Cowboys 27 – Giants 26
The Dallas Cowboys offense looked as though they were still in preseason mode committing 3 turnovers resulting in 17 New York Giant points. Joseph Randle started at Running Back looking to replace rushing champ, DeMarco Murray. Randle averaged just over 4 ypc with 16 attempts and noticeably ran better as the game went on. The Cowboys defense already missing Orlando Scandrick to a season ending injury, plus Rolando McClain & Greg Hardy to suspensions looked like the strongest group on the field. Tom Coughlin’s decision to throw the football on 3rd and goal, when the Cowboys were out of timeouts was clearly a worst coaching decision since the Seahawks threw the ball in the Super Bowl. Despite the Giants inability to finish the Cowboys, Tony Romo was clutch on the final possession. Dez Bryant left the game twice. First for dehydration and the second time with a foot injury. After the game Jerry Jones told reporters, Bryant broke his foot and will miss 4-6 weeks.
Rams 34 – Seahawks 31
This game had pretty much everything. Russell Wilson was sacked 6 times in this matchup. Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald had 2 sacks a piece in what might be the best young defensive line in the league. Big 12 fans werent surprised to see Kevin Lockett’s 57 yard punt return or Tavon Austin’s 75 yard punt return. Nick Foles was clutch in the final minute forcing overtime with a 37 yard touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks. Pete Carroll decided to go for an onside kick to open overtime which the Rams turned into 3 points and Seattle was unable to answer. Good ole Pete always outsmarting himself.
Titans 42 – Bucs 14
The last two Heisman trophy winners and first 2 picks in this year’s draft going head-to-head. Jameis Winston would throw an interception on his first pass as an NFL quarterback. On the other hand Marcus Mariota in his NFL debut would throw more touchdown passes (4) than incompletions (3). Not having Mike Evans didn’t help Winston, but he may have found a favorite target in Austin Seferian-Jenkins who caught 5 passes for 110 yards and 2 Touchdowns.
Broncos 19 – Ravens 13
Peyton Manning looks far from the quarterback that led the Broncos to a Super Bowl appearance 2 seasons ago. Manning didn’t throw a touchdown pass in the game unless you count the pick six, Jimmy Smith returned for a touchdown. In fact the only two Touchdowns in the game were interception returns. Aqib Talib had the other and what was ultimately the game winner. If you like offense this game wasn’t for you. The Broncos finished with 219 total yards, The Ravens with 173.
Chiefs 27 – Texans 20
One of the best stories of the young NFL season is the return of Eric Berry after missing most of last season with a cancer diagnosis. The Chiefs defense played well early. Most impressive out of the gate was Alex Smith who finished with 3 Touchdowns passes. Travis Kelce continues to become one of the most explosive tight ends in football, 6 catches 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. JJ Watt once again proved he is the best defensive player in the league had 9 tackles, 6 for loss and 2 sacks. Brian Hoyer after an awful start had to leave the game making way for Ryan Mallett.