Each NFL staff likes to play at house, however these acquainted confines will look particularly good to a handful of golf equipment who opened on the highway and began the season as flat as a lonely stretch of freeway.
San Francisco did a stomach flop in wet Chicago, 19-10.
Denver, with Russell Wilson making his debut at Seattle, crumbled within the purple zone and misplaced to the Seahawks 17-16.
Inexperienced Bay was humbled by Minnesota 23-7.
Las Vegas immediately dropped again within the AFC West with a 24-19 loss on the Chargers.
Every of these 4 0-1 groups has an opportunity Sunday for redemption at house. Not that this can be a lock each season, however final 12 months no staff that began the season 0-2 certified for the playoffs.
A look at their conditions:
San Francisco (versus Seattle)
The largest concern with the 49ers is at quarterback, the place Trey Lance is attempting to get his footing and Jimmy Garoppolo is lurking over his shoulder. It could bleed off plenty of strain Sunday if Lance had been to select up a victory.
That’s no easy job in opposition to Seattle, a franchise that has a historical past of taking part in effectively in opposition to the 49ers, regardless that a seasoned Wilson was on the helm all these years.
Kyle Shanahan’s offense relies on a powerful floor recreation, and that may very well be a difficulty for San Francisco, which misplaced high operating again Elijah Mitchell within the opener. It was a flashback to final season when San Francisco misplaced Raheem Mostert in Week 1 in opposition to Detroit.
So the highlight swings to operating again Jeff Wilson, and it’s unsure whether or not he’s the man to hold the load. He doesn’t have the explosive potential of a wholesome Mitchell or Mostert, now with Miami. The 49ers used Deebo Samuel as extra of a operating again than a receiver in opposition to Chicago, and perhaps that’s the reply. They have a look at Samuel the best way Seattle as soon as seemed on the multidimensional Percy Harvin.
Lastly, there was a number of speak in regards to the soggy circumstances in Chicago, which wouldn’t appear to be a difficulty in Santa Clara, which has suffered the identical form of drought issues as Southern California. In a wierd twist, although, there’s a excessive chance of rain for Sunday’s recreation. The 49ers can’t appear to get out from below that cloud.
Denver (vs. Houston)
Regardless of the result in Seattle, the Broncos had been blissful about plenty of features of that opener. They rolled up 433 yards of offense, numbers extra typical of the Peyton Manning period, and their protection held the Seahawks to 34 yards and 5 first downs within the second half.
There was weirdness, too, together with fumbles on the one-yard line on back-to-back possessions, presumably a primary in NFL historical past. Then there was botching the clock administration on the finish and betting the result on a 64-yard field-goal try.
The Broncos received simply three factors out of three journeys contained in the 10-yard line. It takes work to be that inefficient.
So returning to Denver isn’t a lot an entire reboot as a welcome escape from the lunacy of Lumen Area, perhaps the loudest place within the NFL, and the possibility for a recent begin.
Look ahead to Denver to be extra balanced offensively than within the opener, when the Broncos ran the ball lower than half as a lot as they threw it. The Broncos’ floor recreation ought to be extra of an element Sunday in opposition to a Houston protection that gave up 177 yards on the bottom in its opener in opposition to Indianapolis.
Inexperienced Bay (vs. Chicago)
Being on the flawed finish of a lopsided opening recreation was particularly painful for the Packers as a result of it was Minnesota delivering the beatdown. Thankfully for Inexperienced Bay, it gained’t be dealing with a receiver the caliber of Justin Jefferson too typically.
The Packers be ok with their protection, regardless, and have a operating recreation able to establishing the tempo. The issue within the opener was they fell behind too shortly to stay with the run, in order that one-two punch of A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones grew to become an afterthought.
With Davante Adams in Las Vegas, the Packers have to develop extra receiving expertise. That drop by wide-open rookie Christian Watson on a game-opening bomb needed to be excruciating.
It was a nothing-special recreation from Aaron Rodgers, however he’s been right here earlier than. The Packers misplaced their opener final season and wound up tied for the league’s greatest document. R-E-L-A-X, keep in mind?
(Simply not an excessive amount of, as a result of after the Bears comes a visit to Tampa Bay.)
Las Vegas (vs. Arizona)
There’s no disgrace in shedding to the Chargers, particularly by lower than a landing, so the Raiders had been removed from humiliated of their opener. Nonetheless, it was a division recreation, and Las Vegas has its share of unresolved points.
Lack of safety for quarterback Derek Carr is an enormous one. The Raiders are nonetheless attempting to determine the suitable aspect of their offensive line and are rotating at each guard and deal with on that aspect. Perhaps that ought to have been labored out in coaching camp, nevertheless it didn’t assist that promising rookie lineman Thayer Munford was harm in August and sat out the final two preseason video games. He was on observe to turn into the beginning proper guard, and the coaches additionally like fellow rookie lineman Dylan Parham.
Regardless, within the opener, the suitable aspect performed higher than the left. Left deal with Kolton Miller struggled with the Chargers’ entrance, surrendering a pair of sacks. He’s an excellent participant who had a nasty recreation, and the Raiders as a staff have to do a greater job of dealing with blitzes this season.
Las Vegas won’t have the luxurious of tinkering with the road within the quick time period as a result of beginning middle Andre James sustained a concussion within the opener and Parham may need to step into that position.
Carr was hounded relentlessly within the opener and wound up with three interceptions, his most in a recreation since 2018.
For some, his efficiency added a log to the hearth of these individuals who suppose starters ought to take a minimum of some snaps in preseason video games. May simply be a statistical anomaly, however quarterbacks who didn’t play within the preseason noticed their groups go 3-8 in Week 1.
Whereas Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins, the Chargers’ Justin Herbert and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson gained, the rusty shedding quarterbacks included Carr, Rodgers, Wilson, the Rams’ Matthew Stafford, Arizona’s Kyler Murray, Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill, Dallas’ Dak Prescott and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow.
Then once more, the Rams don’t put a lot inventory within the significance of starters taking part in within the preseason. They usually now have a hoop to assist that argument.