Week 1 Upon Further Review
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Sunday, September 10, 2023
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Week 1 Upon further review
Bryce Young struggled in his NFL debut, and the Falcons defense forced 3 turnovers. Desmond Ridder goes 15/18 for 115 and a touchdown. Tyler Allgeier and Bijan Robinson looked like a formidable duo racking up 132 yards and 2 TDs together.
Scorigami! The 9-25 outcome is the 1,076th totally unique final score in NFL history. C.J. Stroud played well but not great, he went 28/43 for 242 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Lamar Jackson threw half as many passes as the rookie going 17/22 for 169 yards and an interception. The big news is that JK Dobbins tore his Achilles in the 3rd quarter after being wrestled to the ground by Texans safety M.J. Stewart, just 2 yards shy of the end zone.
A heavy rain fell on Browns Stadium and Jim Schwartz’ defense was after Bengals QB Joe Burrow all game long; those were the central themes. He was sacked twice and hurried constantly, and for only the second game since drafting Burrow, the Bengals didn’t score a touchdown. The inclement weather made for a sloppy game and a foggy view. Burrow finished 14/31 for 82 yards, Deshaun Watson went 16/29 for 154 yards with a TD and a Pick. Nick Chubb crested the century mark with 106 yards, and the Browns won the battle of Ohio.
The Colts haven’t won a season-opening football game since 2013, a fact that remains true after a 31-21 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars today. In his first NFL regular season game, Anthony Richardson couldn’t give Colts’ fans a win, but he did give him them hope, and even gave ‘em a little scare at the end when he went down with a leg injury late in the 4th quarter. Later reports indicate he will be ‘fine’. Trevor Lawrence, Calvin Ridley, and Travis Etienne were sensational after a slow start.
It’s never easy replacing Tom Brady, ask Mac Jones. But Baker Mayfield out dueled Kirk Cousins down the stretch in his Tampa Bay debut. Perhaps the 4th time is the charm for BM6, or perhaps luck finally ran out on the Minnesota Vikings - a team that won 11 games decided by 1 score last season. Despite any of that Justin Jefferson was unstoppable, and it looks like the Vikings may have found another stud wide receiver with Jordan Addison. The Vikings will be fine, but hat’s off to Baker Mayfield and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight.
“I’m glad we won. That’s all I wanted to do” – Derek Carr said after his Saints debut. The teams traded field goals, punts or turnovers for most of the game before New Orleans found the end zone with just over a minute to play in the 3rd quarter. Titans QB Ryan Tannenhill struggled against a rugged Saints defense, throwing 3 interceptions in the loss. Carr threw for 305 yards, and young receiver Chris Olave had 8 catches for 112 yards. The Saints defense didn’t allow a touchdown, intercepted Tannenhill 3 times, sacked him three times, and stopped Tennessee on 10 of 12 third down.
The 49ers were expected to be Super Bowl contenders, and they certainly looked the part today. They jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, built that to a 20-0 lead by halftime, and eventually the 30-7 victory. Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett struggled, and the Steelers lost star Receiver Diontae Johnston to a hamstring injury. Najee Haris stumbled early on, and by the time he really got going the Steelers were in pass only mode. Brock Purdy went for 220 yards on 19/29 passing with 2 touchdowns. Christian McCaffrey was dominant, going for 152 yards with a touchdown.
The Commanders breath a sigh of relief after a narrow victory. Washington struck first but turned it over 3 times in the first half on a Sam Howell Interception, a Sam Howell fumble, and another fumble by Antonio Gibson. But Washington cleaned up their act in the second half while the Cardinals offense hit a wall and coughed up two key fumbles. One led to a go-ahead touchdown scramble by Sam Howell and the second gave way to a Joey Slye field goal that made the score 20-16 in the end.