These are the players that saw their stock rise or drop, on the Buffalo Bills after Week 1.
This past Sunday was the first time fans got to see real football from the 2020 version of the Buffalo Bills. While it was a small sample size, there were some performances that really stood out and players that may not have been talked about as much during training camp saw their stock really rise.
On the other side, there were some players that didn’t live up to expectations or have some work ahead of them in the coming weeks. With that said, these are the players on the Buffalo Bills that saw their stock move the most in Week 1.
Stock Up: Josh Allen
There is no question that the player who saw his stock rise the most was Josh Allen. The reason is that it rose so much is fans finally saw the production that matched what many believe he can be in this league.
He finished the game with a career-high in passing yards (312 yards) and completions (33) on 46 pass attempts. He added two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown but did have two fumbles.
One of the things that were great to see was how much the coaching staff trusted Allen as he threw the ball 39 times when the Buffalo Bills had the lead. This is significant considering he threw only 137 passes with the lead all of last season.
He looked comfortable in this offense, got the ball out in rhythm but still showed the threat of running when the situation called for it. This was undoubtedly one of his best performances and hopefully, he builds on it against the Miami Dolphins.
Chicago Bears: Did the national NFL power rankings finally do right by Bears?
The national NFL power rankings are becoming a joke to Chicago Bears fans
Listen, I understand the Chicago Bears played the Lions and the Giants over the first two weeks of the NFL season, but the team is 2-0. Winning in the NFL is never easy. The team has yet to play a complete game, but the defense showed improvements and the offense showed enough promise to be excited on where the team can go.
We should also point out that the Lions were holding their own against the Packers throughout the first half of the game. Then, like usual, the Lions fell off and the Packers destroyed the Lions 42-21. As far as the Giants, the defense held the Steelers at bay until the fourth quarter in Week 1. Maybe the Giants defense is not as bad as many think. The Bears were a few key drops away from blowing out the Giants opposed to winning a close game.
Next up, the Chicago Bears will face off against a Falcons team that finds itself 0-2 as the team found a way to blow another big lead (28-3 anyone?) to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2. The offense is no joke though as the team has scored 25 and 39 points over the first two weeks. The defense on the other hand has allowed plenty of points and has been the worst team in the NFL in the red zone.
Let’s face it, power rankings mean very little, but we all like to look at them anyway. Each week we will take a look at where the Chicago Bears land on the ESPN, NFL and CBS power rankings. We will discuss if the spot seems fair or if the rankings seem a little off for some reason. As of now, all three still seem off.
Colts fans will love Quenton Nelson mic’d up highlight reel from Week 2
Colts offensive lineman Quenton Nelson’s mic’d up highlights from Week 2 against Minnesota are awesome.
With the Indianapolis Colts currently preparing to take on the New York Jets on Sunday, the top highlights from their Week 2 victory over Minnesota are beginning to make their way to social media.
Simply put, Indy had no issues disposing of the Vikings, as both sides of the ball had strong performances. The main takeaway among fans was how the defense rebounded from their woeful showing to open the season against Jacksonville, and understandably so.
However, the offense also deserves its fair share of the record, after putting 28 points up on the scoreboard against a (supposedly) star-studded defensive unit. The biggest takeaway was obviously the success of the running game, and that all starts with the big fellas up front.
The Colts offensive line was impenetrable all game long and, as always, Quenton Nelson led the way with yet another dominant display at right guard. What we didn’t know, however, was that the All-Pro stud was mic’d up for the clash and the highlights are awesome.
Seriously, how can you not love this guy?
As crazy as it sounds, Nelson picking up his tackled teammates and congratulating them after touchdowns and big gains doesn’t prove that he’s one of the nicest players in the entire NFL. What confirms that is the former No. 6 overall pick apologizing to members of the Vikings defense after taking two of them out of the play in one sequence.
Don’t get it twisted, either: Nelson has PLENTY of dog in him. Our favorite parts of this highlight reel came when he dismissed a Minnesota defender who said he almost knocked the ball out of running back Nyheim Hines’ hand, and when he told a Vikings defensive lineman to “get off the block” and “stop (expletive)” after he destroyed him in protection.
You simply get the best of both worlds with Nelson on a weekly basis, and that’s precisely what makes him a favorite among Colts fans. The term “must-see” is used extremely loosely these days, but this clip of the Notre Dame product undoubtedly falls under that description.
What a likable player and guy Nelson is, man.
A healthy LA Rams team could be powerfully successful by the bye week
The LA Rams did not avoid player injury in week two, as both Noteboom and Akers leave the game early. But the team cannot let injuries get out of hand.
The LA Rams were hoping for a victory and hoping to emerge without any player injury. The Rams came away with the victory, but not do so unscathed. In this one, two Rams were injured. The initial reports from the game suggested that rookie running back Cam Akers had suffered a ribs injury.
The initial report from the game suggested that offensive line Joseph Noteboom, just back from a reconstructed knee in 2019, suffered a lower leg (calf) injury. That was met with the news that both veteran RB Malcolm Brown and CB Darious Williams were injured. Suddenly, the health of the LA Rams roster was in the news again. No matter how skilled the front office or coaching staff, injuries cripple the team’s chance for success.
Sean McVay does not have a health update for Cam Akers (ribs) or Joe Noteboom (calf).
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) September 20, 2020
Was this another wave of injuries?
Rams injuries headlining once more
The post-game injury report was a bit better than expected. The Rams discovered that Joe Noteboom’s calf injury was a grade 2 calf strain. While he will likely need three-four weeks to recover, he will be back. Likewise, Cam Akers’s rib injury is day-to-day, and will likely need a bit of time to heal, but he is out for a short time.
Both RB Malcolm Brown and CB Darious Williams are dinged but able to play this week. While the Rams are playing without OT Chandler Brewer for this year, and have ILB Travin Howard on IR all season, the team could welcome back NT A’Shawn Robinson as early as week seven and may get OLB Terrell Lewis back in week four.
Rams could be getting full strength
As the Rams prepare to face the New York Giants, the Rams will likely decide the immediate future of Joseph Noteboom to synchronize with the return of Terrell Lewis. That will allow the Rams to work even longer with their entire practice squad for another three weeks. And with the return of Terrell Lewis, the Rams get a strong shot of pass rush in time to tune up against the New York Giants and Washington football teams before the team takes aim at their first division rival, the San Francisco 49ers.
After the 49ers game, the Rams may be getting reinforced on the defensive line, as nose tackle A’Shawn Robinson could be returning as well. If the Rams can get to six wins by the 49ers game, and barring any further injuries, the Rams could be welcoming everyone back to full health and reinforcing the roster once more. With the Rams next hosting the Chicago Bears and then traveling to play the Miami Dolphins before the bye week, the Rams have a true chance at 8-0 heading into their bye week. As long as these Rams stay healthy, this could be a powerfully successful season for the LA Rams
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