Every NFL fan woke up on Sunday morning ready for a great day of action. A bunch of fans got exactly what they wanted and even more than they hoped for. Other fans might have some damage done to the walls of their homes or glass objects within their vision.
No matter which side of the fence you landed on, the games were downright embarrassing. Seven of the thirteen matchups ended in double digit losses and three of those were by 30 points or more.
Let’s take a look shall we…
Lamar Jackson silenced critics and Dolphins’ fans
We can start with the Miami Dolphins actually showing up to an NFL game and allowing 59 points to the Baltimore Ravens. Of course the Dolphins brass would have you believe they aren’t tanking but that’s obviously not the case is it Mr. (Stephen) Ross.
Lamar Jackson made his presence felt with 324 passing yards and five touchdown passes. Rookie Marquise Brown burst onto the scene with 147 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
The Ravens pretty much had their way with the Dolphins all day with almost no retaliation. The big question is will the Dolphins play any game this season with any resistance?
The Cleveland Browns looked like the Cleveland Browns
The new look Cleveland Browns had an old time result versus the Tennessee Titans.
Baker Mayfield threw for 285 and one touchdown for Cleveland but he added three interceptions. The Titans won the game 43-13. The Browns racked up 18 penalties for 182 yards.
Derrick Henry finished with 159 yards from scrimmage and two scores for Tennessee. Marcus Mariota ended up with 248 passing yards and three touchdowns. Here’s the real question, is this a week 1 fluke or a preview of things to come for both teams.
Who will the Steelers blame next
The Pittsburgh Steelers blamed everybody on their 2018 problems. It was either Antonio Brown’s attitude, Le’Veon Bell’s holdout or some referee calling a bad penalty. Welp, a 33-3 drubbing by the New England Patriots should sway some of that thinking.
Tom Brady finished with 341 passing yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett grabbed four catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Without the “distractions” Ben Roethlisberger finished with 276 yards and zero touchdowns.
If Pittsburgh does not make the playoff, who’s to blame?
There you have it, three games with three very shocking finishes. Is it a week one aberration or the start of something horrible?