It was another exciting Sunday of NFL action and with that came some new story lines to follow. Here are the five biggest takeaways from the first two games of the season:
1. The Patriots Are Still Super Bowl Contenders
Led by quarterback Tom Brady and running back James White, the Patriots took care of business against the Bills, delivering a 48-17 victory. This game wasn’t as close as the scoreline may have indicated – New England led by as many as 31 points in the first half. With such potent firepower at their disposal, it’s hard to see Buffalo mounting much of a challenge in the AFC East this season.
2. The Jaguars Are a Threat in the AFC South
While Jacksonville lost to the Chiefs by a score of 27-17, they gave opponents all they could handle in what was billed as “the biggest game” of quarterback Blake Bortles’ career. After starting off the season with back-to-back losses, Jacksonville fans will be happy to see their team make some noise in the divisional standings. If Bortles can continue to play at an MVP level, they’ll be tough contenders for a playoff spot come January.
3. Eagles Rookie QB
The Eagles dominated the Saints, 34-14
The Philadelphia Eagles had their way with the New Orleans Saints, dominating them 34-14 on Sunday. Here are three main takeaways from the game:
1. Carson Wentz is back. Wentz completed 21 of his 33 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Eagles to a victory. The last time Wentz played in a regular season game was December 10th, when he suffered a season-ending ACL tear. It was great to see him back on the field and looking like his old self.
2. Alshon Jeffery is still a force. Jeffery caught six passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, proving that he is still one of the best receivers in the NFL. He’s been hampered by injuries in the past but he’s shown that he can still produce when healthy.
3. The Eagles defense is dominant. They held the Saints to only 264 total yards, which is impressive considering how strong their offense is. The Eagles will need this defense if they want to make it far in the playoffs this year.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers shocked the Vikings, 31-23
Sunday’s NFL games were full of surprises and upsets. The Green Bay Packers shocked the Minnesota Vikings with a 31-23 victory, while the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the New England Patriots in an overtime thriller. Here are some key takeaways from Sunday’s games:
Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a victory against the defending NFC Champions. Rodgers completed 26 of 41 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns, along with one interception. He also rushed for 36 yards on nine carries.
Rodgers is now 7-0 in his last seven games against the Vikings, including a record five straight victories in Minneapolis. However, this was not an easy win for Rodgers and the Packers. They trailed by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter before rallying to win.
The Vikings’ defense proved to be too much for Green Bay down the stretch, holding them to just two touchdown drives in their final three quarters of play. Minnesota’s offense struggled mightily throughout most of the game, managing just 77 total yards and three first downs over their last 33 minutes of play.
The Chiefs’ victory over the Patriots was another surprise. Kansas City trailed by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter before coming back to defeat
The Broncos handed the Chargers their first loss of the season, 23-16
Sunday’s NFL games were a lot of fun to watch, and there were a few things that we learned from them. Here are three key takeaways from Sunday’s action:
1. The Broncos are a force to be reckoned with
The Denver Broncos beat the Chargers 23-16, and it was an impressive display of football by both teams. The Broncos had the ball for most of the game, and they controlled the tempo of the game. The defense made some big plays, and quarterback Case Keenum was very efficient in his performance. It is clear that this team is contenders in the NFL season, and they will no doubt be tough opponents for any team that they face in the future.
2. The Chargers are still a force to be reckoned with
Despite their loss to the Broncos, the Chargers are still a dangerous team. They have one of the best offenses in the NFL, and their defense is also very strong. Their biggest weakness right now is their inability to score touchdowns on offense, which is something that they need to work on. They are definitely one of the top teams in the league, and they will be difficult opponents for anyone that they face in the future.
The Jaguars held off the Titans 27-24
The Jaguars held off the Titans 27-24 on Sunday to improve to 4-2 and keep pace with the Bengals in the AFC North. Here are five things we learned from the game:
1. Leonard Fournette is back – Leonard Fournette had 101 yards on 25 carries, including a 54-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, as he returned from a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Jaguars will need him if they want to compete in the AFC North this season.
2. Blake Bortles continues to struggle – Blake Bortles finished the game with a 52.3 completion percentage, three interceptions, and a 74.7 rating. He has now completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes in six of his last seven games and has been sacked 10 times over that span. The Jaguars need to find another option at quarterback before it’s too late.
3. The defense is finally playing well – The Jacksonville defense held off the Titans for their third straight win, holding them to 246 yards and two touchdowns on 53 offensive plays. This was their best performance of the season so far and gives them some hope that they can turn things around this
The Colts easily dispatched of the Bills 21-14
Sunday’s NFL games provided some interesting insights into the league’s parity. The Colts easily dispatched of the Bills 21-14, while the Saints and Seahawks battled to a 13-10 victory.
The Colts’ defense played a strong game, forcing four turnovers that led to 14 points. Frank Gore was unstoppable on the ground, accumulating 143 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Phillip Dorsett also had a big day, catching five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.
The Saints’ offense was led by rookie quarterback Drew Brees, who threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Thomas caught 10 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first player in NFL history to record 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions in his rookie season.
The Seahawks’ defense played well against an explosive Rams offense. Russell Wilson completed 28 of 39 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns, but it was their defensive effort that helped them win the game. Khalil Mack recorded 2.5 sacks and seven tackles, while Bobby Wagner posted six tackles and an interception.
There were several other noteworthy performances from Sunday’s games. Odell Beckham Jr. had six receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown for the Giants
What We Learned from Sunday’s Games
Sunday’s NFL games were full of excitement and surprises. Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the games:
-The Lions shocked the league by beating the Cowboys 35-31. It was an exciting game that saw both teams play very well. This win shows that the Lions are a force to be reckoned with in the NFL.
-The Patriots lost to the Steelers 27-23, but this doesn’t mean that they are losing their grip on first place in the AFC East. They still have a strong roster and can compete with any team in the league.
-The Chiefs beat the Rams 31-27, which is a big victory for them as they try to make a playoff push. This game showed that they are a good team and can matchup well against other teams.
These are just some of the big stories from Sunday’s games. There were many other interesting developments that we’ll be talking about over the next few weeks. Thanks for reading!
Sunday’s games were full of surprises and a few set plays that we’ll be talking about for years to come. Here are three things we learned from Sunday’s NFL action:
1. The Seahawks are the team to beat in the NFC West
2. Tom Brady is still one of the best quarterbacks in football, even at 40 years old
3. Aaron Donald is an absolute beast