The NFL season is underway and Week 1 has left fans with plenty to talk about. Upsets, thrashings and comebacks; the opening week had it all.
Foles Falls Over (again)
He hasn’t played more than seven games in a season since 2015 so nobody was surprised to see Nick Foles going down in the first quarter of the Jacksonville Jaguars 2019 campaign.
Now awaiting surgery on his fractured clavicle, Foles is out indefinitely leaving rookie Gardner Minshew as the only healthy quarterback on the active roster.
#Jaguars QB Nick Foles suffered a fracture clavicle. He’s out indefinitely.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2019
Minshew managed to throw for 275 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut, but he was aided by the element of surprise this time around. The Texans staff will have a week to go over his 25 throws and piece together a plan to thwart the sixth-round pick in Week 2.
Mahomes & Watkins Show
In the same game Foles went down, Patrick Mahomes and Sammy Watkins sent the Kansas City Chiefs hype-train into overdrive.
Mahomes got his campaign for back-to-back NFL MVP awards underway with 378 passing yards (25/33) and three touchdowns. All three touchdowns fell into the hands of Watkins who found 198 receiving yards.
Sammy Watkins wasn't a different player today. He's just healthy. That's who he is.
— Cian (@Cianaf) September 9, 2019
Now, we’ve seen Watkins have these massive games before only to fall away shortly after. We can’t get too excited about Week 1. However, if Mahomes and Watkins keep linking up like this, the Chiefs current $8.50 to win the Super Bowl won’t hang around for long.
Dak Eases Zeke Back In
Ezekiel Elliot only just joined the team after holding out for a contract extension so Dak Prescott took things into his own hands in Week 1.
He was outstanding in the Dallas Cowboys 35-17 win over the New York Giants.
The Cowboys have scored a TD on 5 straight drives. It's the first time they've done since 2014 against the Bears.
Dak Prescott has set a Cowboys record for pass yards in a season opener. The previous record was held by Troy Aikman (362 pass yards at Washington in 1999). pic.twitter.com/5BbpA4YHSS
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 8, 2019
Opting to bet on himself and add a few more dollars to an inevitable contract extension, Prescott finished with 405 yards (25/32) and four touchdowns.
If that’s what the Cowboys can do with Elliott a step or two off the pace, their $18 Super Bowl odds are worth a look.
Cleveland Browns Out
The Cleveland Browns went into Week 1 of the NFL season as -5.5 favourites against the Tennessee Titans.
They lost by 30.
Failing to come close to matching the preseason hype, the Browns fell 43-13 in a match where they gave away 182 yards in penalties – the most they’ve given up since 1951.
It’s not panic stations for the Browns. We’re only a week into the season after all. However, they’ve put themselves under massive pressure to beat the Jets as $1.71 and -2.5 favourites in Week 2. An 0-2 start to the year won’t be explained away quite so easily.
Wil Lutz For The Win
Those sneaking a look at their phone while at work on Tuesday morning witnessed a thriller between the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints.
Entering the game as $3.40 underdogs, the Texans built a handy 21-10 lead halfway through the 3rd quarter. However, two Drew Brees touchdowns either side of the 3rd quarter break gave the Saints a 24-21 lead early in the 4th.
The favourites were getting it done until Kenny Stills caught a 37-yard pass from Deshaun Jackson to level the scores at 27-27 late in the piece. All Ka’imi Fairbairn needed to do was kick the extra point, but he missed it!
Saved by a ticky-tacky flag, Fairbairn was given another chance in which he did not falter.
The call went against the Saints, but it wasn’t over. They had 37 seconds to get up the field and find a winning play. Brees got them close enough to give Wil Lutz 58 yards to cover.
Lutz went bang.
Wil Lutz from 57 yards… FOR THE WIN…… GOOD.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 10, 2019
Saints win, 30-28.