NFL football returns
By Matt Haddad (TheLorian)
IT’S FINALLY BACK. The long-awaited time for football is finally upon us and while the stands might not look full, I can guarantee you that people were glued to their T.V.s this weekend.
It started with Thursday night football. To kick off the weekend, the Houston Texans traveled to Kansas City to take on the defending Superbowl champions Kansas City Chiefs. Before the game started players from both teams locked arms at the 50 Yard line in solidarity for Black Lives Matter. The rookie out of LSU Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 25 rushes for 138 yards and a touchdown to cap off his amazing start in the NFL. Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins had 7 receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown to add to the Chiefs win. He got his fantasy teams 21 points. 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes threw for 211 yds and three touchdowns. Although Houston Texans Quarterback Deshuan Watson couldn’t lead his team to victory, he put up some respectable numbers, throwing for 1 touchdown, ran for 27 yards, threw for 253 yards and rushed for a touchdown. Texans newest addition David Johnson traded by the Arizona Cardinals had 11 rushes for 77 yards and 3 receptions for 32 yards while scoring a touchdown and getting his fantasy teams 19 points in his Texans debut.
In Sunday’s game, the Chicago Bears traveled to Ford Field to play the Detroit lions. Bears Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw three straight touchdown passes scoring 21 unanswered points against the lions and threw for a total of 242 yards. The Lions had a chance to score with 1:54 left in the game, but a touchdown pass was dropped by rookie running back De’andre Swift out of Georgia. The Chicago Bears had a miracle comeback, and ended up winning the game 27-23.
Moving to the NFC South, the Las Vegas Raiders traveled to Carolina to take on Teddy Bridgewater and the Panthers. Bridgewater made his debut with the Panthers and threw 22/34 for 270 yards and one touchdown. Christian McCaffery continues to prove his dominance in the league. McCaffery had 23 rushes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. However, the Panthers Defense struggled containing Raiders running back, Josh Jacobs’s three touchdowns and the raiders offense. The Raiders squeezed by the Panthers with a 34-30 win. It was two Heisman quarterbacks squaring off in Baltimore this afternoon between the leagues raining MVP Lamar Jackson and the Cleveland Browns first overall pick in 2018, Baker Mayfield. Lamar Jackson threw 20/25 for 275 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing seven times for 45 yards in a 38-6 win over the Browns.
As Tom Brady tries to continue his legacy in the NFL with his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady goes 23/36 throwing for 239 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Godwin caught 6 passes and 79 yards for the buccaneers. But it wasn’t enough to stop the New Orleans Saints from getting the victory 23-34.
Finally, Sunday Night Football was a nail bitter. The Dallas Cowboys travel to Los Angeles to face off against the Rams in their new stadium and new uniforms. Dallas Quarterback Dak Prescott threw 25/39 for 266 and a touchdown. Rookie wide receiver out of Oklahoma, Cede Lamb, made his debut in The Cowboys uniform catching 5 passes for 59 yards, but no touchdowns. The Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliot had 22 rushes for 96 yards and a touchdown. While the Cowboys numbers are great for a team fresh out of the post season, it wasn’t enough to win the game against a stellar Los Angeles defense lead by Aaron Donald on the defensive line and Jalen Ramsey coming up clutch in the final minutes of the game. The Cowboys had a shot to win the game with under 2 minutes left to go in regulation. Dak Prescott takes a shot down field to Michael Gallup which is caught. However, an offensive pass interference called on Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup that could have gone either way put the cowboys back at 4th and 20. With no time left on the clock the L.A. Rams sneak out of their new stadium with a 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Man, what a first week it has been around the NFL. And the best part about it is that its only week one. We still have 15 more weeks of football left. Not to mention College football with power 5 conference play got underway this weekend as well. Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and go Duhawks!