NFL: Week 1 Duds
Yesterday, we took a look at the week one studs. We now flip to the duds. These players and/or teams played horrible in their season opener. While there is 16 weeks left, these duds need to get it together, for themselves, their coach and the fans. If they don’t it could be one long season. With that said, here are the week one duds in the NFL.
New York Giants
As a Giants fan, it pained me to watch the game Wednesday night. The defense looked weak, the rushing game is a non-factor once again and what’s worse is the passing game stalled. With the secondary playing tight coverage and Victor Cruz dropping his fair share of passes, it was not a good night for the Superbowl Champions, who disappointed their fans in their home opener. However, last two seasons the Giants won the Superbowl, they lost their season opener. So, maybe this is a blessing in disguise.
Talk about a horrible football game. The Eagles and Browns managed to score 33 points and both teams together produced nine turnovers. Even though Michael Vick won, he looked less than stellar. Brandon Weedon, looked like a rookie, throwing four interceptions and zero touchdowns. To the fans that watched the game, I’m sorry you had to go through that display of terrible football.
After coming off a successful 2011 season in which he threw for over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns, Matthew Stafford looked less than stellar against the St. Louis Rams. The Comeback Player of the Year, threw three interceptions and needed last second heroics to defeat the Rams. Next, the Lions have to take on the 49ers who are coming off a huge win. This could spell even more trouble for Stafford.
Besides RGIII we saw rookie quarterbacks flop in the season opener. All four (Weedon, Wilson, Luck, Tannehill) lost. The four quarterbacks combined for 2 touchdowns (Luck/Wilson) and 11 interceptions. A rough day for these quarterbacks indeed. Although, Russell Wilson looked good out of all four of the losing QB’s and even had a chance to win the game at the end. Still, maybe Cam Newton and Andy Dalton may have set the bar too high last year, for how rookies should perform in their first year. Still, plenty of season left for all five rookies.
Vernon Davis and Rob Gronkowski
Both tight ends played well for their team, each scoring a touchdown, as their teams won their season opener. However, their touchdown celebrations were both fails. That is why they get the last spot on the duds list. Video evidence can be found here for Gronk’s and Vernon’s can be found here in GIF form. These guys will score plenty of touchdowns, however, they need to step their celebration game up or at least be successful when they do it.