NFL Week 1
It is great to see the sport that many absolutely adore return for another season after what has seemed like an eternity since the Patriots beat the Seahawks in the final play of the last Superbowl.
This year teams have joined the long road to Santa Clara for the 50th Superbowl, an event that is expected to be truly spectacular.
The season kicked off in style with the Patriots taking on the Steelers which was more one-sided than most expected, although that is how the highlights package was made up so tell me if I am wrong! That was a late one on a school night which I need a little more practice for!
There were plenty of opening week surprises starting with the Rams overtime win against the Seahawks who, months after their final play Superbowl loss, seem to still have one heck of a hangover. Other surprises across the league was the Falcons win over the much hyped Eagles and the Cardinals win over the Saints. The much fancied Colts fell to the Bills.
There were somewhat expected wins for the Packers and Niners while expected losses for the Raiders and Jaguars. One of the match ups of the week saw the Broncos beat the Ravens and JJ Watt could do little to prevent the Texans defeat to the Chiefs.
Going a little under the radar this week was the Titans big win over the Buccaneers. The team in Tennessee lack any real stars as I mentioned in my preview to the season but they do have is a real team ethic. Could they be the surprise package this season? We will have to wait and see but remember, they have only beaten Tampa just like many teams will this season.
The Cowboys stages a late march up the field to secure a single point win over the Giants which came at a cost as star wide receiver Dez Bryant fractured his foot. More impressively, the Cowboys got the win without him which suggests that this season will be more of a team effort than individuals.
Watching NFL Red Zone just highlighted what we had all been missing. In what is an ever impressive coverage secured by Sky Sports in conjunction with NFL Network, access to the game in the UK to fans is better than ever. Match sticks, energy drinks or whatever your method of choice is to stay awake into the early hours may need fine tuning but the action promises to be enough to do that alone if opening week is anything to go by.
Week 1 Results
- Arizona Cardinals 31-19 New Orleans Saints
- Atlanta Falcons 26-24 Philadelphia Eagles
- Buffalo Bills 27-14 Indianapolis Colts
- Chicago Bears 23-31 Green Bay Packers
- Dallas Cowboys 27-26 New York Giants
- Denver Broncos 19-13 Baltimore Ravens
- Houston Texans 20-27 Kansas City Chiefs
- Jacksonville Jaguars 9-20 Carolina Panthers
- New England Patriots 28-21 Pittsburgh Steelers
- New York Jets 31-10 Cleveland Browns
- Oakland Raiders 13-33 Cincinnati Bengals
- San Diego Chargers 33-28 Detroit Lions
- San Francisco 49ers 20-3 Minnesota Vikings
- St Louis Rams 34-31 Seattle Seahawks
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-42 Tennessee Titans
- Washington Redskins 10-17 Miami Dolphins
The big match up this weekend sees the Seahawks take on the Packers. It will be as intriguing as ever with Seattle already having a loss to their name and keen to get off the mark. It will be tough against a Green Bay side that got past the Bears with ease in their first game.
The Cowboys face a massive divisional match up against the Eagles where there is certainly no love lost made even more so by the loss of former players DeMarco Murray and Miles Austin to Philadelphia. The Steelers take on the Niners in another intriguing fixture.
A team I will bee keeping a keen eye on this season is the Houston Texans who features in the NFL series Hard Knocks. It ran for five episodes before the season began and you get a real feeling about the players and it will certainly be interesting to see how they fare. Losing their opener to the Chiefs will make them more determined to pick up a win this weekend against the Panthers who beat the Jaguars.
Week 2 Fixtures
- Kansas City Chiefs v Denver Broncos
- Buffalo Bills v New England Patriots
- Carolina Panthers v Houston Texans
- Chicago Bears v Arizona Cardinals
- Cincinnati Bengals v San Diego Chargers
- Cleveland Browns v Tennessee Titans
- Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions
- New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- New York Giants v Atlanta Falcons
- Pittsburgh Steelers v San Francisco 49ers
- Washington Redskins v St Louis Rams
- Oakland Raiders v Baltimore Ravens
- Philadelphia Eagles v Dallas Cowboys
- Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks
- Indianapolis Colts v New York Jets