on a snowy Christmas morning. Brady took an L in his first game as a Buc, the Cowboys lost a heartbreaker, and every team in the NFC West started the season 1-0. Here's my takeaways from the NFL's opening week of the season.
Newton Looks Refreshed, Brady Flounders
There were a lot of question marks surrounding Cam Newton’s move to New England, he missed Newton all of last season with injuries so coming in to replace Tom Brady was not an easy task. However, the former MVP showed flashes of his old self running on the ground in Week 1, as he ran for 75 yards and 2td's . If this is an early showing of Newton for the rest of the season Newton could be on track towards a career renaissance.
Brady, on the other hand, lost in his first start as a Buc. Brady looked like Jameis Winston at times, throwing 2 six picks against the Saints. Brady and the Bucs had 5 straight drives where they couldn't score. The hype couldn’t have been any higher on Brady and the Bucs heading into the week, but for now at least, it seems unjustified. Though it is only being Week 1.
An Opening Day to Forget
It wouldn't be Week 1 if a team didn't have an epic collapse, and the Eagles and Lions took that to heart. The Eagles scored 3 of their first 4 drives and were looking to blowout and humiliate their division rival, then the wheels started to fall off. Washington sacked Wentz 8 times and forced 3 turnovers leading to 14 of their 27 points. Philly gave up 27 unanswered points. A tragic sight.
Not to be outdone, the Detroit Lions held a 20 point heading into the 4th quarter. They proceeded to give up 21 unanswered points, and 2 touchdowns in the final 5 minutes of play. Now, what makes this collapse truly pitiful is the fact that the game winning td was dropped in the final moments of play. D’Andre Swift, here’s looking at you kid.
Is MVP Rodgers Back?
Holy cow Aaron Rodgers looked great against the Vikings. While the Packers offence started off slow, Rodgers began to feast on the Vikings secondary as the game progressed. The former MVP scored two quick late touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 45 yard bomb to Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Rodgers is now 15-8-1 lifetime against Minnesota.
Overall Rodgers threw for 4 touchdowns, the first he’s done that since Week 13 last season against the Giants. Who said Rodgers was washed up?
Some Things Never Change
While 2020 has been a wildly unpredictable year, the Jets, Browns and Bengals are still their old selves. The Browns failed to live up to their high expectations last season and that continued against the Ravens in embarrassing fashion losing 38-6. The Jets are...well the Jets. And the Bengals decided to ruin a tremendous last minute drive by young Joe Burrow put by missing the game-winning field goal. Sheesh.
All three teams are probably in for a long season, and given their track record, is it really a surprise?
D-Hop Shines in Debut
The DeAndre Hopkins trade is still a head scratcher. He’s trade always looked fantastic with lesser talent around, and paired with a good young Qb he did wonderfully. That trend continued Sunday as the now Arizona Cardinal put on a show against the San Fransisco 49ers and their stellar defence.
Hopkins caught 14 passes for over 150 receiving yards, which accounted for 65 percent of Murray's passing yards. The Cards got the victory, and Murray and Hopkins look to be one of the most dangerous wide receiver-quarterback duos in the NFL. Who knows maybe Arizona could sneak in the playoffs. The Texans didn't win their first game of the season and if you're Deshaun Watson this could be a really frustrating year.