Every week I will recap some of the key games including Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night football in addition to multiple Sunday day games.
PACKERS AT SEAHAWKS
Marshawn Lynch had 124 yards and 2 touchdowns, Percy Harvin had 100 yards, and Aaron Rodgers didn’t throw Richard Sherman’s way all game as the Seahawks demolished the Packers 36-16 in the NFL season opener. The 2014 Super Bowl champions had the banner unveiled and the MVP of that game was incredible as Russell Wilson had 220 yards and 2 touchdowns against a Packers team that many thought could contend in the NFC.
“Obviously, we were the more physical team today, offensively and defensively. I saw supposedly some of the best players in the league not want to tackle Marshawn Lynch,” Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said. “Of course, nobody is going to say nothing about that, but I seen a lot of guys whiff on tackles that should have been 2-yard gains, and they’re supposed to be the best.”
The Seattle defense was incredible as well sacking Rodgers 3 times, forcing a safety, and picking off a pass. Rodgers was 23-of-33 for 189 yards in a lackluster game for the Pack. Eddie Lacey was a nonfactor, only gaining 45 yards and leaving the game in the 4th quarter for a potential concussion.
BROWNS AT STEELERS
The Browns came back from down 27-3 with 24 unanswered points but Ben Roethlisberger led a last minute drive with two passes to Markus Wheaton setting up the game-winning, 41 yard field goal which Shaun Suisham booted through increasing the Browns’ losing streak in Pittsburgh to 11 years! Roethlisberger had 373 yards and a touchdown and runningback Leveon Bell added 197 more with a score as Pittsburgh escaped Cleveland 30-27.
REDSKINS AT TEXANS
JJ Watt was a beast, sacking RGIII and blocking an extra point as the Texans beat the Redskins 17-6 in a game where Jadeveon Clowney was injured. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a touchdown pass, Alfred Blue blocked a punt and returned it for six and the Redskins fumbled twice inside the Texans 10 as miscues cost the Skins the Week 1 win. Griffin had 269 yards but it wasn’t enough for Washington to start Jay Gruden’s tenure as the Redskins head coach.
PATRIOTS AT DOLPHINS
Knoshown Moreno ran all over the Pats defense for 134 yards and Ryan Tannehill threw for 176 yards as the Dolphins came back from down 10 at halftime to beat the Patriots 33-20.”We made a statement as a team,” said Chris McCain who blocked a punt. “We had three or four turnovers and we were down, but we knew we could do something. We had to calm down, get our poise and come out and ball. We came back real well and shut them out in the second half. That’s unheard of. With Tom Brady out there you expect about 35 points.”
COLTS AT BRONCOS
The Broncos nearly blew it but Peyton Manning and co. were able to pull through to beat the Colts 31-24 due to three first half touchdowns from Julius Thomas who had 104 yards on the day. Manning (266 yards) looked great even without Wes Welker who was suspended, but production dropped off in the second half going 6/7 on third downs in the first half but only converting 1 of 7 in the second.
“I feel like it’s my responsibility to make big plays when my team needs it,” Thomas said. “Something I pride myself on is being ready for man coverage. It’s like backyard football with your little brother or cousins. I don’t believe you should be covered 1-on-1.”
GIANTS AT LIONS
Matthew Stafford threw two early touchdowns to Calvin Johnson and the Lions cruised to a Monday night victory over the Giants 35-14.”I don’t work on my moves a lot during practice, but I know I have to be better with my feet this year so that we can keep plays alive,” Stafford said. “On both of the touchdown passes to Calvin, the offensive line got me a lot of time, and he was able to uncover himself and find somewhere open.”
CHARGERS AT CARDINALS
John Brown, the underdog, the 91st overall pick out of Pittsburgh State came up big vs the Chargers the speed demon caught a 13-yard touchdown from Carson Palmer in the last 3 minutes of the game to give the Cardinals a 18-17 win over San Diego. “It was a sweet little touchdown,” Palmer said. “That’s what he does. He’s so shifty. It’s like somebody’s controlling him with a joystick. He is so quick and so hard to find on those little quick screens.”