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2014 NFL Week 1 Game Recaps



Green Bay Packers 0-1-0
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Seattle Seahawks 1-0-0


Game Recap: SEATTLE-The defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks were looking forward to a 5:30 PM Pacific home game against the Green Bay Packers on the west coast. Seattle has been one of the better football teams in the NFL the past two years due to the outstanding play of quarterback Russell Wilson.


Russell Wilson the MVP of last years team should remain proficient in 2014. There were other things that made me curious about the 2014 Seahawks. Can running back Marshawn Lynch live up to the hype in Fantasy football? How would wide receiver Percy Harvin fare without Golden Tate and Sidney Rice. Cornerback Richard Sherman got a massive contract extension along with the honor of wielding the Madden cover for Madden 15. How would all of these factors affect the Seahawks?


Seattle is attempting to repeat. Only one team among the last nine Super Bowl champions managed to win a playoff game. The Seahawks are looking to buck that trend.


The Packers got the ball to start the game. The biggest surprise for the Green Bay Packers was the fact that Green Bay started two rookies with Richard Rodgers at tight end and Cory Linsley at center. Green Bay began the game running the ball early and often. The Packers handed the ball of to Eddie Lacy on the first three plays before giving the ball to James Starks. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga missed his blocking assignment on third down. Bulaga looks horrible so far coming off back-to-back season ending injuries in 2012 and 2013. Seattle did a good job keeping Aaron Rodgers from completing a pass on the first series.


Green Bay went the entire first quarter without converting a first down. What is even more surprising is that the Packers led 7 to 3 after one quarter.


Wilson looked good early. He completed 8 of his first 9 passes through the air. The Seahawks’ scored 10 points thanks to Wilson’s leadership at quarterback.


Green Bay would tie it at 10. Both teams got field goals thanks to penalties. Mike Daniels committed a roughing the kicker penalty on fourth down which gave Wilson the confidence to rebound after throwing the incompletion on third down. Seattle gave up 44 yards when Sehawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner ran after Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb only to commit a pass interference play.


I was puzzled by Wagner’s choice to drop back into coverage. After Seattle got the ball back, they took control of this game.


The turning point of this game took place when running back Marshawn Lynch ran for a rushing touchdown.


Seattle led 17 to 10 at halftime. The Seahawks kept Green Bay scoreless in the third quarter and scored 5 more points. Seattle took a ten point lead before getting their first safety since the Peyton Manning botched snap to begin Super Bowl 48.


Five seconds into the fourth quarter, Lynch ran for his second rushing touchdown. Lynch ran for 20 carries for 110 rushing yards on the night.Seattle won this game 36 to 16


Lynch cannot take all the credit for the Seahawks win over the Packers. Seattle’s offensive line dominated this contest. Left tackle Russell Okung, left guard James Carpenter, center Max Unger, right guard J.R. Sweezy, and rookie right tackle Justin Hill all looked outstanding.




Washington Redskins 0-1-0
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Houston Texans 1-0-0


Game Recap: HOUSTON-The highly anticipated matchup between the RGIII and the Washington Redskins and rookie pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney of the Houston Texans took place on Sunday.


Washington got in the red zone before Brooks Reed recorded a sack on third down that would take the Redskins out of field goal range.


Robert Griffin III began the game 9 for 10 with 33 passing yards. Griffin is not getting enough credit for his play.


Washington would strike first blood and go up 6 to 0 missing the extra point. Houston stepped up when second-year wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins ran for a 76 yard receiving touchdown. Hopkins finally looks like that #1 flanker receiver that many NFL Scouts made him out to be leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft.


Houston blocked a Redskins punt. This resulted in a Texans touchdown. Houston took a 14 to 6 lead over the Redskins.


Jadeveon Clowney left the game with an injury minutes later. This was the Texans’ first game with Clowney, Reid, J.J. Watt, and 3-4 middle linebacker Brian Cushing on the field. These guys did a great job limiting what Griffin could do by taking away the deep passing game while containing the run.


Robert Griffin III began the game 9 for 10 with 33 passing yards. He maintained that consistency going 26 for 31 in the contest with 232 passing yards midway in the fourth quarter. He finished the game 29 for 37 with 267 passing yards. Griffin is not making any bad throws. His 0 passing touchdowns and 0 interceptions are what irritate Redskins’ fans. Houston’s defense led by Romeo Crennel is that good even without Clowney.


Fitzpatrick did well and maintained his composure. Houston starts 1-0 and will face the Oakland Raiders on the road in week 2 next week. Houston fans have to be optimistic about the Texans in 2014.




Tennessee Titans 1-0-0
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Kansas City Chiefs 0-1-0


Game Recap: KANSAS CITY-The Titans travelled to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Chiefs. Jake Locker VS Alex Smith who would win?


Neither team scored in the first quarter. Both teams deserve props for keeping this game 0-0 through one quarter. The best play in this quarter came from 3-4 right outside linebacker Tamba Hali. Hali was double teamed by left tackle Michael Roos and left guard Andy Levitre. Hali still managed to sack Jake Locker despite the double team.


When the Chiefs lined up for the field goal, my first thought was why did the Chiefs replace Ryan Succop with some piss ant out of Tulane. This piss ant kicked a field goal that hit the post, yet the ball still went in. Chiefs take a 3-0 lead.


The Titans showed us who the real Alex Smith is on third down with that critical rush. Smith had some promising plays in the first quarter, but failed to translate those plays into points. Same could be said about running back Jamaal Charles. Smith deserves this salary for the next two years, but it is evident that the Chiefs overpaid Alex Smith when re-signing him.


Locker finally threw the first passing touchdown of the contest going 10 for 14 with 102 passing yards and 1 passing touchdown. He finished the first half 12 for 18 with 131 passing yards. I said it before and I will state it again. The Titans have a better supporting cast around quarterback Jake Locker plus the Titans’ have the better secondary. The NFL is a pass first league. That is why the Titans are winning.


Jake Locker had an outstanding run to put the Titans into field goal range. Former Chief Ryan Succop gives the Big Red Tomato Andy Reid a big fat F you by converting a field goal that would give the Titans a 10-3 lead.


Alex Smith went 8 for 14 throwing 91 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception against the Titans without Dwayne Bowe. Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton Jr. deserves major props for limiting Smith to under 100 passing yards in the first half while limiting Jamaal Charles to 12 rushing yards on 2 carries.


Locker threw his second passing touchdown in the third quarter. Locker looks awesome in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense. That is one of the reasons why I am confident the Titans can make the playoffs as a wild card if Locker stays healthy.


Smith continued to struggle in the second half. He threw another interception this time to Jason McCourty. McCourty was ruled down following a controversial call following the interception. Tennessee turned that interception into a field goal.


I picked the Titans to win this game 21 to 6. Tennessee triumphed 26 to 10 validating why they are a legit team while the Chiefs struggled.




New England Patriots 0-1-0
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Miami Dolphins 1-0-0


Game Recap: MIAMI-New England began the game with the ball. Tom Brady threw a third down pass as the Patriots failed to catch it. One play later, Miami blocked a punt. This put the Dolphins in the red zone. Tannehill began the game 2 for 2 with 12 passing yards and a passing touchdown.


Brady did better on the second possession. He seemed in sync with his game and was unaffected by the continuous pressure that the Dolphins’ pass rushers unleashed. Brady guided the Patriots from their own 20 yard line to the end zone with a 6 and a half minute drive.


After New England tied the game, they followed things up with a field goal to make it 10-7. Later in the second quarter, Ryan Tannehill threw an interception to Alfonzo Dennard. Dennard is supposed to be a nickel corner, but Bill Belichick lined him up as a free safety like Malcolm Jenkins and it resulted in an interception.


Following the interception Brady had another long drive downfield. This time he threw a passing touchdown to Rob Gronkowski. The vintage spike by Rob Gronkowski returned in week 1.


Caleb Sturgis barely hits a field goal. The three point shot by Miami’s kicker cuts the deficit to 7. Patriots lead 17-10 in the second quarter. Gostkowski gave the Patriots a 20 to 10 lead at halftime.


Ryan Tannehill had an excellent third quarter. He led the Dolphins to a field goal and then followed that up by firing a touchdown pass to Mike Wallace in triple coverage. Wallace was outstanding with 7 receptions, 81 receiving yards, and the receiving touchdown. Teams need to be attentive to Wallace in 2014.


Miami appeared to have another rushing touchdown. A holding penalty kept the Dolphins from scoring a touchdown. New England kept the Dolphins from going 3 and out. Revis did an excellent job covering Charles Clay on third down. As a result, the Dolphins settled for a field goal.


If I know Knowshon Moreno was going to play, I would have picked the Dolphins. Moreno was phenomenal with 24 carries for 134 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown to put Miami up 30 to 20. I thought Moreno was injured this week. That’s why I am giving myself a hall pass for picking New England 16 to 14 over Miami. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork looked sloppy for the Patriots when he missed multiple tackles. Moreno was very elusive when he encountered Wilfork.


It wasn’t just the offense. The defense stepped up too. Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake got by this offensive line and constantly pressured Brady. Vernon had 1 sack. Wake had 1 sack and 2 forced fumbles. This secondary featuring Cortland Finnegan, Brent Grimes at the boundary corner, and Louis Delmas at free safety is phenomenal.


Miami made the AFC East a lot more interesting. There is an outside chance New England begins week 2 in last place. Next week is a must win for New England as they will face the Minnesota Vikings.




Oakland Raiders 0-1-0
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New York Jets 1-0-0


Game Recap: NEW YORK-Geno Smith was 1-0 against the Oakland Raiders last season. The bigger headline was the fact that Derek Carr was starting.


Carr completed his first career pass to Marcel Reese. Carr began the game 4 for 4 and threw his first career touchdown for the Oakland Raiders against the New York Jets.


Geno Smith began the game 9 for 11. Turnovers took their toll on the New York Jets. An interception and a fumble kept Smith from getting New York early points.

Smith finally connected with Chris Johnson for a passing touchdown late in the second quarter. That gave the Jets a 10 to 7 lead heading into halftime.


Jets got a field goal in the third quarter. New York leads 13 to 7 heading into the 4th quarter.


Some guy named Chris Ivory used his dreadlocks of deception to trick me into thinking Chris Johnson ran for 100 rushing yards. Then he deceived the Raiders with a rushing touchdown. The Jets’ offensive line looks outstanding run blocking in Sunday’s contest.


Jets won 19 to 14. Derek Carr did well despite the loss. This was a defensive contest. I feel like the Jets won this game up front on the offensive line. Left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson was phenomenal in this contest pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking at left tackle.





Jacksonville Jaguars 0-1-0
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Philadelphia Eagles 1-0-0


Game Recap: PHILADELPHIA-Philadelphia seemed like a stone cold lock to win this week. Nobody gave the Jaguars a chance with Chad Henne plus third string wide receivers.


Chad Henne showed that the underdog can win by firing an early touchdown to Allen Hurns. Jacksonville took a 7-0 lead. Holy crap Hurns did it again. Jaguars lead 14-0. Hurns had a third reception and began the game with 3 receptions for 101 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.


The Eagles were 10.5 point favorites on the spread and the average gambler posted $500 dollars on the Eagles. Vegas bookies need to send Hurns a portion of that payout.


Scobbe Scobbe Dough where are yo. Jaguars got a field goal. Jags lead 17-0.


It looked like Nick Foles would put the Eagles on the scoreboard. A Jaguars interception kept Foles from putting the Eagles on the scoreboard. Jaguars led 17-0 at halftime.


The Eagles played like the old Eagles in the second half. You saw a Darren Sproles rushing touchdown and a Zach Ertz receiving touchdown courtesy of Nick Foles. Foles did a great job rebounding in the third quarter. Right tackle Lane Johnson was suspended for the first four games. Losing Johnson was huge since Philadelphia had no play at right tackle in the first half.


The Jaguars deserve props for leading the Eagles for 3 quarters. Philadelphia tied the game at 17 in the fourth quarter. From there on out it was all Eagles. Philadelphia won 34 to 17 and people who bet on the Eagles still got their money. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin caught 4 receptions for 97 receiving yards and 1 touchdown versus the Jaguars.




Cleveland Browns 0-1-0
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Pittsburgh Steelers 1-0-0


Game Recap: PITTSBURGH-Once again these two AFC North rivals met at Heinz Field. If I had a silver dollar for every time someone mentioned Johnny Manziel, I would have a surplus of silver dollars.


Ben Roethlisberger threw a pass to Antonio Brown on the first play of the game. Brown broke free for a big gain thanks to a missed tackle. Roethlisberger gave the ball to Le’Veon Bell. Bell ran past the Browns’ linebackers. Cleveland’s linebackers look slow and sluggish early.


A holding penalty negated a Steelers touchdown and gave the Browns some much needed momentum. On third and goal Paul Kruger got by right tackle Marcus Gilbert and right guard David DeCastro as he was double teamed. As a result, the Steelers had to settle for a field goal.


Hoyer did a nice job guiding the Browns downfield on their first possession. Cleveland had to settle for a field goal due to an outstanding pass rush by the Steelers front 7. Dick LeBeau did a great job calling plays for these 3-4 linebackers when it mattered.


Blount scored a rushing touchdown giving the Steelers a 10-3 lead. You can tell the black and gold will be good in run blocking. The better passing touchdown came when Ben Roethlisberger faced unrivaled pressure on third down. He evaded a sack and made a precise throw to Antonio Brown.


Browns cornerback Joe Haden will blame himself and be subjective about the play. He really cannot be subjective about the play. Haden did well in man coverage. At the end of the day that was a precise throw by Roethlisberger. The speed that Antonio Brown provides may have also influenced the Steelers’ touchdown. Either way, Pittsburgh has to be pleased so far in 2014. The return of Maurkice Pouncey combined with an easy schedule should give Steeler Nation a reason to believe on Steeler Sunday.


Pittsburgh had 12 first downs in the first half before Cleveland got their third first down on a Ben Tate run. Prior to Tate’s first down, Bell got another rushing touchdown for the Steelers to put Pittsburgh up 24 to 3. Cleveland cannot miss basic tackles and expect to win. The Browns’ need to work on executing fundamental tackles in week 2.


Pittsburgh led 27 to 3 at halftime. You may as well insert Johnny Manziel in for the second half. Then again Kyle Shanahan is that terrible of an offensive coordinator.


Cleveland was a completely different team in the second half. Hoyer began the drive 3/3 guiding Cleveland to a touchdown. The Browns scored again and cut the deficit to 10 points. You saw Cleveland put together a third impressive drive by Hoyer. Cleveland would end the third quarter trailing by ten set to kick a field goal as the fourth quarter begins.


Browns tied it up at 27 thanks to Travis Benjamin. This game will be a contest between Ben Roethlisberger’s clutch fourth quarter ability versus the second half momentum Brian Hoyer. The average gambler is betting $260 dollars on the Steelers to cover the 6.5 point spread. If the NFL was fixed, not saying it is was biased towards certain bets, the refs could conspire during commercials and nobody would notice except the fans in attendance would notice. Either way the Browns deserve props.


Pittsburgh had the ball last and managed to win the game on a field goal. The only offensive lineman who was remotely decent for the Steelers was center Maurkice Pouncey. Pouncey missed the 2013 season with injuries. It was good to see him step up in 2014.


You would expect a cornerback tandem featuring Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert to be dynamic. Especially after they did a segment on their hand movement on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown. Both cornerbacks looked sluggish. You have to credit Ben Roethlisberger for carving this secondary.




Minnesota Vikings 1-0-0
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St. Louis Rams 0-1-0


Game Recap: ST LOUIS-I was hoping for a Teddy Bridgewater VS Sam Bradford match up. Instead we got Matt Cassel VS Shaun Hill.


Matt Cassel did well for a backup. Both of these teams suck offensively. One thing I love about the Vikings is this offensive line. Matt Kalil at left tackle, Charlie Johnson at left guard, John Sullivan at center, Brandon Fusco at right guard, and Phil Loadholt at right tackle. The offensive line is the sole reason why the Vikings lead 13 to 0 at halftime. These guys know how to pass block and protect the quarterback.


Matt Cassel went 10 for 16 with a slightly below average 105 passing yards in the first half. The Rams front four focused more on stopping Adrian Peterson and daring Matt Cassel to win this game with his arm. I expect most teams to do this considering how it is working for the Rams’ defense.


Shaun Hill benched after going 8 for 13. Third stringer Austin Davis comes in the game as a third stringer to replace Bradford in the second half.


In my 2012, NFL Draft magazine, scouts said he has solid accuracy and great mobility. Having excellent durability also helped him out. A lack of physical tools with arm strength and size affects his delivery. Played in a no huddle offense that did not require him to read progressions. Expected to learn at a slow rate.


Davis led the Rams to a field goal in his first drive. Davis is an upgrade over Hill. Regardless of who starts from this point forward, the Rams are screwed with a capital S if they are not in position to draft Marcus Mariota out of Oregon or Jameis Winston out of Florida State.


Cordarrelle Patterson got a touchdown putting the Vikings up 20 to 3. Vikings won 34 to 3 after Harrison Smith recorded a pick 6 following a 27 to 3 lead.




Buffalo Bills 1-0-0
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Chicago Bears 0-1-0


Game Recap: CHICAGO-Buffalo traveled to Chicago as a huge underdog. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first quarter. Mario Williams recorded a critical sack on third down by getting by right tackle Jordan Mills. Williams abused Mills throughout the day.


Chicago’s offensive line play looks horrible. Chicago needs upgrades at right tackle and center.


Buffalo led 17 to 10. The one bright spot with Buffalo is quarterback E.J. Manuel. Manuel began the game 10 for 12 throwing a touchdown and running for one more on the ground.


Chicago focused on stacking 8 in the box on Spiller and assumed Manuel would struggle by daring him to outplay Cutler. That plan backfired. Left tackle Cordy Glenn was phenomenal keeping right end Jared Allen in check throughout the contest.


Manuel and Cutler both threw picks in the second half. One could argue that Chicago lost this game because of Cutler rather than Buffalo winning.


This game kept going back and fourth. Chicago tied it at the end of the third quarter with the Brandon Marshall touchdown. After that you saw Dan Carpenter and Robbie Gould each get field goals leading up to overtime. In overtime, Buffalo defeated Chicago in one of those games where kickers are king.




Cincinnati Bengals 1-0-0
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Baltimore Ravens 0-1-0


Game Recap: BALTIMORE-Dalton VS Flacco. A battle of the most overpaid quarterbacks in the AFC North and quite possibly the NFL. Cincinnati VS Baltimore is one of the leagues best rivalries how would this game pan out?


The Bengals got an early field goal. Later in the game tight end Tyler Eifert left the game with an injury. Cincinnati still has 2010 first round pick Jermaine Gresham despite the loss of Eifert.


Cincinnati led the Ravens 15 to 0 at halftime. The Ravens’ offense as a whole looked terrible. Left tackle Eugene Monroe played like he was overpaid with a horrible outing against Carlos Dunlap. I was wrong about Dunlap, and the Bengals will likely take the AFC North if they keep playing this well. Losing right tackle Michael Oher was huge as well.


Cincinnati has a top 5 defense in the NFL. Holding Baltimore to a goose egg in the first half validates the fact that the Bengals may have the top defense in the entire AFC.


Cincinnati did well with time management in the third quarter. Baltimore blocked a field goal and nearly returned it for a touchdown. Little plays like this can give a team confidence.


Flacco threw a pick on the following play. Darqueze Dennard and Leon Hall look excellent at cornerback. Steve Smith had 2 receptions for 10 receiving yards and Smith only posted 1 reception for 15 receiving yards. These cornerbacks deserve major props for giving the Bengals’ front 7 time to get to Flacco.


Baltimore scored 10 unanswered after being kept scoreless in the first half. This was a defensive contest after I predicted a high scoring 37 to 34 Ravens win.


The irony is that the Ravens got ahead 16 to 15 when Steve Smith caught an 80 yard pass from Joe Flacco. Baltimore went for two and failed to get the two point conversion.


On the next possession, Andy Dalton fired a 77 yard pass to A.J. Green that resulted in a touchdown. The Bengals’ offense also lined up for a two-point conversion. Unlike the Ravens, the Bengals got their 2 point conversion. Cincinnati went ahead 23 to 16 and that would be the final score of the contest.




New Orleans Saints 0-1-0
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Atlanta Falcons 1-0-0


Game Recap: ATLANTA-New Orleans had their way with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013. You have to expect another epic duel between two of the NFC’s best with Drew Brees and Matt Ryan right?


That’s exactly what we got on Sunday despite early dominance by the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans took a 6-0 lead. It looked like Atlanta might get a touchdown to gain the lead before they fumbled the ball, and New Orleans recovered the ball in the red zone. Both defenses did their job in the first quarter, but it was evident that the Saints outplayed the Falcons from a statistical standpoint. New Orleans took a 13-0 lead before the Falcons scored.


This game kept going back and fourth with three different lead changes in the fourth quarter along with 24 combined points by both teams before an eventual overtime game. Hard to believe that Atlanta rallied back after trailing 13 to 0 at one point.


New Orleans had a chance to win, but Marques Colston fumbled the football. Matt Bryant kicked a game-winning field goal once Atlanta was in field goal range.


Matt Ryan was the top ranked quarterback in Fantasy Football this week. Ryan went 31 for 43 throwing for 448 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Shit happens when you cut Champ Bailey. Best part is Ryan did this with a weaker offensive line than last year. Sam Baker was on injured reserve and Jake Matthews left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter.






Carolina Panthers 1-0-0
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-1-0


Game Recap: TAMPA BAY-Many expected a close contest with Cam Newton playing. Newton is out and Derek Anderson looked horrible when I watched him at Heinz Field. Can Josh McCown live up to expectations by defeating Anderson.


This was a defensive contest. Losing left guard Logan Mankins was clearly huge. The Panthers’ front 7 showed up. The defensive line had defensive ends like Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson rush the quarterback. Dwan Edwards got a sack when lined up next to Star Lotulelei, the Panthers’ 2013 first round pick. Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly had 7 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1 sack, and one forced fumble late in the game when he stripped the ball from rookie wide receiver Mike Evans.


Another variable that influenced Carolina’s 17 to 14 win was turnovers. Backup Derek Anderson played turnover free football. Josh McCown threw 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.


Logan Mankins was not the only casualty to get injured. Doug Martin was also injured at running back. Injuries could affect Tampa Bay. Moving the chains and getting first downs is something the Buccaneers need to work on in week 2.




San Francisco 49ers 1-0-0
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Dallas Cowboys 0-1-0


Game Recap: DALLAS-Everybody expected an offensive shootout. Heck I even picked the Cowboys to win with so many commentators in Dallas. Turns out I was wrong in the worst way possible.


Jeff Nelson tried to warn me that this was going to be a blowout. Even he has to be slightly surprised by the fact that the 49ers led 21 to 3 in the first quarter. I get the fact that 49ers were supposed to win on the road, but most people did not expect the 49ers to be ahead 21 to 3 in the first quarter. However, you can argue that most pundits predicted a two score game in San Francisco’s favor.


On the third play DeMarco Murray fumbled the ball. That would lead to a 49ers touchdown. Murray finished the day with 23 carries, 118 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. Dallas needs to run the ball more with their depth on the interior offensive line at guard. Run first, then pass. Mix things up. Colin Kaepernick threw a passing touchdown to Vernon Davis from his first play under center at quarterback.


The Carolina VS Tampa Bay was not the only game where turnovers mattered. This was a game where Kaepernick threw 2 touchdowns and no interceptions despite the setbacks on defense. Tony Romo was awful. He had 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in the first half. Romo threw interceptions on three straight possessions. Romo threw a pick to Eric Reid. Then Romo threw another pick to 3-4 middle linebacker to Patrick Willis before throwing a third pick on the next possession.


The 49ers won 28 to 10. You have to wonder if Romo’s back injury is beginning to take its toll. Troy Aikman had to retire when he was the same age as Romo, which may indicate that it is time to cut ties with Romo.




Indianapolis Colts 0-1-0
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Denver Broncos 1-0-0


Game Recap: DENVER-How would Peyton Manning fare this time around against the Colts? Manning failed to defeat Andrew Luck and the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium last season. The Indianapolis Colts were the only team that Manning never defeated prior to tonight.


Luck began the game receiving excellent pass protection. Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton both caught passes for first downs. Luck threw another 11 yard completion to running back Trent Richardson. Bad pass by Andrew Luck on third down after such a hot start. The 41-year-old Adam Vinatieri nearly hit a field goal, but it hit the post. The field goal got called back due to a delay of game which forced the Colts to punt.


Manning had a solid first drive. Indianapolis held Denver to a field goal on the opening drive.


Reggie Wayne used his route running to pick apart Aqib Talib. Wayne followed that up with another reception. After back-to-back receptions, Wayne headed to the sideline as the Colts adjusted. Benching Reggie Wayne was foolish. Excellent coverage by the Broncos led to an interception by Rahim Moore.


The Broncos outplayed the Colts with 121 total yards to the Colts 68 total yards. Bjorn Werner, the 2013 first-round pick out of Florida State. Werner looks like an excellent run stuffer. His pass rushing was ok at Florida State. Werner had problems getting by left tackle Ryan Clady early in this contest.


Manning was money in the second quarter. Manning threw 3 passing touchdowns and finished the first half 16 for 22 with 199 passing yards. H would finish the game 22 for 36 with 269 passing yards after such a dominant first half. Tight end Julius Thomas got a hat trick when he caught all three of Manning’s passing touchdowns. Thomas burned Laron Landry. Landry did well in the past before injuries. He seems like more of a hard hitting safety rather than a coverage safety. Landry rarely misses tackles, he would finish the game with 7 solo tackles and 1 assisted tackle. That is okay considering that the Colts have nobody to compliment Landry at safety.


Andrew Luck remained average in the passing department going 11 for 15 in the first half. His rushing touchdown late in the first half put the Colts on the scoreboard, as the Broncos get the ball to start the second half. Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, the former Jaguars head coach did a fabulous job disabling Luck in the first half against the Broncos.


Denver began the third quarter with the ball as the Broncos went three and out. Right guard Louis Vasquez was responsible for his second holding penalty. The Colts would get the ball back.


DeMarcus Ware did a great job getting by Anthony Costanzo early in the second half. On third down, Luck fired a first down to T.Y. Hilton and that would be a first down. On the following play cornerback Chris Harris got called for pass interference. This allowed the Colts to get a first and goal.


Denver kept the Colts from scoring on third down. Quinton Carter stopped Hakeem Nicks on that third down play. One play later, Denver anticipated a quarterback scramble on fourth down to make the stop.


Luck was mentally frustrated on the last series. Luck did well this series guiding the Cots to two first downs downfield. Coby Fleener dropped a pass on second down. Ware uses this stab and swipe technique which is like a rip move swim move technique when rushing the quarterback. Ware looked much better against Costanzo in the one-on-one battles in the second half. Indianapolis was able to come away with a field goal after another defensive stop by the Broncos in the third quarter.


Greg Toler sucks. Toler got called for a holding penalty. D’Qwell Jackson got by right guard Louis Vasquez to pressure Peyton Manning. Denver led 3rd and 3 to begin the fourth quarter.


Darius Butler is usually a speed corner with solid zone coverage that is used for interceptions. His man coverage sucks. Butler did a good job with press coverage by preventing a Julius Thomas reception on a critical third down.


Manning fired another first down to Demaryius Thomas which led to a Montee Ball rushing touchdown. Besides Vontae Davis, everybody on the Colts’ secondary was a joke. Manning threw away from Davis the entire game.


Rookie cornerback Bradley Roby finally showed up on third down when he forced a Reggie Wayne completion for a fourth down. Luck fired a pass to Ahmad Bradshaw on fourth down.


Dwayne Allen made things exciting at the end with a receiving touchdown. Denver deserves credit for keeping Luck from throwing a passing touchdown for 3 quarters.


Following the Dwayne Allen touchdown, the Colts kicked an onside kick. Indianapolis recovered the onside kick. Denver held the Colts to a 3 and out, but Luck delivers with another fourth down conversion. Getting first downs on fourth down is good because it fatigues the defense. Luck deserves credit for putting together a good drive and regaining confidence. Luck worked against the Colts’ offense when Rahim Moore recorded his second interception against Andrew Luck.


Just when you thought the Colts were out of luck, Erik Walden gets by left tackle Ryan Clady to sack Peyton Manning. That play set up a fourth and 15 giving the Colts one more opportunity.


Andrew Luck opened up this drive with a pass to Reggie Wayne it resulted in a good first down. Luck made an outstanding throw despite sloppy blocking by right tackle Gosder Cherillus. The following play Luck received outstanding pass protection and threw a first down to running back Trent Richardson.


Following the back-to-back first downs, field cornerback Aqib Talib made two outstanding man coverage plays at a critical point in the game as the Colts entered the Broncos goal line. On third down, Luck fired a touchdown pass to Nicks. This made it a one score game with Denver ahead 31 to 24 late in the game.


The Colts burned their first timeouts before Manning fired back to back incompletions. Luck would get the ball back. I had the Broncos beating the Colts 34 to 28 in overtime with Luck orchestrating a fourth quarter comeback to tie the game.


Luck unleashed a lot of throwing power on his first two passes displaying exceptional zip and arm strength. That did not matter since both passes were incompletiongs. Right tackle Gosder Cherillus reacted to an early hurry that Von Miller unleashed without being offsides. That led to a false start penalty that prevented a delay of game penalty. Either way it was 3rd and 15. T.Y hlton caught a nine yard pass before a fourth and six play. Nickel corner Bradley Roby delivers in the clutch once again by preventing a completion to Reggie Wayne on a critical fourth down.


At the end of the day this game came down to scoring chances. Denver prevented 3 potential touchdowns while capitalizing on some vital scores. Having guys on the secondary like Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, T.J Ward, Rahim Moore, and Bradley Roby on the secondary gave the Broncos enough ammunition to create turnovers as well as prevent some necessary completions for Andrew Luck on some critical 3rd and 4th downs. The Broncos’ defense stepped up at the right time and got the job done.


Manning credited tight end Julius Thomas and free safety Rahim Moore during a press conference with Michelle Tafoia by talking about how he worked with the Thomas in the offseason. Moore described how the Broncos’ defense especially the linebackers and secondary did an outstanding job communicating with each other. Moore praised Roby for his late game heroics when the former Buckeye stopped Reggie Wayne on two critical downs.


You have to like what the Broncos did as a team this week. This was a great team win for the Broncos in week 1. Next week the 1-0 Broncos host the 0-1 Chiefs. The Broncos already have a 1 game lead over the 0-1 Chiefs and 0-1 Raiders. A home victory over the Chiefs will expand that lead to 2 games over the Chiefs and put the Broncos in prime position to repeat as AFC West Champions.




New York Giants 0-1-0
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Detroit Lions 1-0-0


Game Recap: DETROIT-The anticipation between two highly touted quarterbacks was something worth noting. Eli Manning VS Matthew Stafford.


Calvin Johnson began the 2014 Monday Night Football Season with a bang. His first catch was a 25 yard catch. Then he caught another pass with nobody covering him. That play resulted in a Lions touchdown.


Eli went three and out on his first series. The Lions continued to dominate on their second series. Newly appointed offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, the Saints quarterback coach for seven years has designed a new offense that is beyond sick in Detroit. Not to mention head coach Jim Caldwell Jr. is an offensive minded coach. Detroit could take the NFC North if they keep playing this well.


Tight end Eric Ebron nearly hauled in his first career touchdown. Safety Stevie Brown, the guy replacing the suspended Will Hill displayed great zone coverage on the play.


While Stevie Brown may have emerged at safety, the Giants took right end Jason Pierre Paul back to the locker room. A few plays later Stafford fired a second touchdown to Megatron.


Eli Manning dodged a bullet on his second posession. Outside linebacker DeAndre Levy nearly picked him off.


The biggest thing I’ve noticed so far is that Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is much better at calling plays then Ben McAdoo. McAdoo was an OL coach under offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy when Alex Smith got battered like a raggedy ann Doll during his rookie season. McAdoo would later work for McCarthy in Green Bay succeeding Tom Clements as a quarterbacks coach. Clements was always a good quarterback coach and offensive coordinator. Having McAdoo as Rodgers quarterback coach in 2012 and 2013 may explain why Rodgers has declined from his 2010 and 2011 seasons.


Lombardi was a quarterback coach for Drew Brees in New Orleans for seven years. That experience coaching Brees helped both of them grow and Lombardi does not get enough credit for coaching Brees with Sean Payton’s system in New Orleans. Stafford looked like a Super Bowl MVP in the making early in this contest. If the Lions win a playoff game somebody needs to hire Lombadi as a head coach. This guy is underrated, and I think Jim Caldwell Jr. is an overrated HC because he struggled as the Ravens OC in 2013 with Flacco and Ray Rice both having career low seasons.


After allowing two Calvin Johnson touchdowns, the Giants’ defense kept the Lions to a 3 and out on back-to-back series. The Lions led 14-0 after one quarter before the Giants got a touchdown.


Daius Slay is excellent at tackling, but horrible in coverage. The Giants’ offensive tackles struggled on third down. Ziggy Ansah and four other Lions defensive linemen were able to rush Eli and get the sack.


Jason Pierre Paul played with a purpose getting by left tackle Riley Reiff for a sack. Great job by the Giants to rush the Lions’ offensive line on third down. Even better catch by Golden Tate. Stafford has his best supporting cast and offensive coordinator.


Stafford was wide open for a slant. Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie opted to challenge Johnson. Luckily he redeemed himself by making a tackle. Otherwise Johnson would have posted his third receiving touchdown in the first half.


Pierre Paul posting sacks, hurries, and stopping the run winning one-on-one battles against left tackle Riley Reiff. You have to like what you saw. Center Dominic Raiola screwed the Lions with a 15-yard facemask penalty.


The Lions led 14 to 7 at halftime. If at first you don’t succeed. DeAndre Levy tried again and recorded an interception. Eli would throw another pick to Glover Quin later in the third quarter.


When the Lions took the ball on offense, Stafford fired a pass to Golden Tate. It as much like the ones Stafford fired to Megatron in the first half. Second year tight end Joseph Fauria recorded 7 receiving touchdown at tight end as a rookie and then followed that up in year 2 by turning a 5 yard catch into a 26 yard reception. Prince Amukamara did a great job preventing a Calvin Johnson touchdown and a Fauria touchdown.


The Lions had to settle for a field goal. Kicker Nate Freese made a 28 and 27 yard field goal. He failed to make a 43 yard field goal. The rookie kicker out of Boston College needs to focus on improving his kicking power by doing leg lifts in the locker room where you push your feet forward against a machine in the weight room. Kicking a lot with the Lions’ special teams could also help.


Detroit led 20 to 7 in the third quarter after the Lions entered the red zone following an Eli Manning interception. Stafford ran for a rushing touchdown on third down.


Detroit led by 20 with a 27 to 7 lead in the third quarter following the Matthew Stafford touchdown. The Lions maintained their 20 point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Lions win 35 to 14.




San Diego Chargers 0-1-0
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Arizona Cardinals 1-0-0


Game Recap: ARIZONA-Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers were set to face each other in the final week 1 game of the 2014 NFL Regular season. There is only one game starts at 10:15 every year for Monday Night Football. That is the second game in the Monday Night Football that takes place each year.


The first big play of the game came on the second series of the game. Carson Palmer fired a deep bomb to Michael Floyd. Floyd is primed for a big season after playing at a high level his first two seasons. The following play Andre Ellington fumbled the ball. Right tackle Bobbie Massie prevented a turnover by recovering a fumble. Then the officials overturned the call and gave the Chargers the ball. San Diego had trouble scoring on their second series too.


Carson Palmer fired the ball to John Brown. Brown caught the pass for a first down. A Jason Verrett holding penalty allowed the Cardinals to continue the drive. Verrett redeemed himself by anticipating a pass on second down to force an incomplete pass. Shareece Wright dominated in coverage so far. There were throws in the first quarter where Carson Palmer did not have the right mindset. He overthrew a few passes and failed to throw the ball the proper distance.


Neither team scored in the first quarter. Michael Floyd had another big play in the second quarter. Corey Liuget grabbed Carson Palmer’s mask. Arizona gained 55 yards. A 40 yard play by Floyd plus the 15 yard penalty.


Following the penalty by Liuget, Palmer threw a completion to running back Andre Ellington. San Diego did well defensively holding the Cardinals to a field goal. Later in the second quarter the Chargers would tie it at 3.


Losing center Nick Hardwick because he had a left ankle injury was huge. It limited what the San Diego Chargers could do on the offensive side of the ball.


Cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie were phenomenal. Both corners limited Rivers to 80 passing yards in the first half. Palmer had the ball with 11 seconds left h threw a 26 yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. which set up a field goal with four seconds left. Arizona led 6 to 3 at halftime.


The second half began with a Jonathan Abraham injury. Rivers throws towards the safety Malcolm Floyd with a 32 yard reception. Rivers followed that up with another first down to tight end Ladarius Green. San Diego opens things up with a 7 play 80 yard drive that took up the first 3 minutes and 22 seconds in the second half.


John Brown helped Palmer move the chains to convert another first down. Arizona fired the ball to 8 different receivers, but did not fire to Larry Fitzgerald early in the game.


San Diego hurried Carson Palmer and forced a Palmer fumble. Chargers recovered the ball. Third down, Philip Rivers handed the ball off to Ryan Mathews. Matthews ran right past left tackle King Dunlap and uses his ball-carrier vision to get a touchdown for a 20 yard rushing touchdown. The Chargers led 17 to 6 heading into the fourth quarter.


Head coach Bruce Arians went three quarters without throwing to Larry Fitzgerald. This pisses me off for multiple reasons. First Fitzgerald is your best receiver and second Fitzgerald is on all my Fantasy teams. Palmer finally had a chance to throw to Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald caught a one handed pass out of bounds. Stepfan Taylor caught a passing touchdown and played well near the end of third quarter to put the Cardinals back in the game.


Andre Ellington sucks and Taylor does not get enough carries. Why did you put Jonathan Dwyer in. Dwyer sucks compared to Ellington and Taylor. Just ask Steeler fans who are prospering with Bell in the backfield.


San Diego led 17 to 12 after the Cardinals failed to execute the two point conversion. There are 12 minutes left in regulation and Fitzgerald still does not have any receptions. Beep damn it.


The Cardinals’ defense did a great job holding Rivers in check the first two downs. It looked like safety Tony Jefferson got an interception from Rivers. Mr. Jefferson got called for a defensive holding call, that gave the Chargers the ball back.


Third and thirteen. Rivers is pressured. Rivers fires back into the pocket. Tight end Antonio Gates outruns cornerback Patrick Peterson on third down. Forcing Peterson to play zone by catching him napping seems like the best way to throw past him. That critical third down allowed the Chargers to continue to maintain time of possession. Third down, Rivers fumbles on the snap. Rivers is out of field goal range. That fumble was huge. It killed the Chargers chances of closing the game.


Larry Fitzgerald got his first reception with less than 5 minutes left. Palmer had two more critical passes. Michael Floyd caught a pass in coverage for a first down. Former Pittsburgh State Gorilla John Brown caught the game-winning touchdown for the Arizona Cardinals.


San Digo did a horrible job in the final series when it mattered. Especially when Rivers got called for delay of game on fourth down. Cardinals win 18-17.







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