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!
It's time to keep pounding because we're almost to football season and it's time to talk about the new running back for the Carolina Panthers, Christian McCaffrey.
Stats from Stanford:
It will be exciting to watch McCaffrey play in his first NFL game this Sunday! Thanks for getting ready with me by reading these rookie refreshers! Hope you enjoy the Rookie Class of 2017!
While Mike Williams is doubtful about his rookie season this year, we are not doubtful in sharing some fun facts about the first draft pick for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Stats at Clemson:
Junior (full season): 1361
Hope to see Williams play this year!
Jamal Adams may be the best steal in the draft for the New York Jets after falling to No. 6. Very few safeties have even been picked in the top 5 in the past, so just Adams being at 6 is a big deal. He already has fans hopeful in New York, and it takes a lot to make one of the miserable fan bases that way.
Here's some facts on the man who is can change things up in New York:
Stats at LSU:
We hope that Adams is everything that Jets fans hope for and more!
Also on a more serious note, I do not condone or agree with his previous comments about being content with dying on the field because CTE is a serious issue that should not be seen that way. I still do support Adams as a player but do not support all players' views on certain topics.
Music City has a new target for Mariota this season in Western Michigan's Corey Davis. If you're not familiar with Davis or Western Michigan, that's okay because you're about to learn some cool facts:
Stats at Western Michigan:
Hopefully he can heal from his slight hamstring injury so he can make things happen for the Titans!
Try to catch him before he's gone! Jaguar fans rejoice and AFC South fans get ready for the latest running back to come through Jacksonville and improve their offense. It's time to learn more about the star running back from Louisiana State who was the front runner for the good class of his position this year.
Average Yards Per Carry:
Sophomore- 253 (1 TD)
Consensus All-America in 2015
I hope this gets fans excited because this is going to be a new level for Fournette to flourish in!
I just really like football.