NFL Week 1 winners, losers: Lance gets wet, defeated originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Football. Is. Back.
We’re back to the days of lounging in the living room in front of the TV, forgetting about all obligations and instead refreshing fantasy football apps in the hope that a last-minute clearance claim will somehow find the end zone.
That is exactly right.
In Week 1, we’ve witnessed stunning upsets, eyebrow-raising statement plays and some painful missed field goal attempts.
It’s time to declare winners and losers from the NFL’s opening weekend:
Once one of the most feared dual-threat running backs in the game, Barkley hasn’t been the same since suffering a torn ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season. But he’s announced big plans for 2022.
“F–k everybody,” Barkley said on “Second Wind” podcast before the season. “I’m ready to go crazy and let people feel me.”
Barkley did nothing but back up those words Sunday afternoon at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
Barkley totaled 194 yards on 24 carries, scored New York’s first touchdown of the season and made new Giants coach Brian Dambolt look like a genius by sneaking into the end zone on a, uh, boring decision to go for the colon. late game conversion.
Come back guys.
There’s a good chance Rodgers went home Sunday night after the Green Bay Packers’ 23-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in tears. Davante Adams’ Instagram page, reminiscing about their good times together.
Rodgers didn’t get much help from his wide receivers in Week 1. His top receiver was — *checks notes* — 247-pound running back AJ Dillon. Christian Watson, the No. 34 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, threw a certain 75-yard touchdown on Green Bay’s first offensive play of the season.
The Packers wide receivers combined for 12 catches for 120 yards in Minnesota. Meanwhile, Rodgers’ former favorite target Davante Adams had 10 receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Cue the REM song.
Winner: LSU Receiving Factory
Editor’s note: This blurb was written while running Griddy.
It’s only Week 1, and I’m already running out of words to describe Justin Jefferson.
The Vikings’ star wide receiver caught nine passes from grill master Kirk Cousins for a league-leading 184 yards and two touchdowns. Five of those nine receptions went for over 20 yards. Only two other receivers — Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams — had more than two catches of at least 20 yards, with three each.
Ja’Marr Chase, a teammate of Jefferson’s for two years at LSU, caught 10 passes for 129 yards, including a touchdown in the final seconds of regulation, in the Cincinnati Bengals’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It marked Chase’s 14th career touchdown, which has tied him for fifth all-time for most receiving TDs through the first 18 games of a NFL career.
In other LSU receivers news, Jarvis Landry led the New Orleans Saints with seven catches for 114 yards. And, hey, DJ Chark, remember him? He found the end zone for the Detroit Lions.
Loser: NFL Overtime Rules
It’s incredibly frustrating to scroll through the NFL standings on Monday morning and read that two teams are 0-0-1.
The Colts and Texans walked out of NRG Stadium after a game that nobody won — not Indianapolis, not Houston, not the fans forced to watch this ugly display of football that ended in a 20-20 tie.
Rodrigo Blankenship, beloved by football fans for his unique glasses, could use a prescription check after pushing a potential game-winning 42-yard field goal attempt wide right with two minutes left in overtime.
Every weekend, we’re reminded of college football’s great overtime rules, where both teams take the ball near the red zone until a winner emerges. No ties are accepted.
It’s 2022. What are we doing?
And special thanks to Steelers kicker Chris Boswell, who hit a 53-yard field goal as time expired in overtime to beat the Bengals.
Lost: Trey Lance
Soldier Field seemed better equipped to host a water polo tournament than a football game Sunday as the 49ers slipped and slid their way to a stunning 19-10 loss to the Chicago Bears.
The game was supposed to mark the official start of the Lance era in the Bay Area, but instead, San Francisco committed a costly 12 penalties for 99 yards and lost the turnover battle.
Lance threw some impressive passes early in the game, but his stat line wasn’t all that impressive: 13-of-28 passing for 164 yards, no touchdowns and one interception (50.3 passer). But nine of those misses came in the fourth quarter, when the telecast looked more like the iconic rain scene from “Shawshank Redemption” than a football game.
Let’s wait at least another six days for the 49ers’ Week 2 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks to determine if Lance will be a future Hall of Famer or first rounder.
Winner: Jimmy Garoppolo
Not only did the 49ers lose with Garoppolo on the sideline, but the quarterback’s name was trending on Twitter late Sunday night.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a hand injury and will reportedly miss six to eight weeks. ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Hello, Cowboy Jimmy?
Head coach Dan Campbell, the persona of the word “grit,” wrapped up the final season of “Hard Knocks” with a chilling line: “The 2022 Detroit Lions will be the team that can — and will.”
Well, on Sunday, these 2022 Lions proved they can, but they won’t. Detroit fell behind the Philadelphia Eagles early, and their furious comeback resulted in a brief 38-35 loss.
No kneecaps were injured in the Lions loss.
Winner: Teams fighting revenge games
Ah, the stories: Joe Flacco suits up with the Baltimore Ravens. Baker Mayfield wants revenge for the Cleveland Browns’ decision to part ways this offseason.
Unfortunately, Flacco quickly learned it’s 2022, not the 2012 postseason, as he attempted 59 passes that led to just nine points in the New York Jets’ 24-9 loss to Baltimore.
Mayfield gave his Carolina Panthers a one-point lead with 1:13 left, but Jacoby Brissett drove the Browns into the end zone to set up a 53-yard winner by kicker Cade York to erase Mayfield’s takeover history.
It’s your move on Monday night, Russell Wilson.
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