Normally after the first week of games I’m looking at what the contenders did or didn’t do for their first game. This year is a little different in that there were two upsets that I have to highlight. The first one being in Jacksonville where they are going with last years 5th round pick Gardner Minshew at quarterback. He did get to play quite a bit in his rookie year as their former QB Nick Foles was injured during the first game. Minshew wasn’t spectacular, but I liked how he played at Washington State and he carried that over into the NFL. Anyway, against the Colts he completed 19 of his 20 pass attempts. You read that right. And to top it off he threw 3 touchdown passes to help clinch a Week 1 victory. Now the Colts offense did look sloppy at times, but I certainly didn’t expect Minshew to be so efficient by missing only one pass for the entire game. Lets see if this efficiency continues.
You Have My Attention
In another upset that happened during the first week, the Washington Redskins (until they officially change it to something other than the Washington Football Team, this is what I will call them) erased a 17-point deficit and scored 27 unanswered points. This was at home against their division rival the Philadelphia Eagles, a team I consider to be playoff contenders. This shows two things. One, that the Redskins defense is legit and that front seven is a force to be reckoned with. And two, the Eagles offensive line is terrible. No quarterback could make something happen when they’re getting sacked 8 times for 62 yards. Head coach Doug Pederson didn’t do QB Carson Wentz any favors by only rushing the ball 17 times when you were leading by 17 for almost an entire half. I don’t have the Redskins being anywhere near contending, but this keeps my eye on them going forward.
It Shouldn’t Have Come To That
When I stopped paying attention to the Bears vs. Lions game, I saw Detroit had a 23-6 lead. Then it became 23-13 with around 5 minutes left the last I saw the score. I just assumed later in the afternoon that the Lions won the game. Boy was I wrong. Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky scored one of his 3 touchdown passes to TE Jimmy Graham with 13:39 left in the game. Then the Bears scored again with 2:58 left. A Trubisky to WR Javon Wims connection. Then for some strange reason, Lions QB Matthew Stafford throws a ball into coverage which gets tipped and promptly intercepted by the Bears. Just to refresh your memory of this game, the Lions had RB Adrian Peterson doing what he does best with 93 yards rushing on 14 carries. He even caught 3 passes for 21 yards. Why wasn’t he getting the ball at that point of the game? The Bears ended up getting the go-ahead touchdown with Trubisky throwing it to WR Anthony Miller. Detroit still had a prime chance to get the victory, but it was dropped by RB D’Andre Swift in the end zone on 3rd down of the last drive of the game. This week goes to show you that you can’t count anyone out at any point of a game.