REMEMBER when Atlanta lost to Philadelphia in the first game of 2018 thanks to a late Jay Ajayi touchdown? Or how the Tyrod Taylor led Browns and Steelers played out an overtime draw? How about when Aaron Rodgers threw three second-half TD’s to beat the Bears? Well, that one you might actually remember, however, the other Week 1 performances from 2018 had very little bearing on the events that played out last season. That didn’t stop us from overreacting to just 16 games of NFL football and with the first week of season 2019 in the books, it’s time to do the same thing.
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Jameis Winston won’t be a Buccaneer next season
IN fact, if we’re really overreacting, Jameis Winston won’t be in the NFL at all next season. An ugly start to 2019 quickly saw all the hope and optimism surrounding Winston evaporate as the former No. 1 overall pick threw three interceptions, including two pick-6’s against San Fran. Somewhat ironically, Winston became the Bucs’ all-time franchise leader in passing yards during the game and while that record may link him to Tampa Bay for a long time, you’d think more performances like this will see him lose his role as the starter in Bruce Arians’ offense.
Dak Prescott will become the highest-paid quarterback
AFTER Jerry Jones handed the bag to Ezekiel Elliott in the form of a six-year, $90 million deal last week most believe that Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is next in line for a serious payday. Four quarters of football later and his price tag may have just increased. Prescott put forth one of the best performances of his four-year career to date, tossing 405 passing yards with four scores as Dallas made light work of the Giants. There’s no rush in finalising the exact dollar amount on Prescott’s deal, but after lighting up the passing attack there’s a chance it’ll be the largest chunk of change we’ve seen handed to a quarterback.
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Matt Nagy is the Bears’ real problem
DURING the pre-season Matt Nagy’s offensive changes have been heavily talked about, with all eyes locked on Chicago with a high level of anticipation. Unfortunately, by the end of the contest, they were being talked about for all the wrong reasons with Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears turning in an ugly performance. His head coach didn’t help him, with Nagy and his offense failing to adapt their game plan, leading to Chicago punting on nine of their 12 possessions while also turning the ball over twice. Trubisky can’t keep playing like that this team wants to achieve anything of note this year, but Nagy can’t afford to put his signal caller’s back against the wall either.
Lamar Jackson will win the 2019 MVP award
THIS might not be too much of a stretch if sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson has more games like he did in Week 1. Take the result with a grain of salt as Baltimore squared off with a Miami outfit that many expect to be the worst in football this season, but Jackson’s passing prowess still deserves special mention. Multiple franchise and NFL records were broken or equalled after Lamar’s 324 passing yards, five-touchdown performance and as he undoubtedly chalks up more yards on the ground, Ravens fans are daring to dream. He still has a long way to go if this MVP train is really going to leave the station, but Jackson did plenty on Sunday to at least stoke the coals.
No one is catching the Saints in the NFC South
IT was expected to be one of the tightest divisions in the NFL this season, but after week one, there’s only one NFC South squad with a winning record. Following Carolina’s close loss to the Rams, Atlanta’s lopsided defeat at the hands of Minnesota and Tampa Bay’s previously discussed miserable L to the 49ers, the New Orleans Saints, winners of two-straight division crowns seem poised to walk to another title. They had to fight until the last few seconds of the Monday Night Football game against Houston, but after what their peers showed last weekend, NOLA are in the box seat to make it three consecutive NFC South banners.
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Cleveland is doomed…
THIS is a severe overreaction by some football fans, but after the way, Cleveland played it’s somewhat warranted. Things started fine for the Browns in the form of an eight-play, 73-yard touchdown drive to open the game. However, a missed extra point later and things started to unravel. After watching back portions of the game I actually thought the Browns’ offense looked sharp, but their penalty issues and offensive line woes will make it hard to change the mind of others. Cleveland amassed 18 penalties for 182 yards and allowed Baker Mayfield to be sacked five times (including once for a safety in the first half), giving first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens a debut he’d rather soon forget. With a trip to play the Jets followed by big-time games against the Rams and Ravens looming on the horizon, this could spiral out of control quickly for the Browns if they don’t fix these glaring problems.
…and so are the rest of us mortals.
ON the night they raised banner number #6 to the rafters New England piled 20 unanswered points on Pittsburgh in the first half, before cruising to a 33-3 win. Most of us had Brady and his bunch pencilled in for another chip but, after the way the Patriots flat out dominated both sides of the ball betting agencies have been forced to start paying out bets on a seventh New England Super Bowl W already. Oh, and they still have this guy to add to the mix. Gulp.
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