a blog by La Kifo
This past Sunday marked the opening week of the 2016 NFL season. If you were watching, I don't need to tell you this was the best opening week for the game in awhile. Crazy finished, massive choke jobs, and only a couple blowouts. Let's get into it.
Ravens v. Bills
Wasn't a big fan of this game. Pretty boring and poor special teams by the Bills, Dan Carpenter can't be missing a game tying field goal in the second half. The Ravens defensive line was good, but Bills starting left tackle did leave the game with an ankle injury, he did not return.
Joe Flacco can still throw the deep ball, and no one should be surprised about that. An ACL/knee injury to a pocket quarterback is pretty insignificant. Flacco will win comeback player of the year without a doubt.
Ravens win, and the AFC east looks a lot easier than people have anticipated.
Eagles v. Browns
I have talked a fair amount of shit when it comes to Carson Wentz, and if we want to think ignorantly about his talent when it comes to his week 1 performance, you could say I am an idiot. But there's a reason the NFL has a 16 game schedule. On a similar note, I am fucking nervous about my prediction. Since Doug Pederson named Wentz the starter over Chase Daniel, I've been nervous, like I said though, it's just one game and so we got plenty of time to see this kid melt down.
The Browns offense with RGIII looked bad, real bad. If you wanna talk about intriguing stories, RGIII is that. His best year was his rookie year, he gets injured then forces himself back into a game that his team was going to lose, playoffs or no, playing on a severely sprained or possibly torn knee ligament is an awful idea. So awful, it can destroy any smidgen of potential a guy has. Adding to that, Robert Griffin the third was placed on IR following a fractured left coracoid bone (something in the left shoulder), he will miss at least 8 games before he can return.
Browns get blown out in Philly. It's hard to evaluate the Eagles from this game because the Browns are just so systemically bad that it says more about your team taking a loss to them then it does beating them by any margin. The defense was trash, the offense was trash before and after their starting QB went down. They have holes across the board.
Raiders v. Saints
Great game, possibly one of the best non-Patriot game we saw over the extended football weekend.
Derek Carr is legit, he won't be the best QB in the league but in a couple years he'll be in the top 5 or 7. He's more athletic than people think, he can break the pocket and get 6 or 9 yards if he needs it.
This game was an offensive, physically and literally. No defense at all, big plays on big plays. Drew Brees drove his team down the field for a score with 6 minutes left in the game, giving the Saints a 34-27 lead. Derek Carr then goes on a drive of his own taking his team down to enemy territory and scoring what looked to be the game tying TD. Instead the Raiders went for 2, and got it to give them the 35-34 with only 40 seconds left.
Brees did what he could, bringing his team to the Raiders 40, setting up a 61 yard attempt for the win. 61 yards is a long field goal even in a dome, the Saints rookie kicker couldn't find the range or accuracy to give the Saints an opening week win.
Chicago v. Houston
These white people are more interested in this fat black dude than I was in this game. Two garbage teams going at it. The Bears got an early lead and looked like they could cruise back to .500, but Will Fuller Jr. and the Texans had other things in mind.
Will Fuller Jr. looks like exactly what the Houston Texans needed. Big, good hands, great open field runner, agile. The Texans had nothing when it came to offense, now they got a mediocre guy behind center and now this guy at wide out.
In other news Brian Cushing suffered a torn MCL early in this game. MCL is a serious injury but not as serious as the ACL, I wouldn't be surprised if he missed the rest of the season.
Packers v. Jaguars
Another great game, came right down to it.
The Jaguars are good, they have a young talented roster and there are worse quarterbacks to have than Blake Bortles. I really like their skill players on both offense and defense. Their secondary is young with potential, and their wide receivers are big with good hands. But none of that would be enough to take down the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers found his team down by 3 with a minute left in the first half.
I'm not a Rodgers fan but that was fucking incredible.
The Jaguars had an opportunity late with 21 seconds in the redzone to take the lead.
Part two tomorrow.
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