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32 Thoughts From Week One of the 2019 NFL Season

1. ARIZONA CARDINALS (0-0-1)

Once Kyler Murray got settled in, Kliff Kingsbury’s up tempo, spread offense really had the Lions on their heals, leading to 18 unanswered points to force a tie.

2. ATLANTA FALCONS (0-1)

The Falcons had a punt blocked on their first drive and an interception on their second drive. The Vikings cashed in both times putting Atlanta in a 14-0 hole early.

3. BALTIMORE RAVENS (1-0)

Yes, it was against hapless Dolphins, but if Lamar Jackson can continue with this display of downfield accuracy, the Ravens offense will be nearly un-defendable. 

4. BUFFALO BILLS (1-0)

The Bills absolutely dominated the Jets… in a 17-16 win. Josh Allen and Co. will have to cut down on the turnovers (Four in week one) if they want to compete for an AFC wild card spot.

5. CAROLINA PANTHERS (0-1)

The Panthers hang in there against the NFC Champion Rams, but Cam Newton is going to need to step it up if this team is to compete. It was the Christian McCaffery show on Sunday.

6. CHICAGO BEARS (0-1)

The Bears defense was great, holding Aaron Rodgers to 10 points. Trubisky was off the mark too often and showed that this offense may hold this team from glory, once again.

7. CINCINNATI BENGALS (0-1)

The Bengals only lost to the Seahawks by one point on the road, 21-20. Andy Dalton leads the NFL in passing yards. Can this be a surprise team this year?

8. CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-1)

Here’s what I think about the Browns.

9. DALLAS COWBOYS (1-0)

Dak Prescott played like he should be paid top QB money. He may just get what he wants.

10. DENVER BRONCOS (0-1)

Joe Flacco looked like Joe Flacco. The Broncos lost to the Oakland Raiders. I don’t expect much from this team this year.

11. DETROIT LIONS (0-0-1)

Well technically a tie is better than a win, but this sure felt like a loss for this fanbase.

12. GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-0)

Time will tell if Thursday’s opening defensive performance was a fluke (see Trubisky, Mitchell) or the off-season additions made can put this team in the NFC’s upper class.

13. HOUSTON TEXANS (0-1)

The Texans blew a close one on the road. Deshaun Watson and the offense looked balanced, in what will be the make or break season for Bill O’Brien. That is, if there is anyone in charge to fire him.

DeAndre Hopkins made a nice WWE audition if the whole receiver thing doesn’t work out for him.

14. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-1)

In their first game without Andrew Luck, the Colts took the Chargers to overtime. Jacoby Brissett is a passable NFL starter, but it was Marlon Mack and the running game that pushed the offense down the field.

15. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-1)

The Jags lost to the Chiefs and lost newly signed Nick Foles in the process.

Gardner Minshew put up some incredible numbers in his place.

16. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0)

The Chiefs still have a good offense, evidently, and Sammy Watkins looked like the Sammy Watkins that was drafted 4th overall in 2014.

Mahomes should probably look where he is throwing though:

17. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-0)

No Melvin Gordon? No Problem! Austin Ekeler ran wild, scoring 3 TDs in the Chargers’ OT win. He is also much cheaper than Gordon:

18. LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-0)

The Rams shake off a bit of the Super Bowl hangover and win a week one East Coast game. What is going on with Todd Gurley though?

19. MIAMI DOLPHINS (0-1)

Tua, Fromm, or Herbert?

20. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-0)

When Kirk Cousins is your quarterback, you don’t want him throwing the ball. Cousins completed 8 of his 10 passes in the Vikings 28-12 win.

21. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-0)

They have already scheduled the 2020 Super Bowl Ring ceremony for the Patriots.

22. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-0)

Drew Brees has to be the most cool and collected QB out there (outside of Brady). Brees hung in there and erased multiple two score deficits to give his team a 30-28, last second field goal win.

23. NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1)

I don’t expect anything besides what we saw this Sunday against the Cowboys. This team is just like its starting quarterback; bad and boring.

24. NEW YORK JETS (0-1)

Many are expecting Sam Darnold and the Jets to take a step forward this year. They couldn’t get it done this week, however, wasting four takeaways and squandering a 16-0 lead to lose 16-17. The Jets defense accounted for 8 points, with a pick six and a safety.

25. OAKLAND RAIDERS (1-0)

JUST WIN BABY. All of that offseason Antonio Brown drama turned into a week one win for the Raiders. All a part of the plan, I’m sure.

26. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-0)

The Eagles got off to a slow start against the Redskins, but were able to mount a big comeback in a 32-27 win. Carson Wentz looks to be back to his near MVP caliber ways.

27. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (0-1)

The ‘Stillers’ were demolished by the Patriots 33-3. It is tough not to wonder if the Tomlin/Roethlisberger era is coming to an end.

28. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0)

When you play the Bucs, you have to take advantage of Jameis Winston’s interception problem. The 49er’s did just that, taking two in for defensive scores. Here’s one:

29. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-0)

This is the song I sing in my head when I think of D.K. Metcalf:

30. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

And here’s the other:

How long is Bruce Arians going to put up with Winston’s turnovers?

31. TENNESSEE TITANS (1-0)

When you play defense and run the ball the way they did against the Browns, you can live with Marcus Mariota at QB. 

32. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (0-1)

Can Case Keenum make enough plays to keep his job from Dwayne Haskins?

Can Case Keenum make enough plays to keep Jay Gruden’s job?

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