A fun look at the opening weekend NFL action

The champs are 1-0. Is your team? Eagles.com

Week 1 is in the books guys (well, not Monday night, but that's on them). To everyone who is now 1-0, CONGRATS! Welcome to the winner's circle. There's this thing I like to call Victory Monday. Some of us make it, others barely experience the glorious feeling of calling in to work just because you're a freaking WINNER. (Not that myself or any fellow Eagles fans that I know do this). How did I grade your team this week? Check out these select games:


How does it feel to be 0-1? I wouldn't know because the Eagles officially own the Falcons of Atlanta. I think it's time Atlanta changes their team slogan... It's a bit cliche these days since they can't seem to "rise up" when needed.


How does $74 mil look? Looks like interceptions and incomplete passes. 1 TD doesn't look good when it sits next to 3 interceptions. What did we learn today guys? Porn stars and fake boobs lie, they don't guarantee wins.


Let's take a moment to appreciate Blake Bortles and the accuracy between him and his favorite target, the ground. Bortles completed 7 of 9 passes to only god knows who. Thankfully defenses win games and Jacksonville has some damn good D.


This is the game that never ends... The worst part about it all? Besides Conner's hair? Neither team could finish. How do you end Week 1 in a tie?! This game was a dragged out, sloppy mess.


Lets all give it up for OBrien going back to his basic b- play calling. How many seasons in a row now is it that the Texans actually almost had a shot at beating Brady but fell short because of awful play calling and time management? I'd hate to be a Houston fan.


Did anyone really watch this? @ me if you did.


Let's just agree that the lightning storm was more exciting than this game.


Want to see a magic show? The Saints defense disappeared again. Congrats New Orleans, you managed to make Fitzpatrick an automatic MVP candidate earning YOU my garbage team of the week. Take it back to the film room boys.

For more of my NFL recaps, gambling or just fun smack talk you can check out my website at holly.football and follow my on Twitter @xoholly.

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Now my job: Texans out-Patriot the Patriots

Texans take down the Pats. Photo by Getty Images.

Every dog has its day. A broken clock is right two times a day. All the clichés about it being better to be lucky than good can apply here with the Texans 27-20 win over the Patriots. In a matchup that broke a record for the oldest combined age for opposing head coaches, 141 years old, Romeo Crennel beat his former boss Bill Belichick. There were other narratives at work here, as well as a few things (good and awful) that the coaching staff did.

First thing I saw that I liked was the spread and no-huddle on offense. If you've been following this series of articles, you know I've been on this train quite a while now. This allows Deshaun Watson to find the matchup he likes, exposes the defense because they can't sub, takes advantage of Texans' speed at receiver, and creates a tempo most defenses can't keep up with. Not to mention the spread is the offense Watson operated in at Clemson. 28/37 for 344 yards and two touchdowns of production from Watson was enough for me to say they need to have this as their M.O. moving forward.

Tim Kelly called a great game. He used the short, quick pass game in lieu of the run game. This also helped since Laremy Tunsil was out and Roderick Johnson had to play at left tackle. This offensive line is not very good at run blocking. Hence, why Watson was again the team's leading rusher with only 36 yards. Almost all of those were on scrambles. By going spread and no-huddle, Watson can take advantage of man and zone coverages to extend plays or scramble because most teams won't spy him. Even when they do, he makes them look silly.

Not everything was on the up and up. The defense continued to look like booty juice. Cam Newton threw for 365 yards and Damiere FREAKIN Byrd torched them for 132 of those yards! When I heard the quote from Crennel that defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver is getting the most out of his guys, I found it laughable. To double down on that, Weaver was quoted as saying, "This narrative that's being painted like my guys aren't disciplined and running around blocks, quite frankly and to put it bluntly, is bull---t!" Sorry guys, but you're both wrong. This defense can't fight its way out of a wet paper bag if you gave them knives. The worst part about it is that the offense's best chance at success sets the defense up for failure. Their hurry up scheme leaves little time for this porous defense to catch its wind. If they could get some turnovers or just off the damn field and get stops, it would help the offense.

With six games left, their three games outside the AFC South (Bengals, Lions, Bears) are all winnable. The two matchups against the Colts and the season finale against the Titans will prove to be their biggest tests. However, this is the same team that has four one possession losses. 3-7 could look a lot different if the offense stepped up against the Browns, or the defense made stops against the Steelers, Vikings, or Titans. Let's hope they can build off this win and salvage whatever they can of this season.

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