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The NFL season is finally here!!!!!!!!!!! After a very eventful offseason full of drafts, Covid, injuries, and more we have now seen our first official Week of football. We will be giving you our analysis of our favorite teams which is the Cowboys and Patriots as well as each one of our favorite or notable games of the week that isn’t our favorite teams.
Patriots vs Dolphins
Mac Jones made his rookie debut against another Alabama QB in Tua. Mac played very conservative and did decent. The thing that killed the Patriots were fumbles by rookie Rhamondre Stevenson and second year RB now workhorse Damien Harris late in the game. I still trust Damien Harris going forward this was his first game as workhorse he will ease into it soon. Also very uncharacteristic like penalties from the Patriots were also a cause for their loss. Gotta look at the positives and I’m confident in Mac as the Pats starter just caught some bad luck with turnovers and penalties. They play the Jets next week look for Mac to get his first win then.
Cowboys vs Buccaneers
This game made me sad for many reasons. Not only did I not get to finish it because I had to go to work in the morning. But I woke up the next morning to find out we lost the game. It's alright though. However, I looked at the statline and Dak absolutely showed up and showed out!!! He threw for over 400 yds and 3 TD's. Yes he did have 1 interception but it was still an impressive game considering the injury he suffered last year. And truthfully I expected nothing less. I knew he would come out with something to prove. I do however wish they would have allowed Zeke more carries. His 33 yds was abysmal to say the least. Don't get me wrong the Bucs played phenomenally. And it ultimately came down to a field goal. Although, to be fair, if Greg Zuerlein had done what we pay him to do the first few times he missed, this conversation would be going another way. But I digress. It was a good game. And a great way to kick off the season. Because I know we have potential to make the playoffs, I have no doubt we'll be seeing them again. Hopefully with different results.
Arizona Cardinals vs Tennessee Titans (Phil’s Pick)
First of all….. SHOUT-OUT TO FORMER PATRIOTS CHANDLER JONES FROM SYRACUSE!!!!! He had 6 tackles, 5 SACKS, and two forced fumbles!!!!!! Also the Titans hugely disappointed with Derrick Henry with under 10 yards, drama with Julio and losing to Arizona 38-13. Kyler Murray had a MVP performance with 289 yards and 5 TDs. If Arizona can play like this and their defense steps up they can be scary. The NFC WEST IS THE BEST DIVISION IN FOOTBALL!!! As for Tennessee Julio faced consequences for doing dumb things and they made themselves looked overhyped.
LA Rams vs Chicago Bears (Akeem’s Pick)
So I would have to say my favorite game of the week would have to be the Rams vs. Bears. It was so nice to see Stafford take charge and show us that he is still worth every penny that he gets from a team. It also helped that I had him and Cooper Kupp on my fantasy team. That definitely made me feel good. But it was nice to see what they possess as a team because it lets us know where they may be headed further down the line. And it also gives us insight on what they need to work on. I fully expected the Rams to win but I did expect for the Bears to make it a little interesting. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens next week. Will LA continue to dominate? And will Chicago get it together after a rough start to the new season?
That has been our week 1 reaction to the NFL!!! Make sure you tune into our podcast Thursday for our fill in depth review of week 1. Did your team win or lose? Let us know on Twitter at ballercentral4. We are already excited for week 2!!!!