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NFL Game Recaps: Week 1

AFC South and AFC West NFL Game Recaps:

Baltimore Ravens 27, Denver Broncos 49 (Thursday Night)

Even though this game was meant to be about the defending Superbowl champions squaring off against the team that had them dead for rights and got beat by a Joe Flacco Hail Mary, this game ended up being about 1 man and 1 man only, Peyton Manning. The future hall of famer threw for an NFL record with 7 TD passes. He completely decimated the Raven defense that is no longer led by Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Demaryius Thomas caught 5 passes for 161 yards and 2 TDs, TE Julius Thomas also caught 5 passes for 110 yards and 2 TDs, and the new acquisition WR Wes Welker chipped in with a game high 9 catches for 67 yards and 2 TDs. Manning ended up throwing for 462 yards and the previously mentioned 7 TDs and 0 INTs in what was a dominating effort for the Broncos.

Oakland Raiders 17, Indianapolis Colts 21

It is hard to tell is this was more of an uninspiring performance by the Colts or just the Raiders being better than we thought with Terrelle Pryor at the helm. Pryor threw for 217 and ran for another 112, however, he had 2 INTs while Andrew Luck didn’t put up monster numbers, but was very efficient, going 18-23 for 178 yards and 2 TDs with no INTs. Luck also chipped in another 38 yards and a TD on the ground, which was the game winning score as half of the yards were on a 19 yard TD with 5:20 to go in the 4th to give the Colts that 21-17 lead. Other players of note were Reggie Wayne, who still refuses to show his age as he caught  8 balls for 96 yards and a TD, while Darren McFadden continues to struggle with only 48 yards on 17 carries and 3 catches for 18 yards, although he did score a TD. Colt seemed like they just wanted to play well enough to win, they will have to play better when they play against better competition.

Kansas City Chiefs 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 2

Is it too early to say the Jacksonville Jaguars are now on the clock? The Chiefs got up in this game early and just pretty much played the game conservative to cruise to a win over the Jags. The Jaguars actually got on the scoreboard 1st just 2 minutes into the game with a safety off a blocked punt, it would be the only points they scored all game. No one on either team really stood out, except if you want to count how bad Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert was, going 16-35 for only 121 yards and 0 TD with go with 2 INTs, all before leaving the game with an injury. He has already been ruled out for next week and Chris Henne will start.

Tennessee Titans 16, Pittsburgh Steelers 9 (Upset of the week)

The Titans came into this game 7 point underdogs. Apparently the people who made the line didn’t realize how bad the Steeler offensive line was. It also did help that Pittsburgh’s Pro Bowl Center, Maurkice Pouncey is now probably out for the year with torn ligaments in his right knee. The Steelers also couldn’t hold onto the ball and RB Isaac Redmon had 2 fumbles and was benched and QB Ben Roethlisberger also had an INT. The Titans went with a ball control attack to limit the amount of throws from their 3rd year QB, Jake Locker. Tennessee has 42 rushes and only 20 pass attempts, they will probably have to open the playbook up a little more next week against their division rival, Houston Texans.

Houston Texans 31, San Diego Chargers 28 (Monday Night)

This was a great game to end week 1 of the NFL. Chargers got out to an early start with a turnover on the 1st play of the game and then a touchdown on the next play to Ryan Mathews. San Diego actually owned most of this game, right around till the middle of the 3rd quarter. With 5 minutes to go in the 3rd Schaub threw his 2nd of 4 TDs on the night. Then Houston went off with a 17-0 4th quarter, capped by a pick 6 interception by Brian Cushing off Philip Rivers, who was having a good game until that point and also threw 4 TDs. Houston kicker Randy Bullock hit a 41 yard FG to win the game as the clock stuck 0:00. Matt Schaub ended up with 346 yards and played the type of game they will have to play if they hope to reach their Superbowl hopes.

Next week Denver makes what they hope to be the 1st of 2 trips the Met Life Stadium this season to face the Giants. Kansas City will head home to face off against Dallas. San Diego will be up next to face the Chip Kelly speed offense up in Philadelphia. And Oakland heads home to play a winnable game against Jacksonville. Tennessee will have the rare schedule of playing 2 straight road games as they head down to Houston. While Indy stays at home as 1 of the few teams to open with 2 home games as they host Miami. 

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