ONE week of NFL action is in the books! Every team has now featured in one meaningful game this season with another 15 on the horizon. While the rest of the schedule will determine what happens in season 2018 we did learn some valuable lessons over the first weekend of football. Do these things matter? Probably not, so there’s no better time than now to overreact to Week 1.
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THE COWBOYS ARE SCREWED
DALLAS looked anything but competent on offense against Carolina last weekend. By no means did the Panthers defense dominate the game either, with an ugly game resulting in a 16-8 final score. Ezekiel Elliot managed just 69 yards on the ground, but only carried the ball 15 times. Making matters worse, Dak Prescott threw for a measly 170 yards with Cole Beasley the only receiver who accounted for more than 30 receiving yards. Their offense seemed like a stale copy of the one Jason Garrett tried to run a season ago and if things don’t change quickly Dallas’ season could get ugly. Yes, I know they are missing key parts of their offensive line, but the Cowboys problems run much deeper than just the linemen.
BUFFALO’S GOING 0-16
THIS might not actually be an overreaction. The Bills looked GARBAGE against Baltimore on the weekend with Nathan Peterman’s questionable start quickly becoming a nightmare for Buffalo fans. Josh Allen was handed the keys in the third quarter, leaving us questioning why he wasn’t starting in the first place if the Bills were happy for him to see the field! Things won’t get any easier this weekend as the Chargers come to town chasing their first W of the season. With the Bills confirming Josh Allen will start on the weekend he’ll get a real taste of NFL action in Week 1 thanks to Los Angeles’ dominant pass rushers. Strap yourselves in Bills fans.
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PITTSBURGH DOESN’T NEED LE’VEON BELL
THIS ‘popular opinion’ is dominating Twitter feeds around the globe. Yes, James Conner’s debut was impressive, but by no stretch of the imagination does that mean he can replace Bell. Le’Veon is perhaps the most versatile player in the NFL and he helps to make that Steelers offense go. Just because Conner rushed for over 130 yards and added two scores (against the Browns remember) doesn’t mean he can be the saviour for Pittsburgh. He’s no scrub and those fantasy coaches who snapped him up early seem set to benefit greatly. Until Bell resume his rightful place atop the throne.
KHALIL MACK IS TAKING CHICAGO TO THE PLAYOFFS
IF it wasn’t for a particular Green Bay Packers quarterback, then the biggest talking point from Sunday’s nightcap would have been the Bears’ new wrecking ball. Khalil Mack was out to prove he was worth every single penny Chicago gave him, registering a strip sack and a pick-6 in limited game time. After winning his first Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016, he could add another one to his mantlepiece with more efforts like this. Mitchell Trubisky and the rest of the offense are in a good place, but the new face of the franchise is going to be the one who initiates change in Chi-town.
AARON RODGERS IS A GOD
This is not an overreaction. This is a fact.
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