The 2019 NFL season got off to a thrilling start, especially for the Vikings, Patriots, Ravens, Titans and Cowboys – teams with offensive units who performed their respective fixtures almost perfectly. But while these highly-efficient teams started their season on the right foot, Week 1 brought several catastrophic challenges to a handful of other offensive groups: the bears led by Mitchell Trubisky, Browns backed by Odell Beckham Jr. "No risk, no biscuit , "The Buccaneers under Bruce Arians, Dirk Koetter's coordinated Hawks and the new-looking Steelers all fell far short of expectations.
There are, of course, no comprehensive conclusions that could arise from a game ̵
Chicago's three-point performance at home against the Packers Thursday was certainly not the start that head coach and play caller Matt Nagy had been looking for. The bears can boast of one of the most fearsome defensive groups, but the team absolutely needs quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to take a big leap in his third season if they want to fight for a Super Bowl.
Trubisky, who may or may not be an Ambi bowler, was unpredictable in the opening game with his accuracy and decision making, finishing the 26-of-45 (58 percent) game for 228 yards without touchdowns and picking a. His Sunday passport chart clearly illustrates his limits as a launcher:
Trubisky completed only four of 18 passes of more than 10 meters per NFL next-generation statistic, relying heavily on Dink And dunk options underneath. While Trubisky found Allen Robinson on some deeper development routes, at the start of the game he also forced several passports for reporting that he should have picked, and then threw a groundbreaking interception from the 16-yard line with 2: 03 and the Bear in the fourth quarter 10-3 afterwards. It was a bad throw and a bad decision; an unnecessary prayer, which he threw in double cover.
Of course, the Bears did not fight anything Trubisky did. Despite the fact that it remained a one-score contest, Chicago was forced to do very hard (Trubisky dropped back to 53 of the team's 65 offensive games) as the running game of the team – which was paced by Mike Davis (five rushes, 19) Yards) and rookie David Montgomery (six rushes, 18 yards). Chicago finished the race with just 46 yards on 15 runs.
Trubisky was also regularly fleeing the onslaught of the Packers. The third-quarterback was pushed to 21 of his 53 dropbacks, which equates to a rate of 39.6 percent, which was the worst in the seventh rank of the week for each PFF. He fought miserably in these situations, completing only six of 15 attempts, intercepting a catch and taking five sacks to record a pass rating of 20.1 under pressure from the third worst among the qualifiers in the 16-game table. From a clean bag, he was not much better either: He completed 20 of 30 passes for 185 yards in these dropbacks to get a Passer rating of 83.3, which is good for 20 out of 26 qualified passers-by.
Without run-game, with too much pressure and an overwhelming clean pocket performance by Trubisky, the Bears were consistently out of the schedule. As Nagy said after the game, "the team lived in this third-and-7, third-and-8, third-and-9 world." This makes it hard for each quarterback and insult to consistently put one on top of each other. The Bears finished the game 3 to 15 after relegation and 0 to 2 after relegation and came out of the 10 to 3 defeat with only 254 yards offensive in 65 games (a 3.9-yard average).
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For those hoping that another offseason of plunging into Nagy's offensive and playbook Trubisky would help them make a quick start, this game was a massive disappointment. Trubisky looked out of rhythm from beginning to end, sailing passes, forcing balls to cover. Packers Corner Tramon Williams issued a devastating summary of Green Bay's strategy after the game: "We knew we would have a chance to play quarterback [Trubisky]."
Trubisky's athleticism makes him dangerous as a runner, but for this offense to take the next step, Chicago needs the former second choice to speed up its processing and deliver passes with higher accuracy and better timing. It's been a long season, but in week 1 there was little sign that anything could happen. It could hinder this group all year round.
The Browns created a hype in week one as the team finished strong last year under then-rookie Baker Mayfield and took on superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the off-season. But this group failed to play against the Titans on Sunday and lost in an embarrassing defeat of 43-13. Clearly, Mayfield, who scored a 285-yard touchdown and three picks in the fourth quarter with a 25-of-38 result, was not at its best, but was his performance as bad as it seems?
For starters, the Browns base game was effective. The offensive ended with the eighth highest score per PFF (70.7), and Nick Chubb, D & # 39; Ernest Johnson, Jarvis Landry and Dontrell Hilliard averaged 102 yards and a touchdown of 20 Carry – 5.1 yards per attempt. And despite the apparent under-performance of the air strike, Cleveland was within striking distance of Tennessee until well into the third quarter: when Mayfield found David Njoku for a 3-yard touchdown with 2:13 in the third frame, it narrowed the Titans' lead on 15-13. At this time, the probability of winning Tennessee was a modest 57.7 percent.
But then things got out of hand for the Browns. Tennessee returned and at the next match Derrick Henry made a 75 meter screen pass to pay dirt and pushed the Titans back to 22-13. From then on, Mayfield began to push the subject a lot: he dropped off three of the team's next four possessions, and that's all she wrote for the Browns in Week One.
Concern Index: No need to panic … Yet
Mayfield's decision-making needs to improve if Cleveland's offense is to meet his hype, but a handful of the issues encountered during the game should be resolved. For starters, the team's offensive gave way too much pressure and gave up five sacks or 11.6 percent of Mayfield's dropbacks (as a reference, he was only fired at 1.9 percent of his dropbacks in the last nine games of 2018). It did not help that Greg Robinson was kicked in the head after a kick against a Titans player, but head coach and play-caller Freddie Kitchens was swiftly responsible for not dialing any faster passing games to get the ball out of Mayfields Hands at an earlier date. This strategy was at the heart of the team's offensive explosion last season and something the week's offenses can focus on.
The other major problem that kept Cleveland behind the ball was a flood of punishments. In the team, the Browns scored 18 penalties, nine of which came from the offensive (for a loss of 86 meters). Combined with the pressure from the front, these penalties meant that the Browns almost constantly played behind the chains throughout the game . Cleveland faced two-thirds of 13 meters, one of 16 meters, two by 18 meters, one by 26 meters and one by 28 meters. One of Mayfield's interceptions was a second and a 14 followed by a hold call after the first down.
The team can get out of the game faster with a little more discipline and a higher frequency of games designed to beat the pressure and get the ball. I expect Kitchens, Mayfield, and the Browns to adjust in Week 2 and fight back against the jets on Monday Night Football .
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Apart from Chris Godwin's continued outburst and the surprising explosiveness that left Ronald Jones II in the second year, there was not much good feeling after Tampa Bay's 31:17 after a sloppy defeat retired against Tampa Bay was 49ers at home. Jameis Winston, who played for the first time under the new head coach and renowned quarterback whisperer Bruce Arians, looked just as he always looked. Winston was shot down with his accuracy and frenzy in his decision-making, and he threw three crippling interceptions – two of which were returned for touchdowns.
One of the picks was not really Winston's fault. it fought against O.J. Howard's hands and the waiting mittens of a defender. Another – Richard Sherman's Pick-Six – was partly due to a bad route from Peyton Barber. But instead of demonstrating the much-needed discipline, the fifth-year veteran showed little sign that he is giving up the overly aggressive style that has made him a sales machine for most of his career. He also fumbled the ball twice, almost throwing a fourth intercept that was dropped. Winston finished the race with 194 yards passing and a touchdown on 36 attempts, good for just 5.4 yards per attempt and a passer rating of 45.4.
He did not get much help either. Mike Evans was largely ineffective after a disease and finished the game with only two catches for 28 yards. Howard could not cope with the hype of the preseason, caused a catch and lost a fumble deep in the San Francisco area before finishing the game with four catches for 32 yards. Overall, the Bucs fumbled (and lost) three times, and right-wing striker Demar Dotson eliminated two Cameron Brate touchdowns on the same drive with devastating wait calls. Vu
sales were a big problem for the Buccaneers offensive in 2018. The team led the NFL with 35 giveaways, including 26 top-class scores, and this carefree style of play does not seem to have disappeared. It all starts and ends with the quarterback game, and if Winston can not prove he's more consistent and disciplined, Tampa Bay 2019 will find it hard to find a new identity.
Dirk Koetter returns to life His role as Hawk's offensive coordinator began slowly against the Vikings' rapid and physical defense. Minnesota's defensive line redressed Atlanta's offensive line – an overabundant group in which rookies Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary started the right-back and right-wing bouts – devastating Devonta Freeman's return Matt Ryan was fired four times while starting from the start until the end was on the run.
Ryan finished the 33-of-46 for 304 yards, throwing two garbage-time touchdowns and two picks. Atlanta made it only in the fourth quarter, when Minnesota already led 28-0 and had the game under control. The Vikings dominated.
A cause for concern: I was more concerned about the team's aftermath than about his offensive performances.
It's way too early for a talented and battle-tested offense under the leadership of Ryan, a former MVP, after an opening week dud on the road. The team that lost Lindstrom from a foot injury and McGary with Ty Sambrailo through the game must strengthen its offensive lineup and develop strategies to better protect Ryan, but if Atlanta can reduce the setback sales (they have minus three on Sunday) finished in this category) will be fine. The Hawks have the chance to host the ship at home against the Eagles next week.
The Steelers led by Ben Roethlisberger started slowly against a tough defense and the Patriots took advantage. Roethlisberger struggled to find a rhythm with his receivers and completed 27 of 47 passes for just 276 yards (5.9 yards per attempt).
The team's running game was also ineffective: James Conner crashed ten times for 21 yards and Jaylen Samuels added four yards for two carry. Pittsburgh failed to extend three consecutive possessions in the second quarter, coming in at two-thirds-and-one seats and another at quarter-and-one seats. Pittsburgh took only three first defeats and won 87 yards in the first two frames to go 20-0 at half-time. They did not find the end zone in the 33-3 defeat all night.
Concern Index: I give them a Mulligan.
The Steelers Fielder Corps outside of JuJu Smith-Schuster (six catches for 78 yards) had a hard time finding the same side as Big Ben. Donte Moncrief turned his 10 goals into three catches for 7 yards and the close-ended Vance McDonald was less central to the plan than many had predicted and caught two out of four goals for 40 yards. On the other hand, second-year James Washington was a ray of hope, firing a 45-yard bomb in the third quarter, and freshman Diontae Johnson grabbed three balls for 25 yards. The hierarchy of passing games is currently fluid, and the team could benefit from a shock that gives the young playmaker greater roles.
As I've done with the Hawks, I'm ready to give the Steelers the benefit of the doubt, considering they started the year on the road to a very tough defense. But if we see a repeat performance in Seattle last week against a Seahawks defense that has given 418 yards to Andy Dalton (a career high for the Bengals passers-by), I'll be worried.