Teams are slowly figuring out what works for them this week as we get closer to the halfway point of the season. Tonight's game features two teams led by quarterbacks having a solid season so far. Cam Newton is still limited in practices but he showed up against Detroit last week and had a great game. Carson Wentz is having an even better season this year for Philadelphia and looks like a solid answer for them.
Both teams have the same record so this will be equal but it will all come down to their defenses. Carolina's defense has looked great on the pass rush and is tied for third in the league for sacks at 17. Philadelphia missed key players on defense but they still managed to win against Arizona. Their relentless effort will most likely show up again tonight.
Sunday, Oct. 15
Monday, Oct. 16
Already at Week Five and the action does not stop there. Tonight's game in Tampa Bay should be a good game with Jameis Winston looking good at QB and New England will try to get back on track after dropping a game to another NFC South team, Carolina.
Sunday, Oct. 8
Monday, Oct. 9
This week starts off in Green Bay as the rival Chicago visits for their first meeting of the season. Green Bay looks good this year and could win this game, but never underestimate any opponent.
Everyone else this week is trying to get their first win and silence all the critics for their play and coaching. Some things cannot be controlled though, like a 61 yard field goal winning the game. That is just crazy and I hope to see more crazy this week.
Sunday, Oct. 1
Cincinnati at Cleveland- Someone in Ohio is getting their first win, unless they tie (knock on wood!). Let's see who reigns supreme in this one.
Afternoon Game: It's a toss-up between Philadelphia at Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland at Denver. If you want to see how Philadelphia is doing after their big win last week, check up on them while they are in Los Angeles.
If you want an evenly matched game, Oakland and Denver are your best bet. It all depends but at least the afternoon is fun enough to keep you occupied.
Monday, Oct. 2
Monday is going to be fun with Kansas City looking good this year and everyone can see that again. Washington is decent too and this could test Kansas City's great start.
Another big victory for rookies all over the NFL in Week Three, with record-breaking performances and great displays of character. Read more about how great this week was to some awesome rookies.
Stats vs. Tampa Bay:
Rushing Yards: 97
Longest Run: 26
Touchdown (s): 1
Receiving Yards: 72
Longest Reception: 36
Cook scored his first touchdown in his career last Sunday. His performance in that game was characterized by how much better he was after contact ans ended up rushing 82 out of 97 yards after contact (Pro Football Focus). Cook is second in the entire league in rushing yards with 288 and this is the first time since the AFL-NFL merger where rookies are 1-2 through three weeks (ESPN Stats & Info).
Stats vs. New York Giants:
Field Goals Made Percentage: 66.7%
Longest Field Goal: 61 Yards
In just a short time this rookie kicker became the biggest star in Philadelphia with one swift motion. His game-winning kick on Sunday inspired joy in Philadelphia fans all over and his kick just so happened to be 61 yards, so there was no pressure at all! His kick happens to be the longest in team history and things are starting on good terms with Elliott and his new team.
Stats vs. New England:
Passing Yards: 301
Longest Pass Play: 35
Touchdown (s): 2
Completion Percentage: 66.7%
Rushing Yards: 41
Not only did DeShaun Watson get close to pulling off a win against the New England Patriots, but he impressed everyone off the field with his generousity. If you checked last week, Watson won his first NFL game on his first career start, which gave him a check for that performance. What he did with that money was donate it to the cafeteria workers at the stadium who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. His act of kindness shows that good can happen and he could be the guy that Houston needs to lead their team.
Stats vs. New Orleans:
Receiving Yards: 101
Longest Reception: 37
Average Yards Per Reception: 11.2
McCaffrey shined this week in a different position than usual, wide receiver. With Cam Newton's favorite target, Greg Olsen, out for weeks and no. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin suffering a knee injury during the game, McCaffrey had to step up in this game. He sure did step up and had a good performance for an offense that struggled in this game. He will most likely step up for the next few games since neither will be back soon enough and that means we could be close to seeing his first NFL touchdown.
I hope you survived the horrible two whole days without football because you are rewarded with another week of action. This week starts off with two West Coast teams and one has yet to score a touchdown. Let's see how they do against a young quarterback with a decent offense so far. It should be worth tuning in for.
More variety this week as we go over the best rookie performances from Week Two. Hope you enjoy and learn some new names that could be stars one day.
Stats vs. Cincinnati:
Completion Percentage: 62.5%
Passing Yards: 125
Rushing Yards: 67
Watson earned his first victory in his first start during an emotional time for Houston. His performance on the big stage included a 49-yard TD run after taking a big hit. Plays like that are what make the Houston fanbase excited for this rookie quarterback who could solve their issues with the position.
Stats vs. Philadelphia:
Rushing Yards: 81
Yards Per Carry: 6.2
Reception Yards: 28
Once again the rookie remains one of the top running backs in the game with another great performance in Kansas City's victory. He already is up to his fifth touchdown for the season, that's more than certain teams have combined. To say that he's an offensive threat for Kansas City is an understatement.
Stats vs. Arizona:
Pass Deflection: 1
Hooker started off strong in his NFL debut with his first career interception. The interception ended Arizona's drive that could have potentially scored and even though Indianapolis lost, they have a good future with Hooker.
Stats vs. Cleveland:
Pass Deflection: 1
Bowser came to play this past week with his first career sack AND first career interception. Baltimore is excited for a new asset to their defense and hopefully he can play more games.
Stats vs. San Francisco:
Rushing Yards: 93
Yards Per Carry: 4.7
Receiving Yards: 7
A new Seattle running back may have been crowned in these past two weeks. Carson lead the NFL in broken tackles, according to Sports Info Solutions (@sportsinfo_SIS). He managed to earn a start in his first game and has impressed the team since. Few know who he is for now, but he could become a bigger name as the season goes on.
Week Three is on its way...
Hey, everyone! Hope you enjoyed Week 1 as much as I did. If you did not see the post before, go ahead and check it out to see how great the rookie RB class looked last week. Deshone Kizer was on there as well because he certainly impressed with his debut.
This week starts off with two teams who did not get what they wanted in their first games, so it will be nice to see who can win this matchup... Now let's go over this week:
Game to Watch: Philadelphia at Kansas City
Why?: Both teams won nicely last week (30-17, PHI vs. 42-27, KC) and featured great performances by their quarterbacks. Carson Wentz excited people in the start to his sophomore season while Alex Smith shocked people by having arguably the best game of his career (and he's been around for awhile now). This matchup will be decided by the defenses because we already saw great offensive performances from both teams.
Game to Watch: Miami at Los Angeles (Chargers)
Why?: It feels so weird not to put down San Diego but it's time for change... This will be the first game at the intimate soccer stadium for the Chargers and the season opener for Miami. Los Angeles was close to winning on Monday but they ended up losing. They do show signs of promise while Miami is mostly a mystery. Jay Cutler came out of retirement for this team and let's hope that was a good decision. If you want to see a new stadium and Cutler in a new jersey, make your way to this game!
Game to Watch: Green Bay at Atlanta
Why?: New stadium! Defending NFC champs! Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers! What more could you want from a primetime matchup? Green Bay was great in their first game and that should be much of a surprise from a team that was close to another Super Bowl last year. Atlanta won their first game as well which is already a great start considering that teams that lose the Super Bowl have a lackluster next season. We'll see how they both do on Sunday night.
You knew it was long due for this sport...
Stats vs. New Orleans:
Rushing Yards: 127
Receiving Yards: 10
Result: Win, 29-19
Cook broke the record for the most yards in a rookie debut for anyone in Minnesota's history. The player he took the record from? Adrian Peterson, who happened to be there on the New Orleans' sidelines. The crazy thing about Cook was that he was not picked by Minnesota until the second round of the draft. They definitely won with this pick already in their first game. It will be great to see him prove the naysayers wrong throughout this season.
Stats vs. Houston:
Rushing Yards: 100
Receiving Yards: 24
Result: Win, 29-7
Think that record-breaking was over for this rookie class? No way! Fournette became the first in Jacksonville's history to have 100 yards in his rookie debut. They may be one of the younger franchises, but they are over 20 years of existence, so this is still a big deal. Here's another interesting part of his 100 yard game, he faced 8+ defenders on 58% of his carries (per Josh Norris), which was the most in the NFL. He still managed to have a great game and break through a Houston defense to do so.
Stats vs. New England:
Rushing Yards: 148
Receiving Yards: 98
Result: Win, 42-27
Hunt had 246 yards from scrimmage, the most in a debut in NFL rookie history, against defending Super Bowl Champion New England. Hunt had 7 players miss tackles on his carries, the first rookie to do so in 12 years in Week 1 (from Nathan Jahnke). The game itself was a huge moment for Kansas City, because they were not the favorites going into Foxborough after a record of losing there. Hunt was able to turn that around and prove that being new to it all can be a good thing.
Stats vs. Pittsburgh:
Completion Percentage: 66.7%
Passing Yards: 222
Rushing Yards: 17
Result: Loss, 21-18 Pittsburgh
Even though his team lost, it was still a solid debut for a rookie and especially for a rookie with Cleveland. Cleveland is not well known for developing rookie quarterbacks but Kizer was able to have a good start to his season. He broke a record in how his touchdown in the first quarter was the first time Cleveland scored a touchdown in the opening quarter of a season since 2010. That is huge for this team and hopefully he can help them be more successful than the teams in the past and give hope to this deserving team.
Get ready for Week 2!
It feels like we have not done this since December 29th or something... Oh wait! Welcome back to a new season and beginning for football! I hope the offseason was as productive as it was relaxing for you all!
Even if your offseason rocked, let's enjoy the end of it together while Kansas City enters into New England for the first game of the season! Here's all the games for this happy first week of football:
Why You Should Watch: It's the first game of the year!! Also, it's the defending champions and if you do not like them, go for Kansas City to pull off an upset. Hope you enjoy the game now!
Game To Watch: Oakland at Tennessee.
Why?: The Return ×2, featuring Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota. One will be guaranteed a victory after coming back from gruesome injuries and it is a chance to see two budding teams from last season. Both could have gone further if it were not for ill-timed injuries. Let's hope things go well this year and we can witness success for both.
What To Watch For On Sunday Night: The Cowboys did not have the best exit in the playoffs, so it will be interesting to see how they respond in their first game since. Also, the Giants had a mediocre season last year and could have been better. Let's see if they want to take a shot at their tough division this year.
TWO games?! Nice! Here's why you should watch both, in quick explanations:
NO vs. MN- AP is playing his old team for the first time!!
LA vs. DB- The Chargers are playing as an LA team for the first time in a long time!!
While we are sad to not see Tampa Bay and Miami play this week, I am more sad about why. I hope that everyone in that area will be safe from that hurricane and you are all in my thoughts. Please be safe and we hope to see you all soon.
Enjoy this first week, because it will only get crazier from here!
I just really like football.