Week 1 in the NFL is complete and was capped off by an exciting Monday Night Football matchup last night. Here’s a recap of the action and a look at what’s happening around the league to start the week.
Seahawks Get Unlikely Win Over Broncos
The Seattle Seahawks came out on top in Monday night’s matchup with the Denver Broncos to out shadow the return of Russell Wilson to Seattle after being traded in the offseason. New Seattle starting QB Geno Smith had a solid game along with a physical performance from the Seahawks defense to secure a 17-16 upset victory. Smith seemed like the more comfortable of the two quarterbacks as the former backup completed passes to eight different receivers while effectively extending plays to get them involved.
The biggest reason the Broncos lost is that neither Melvin Gordon nor Javonte Williams could hold onto the ball on rushes near the goal line. On two straight third-quarter drives, Denver made it inside the Seattle five-yard line, only to fumble the ball and lose possession.
The last gasp for Denver was a 64-yard field goal that went wide left as the clock ran out to secure the victory for the Seahawks. Seattle will travel to face the 49ers in San Francisco next Sunday, as the Broncos will host the Houston Texans, who tied with the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday.
Prescott To Miss Up To Two Months
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is expected to miss up to two months of action after injuring his thumb in their loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night. Dallas again came into the season with high expectations but will try to figure out how to win until he’s ready to return. It’s the second time since he was named the Cowboys’ starter that he will miss significant time due to injury, as he missed most of the 2020 season after an ugly ankle injury.
Cooper Rush is the backup to Prescott, with many fans not confident he can do the job. Many fans took to Twitter to ask owner Jerry Jones to consider signing Cam Newton or Colin Kaepernick as his replacement.
Realistically, depending on how desperate Jones is, Dallas could even make an offer to the 49ers to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo. He’ll be a free agent next year, and the Cowboys have the cap space to make a deal. There are also several cheaper options, such as Newton, or maybe they can coax Ryan Fitzpatrick out of retirement.
Watt Injury Not As Serious As First Thought
Late in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt came to the sideline with what was initially thought to be a major injury to his pectoral muscle, which was later confirmed. This was a major blow to Steelers fans, as much of the team’s success hinges on the performance of the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year. In most cases, a torn pectoral muscle could be a season-ending injury.
After seeking a second and third opinion on the injury, reports are that Watt has a partially torn pectoral and could be back in action in as little as five weeks. This was great news considering most people thought his season was likely done, as the injury won’t require surgery. Instead, Watt will rehab and could return before the Steelers face the Dolphins at home in Week 7.