The Windup: Around The NFL Week 1

Ab Stanley

Chicago Bears Run Roughshod:
Run the football and play defense, better known as the lifetime philosophy for Chicago football. The Bears played a hard fought battle against the Atlanta Falcons. Rookie running back Tarik Cohen exploded onto the scene with 66 rushing yards and 47 receiving yards with a touchdown (eight catches). The 5’6″ 179 pound dynamo out of North Carolina A&T electrified the Soldier Field faithful with a 46 yard dart through the defense in the second quarter. Chicago as a team ran for 125 yards averaging 6.6 yards per carry with Jordan Howard carrying most of the load (13 carries for 52 yards). The Bears should win more games than we previously thought they would this season.


Is Michael Crabtree the most consistent player in the NFL the last two seasons? He grabbed six catches for 83 yards in the Oakland Raiders’ victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. It seems like every game he has 6-8 catches for around 80 yards and a touchdown (usually). One of the last of the true possession receivers, he’s had the exact same game since he came into  the league.


Youth movement: 
Jared Goff was drafted first overall in 2016 by the Los Angeles Rams. He started seven games and finished the season 0-7. One start into 2017 started to wash the bad taste out of Rams fans’ mouths. Goff went 21-29 for 306 yards and a touchdown in a 49-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts. It was Goff’s first ever win as a starter and his first ever 300 yard passing game. It also marked the first regular season win in head coach Sean McVay’s career. McVay became the youngest coach ever in the modern era when he was signed at age 30.

Hot Seat (yes already):

Chuck Pagano= Seat on fire
The Colts didn’t look good at all. We can’t keep pointing to Andrew Luck not being there. Nobody else seemed to show up versus the Rams. Coach Pagano gave credit to the 49ers and coach McVay after the game.. wait what? You didn’t play the Niners, brother.

Marvin Lewis (for the billionth time), Cincinnati has good players right? He’s never won a game in the playoffs. Based on Sunday, it doesn’t look like this is the year he breaks through.


Monday Night Recap:
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the New Orleans Saints 29-19. Sam Bradford was 27-32 for 346 yards and three touchdowns. Dalvin Cook finished with 22 carries and 127 yards in his first regular season game. Adrian Peterson could only muster 18 yards on six carries. The Saints finished averaging 2.9 yards per carry, splitting the load between Peterson, Mark Ingram, and rookie Alvin Kamara. Drew Brees finished with 291 yards and a touchdown.

The Los Angeles Chargers rallied late but fell to the Denver Broncos. Phillip Rivers finished with three touchdown passes (2 in the 4th quarter), but threw for only 192 yards. Melvin Gordon added 79 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. The Chargers had a chance to tie it late after being down most of the game. A second attempt field goal was blocked by Denver after head coach Vance Joseph called timeout and iced the kicker on the first attempt. Broncos’ quarterback Trevor Siemian finished with 219 yards with two touchdowns. Denver’s backfield duo of C.J. Anderson and Jamal Charles combined for 121 rushing yards on 30 carries. Denver’s defense held the Chargers in check. They could only come up with two drives that made it inside Denver’s 20 yard line.

Ab Stanley

Atlanta, GA

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