NFL Week One Surprises

Top three NFL Week 1 surprises

9/10/13 in NFL   |   jakeryanbrown   |   28 respect

1. Geno leads the Jets to an improbable win over Bucs

Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) reacts after completing his first career touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsDown one with 34 seconds and no timeouts at his own 20, Geno Smith had a tough task ahead of him in his first NFL start.  A 25-yard pass to his tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., a ten yard scramble, and a boneheaded penalty by Bucs linebacker Lavonte David set up a game-winning field goal for Nick Folk that went through the uprights and the Jets stunned the football world with an 18-17 win at MetLife Stadium.  Smith didn't light up the box score, but he was good enough to get Gang Green in the winning column.  He did get a ton of help from his defense of course.  The Jets head to Foxboro to take on their rival Patriots Thursday.  It'll be ten times more shocking if they somehow upset Bill Belichick and company.

2. Pryor runs wild, but Colts get some Luck 

I can probably count on one hand how many people picked the Raiders to beat the Colts Sunday.  Well, the Raiders didn't win of course, but they came awfully close.  If somebody told me that at the end of the Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) carries the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sportsday Sunday, Terrelle Pryor was the NFL's leading rusher, I'd call them insane.  Go crazy folks!  Pryor led the NFL Sunday with 112 yards rushing.  The QB ran wild against the Colts defense, and led Oakland to the Colts eight yard line, but Robert Mathis would get a huge sack that pushed the Raiders back before Pryor threw a pick.  Andrew Luck didn't throw for a ton of yards, but he was extremely efficient as the Colts squeak by the Raiders as Oakland covers the 9.5 point spread. 

3. Chip doesn't skip a beat as Eagles stun Redskins Monday night

Sep 9, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly talks with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) during the first half against the Washington Redskins at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY SportsThe Chip Kelly high powered, no huddle offense worked out pretty well Monday night as the Redskins couldn't keep up.  The Redskins came back and made it very interesting, but fell just short after not being able to pick up a loose ball on the onside kick.  The Redskins defense looked tired and worn out in the first half against an Eagles offense that wasn't ready to slow down, at least for the first half.  LeSean McCoy ran wild, leading the NFL in week one with 184 yards rushing on 31 carries.  Vick also ran for 54 yards as well and threw for 203, while not throwing any picks.  The high-octane offense ran out of gas in the second half, but 33 points was enough to get by RGIII and the Redskins.  A lot of people are questioning this Chip Kelly experiment in the NFL, but Monday night, the Eagles were hard to stop.   

 
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