Coach Craig's Week 1 Takeaways
Hello everyone Coach Craig here! We had a very exciting first week of Football. After watching every game (yes I watched every game) I wanted to share my takeaways for each team.
As a Texans fan this was a rough game to watch. Mahomes and company were able to exploit the holes of the Texans defense. The offensive line struggled in pass protection. However, David Johnson looked decent in limited touches. I would consider him a solid RB2 in fantasy going forward. Will Fuller capitalized on additional targets and escaped the game healthy. Woohoo!
Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes looked like his former MVP self. The Chiefs were able to effectively spread the ball around. Clyde Edwards-Helaire got plenty of carries and produced on the ground (outside of the goal line). L’Jarius Sneed performed well as rookie CB in his first NFL game.
New England Patriots
Cam is back! He had a solid first game after missing almost all of last season. The Patriots offense looked pretty basic at times. However, when they used motion and zone read designed plays they were able to exploit favorable match ups. It will be interesting to see how often Cam runs going forward. The Patriots defense was solid as always.
This was an interesting game for the Dolphins. Their defense looks to be improved. Fitzpatrick really struggled at times. Tua’s time could be coming sooner rather than later. DaVante Parker left the game after re-aggravating his hamstring injury. Myles Gaskin came out of nowhere to lead the group of Dolphins RBs (63% snap rate). Mike Gesicki flashed at times despite only having 3 receptions.
Both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt looked good running the ball against a tough Ravens defense. Baker Mayfield really struggled at times. He definitely had a case of the “happy feet” and drifted too far back on his drops far too often. David Njoku looked good prior to his injury. The Browns defense looked overmatched against the Ravens offense.
It’s hard to say anything bad about the Ravens after Week 1. Their defense looked solid overall. Hollywood Brown looks like he is primed for a 2nd year breakout at WR! Mark Andrews looked solid once again (no touchdown regression here). Heck even Willie Snead looked pretty good in this game.
Injuries were a major issue for the Eagles in Week 1. Missing 3 of their offensive lineman against a very talented defensive line was the demise of Carson Wentz. They definitely missed Miles Sanders in this one as well. No receivers stood out for the Eagles outside of Zack Ertz and Dallas Goedert.
Washington Football Team
This defensive line is stacked! Both Fabian Moreau and Jimmy Moreland had impressive interceptions. Washington struggled to run the ball despite Peyton Barber having 2 TDs. Dwayne Haskins really struggled at times. Logan Thomas was a nice surprise catching 4 of 8 targets for 37 yards and a TD. Consider him a sleeper TE in fantasy.
Adrian Peterson looked good running the ball. I would expect the Lions to use him as their main RB going forward. TJ Hockenson benefited from the absence of Kenny Golladay. Jamie Collins decided it was a good idea to “headbutt” the official and was thrown out of the game early on. Once again the Lions defense blew the lead late in the game.
The good, the bad and the ugly with Mitchell Trubisky. He looked lost at times, but in the 4th quarter he was able to perform well enough to lead his team to a win. David Montgomery looked pretty good coming off his groin injury. Head Coach Matt Nagy used a handful of WRs to pair with Allen Robinson. Anthony Miller was very effective despite only having a 42% snap rate. Overall the Bears defense looked pretty average.
The good: Bengals defense looked much improved. Young players Sam Hubbard and Jessie Bates were impressive. The bad: Bengals offensive line struggled early and often. Joe Burrow flashed at times, especially on the final 2 minute drive. His shovel pass that went right to Melvin Ingram was hard to watch though. Last but not least, Randy Bullock missed the game tying field goal.
The Chargers defense looked impressive throughout the game. Chris Harris Jr. and Casey Hayward kept both AJ Green and Tyler Boyd in check. Austin Ekeler had 19 carries but only saw 1 target! Joshua Kelley looked good on 12 carries for 60 yards and a TD. Consider picking him up if he is available in your league. Tyrod Taylor was unimpressive outside of a few throws to Mike Williams and Hunter Henry.
The Rams defense held strong against a good Cowboys offense. Malcolm Brown looked like the best RB for the Rams. Cam Akers looked like a struggling rookie in his first NFL game. Be sure to have those waiver claims in for Malcolm Brown! Robert Woods was clearly the go to target for Jared Goff in this one.
Amari Cooper had 10 receptions against a top CB? This was definitely a positive sign for him. CeeDee Lamb played early and often. Ezekiel Elliott led the way with 2 TDs. However, the Rams were able to exploit the Cowboys rookie RT and get pressure on Dak Prescott. Blake Jarwin's potential breakout season is sadly over after tearing his ACL.
There were a few major takeaways in this game for the Colts. Marlon Mack is now out for the year with an Achilles injury. Expect to see a lot of Jonathan Taylor in the coming weeks. Parris Campbell is looking like a strong 2nd year breakout WR (a la DJ Chark 2019). Philip Rivers is continuing his interception throwing ways and the Colts defense struggled to stop Gardner Minshew.
UDFA rookie James Robinson looked decent in his first NFL Game. Gardner Minshew was almost unstoppable as he went 19 for 20 with 3 TDs. The Jaguars offensive line looked better than expected. CJ Henderson was impressive in his first NFL game.
New York Jets
The Jets are likely the worst team in the league. Le’Veon Bell looked decent prior to his injury. Sam Darnold is still not showing improvement in his third season. Jamison Crowder is the man and could end up leading the league in targets. The Jets defense was solid against the run but looked lost against the pass.
The Bills threw the ball 46 TIMES! Yes you read that right, 46 times. Josh Allen looked great at times and bad at others including 2 wonky fumbles. Moss and Singletary split carries, but both were held in check by the Jets tough run defense. The Bills defense looked fantastic outside of the touchdown given up to Jamison Crowder.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers enforced their will on the Vikings defense. The Packers defense was more of the bend but don’t break variety in this one. Their offense controlled the ball for about 40 minutes and saw solid contributions from Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Aaron Jones.
The Vikings defense struggled all game long. The inexperience of their CBs and lack of pass rush allowed Aaron Rodgers to pick them apart. Cook and Mattison looked good running the ball when given the chance. Justin Jefferson looked quick on his 2 receptions and Adam Thielen was solid as always.
I was impressed with Drew Lock’s mobility as well as his ability to improvise. He looked to Noah Fant early and often. The Broncos defense looked good especially against the run. Melvin Gordon looked pretty average and Phillip Lindsay left the game with a toe injury. Jerry Jeudy showed some flashes as well as some rookie mistakes in his first NFL game.
Woah a Corey Davis sighting! He rocked out with 7 catches for 101 yards. Could this be the year he finally breaks out? Derrick Henry wasn’t able to dominate in this one, but Ryan Tannehill threw the ball pretty well. The Titans defense was pretty hit or miss throughout the night, but solid overall. Stephen Gostkowski struggled in his return from hip surgery missing 3 field goals and 1 extra point, but made the game winner.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints defense and special teams lead the way in this one. Their offense looked good at times despite not putting up big statistical numbers. Latavius Murray looked decent running the ball between the tackles. Sean Payton moved the ball around enough to keep the defense on its toes.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers struggled on offense as Tom Brady and his receivers were often not on the same page. It probably didn’t help that they were playing against a good Saints defense as well. Ronald Jones looked solid running the ball most of the time. Scotty Miller was a pleasant surprise out of the slot. Overall, the Buccaneers defense looked good.
Joe Brady was able to spread out the offense pretty well. They used Robby Anderson in more ways than as just a deep threat. DJ Moore looked good despite some poor throws from Teddy Bridgewater. Christian McCaffrey was solid as always despite only having 3 receptions. The Panthers defense is still very much a work in progress.
Las Vegas Raiders
Josh Jacobs looked good catching the ball and had a good game against a poor Panthers defense. Derek Carr looked good throughout the game. They ran a lot of plays designed for Henry Ruggs and Darren Waller. The Raiders defense was almost as bad as the Panthers.
Todd Gurley looked good running the ball early. The Falcons were playing catch up almost the entire game. However, their offense still looked pretty good. Russell Gage saw more middle of the field targets than Hayden Hurst. This will be something to follow going forward. The Falcons defense looked overmatched against a high powered Seahawks offense.
Are the Seahawks letting Russ cook? It sure looked that way in this game. Chris Carson appeared to be in good shape and was used effectively as a pass catcher. Carlos Hyde was also involved. He actually had one more carry than Chris Carson. Tyler Lockett is still the go to guy for Russell Wilson and I don’t expect this to change any time soon. Jamal Adams looked like the playmaker that the Seahawks defense has been missing.
San Francisco 49ers
Raheem Mostert got the lion’s share of the carries. He also chipped in with a nice catch and run for a touchdown early in the game. Jerrick McKinnon looked good and appeared quicker than in his days in Minnesota. Jimmy Garopollo struggled in the pocket at times. The 49ers defense still looks good outside of containing Kyler Murray.
Early on it looks like DeAndre Hopkins will be funneled plenty of targets. Kyler Murray looked better as a runner than as a passer. Kenyan Drake looked solid against a tough 49ers defense. The Cardinals defense showed signs of improvement, outside of the long catch and run to Raheem Mostert.
New York Giants
Darius Slayton looks like a 2nd year breakout WR. Daniel Jones looked pretty good when given time to throw, which wasn’t very often. Barkley was held in check by a great Steelers defense. Giants defense is still very much a work in progress.
Big Ben started off rusty, but got better as the game went along. James Conner got hurt early in the game. Benny Snell looked good replacing him. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson both flashed throughout the game. The Steelers defense remains one of the best in the NFL.
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