Saquon Barkley never won the season opener in the NFL before Sunday. If it weren’t for the 24 touches and 194 yards from the script, Barkley would have started the NFL season 0-1 for the fifth time in his career. Instead, Barkley’s high-use days helped keep the New York Giants afloat in a 21-22 win over the Tennessee Titans. He won Daniel Jones, who took 188 passes, ran 25, but lost 32 yards on five bags. However, it was a tough two-yard run thanks to Daniel Jones’ shovel pass that earned him the top spot in the tournament. Most Valuable Player of Week 1 charts.
Derrick Henry is the backrunner who is expected to crush the opposing defense, not Barkley, who has lost sight and lost his mind since his rookie season in 2018. Daniel Jones, who just came out in his final year. contract, there wasn’t much to do but piggyback on Barkley, who caught the pass, tore through the 7 Titans’ attack, penetrated the end zone and scored 2 game-winning conversions. Only three backruns in NFL history featured a single game with 160 yards of dash, 30 touchdowns, one touchdown and 2-point conversion.
In Week 1, Barkley caught up with the entire tournament within a few yards of the script. If the Giants are going to make any waves in NFC East, Barkley’s going to have to make a fuss like this every weekend. When the Giants picked Barkley with a second pick in the 2018 Draft, they dreamed of days like this becoming the norm. It’s an unfair request to make a return to still play on his rookie contract, but it’s essential for a roster whose offensive ability is so poor that it was picked in the first round. their wide receiver in 2020, Kadarius Toney has played just seven times despite not being listed on the injury report and their top-fielder Kenny Golladay has only been targeted twice, which is an improvement better than in 2021 when he was a heavy disappointment. During Week 2, they’ll host the Panthers, who have just been carved by Nick Chubba and Kareem Hunt to 217 yards over 5.6yards per touch.
Week 1 was marked by other notable attacking players who gave us a slow start. Defending SUper Bowl champions Los Angeles Rams and grumpy Matthew Stafford are among those struggling stars. The defense tasked with stopping them in the NFL’s Warm-Up Game has been responsible for most of their offensive woes.
Stafford must have felt like he was caught in a landslide on Thursday Night Football as he was hurried out of his comfort zone, picked off three times, and sacked on seven dropbacks. The Bills’ defense left him submerged on Thursday Night Football and Von Miller led the charge. Miller only played 35 snaps, a little over half of Buffalo’s total defensive snap count, and sacked Stafford twice, pressured him four times, and had Pro Football Focus’ highest grade among Bills defenders. To do so against the team he just won a Super Bowl which made his debut even sweeter.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette was equally pivotal in a low-scoring affair against the Dallas Cowboys.
There have been questions all offseason pertaining to how much of a share of the offense Tom Brady could shoulder at age 45. Those inquiries were compounded by a Week 1 hamstring injury to receiver Chris Godwin, who is also recovering from a torn ACL. The offensive line lost Ali Marpet to retirement, Tristan Wirfs missed much of training camp with a strained oblique, Ryan Jensen is on the I.R, and left tackle Donovan Smith injured his elbow in the first half. In 2021, Brady led the entire league in passing yardage, attempts, completions, and touchdowns, therefore protecting him behind a makeshift offensive line is their primary objective.
Whereas Bruce Arians preference would have been to throw it, Todd Bowles’s solution was to put the ball in Leonard Fournette’s hands. Last season’s disproportional run-pass play distribution left them 26th in rushing yards and 31st in attempts. Fournette was the fulcrum of Tampa Bay’s more balanced offense.
In Week 1, they finished in the top eighth of the league in attempts, and yards. Fournette gobbled up 137 yards and for good measure, flattened a blitzing Micah Parsons. Serving as Tom Brady’s protection detail is an equally important duty for the Bucs running backs. Fournette’s chip block on Parsons gave Brady enough time in his pocket to complete a 48-yard finish against Julio Jones.
Fournette revived his career in Tampa Bay as “Playoff Lenny” in the team’s and his own Super Bowl 2020 run. touchdown gallop on 4th and 1st in the last minute before the Rams almost completed an iconic comeback. If Fournette kept running as if he were back at LSU, the Rams’ enemies would be in for a long day.
Least Valuable Player – the player with the most detrimental impact on his team
If we were to make this decision based on an inning of football, Joe Burrow would run away with the baton and hit it across the finish line. Alas, he picked himself off the mat in the fourth round against Cincinnati.
However, Trey Lance even more frustrating to watch. Both Fields and Lance are rivals, especially Lance after he played of Eddie Jackson in a late intercept. The rain and field conditions are more comparable to a Tough Mudder race than a professional soccer game at Soldier Field. This is how bad it was in the beginning.
The rain explains why Lance is 13 and 28 in his debut.
Least Valuable Player of Week 1 must go to Derek Carr for his musty performance against the Charger. With all the expectations on their shoulders, Las Vegas was in debt more than they received from “that bastard. “
Carr seems a bit exaggeratedplay throw ball and catch Davante Adams again, targeting him 17 times at the expense of Darren Waller (6) and Hunter Renfrow (6). The last time Adams and Carr wore uniforms, they connected on 24 touchdowns during the 2013 season at Fresno State. Carr’s arm extended towards Davante Adams on what should have been a touchdown in the fourth quarter, ran out of gas on the road and was picked up by Asante Samuel Jr.
In total, Carr made three interceptions, two fumbles, was fired three times by former teammate Khalil Mack, and was a bronze statue in his pocket when it collapsed. In the 24-19 loss, just one smaller mistake could turn the outcome in favor of the Chargers.