The first week of the NFL is over and we certainly saw a few shocking games that made us wonder about our football handicapping skills. Despite these surprise games, the real headline should how many star players were injured during week 1 of the NFL.
Some of the more notable injured players were quarterbacks Josh McCown, wide receivers TY Hilton, DeSean Jackson, and Dez Bryant, and Derek Carr, and running backs Andre Ellington and Reggie Bush. We are still waiting to hear how this will affect each team’s roster so until then, let’s take a look at how some of the top team did.
The Patriots looked great last Thursday night and it looks like the deflategate fiasco has not affected the Brady/Gronk connection as the amazing duo scored three touchdowns in their seven-point win against Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Now that running back LeGarrette Blount done serving his one-game suspension, the Pats offense has more options this week as they travel to Buffalo. New England is currently listed as a pick ‘em.
Two teams who were a bit of a let down were the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos who probably had the worst offense during the first NFL week. Hopefully, they will do better during week 2 as they both performed better during the second half of their games which could mean they just needed more practice.
The NFL Week 1 betting lines showed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a big underdog and they performed accordingly as they were destroyed by the Titans. Currently, the online sports betting shops list the Titans as a small favorite despite being on the road.
We got to see Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns play early in the game when he took over for an injured Josh McCown but it didn’t do much to help the Brown as they finished with five turnovers in a 31-10 loss against the Jets.
At the close of Sunday night football, we got to see the 49ers crush the Minnesota Vikings 20-3. Despite Running Back Adrian Peterson’s best efforts, he just could not get past the 49ers defense and he ended up the night with only 31 yards rushing.
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