Week 1 NFL Overreactions

One of my favorite new NFL traditions is the abundance of overreactions following Week 1 of the NFL Season. These topics dominate the radio waves, social media feeds, podcast discussions and barroom debates. Now, I am not at all suggesting I am above this practice. Therefore, I am compelled to share my observations (or overreactions) from Week 1. 

Bills and Cardinals will be forced to play their Josh’s sooner than later

Buffalo and Arizona look destined for very long seasons. What else do they common? They invested top-ten picks in quarterbacks (which also happen to be named Josh). Most teams prefer the scenario where the rookie QB doesn’t have to play right away. But if their performances in Week 1 are a sign of things to come, the Bills and Cardinals could be out of playoff contention by October. Assuming that will be the case, there won’t be any logical reason for the rookie QBs to maintain clipboard duties. These teams clearly invested these picks with the hopes of finding their next franchise quarterbacks, and I anticipate both will make their debuts very soon. Even if neither is “the guy”, the sooner they play, the sooner they will have an answer. 

Andrew Luck can’t carry the Colts

Indy is rejoicing with the return of Andrew Luck. Make no mistake about it; having a franchise QB is the most valuable asset in the NFL. And give Colts credit for having that. However, I can’t quite be jealous of a franchise that went from Manning to Luck seamlessly, but I digress. However, despite having the QB back and healthy, the rest of the roster is still a lot to be desired. There’s no doubt an elite quarterback can cover up for a team’s flaws. But based off Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, that task looks insurmountable for Luck. A 7-9 finish looks like the ceiling for the Colts. Hopefully, the 2019 offseason leads to a more concerted effort to build around their star QB. Don’t get me wrong, I like what the Colts did this past draft, with their high pick investments in the offensive line. But, I doubt that will be enough to get the Colts back into contention this season.

The Giants will be haunted by passing on Sam Darnold

For the record, I am a big fan of Saquon Barkley. I’d go as far to say he has superstar potential. But even if he reaches his full potential, I have a tough time believing that selecting Barkley with the #2 overall pick over Sam Darnold will end up being the correct, long-term decision. It would generous to say Eli Manning’s best years are behind him. He looks cooked and the Giants are kidding themselves if they think he can reclaim the Super Bowl magic. I have a hard enough time justifying the use of a draft pick that high on a running back when you consider the shelf-life of the position and overall impact on a team’s success these days. Maybe if the Giants were a locked and loaded Super Bowl contender with a franchise QB in his prime, I could get behind adding a player like Barkley as the “missing piece”. But the Giants are coming off a 3-13 season with a 37-year starting quarterback. Oh, and I haven’t mentioned how Darnold dazzled in his NFL debut on Monday Night Football, a broadcast that had to be a tough watch for every Giants fan.

The Ravens are a legit AFC contender

This might seem like a foolish suggestion, considering my very low opinion of the Bills, who they dismantled in Week 1. But that win aside, there is a lot to like about the Ravens. They have a dominant defense and vastly improved offensive line. Baltimore has also revamped their receiving core with guys like John Brown and Michael Crabtree. Everyone including Flacco himself knows that he has been a disappointment since signing that huge contract following the 2012 Super Bowl victory. But there are three reasons why I am optimistic that he will have a good 2018. First, he appears to be completely healthy, which wasn’t the case in 2017. Secondly, he is one of the best deep-ball throwers in the NFL, something that should pair well with the weapons in the passing game. Lastly, I’m a believer in the idea that a fire it can light under a QB after the team drafts a quarterback in the first round of the draft.

Winning isn’t a priority for the Raiders

As I wrote in my most recent post, I do not have very high expectations for Oakland in 2018, despite the Jon Gruden hype. They traded away their best player a week before the season in exchange for nothing that will help them in 2018. I get the sense that Jon Gruden isn’t a major Derek Carr fan, despite his time in the MNF booth leading us to believe he loved every player in the NFL. For Gruden, he has an easy out if the Raiders fail to make the playoffs: That he didn’t draft Carr. His contract is manageable in that they will be able to cut him after next season without a significant cap penalty. I can very easily foresee a scenario where the Raiders finish with 4-6 wins, thus are able to use a high pick on a QB in 2019 with the intention for that to be the lame-duck year for Carr. Then Gruden gets to draft his guy, and build the team the way he likes as they start fresh in Sin City.

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Players Who Sucked This Week


The Panthers secondary looked like a Big-12 defense on Sunday, letting Matt Ryan and Julio Jones demolish them through the air. Did they think Atlanta would just show mercy?

Can the San Diego Chargers hold a lead? Apparently not, having all 3 losses end in heart-breaking fashion. Mike McCoy needs to figure out a way to keep his team in the game and seal the deal.

Besides Martellus Bennett, the Patriots offense was atrocious against the Bills. It was their first time being shut out at home since 1993. On the bright side, Brady returns next week.

Drew Stanton was thrown into the fire when Carson Palmer went down, and threw 2 picks in only 11 pass attempts. They should look into a new backup via draft or trade, Palmer won’t last too much longer in the league.



Daniel Descalso was a pitcher’s best friend this week, striking out 10 times in 17 at-bats. Howie Kendrick (0-17, 4 K), Nomar Mazara (0-11, 4 K), and Brad Miller (0-12, 5 K) all went hitless to end the regular season.

Doug Fister (1 ⅓ IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB), Adam Morgan (5 IP, 10 H, 9 ER, 2 BB), Raul Alcantara (2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 HR, 1 BB), Kenta Maeda (2 ⅔ IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB), and Jake Arrieta (5 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 2 BB) made piss-poor starts this past week. The last 2 dudes need to pick it up for the playoffs.

Brandon McCarthy (0 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 1 BB) and Ross Detwiler (2 ⅔ IP, 8 H, 7 ER) didn’t help their team in relief work – especially McCarthy who wasn’t even able to get 1 out.

(MLB stats week of 9/28-10/3, Min 10 ABs)


Players Who Sucked Again

Justin Forsett has played so bad, he got benched, then was cut by the Ravens. I’m so happy I got him on my fantasy team…

Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t match last week’s performance, but he is flying the Jets right into the ground.

Dishonorable Mentions

Cam Newton suffered a concussion after lazily walking in for a 2-pt conversion. He must’ve forgot the basic principle of “finish the play”, and paid the price. Now his team might have to go with Derek Anderson next game.

Mike Napoli (1-12, 3 K, 2 GIDP) had a bad week, but the Indians already clinched a playoff berth. He’ll need to not suck starting Thursday.

The Chiefs secondary should send a thank you note to the Panthers, after allowing Big Ben to do them like that.


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Players Who Sucked This Week

Sorry I’m late on this week’s post, I had to take yesterday off for my birthday. Since I missed a day, a few MLB hitters caught a break by turning in a good game last night, just missing the list.



Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 6 interceptions, tied for 2nd most all time in a game. Not all were his fault, but man that is awful. This isn’t the first time he’s played catch with the defense.

Who needs eyes when you got ninja vision?

Who needs eyes when you got ninja vision?

The Houston Texans couldn’t score this week, losing to the Patriots behind 3rd-string QB Jacoby Brissett. They should look into drafting a quarterback next year.

Delaware State got blown out by Mizzou. I know they’re a D2 school and playing on the road, but 79-0? They were down 58-0 at halftime, and the 3rd and 4th quarters were shortened to 10 min each! Like Jesse Palmer said “That’s impressive…even against 13-year olds”.

Justin Forsett continues to underperform and hurt my fantasy team. Get it together man!



Two hitters couldn’t get a hit this past week: one guy who isn’t known for his bat (Kurt Suzuki went 0-12), and the other who is having a breakout year (Rougned Odor going 0-22 with 6 strikeouts.) Brandon Moss barely outplayed them, managing just 1 hit in 22 at bats while striking out 8 times.

Alex Cobb got throttled this week, giving up 15 runs in 4 ⅓ innings. He got the loss in both games, a fitting way to end the Rays season.

Jarred Cosart couldn’t get past the 1st inning against the Giants this past Saturday, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.

Daniel Wright started and lost 2 games for the Angels, allowing 8 runs over 10 ⅔ innings of work.

(MLB stats for week of 9/20-27. Min 10 AB’s)


Players Who Sucked Again

Eddie Butler made the Dishonorable Mentions last week, but he turned in another weak-ly performance: 3 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 4 BB. An additional 4 runs on errors didn’t help him Saturday against the Dodgers, but the Rockies’ season is much like the Rays’ at this point.

Dishonorable Mentions

Antonio Callaway called a fair catch inside the 5-yard line then dropped the punt. Fortunately the Gators made a goal line stand. That’ll make the Not Top 10.

Hunter Henry committed a false start, then fumbled on the next play during the final minutes of the Chargers-Colts game. He’s a rookie so I’ll give him a break.

Carson Palmer should thank Ryan Fitzpatrick for making his 4 interceptions not look as bad.

Matt Moore pitched a horror on the 21st, but redeemed himself last night against the Rockies.

Pittsburgh Steelers got manhandled by the Eagles. Cameron Heyward said what we were all thinking: “We got our ass beat”

Jeremy Hellickson, Ivan Nova, and Hisashi Iwakuma had some rough starts this week.


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