- New England Patriots 19 @ Carolina Panthers 17– There were many varying levels of QB play in this game (QB Joe Webb CAR had the most passing TDs (2) and passing YDs (123), QB Jacoby Brissett NE led the way in completion % (100%) by going 9-9. He had a passing TD, and QB Tom Brady NE did as well. QB Cam Newton CAR had 2 INTs and QB Derek Anderson CAR had 1 INT. QB Jimmy Garoppolo was the most non-descript QB in the game (9-15, 57 YDs).). Both starting RBs had nice games in the limited number of carries they got (Legarrette Blount NE (5 CAR, 26 YDs) and Jonathan Stewart CAR (3 CAR, 23 YDs)). The top scoring receivers were not the usual suspects (WR Chris Hogan NE (5 REC, 62 YDs, TD) and TE Marcus Lucas CAR (2 REC, 32 YDs, 2 TDs)). Carolina’s LBs came to play (Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson both had FF), while, for New England’s defense, it was the secondary that came to play (1 INT each for S Duron Harmon, S Devin McCourty, and CB Logan Ryan). Overall, I expected Carolina’s starting offense to perform better than their starting defense (which lacks a quality secondary now that Josh Norman is gone and the starting CBs are both rookies), and that was not the case. That was likely why the Panthers lost this game. Clearly, the Patriots starters were better on both sides of the ball with the defense intercepting QB Cam Newton twice, and QB Tom Brady scoring a TD in limited playing time on offense.
- Buffalo Bills 16 @ Washington Redskins 21– QB Kirk Cousins (12-23, 188 YDS, 3 TDS, INT) outshined all of the other QBs in this game, as no other QB passed for a TD. Only 1 rushing TD in the game (courtesy of RB Jonathan Williams BUF), though both starting RBs (LeSean McCoy BUF and Matt Jones WAS) didn’t play. Buffalo had a quiet receiving night, as their second leading receiver was RB Daniel Herron (5 REC, 49 YDS), while Washington’s receivers were lighting it up (WR Ryan Grant (1 REC, 38 YDS, TD) and TE Vernon Davis (3 REC, 42 YDS), notably took advantage of their opportunities.). Buffalo’s defense came up with 1 TO (CB Corey White had an INT), and Washington’s defense came up with 2 (CB Will Blackmon had a FF, and CB Kendall Fuller had an INT). Overall, I was surprised the game was this close. The stat sheet heavily favored Washington, but they often failed to take advantage of opportunities. Nevertheless, they did get the victory because Buffalo’s offense was relatively non-existent, as K Dan Carpenter (10 pts) was their leading scorer. Based on what Buffalo’s offense showed, I would say my current season outlook for them is correct. That also means that coach Rex Ryan could, once again, find himself out of a job at the end of this season.
- Pittsburgh Steelers 27 @ New Orleans Saints 14– The starting QBs (Ben Roethlisberger PIT (12-17, 148 YDS, 2 TDS) and Drew Brees NO (9-12, 78 YDS, TD)) looked very sharp. The running games were disastrous, as the leading rushers for both teams (RB Le’Veon Bell PIT (3 CAR, 21 YDS) and RB Tim Hightower NO (8 CAR, 27 YDS)) were held under 30 YDS. WR Sammie Coates PIT (2 REC, 66 YDS, TD) finally came to play, meaning he MIGHT save himself from getting cut. For New Orleans, rookie WR Tommylee Lewis (2 REC, 41 YDS, TD) surprised. Pittsburgh’s defense was sensational, accumulating 2 FF (LBs Vince Williams and Lawrence Timmons) AND 2 INT (LBs Steven Johnson and Tyler Matakevich). New Orleans defense was lousy (as expected) with just 1 FF (CB Delvin Breaux). The receiver situation was REALLY noteworthy. Coates really struggled in the previous two preseason games. While his performance in this game likely won’t lift him above WR Marcus Wheaton for the WR2 spot due to the suspension of WR Martavis Bryant, it could solidify another shot at the WR3 spot for him. New Orleans likely wishes they could find defenders out of thin air the way they have managed to find WRs. WR Brandin Cooks is a lock for the WR1 job, Willie Snead likely will take the WR2 spot with his continued emergence, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman have been giving each other a run for their money for the WR3 spot, and now Tommylee Lewis is coming out of nowhere to stake a claim for a roster spot as the WR5. Brandon Coleman is the oldest of those five, at just 24 years old! The Saints are loaded at WR! Also, Pittsburgh needs to give some serious thought to their LB situation. They’ve been looking for good LBs to team up with Lawrence Timmons, and they appear to have too many good options in their hands. Vince Williams likely will get the MLB2 spot next to Timmons due to his strong preseason performance. LB Bud Dupree will be injured to begin the season, so it has looked as though LBs James Harrison and Jarvis Jones will be starting at both OLB spots. After this game, however, the Steelers may want to look more closely at LBs Steven Johnson and Tyler Matakevich, because Harrison is old, and Jones has not lived up to his first-round draft selection from a few drafts ago.
- Cleveland Browns 13 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30– Strong performances from the starting QBs (Robert Griffin III CLE (8-14, 119 YD, TD) and Jameis Winston TB (16-25, 259 YD, 2 TD)). Nothing special came from any RBs in this game. Just as WR Terrelle Pryor CLE was starting to build a good reputation with RG3, WR Josh Gordon (2 REC, 87 YD, TD) has picked up where he left off. Also, WR Mike Evans TB (5 REC, 115 YD, TD) is ready for the regular season, now. Boring game defensively, with just 2 FF (DT Danny Shelton CLE and DE Robert Ayers Jr TB). Noteworthy: WR Josh Gordon has come back strong, and RG3 continues to look like he is capable of getting his career back on track. How funny would that be if Gordon and RG3 challenged each other for comeback player of the year? That looks like it’s in the cards. Wait, does that mean Cleveland will be the comeback team of the year? Not likely. Stick with the Cavaliers for now. But don’t worry Cleveland, things are looking up for the Browns. Also, K Robert Aguayo (3-3 FG) FINALLY showed up!
- Green Bay Packers 21 @ San Francisco 49ers 10– Instead of analyzing this game, I’d like to rant against QB Colin Kaepernick. Remember how I said that (San Diego Chargers) DE Joey Bosa is my least favorite NFL player of all time? Well, I lied. It’s Crapernick. He made the 49ers highlight reel for the first time in a while, but not for spectacular gameplay. Instead, he made it because he refused to stand for the national anthem. What a(n) (Insert profantiy here)! This guy is UNBELIEVABLE, so much so, that ‘guy’ probably isn’t the correct word to use for him. I would use ‘rat’ or ‘cockroach’, but I don’t want to insult rats and cockroaches for no reason. His reasoning for sitting during the national anthem: He believes the country stands for anti-black racism. REALLY?! ENOUGH WITH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS! Unfortunately, racism is still present, but it is present in INDIVIDUALS now, NOT the ENTIRE COUNRTY! Also, this country has given him the opportunity to make the ABSURD amount of money that he makes (despite the fact that he SUCKS, no less). If you are going to be stupid and blame the country for racism in individuals, LEAVE! Crapernick has absolutely NO RIGHT to disrespect this country! PLEASE, San Francisco, FIRE HIM! Rid yourselves, and all of us football fans from his STUPIDITY! I conclude by repeating: WHAT A(N) (INSERT PROFANITY HERE)!!!
- Kansas City Chiefs 23 @ Chicago Bears 7– Surprisingly, the standout QB in this game was the Bears’ 3rd-stringer, Connor Shaw (5-6, 68 YD, TD). The Chiefs’ leading rusher was QB Alex Smith, and the Bears’ second-leading rusher was QB Connor Shaw=WOW. WR Cameron Meredith CHI (4 REC, 64 YD, TD) was the leading receiver, and the only receiver to score a TD. The starting DTs (Dontari Poe KC and Eddie Goldman CHI) both had a FF. CB Deiondre’ Hall CHI had an INT. Overall, a very boring game from two boring teams. Neither team is currently known for being splashy in terms of big plays. Although, clearly, boring works much better for Kansas City, even in the preseason.
- Detroit Lions 9 @ Baltimore Ravens 30– QB Matthew Stafford DET (14-23, 95 YD, INT) played a very Stafford-esque game, while QB Ryan Mallett BAL (10-15, 112 YD, TD) played a very UnMallett-esque game, and he also had a rushing TD. RB Theo Riddick DET (3 CAR, 35 YD) seems to be running away from fellow DET RBs Ameer Abdullah (4 CAR, 16 YD) and Zach Zenner (3 CAR, 13 YD) in the RB competition, and he is also an elite pass-catcher out of the backfield. Meanwhile, the Ravens RB competition continues to remain cloudy, as RBs Terrence West (7 CAR, 43 YD) and Kenneth Dixon (6 CAR, 41 YD) are playing well, while previous starters Justin Forsett (2 CAR) and Javorious Allen (8 CAR, 15 YD) are struggling. WR Jeremy Butler BAL (4 REC, 43 YD, TD) was the game’s leader in REC, REC YD, and REC TD. The two teams combined for 6 SAC; Detroit had 2 (DT Haloti Ngata and DT Khyri Thornton); Baltimore had 4 (CB Anthony Levine (also had INT), LB Matt Judon (also had FF), DE Timmy Jernigan, LB Victor Ochi). Detroit also a FF (DT Anthony Zettel). The RBs definitely surprised me the most. I’m not surprised to see Theo Riddick taking the lead in Detroit, but I am surprised to see Terrence West taking the lead in Baltimore. I am SHOCKED that Justin Forsett hasn’t come to play at all, and he could be facing his release from Baltimore.
- New York Giants 21 VS New York Jets 20
- Philadelphia Eagles 33 @ Indianapolis Colts 23
- Tennessee Titans 27 @ Oakland Raiders 14
- Los Angeles Rams 9 @ Denver Broncos 17
- San Diego Chargers 10 @ Minnesota Vikings 23
- Arizona Cardinals 24 @ Houston Texans 34
- Cincinnati Bengals 21 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 26
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