We all try not to overreact off of Week 1, but it’s not always easy is it? That’s not to say that everything we learned, or think we learned, is irrelevant but as we learn each year things change quickly. Who had a strong start that we can trust? Who has made themselves hard to bank on? Let’s take a look:
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
- Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Arizona
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New Orleans
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Philadelphia
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Atlanta
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Los Angeles Rams
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Pittsburgh
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Detroit
- Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – at New York Giants
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Seattle
- Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – at New York Jets
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
- Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – at Cincinnati
- Sam Darnold – New York Jets – vs. Cleveland
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. San Francisco
- Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – at Baltimore
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
- Taking on a Steelers defense that is supposed to be strong, Tom Brady piled up 341 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT. While New England remains unpredictable and they could potentially lean on their running backs, taking on a Miami defense that was torched by Lamar Jackson and a Baltimore offense makes it easy to get excited. There aren’t going to be many weeks when Brady is a Top 5 option in 2019, but this is going to be one of them.
- Speaking of Jackson, his Week 1 performance is going to silence some of his critics. While there had been consistent questions about his ability to throw the football, he racked up 324 yards and 5 TD while only running the ball three times. Obviously the matchup helped, but Arizona was nearly as bad defensively in Week 1 (385 yards and 3 TD allowed). Throw in Jackson’s game changing ability with his legs, which he can utilize at any time, and he’s suddenly looking like a top end option for Week 2.
- Jared Goff didn’t have a very efficient Week 1 (23-39 for 186 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT), but he may have just been shaking off the rust. The Rams are going to continue to limit the touches for Todd Gurley, and while they have alternatives in the backfield they should continue to take a pass heavy approach. With other teams looking to lean on their running games Goff is going to remain a strong option.
- Atlanta’s offensive line was exposed a bit in Week 1, and while Philadelphia was surprisingly torched for 380 yards and 3 TD, while only getting 1 sack, there is risk that they bring the pressure on Matt Ryan. Ryan should still get his opportunities ad make some noise, but he won’t be one of the elite.
- While playing with Mike Evans at less than 100% didn’t help, you also have to wonder if Jameis Winston will simply never live up to the hype. He went just 20-36 for 194 yards, 1 TD and 3 INT in Week 1 and while the upside is there, do you want to trust him as a QB1?
- Considering how horrific the New York Giants defense looked in Week 1, is anyone shying away from Josh Allen? He may not be quite a QB1, but a strong QB2 and is usable as the top option depending on your alternatives.
- The Minnesota Vikings have a pair of strong receivers but they showed in Week 1 that they could operate as a run first offense (Kirk Cousins threw the football 10 times all game). The upside is there, but Cousins is nearly impossible to trust.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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