NFL Quick Hits: Week One
Week one is in the books. Thank God. I was starting to become the sports equivalent of hangry over the summer.
If you read our 2019 season preview We predicted the outcome of every game. I went 12-3-1, although the points estimates were... let's just say off on quite a few games...
Here's some of our fast thoughts on the week that was.
Offensive Player of the Week: Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Lamaaaaarrrrrr...... you should play wide receiver Lamaaaaaarrrrrrr..... you can't throw Lamaaaaaarrrrrr......
Yeah. So much for that.
Granted, it's just week one, where there always seems to one absurd quarterback stat line that amounts to nothing in the long run (Ryan Fitzpatrick in Tampa Bay last year, anyone?). Also, they were playing the Dolphins, so yeah.
But with all that considered, Lamar had an absolute belter of a game. Three touchdowns, 300-plus yards, only three incompletions in just three quarters. Perfect passer rating.
Also an honorable mention to Sammy Watkins who had an ABSURD week one against the Jaguars (Nine catches, 198 yards, three touchdowns).
Defensive Player of the Week:
Almost went with the Vikings' Anthony Harris' two-pick performance, but I'm going to go with C.J. Mosely.
Mosely, aside from LeVeon Bell, was the Jets' big acquisition, and is expected to be the leader of this defense. Through the first three quarters, the Bills simply couldn't get anything going.
Also, getting a first qurter pick-six always helps the case.
Loser of the Week: The Miami Dolphins
Come on. Seriously. Allowing 59 points? The Ravens' new offense was clicking and looks much improved, but really?
They allowed two HUGE touchdowns early to a rookie wide receiver in his first taste of NFL action. They allowed more than 200 passing yards in the first half.
The score was 42-10 at halftime.
The Dolphins didn't get defeated. They got eviscerated.
When your own players after the game are reportedly asking to be traded, you know its bad.
To make matters worse, the Dolphins new week will play a New England team that pulverized the Steelers 33-3 will be adding Antonio freakin' Brown to their already talented receiving corps.
Hide the kids. It won't be pretty.
Rookie of the Week: Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Speaking of the Dolphins game and Antonio Brown, his cousin went OFF against the Dolphins in his first professional action.
His first trips to the end zone came in the form of two bombs in the first quarter (47 and 83 yards). Brown finished with four catches for 147 yards and those two scores.
Sidebar: it was a great week for rookie wide receivers who all went for more than 100 yards in their debut (TK Hockenson, Terry McLaurin, AJ Brown)
Best Uni Matchup of the Week: Packers vs. Bears
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
It may have been a crap game, but the uniforms were on-point as usual.
With this being the opening matchup of the NFL season, they could have done some weird uniform antics, but they chose to stick with the classics, which was the right choice.
Shame about that 10-3 final scoreline though...
Most Barf-y Uni Matchup of the Week: San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I nearly went with the Bengal/Seahawks matchup due to its mix of neon green and tiger stripes.
But the Bucs/49ers game was just ugly.
The 49ers uniforms themselves are not bad, far from it actually. But when paired with the Bucs' monstrosity, it just looks... ew.
Don't even get me STARTED on the Bucs' digital clock-esque numbers.
This is the kind of effect the Bucs' uniforms have. They drag other decent uniforms down with it. Kind of like how Jameis Winston drags down the whole team.