The first week of the NFL season is almost done. With two games occurring on Monday night, football fans everywhere experienced an eventful and exciting week one. We were given a great season opener with a match between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans that did not disappoint. Right after that, we were blessed with a Sunday’s worth of games that were also very entertaining to watch. Here are my main takeaways so far:
- The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson are not playing games. In their first game of the season, Russell Wilson led the way with 322 passing yards and four passing touchdowns while completing 31/35 of his passes. They were able to put away the Atlanta Falcons with a score of 38-25. Russell Wilson was not the only Seahawk who was performing well. Running back Chris Carson also had quite the day, with six receptions for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, wide receivers D.K Metcalf and Tyler Lockett had a combined 12 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown. While the Seahawks’ offense showed that they are one of the most balanced yet explosive offenses in the NFL, their defense showed why this team is so dangerous on both sides of the ball.
- Lamar Jackson’s MVP season was no fluke. Last year, after Lamar Jackson won the MVP award, many people questioned whether or not he could repeat that success, or if he’d just had one very lucky year. I saw comments talking about how soft he was, how his style of play is going to get him hurt, and how he really should be a running back. He’s proved in week one that last season was no accident. He came out in week one and threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns on 20/25 passing and also ran for 45 yards. He ended with a 152.1 passer rating. This Baltimore Ravens team is fast, young, and talented. With Lamar Jackson at the helm, I expect the Ravens to be one of the best teams in the NFL this season and for many, many seasons to come.
- Week one was not it for Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They ended up taking a beating by Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Tom Brady ended with 239 passing yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Brees ended with 160 passing yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. The Buccaneers’ offense just looked out of sync. Brady did not seem to have a great connection with his receivers, and at times he looked super uncomfortable in the pocket. Of course, the Buccaneers’ defense did not play great, but I think this game was more about how Tom Brady and the offense looked. If I was a Tampa Bay fan, I would not be worried. Tom Brady is the greatest NFL player of all time and he has many weapons. He just needs to develop chemistry with his offense. And once that happens (which it will), this team will be consistent, explosive, and very scary.