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NY Jets embarrassed by the Buffalo Bills in ugly Week 1 loss

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The NY Jets were embarrassed in their Week 1 opener falling to the Buffalo Bills.

The NY Jets were absolutely embarrassed in their 2020 season-opener against the Buffalo Bills falling to their division rivals by a final score of 27-17.

Although it was never really as close as the final score indicates.

The Jets were completely outplayed and outcoached on both sides of the ball as, aside from a 69-yard touchdown catch-and-run by Jamison Crowder and some late-game stat-padding, the offense struggled to pick up a first down let alone score.

Buffalo jumped out to an early 14-0 lead following three consecutive three-and-outs. In fact, the Jets didn’t even record their second first down of the game until their final drive of the second half.

The offense was abysmal with quarterback Sam Darnold putting together a very poor inaugural performance of the year. The third-year signal-caller finished 21-of-35 for 215 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

But much like the final score, the numbers are misleading.

Sam Darnold and the NY Jets played much worse than the numbers indicate.

Darnold made quite a few mistakes throughout the afternoon and never managed to get into a rhythm with his passing. Sure, his supporting cast didn’t provide much help, but he was bad independent of his situation.

Sam Darnold simply wasn’t good.

Head coach Adam Gase will once again shoulder the brunt of the blame and it’s hard to argue with that. Gase’s offense was dull and ill-prepared and his questionable play-calling didn’t help matters.

On defense, the Jets struggled mightily in the first half with Gregg Williams’ unit looking lost against Josh Allen and the Bills. Pierre Desir was benched before the half and his replacement, Nate Hairston, didn’t fare much better.

Blake Cashman exited the game with an injury in the first quarter and was replaced by Harvey Langi who, to his credit, made a couple of nice plays.

But all around, it was an embarrassing performance for the Jets that can’t be analyzed by looking at the stats. In this case, the numbers are very deceiving.

The Bills handily moved the ball with ease while the Jets offense couldn’t even pick up first downs. If not for two Josh Allen fumbles, a wide-open miss in the endzone and two missed field goals from under 40 yards by rookie kicker Tyler Bass, the final score would have been much more lopsided.

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The Jets will now limp into a Week 2 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers where things will likely only get worse.

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Arizona Cardinals Week One MVP

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After an intense battle between both teams in week one, the Arizona Cardinals managed to come away with the victory thanks to DeAndre Hopkins

The game ball for the offense could go either way, but DeAndre Hopkins played phenomenal in his season debut with the Arizona Cardinals. Hopkins finished with a career high in receptions with 14.

Despite Kyler Murray throwing over 200 passing yards and rushing for 100 against the second ranked San Francisco defense, Hopkins was the game changer. In his first game in an Arizona uniform, Hopkins finished with 14 receptions and over 100 yards.

Hopkins also had eight first downs, which kept the Cardinals in the game offensively. There was no answer for the Niners no matter what kind of defense they ran against Hopkins, and it showed.

When it seemed like the Cardinals were about to get off the field, Murray found Hopkins again and again for first down conversions. He hopes to do it again next week against Washington.

On the defensive side of the ball, the game ball could go to the entire defense. Last season, the 49ers were one of the best teams in the league offensively – ending up top five in total yards and rushing yards.

In Sunday’s matchup against the worst ranked defense in the league just a year ago, the Niners were bested by the Arizona Cardinals’ defense. Patrick Peterson only had the ball thrown his way three times, allowing no receptions, and Chandler Jones, Zach Allen, and newcomer Angelo Blackson all had a sack. Arizona’s defense also only allowed two third-down conversion on 12 attempts, and allowed less than 100 rushing yards.

One player on the defense who could be given the game ball, however, is Budda Baker. Baker finished the game with four and a half tackles, and was all over the field throughout. In one Niners possession, he had three and a half tackles.

Next: Cardinals defeat 49ers 24-20

Baker finished the game with 15 combined tackles. He hopes to have an even better game next Sunday when the Cardinals head back to Arizona.

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Atlanta Falcons: Qadree Ollison must be part of the scheme moving forward

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The Atlanta Falcons need Qadree Ollison in short yard situations.

Last week when the Atlanta Falcons took on the Seattle Seahawks, running back Qadree Ollison was inactive. Since he was not listed on the injury report in Week 1 or on the Week 2 injury report, the only assumption is that they did not want to carry four active running backs.

However, that decision backfired the moment they tried to run Brian Hill in short yard situations.

Running backs Todd Gurley, Ito Smith, and Brian Hill are all very similar in running styles and abilities – Ollison is not at all similar. He is the big bruising back that can follow a fullback into a hole and pick up the yards that the Falcons need whether it on the goal-line or just a short-yardage situation.

Last week, the Atlanta Falcons were 0-4 on fourth down attempts. On three of those attempts, the Falcons had three or fewer yards to gain. On all four attempts, Dirk Koetter had Matt Ryan drop back to pass because Gurley, Smith, or Hill are not the type of running back that can bruise their way to a first down.

This was an issue last year as well for the Atlanta Falcons.

Last season, Ollison was inactive for the first eight weeks of the season. However, he ended up with 9 carries that required three or fewer yards and he scored four touchdowns and picked up five first downs. In every short yardage situation last season that involved him, he delivered. They missed that against the Seahawks last Sunday.

We can keep saying that offense wasn’t the problem in Week 1 because the Atlanta Falcons had nearly 500 yards of offense but the fact remains that situational offense led by terrible game planning and scheming was a huge problem and has to be corrected immediately.

Regardless of what the defense does the rest of the season, the offense has to be more efficient and has to sustain drives in order to give the defense a break. Seven of the Falcons 12 drives were six or fewer plays and 10 of the 12 drives were less than 10 plays.

Next: Will Dan Quinn be the first NFL coach fired in 2020?

Having a short-yardage back available could have changed a lot of variables in this game and that is something that the offensive staff has to consider moving forward.

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Buffalo Bills: Keys to victory and final score prediction for Week 2

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills shakes hands with Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 after defeating the Miami Dolphins 37-20 at Hard Rock Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

With the season and home opener for the Buffalo Bills in the books as a victory, how will they do on the road against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2?

After beating the New York Jets at home in Week 1, the Buffalo Bills face yet another AFC East rival in the Miami Dolphins. This is another game that the Bills are expected to win, but the Dolphins made some key additions to their roster this offseason that makes them a tougher opponent than perceived by national media.

Although the Dolphins lost in Week 1 to the New England Patriots, they put up a good fight as they were only losing by three until a Patriots touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. The Dolphins did a good job limiting the Patriots passing attack by only allowing 155 yards passing from Patriots quarterback Cam Newton. However, what they denied in the passing game, the Dolphins defense allowed in the running game with the Patriots gaining 217 total yards rushing in week one.

As for the Bills in Week 1, their matchup with the New York Jets was almost never in question. Aside from a couple of Josh Allen fumbles and kicking yips from rookie Tyler Bass, the foot never left the gas pedal. After a 21-0 first half lead, the Jets did mount a small comeback after the departure of both Bills starting linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano due to injuries. At the end of the day, the Buffalo defense was too much for Sam Darnold and the Jets offense to keep any consistency scoring points.

Now, the Bills head into Week 2 hoping to keep their winning ways and not be too impacted by the absence of both starting linebackers. These are the keys to the game for the Buffalo Bills and a final score prediction.

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