Week 1 Grades: Rams, Lions should be embarrassed by performances
The Rams made it very easy for me this week, and I'm sure it won't be too hard finding another completely non-competitive performance for each of the next 16 weeks. Do you think the Rams even knew there was a game in Philadelphia yesterday? Their defense surrendered 522 yards and their offense managed eight first downs for the whole game. They even laid a goose egg on third down, going 0-11. Seven of the Rams' 11 possessions resulted in a three and out and their longest drive of the game consisted of seven plays.
Not to be left out, their special teams allowed over 10 yards a punt return, which clearly showed the Rams were a team willing to have every phase play as poorly as possible. I'm not sure where the Rams go from here. The Eagles are a good team, but the Rams were not even a fair competition. It is going to be a long year in St Louis.
Last year, they finished in the bottom quarter of 65 defensive stats and the whole agenda of this year was to improve the character and commitment of the team. So when they looked at their schedule to start the season, could anything have been set up better than facing a rookie quarterback and knowing all you have to do to win is to stop the opposition's running game? Who could ask for anything more?
Clearly the Lions could and would like a mulligan on the start of the season. Surrendering 318 yards on the ground, 7.6 yards per carry and three rushing touchdowns, the Lions run defense was nonexistent. Between missed tackles and poor execution the Lions let the one guy they had to stop -- Falcons running back
Don't you think all week long the Lions coaches talked about stopping Turner and forcing the game to be in the hands of rookie quarterback
Most of the time NFL games are lost, not won. Ryan and Flacco did not do anything to put their team in position to lose the game. They managed the game well and showed very good poise. Ryan only attempted 13 passes, but made them all count, completing nine and throwing a 62-yard touchdown pass. Flacco threw the ball 29 times, for only 129 yards, but ran for a 38-yard touchdown and could be seen throwing a big block on
Both quarterbacks should enjoy the win, but know that the starts will continue to be a little tougher and that they'll have to make a few more plays to lead their team to more victories. But what was very clear is both players can accept coaching and have the poise to get the job done.
Using deception and creativity, the Ravens found a way to make a few big plays and their defense rose to the challenge, shutting down the Bengals offense completely. The Bengals made only eight first downs and finished with 99 yards passing. This was a great team win by the Ravens, who played hard and with passion. Harbaugh and his staff should feel very proud today winning an AFC North game shorthanded.
The Panthers, playing without suspended star receiver