Week One
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Week One Takeaways And Storylines For The 2021 NFL Season

Week One is in the books. Football is back and I tried my best not to overreact to the first slate of games. From game-winning field goals to long touchdowns plays to which players looked the best, here are my five biggest takeaways from week one.

#1- Matt Stafford And McVay Are Legit

The Los Angeles Rams made the biggest free agent move of 2021. They shipped Jared Goff and a couple of picks to Detroit in exchange for Matt Stafford. While I knew Stafford was a decent QB, what I saw on Sunday night is hard to forget. I thought it would have taken a couple of weeks to get McVays’ system down but no, Stafford came as advertised and put his arm talent on display. Out of all the teams who played in week one, the Rams looked unstoppable for most of that game.

I also thought it was a great moment for the city of Los Angeles. First time with fans in the Sofi Stadium, a new QB in Stafford, and a dominant Rams performance. It felt like Rams fandom just increased ten-fold after that performance on Sunday night football.

#2- Urban Meyer’s Disatroius Debut

Ever since Urban Meyer took the Jacksonville job, he had made some head-scratching personnel and coaching moves. I wrote something a while back on Meyer being over his skies in the NFL and I think my prediction was correct. The Jaguars had the worst loss of week one and I don’t think it’s close. Urban Meyer and Trevor Lawrence took their first NFL loss at the hands of David Culley, Tyrod Taylor, and the Houston Texans.

The Houston Texans were supposed to be the worst team in the league and the Jaguars got pushed around by them on Sunday. Meyer looked like he was done by the second quarter and I would not be surprised if he quits and takes the USC job because this is not off to a great start in Duval.

#3- Seattle’s Impressive Week One

Russell Wilson is one of one. Besides being one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the league, Wilson might throw the prettiest deep ball in all of football. I did not think this offense would click right away as new OC Shane Waldron adjusts to life in Seattle but they kicked the shit out of the Colts. Gerald Everett is a really nice piece in this offense, Tyler Lockett is among the league’s best slot receivers and DK Metcalf is a freak. Not to mention Chris Carson is an underrated back in this league.

The one thing that I saw from Seattle that impressed me the most was their defense and the physicality they played with on Sunday. The Colts have one of the more productive offensive lines and Seattle drove them back on numerous occasions. Say what you want about Jamal Adams, he brings an intensity to this defense we haven’t seen since the Legion Of Boom.

#4- Mike Zimmer’s Hot Seat Just Got Warmer

The Vikings are very close with the Jaguars for the worst loss in week one. Minnesota went on the road to Cincinnati and lost in an overtime thriller. This loss is inexcusable for the Vikings. Joe Burrow is coming off a massive knee injury, people were doubting Ja’Marr Chase’s catching ability and we don’t even know if Zach Taylor is an NFL coach. Not only does Chase look like he can catch, but he torched the Vikings’ secondary all day long.

My biggest gripe with Zimmer is how poor the Vikings’ defense is. Cincinnati’s o-line has become a question mark for the team and on Sunday they were running all over the Vikings’ defense. Joe Mixon looked like an elite back, Burrow was making every throw and the Vikings looked awful.

#5- Titans Have A Todd Downing Problem

Todd Downing has become a talking point here at Vendetta however there aren’t many positive things being said about the Titans’ OC. Uncle Trey and I both talked about this extensively. Unc stressed that Downing was going to ruin this offense while I took the stance that this offense would regress as a whole. Both of our suspicions were proven right on Sunday as the Titans struggled to move the ball consistently against the Cardinals. Derrick Henry could not find a rhythm, Ryan Tannehill was under pressure the whole day and the WRs did not do them any favors. If this offense continues to have its woes paired with Tennesess’s poor defense, this team is going to struggle to win games.

Come back next week for Week Two!

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