NFL Sunday Grades: Week 1

NFL Sunday’s are one of the best days of the calendar year. With numerous NFL games on at extremely reasonable times, it’s not hard to see why the NFL is the most popular sport in America. With so much action going down on Sunday, it can be hard for the average fan to keep up with everything that’s going on.

That’s why this column has been created.

Every week, I will take a look at every Sunday game and tell you exactly who performed well and who didn’t.

Did you miss a game this week but still want to look smart in your office debate?

This was created for you, so I hope you enjoy.




Green Bay Packers (1-0): 27     Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1): 23

Green Bay’s Offensive Grade: C+

Green Bay’s Defensive Grade: B-

Jacksonville’s Offensive Grade: C+

Jacksonville’s Defensive Grade: C+

Green’s Bay’s Offensive MVP: Aaron Rodgers (199 passing yards, 3 total touchdowns)

Green Bay’s Defensive MVP: Damarious Randall (6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 pass deflections)

Jacksonville’s Offensive MVP: Julius Thomas (64 receiving yards, 1 touchdown)

Jacksonville’s Defensive MVP: Telvin Smith (8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss)

You need to do better next time (Packers): Eddie Lacy (14 carries for 61 yards, 0 touchdowns)

You need to do better next time (Jaguars): T.J. Yeldon (21 carries for 39 yards)

Buffalo Bills (0-1): 7     Baltimore Ravens (1-0): 13

Buffalo’s Offensive Grade: D

Buffalo’s Defensive Grade: B-

Baltimore’s Offensive Grade: C+

Baltimore’s Defensive Grade: A-

Buffalo’s Offensive MVP: LeSean McCoy (58 rushing yards, 1 touchdown)

Buffalo’s Defensive MVP: Jerry Hughes (6 tackles, 2 sacks)

Baltimore’s Offensive MVP: Joe Flacco (258 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 99.9 QB rating)

Baltimore’s Defensive MVP: Shareece Wright (11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss)

You need to do better next time (Bills): Tyrod Taylor (111 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, 79.9 QB rating)

You need to do better next time (Ravens): Steve Smith Sr. (5 receptions, 19 receiving yards)

Chicago Bears (0-1): 14     Houston Texans (1-0): 23

Chicago’s Offensive Grade: C

Chicago’s Defensive Grade: C-

Houston’s Offensive Grade: B+

Houston’s Defensive Grade: B-

Chicago’s Offensive MVP: Alshon Jeffery (4 receptions, 105 receiving yards)

Chicago’s Defensive MVP: Danny Trevathan (11 tackles, 1 sack)

Houston’s Offensive MVP: Will Fuller (5 receptions, 107 yards, 1 touchdown)

Houston’s Defensive MVP: Andre Hal (2 tackles, 1 interception)

You need to do better next time (Bears): Jay Cutler (216 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 76.2 QB rating)

You need to do better next time (Texans): Braxton Miller (1 reception, 6 receiving yards)

Cleveland Browns (0-1): 10     Philadelphia Eagles (1-0): 29

Cleveland’s Offensive Grade: C-

Cleveland’s Defensive Grade: F

Philadelphia’s Offensive Grade: A

Philadelphia’s Defensive Grade: B-

Cleveland’s Offensive MVP: Isaiah Crowell (12 carries, 62 rushing yards, 1 touchdown)

Cleveland’s Defensive MVP: Christian Kirksey (6 tackles, 1 sack)

Philadelphia’s Offensive MVP: Carson Wentz (278 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 101.0 QB rating)

Philadelphia’s Defensive MVP: Rodney McLeod (4 tackles, 1 interception)

You need to do better next time (Browns): Robert Griffin III (190 passing yards, 1 interception, 55.0 QB rating)

You need to do better next time (Eagles): Darren Sproles (5 carries, 12 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 24 passing yards, 5 targets)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0): 31     Atlanta Falcons (0-1): 24

Tampa Bay’s Offensive Grade: B+

Tampa Bay’s Defensive Grade: C-

Atlanta’s Offensive Grade: B-

Atlanta’s Defensive Grade: D+

Tampa Bay’s Offensive MVP: Jameis Winston (281 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 122.6 QB rating)

Tampa Bay’s Defensive MVP: Kwon Alexander (17 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss)

Atlanta’s Offensive MVP: Matt Ryan (334 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 112.6 QB rating)

Atlanta’s Defensive MVP: Desmond Trufant (5 tackles, 1 interception)

You need to do better next time (Buccaneers): Doug Martin (18 carries, 62 rushing yards)

You need to do better next time (Falcons): Devonta Freeman (11 carries, 20 rushing yards)

Minnesota Vikings (1-0): 25     Tennessee Titans (0-1): 16

Minnesota’s Offensive Grade: C-

Minnesota’s Defensive Grade: A

Tennessee’s Offensive Grade: D+

Tennessee’s Defensive Grade: C+

Minnesota’s Offensive MVP: Stefon Diggs (7 receptions, 103 receiving yards)

Minnesota’s Defensive MVP: Eric Kendricks (6 tackles, 1 interception, 1 touchdown)

Tennessee’s Offensive MVP: Marcus Mariota (271 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 86.5 QB rating)

Tennessee’s Defensive MVP: Da’Norris Searcy (8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 pass deflection)

You need to do better next time (Vikings): Adrian Peterson (19 carries, 31 rushing yards)

You need to do better next time (Titans): DeMarco Murray (13 carries, 42 rushing yards)

Cincinnati Bengals (1-0): 23     New York Jets (0-1): 22

Cincinnati’s Offensive Grade: B-

Cincinnati’s Defensive Grade: B-

New York’s Offensive Grade: C

New York’s Defensive Grade: B

Cincinnati’s Offensive MVP: A.J. Green (180 receiving yards, 1 touchdown)

Cincinnati’s Defensive MVP: Josh Shaw (4 tackles, 1 interception)

New York’s Offensive MVP: Matt Forte (22 carries, 96 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 59 receiving yards)

New York’s Defensive MVP: Leonard Williams (6 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 5 QB hits)

You need to do better next time (Bengals): Jeremy Hill (9 carries, 31 rushing yards)

You need to do better next time (Jets): Brandon Marshall (3 receptions, 32 receiving yards)

Oakland Raiders (1-0): 35     New Orleans Saints (0-1): 34

Oakland’s Offensive Grade: A

Oakland’s Defensive Grade: D-

New Orleans’ Offensive Grade: A-

New Orleans’ Defensive Grade: F

Oakland’s Offensive MVP: Derek Carr (319 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 98.5 QB rating)

Oakland’s Defensive MVP: Keith McGill (6 tackles, 1 pass deflection)

New Orleans’ Offensive MVP: Drew Brees (423 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 131.3 QB rating)

New Orleans’ Defensive MVP: Craig Robertson (11 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 pass deflection)

You need to do better next time (Raiders): DeAndre Washington (5 carries, 14 rushing yards)

You need to do better next time (Saints): Coby Fleener (1 reception, 6 receiving yards)

San Diego Chargers (0-1): 27     Kansas City Chiefs (1-0): 33

San Diego’s Offensive Grade: B+

San Diego’s Defensive Grade: D

Kansas City’s Offensive Grade: B+

Kansas City’s Defensive Grade: D

San Diego’s Offensive MVP: Melvin Gordon (14 carries, 57 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns)

San Diego’s Defensive MVP: Jason Verrett (2 tackles, 1 interception)

Kansas City’s Offensive MVP: Spencer Ware (11 carries, 70 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 7 receptions, 129 receiving yards)

Kansas City’s Defensive MVP: Dee Ford (4 tackles, 1 sack)

You need to do better next time (Chargers): Travis Benjamin (7 receptions, 32 receiving yards)

You need to do better next time (Chiefs): Albert Wilson (3 receptions, 1 receiving yard)

Miami Dolphins (0-1): 10     Seattle Seahawks (1-0): 12

Miami’s Offensive Grade: D

Miami’s Defensive Grade: B-

Seattle’s Offensive Grade: C+

Seattle’s Defensive Grade: A-

Miami’s Offensive MVP: Jarvis Landry (7 receptions, 59 receiving yards)

Miami’s Defensive MVP: Isa Abdul-Quddus (8 tackles, 2 passes deflected, 1 interception)

Seattle’s Offensive MVP: Doug Baldwin (9 reception, 92 receiving yards, 1 touchdown)

Seattle’s Defensive MVP: K.J. Wright (11 tackles, 1 sack)

You need to do better next time (Dolphins): Ryan Tannehill (186 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, 74.8 QB rating)

You need to do better next time (Seahawks): Thomas Rawls (12 carries, 32 rushing yards)

Detroit Lions (1-0): 39     Indianapolis Colts (0-1): 35

Detroit’s Offensive Grade: A

Detroit’s Defensive Grade: D-

Indianapolis’ Offensive Grade: A-

Indianapolis’ Defensive Grade: F

Detroit’s Offensive MVP: Matthew Stafford (340 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 128.6 QB rating)

Detroit’s Defensive MVP: Kerry Hyder (3 tackles, 2 sacks)

Indianapolis’ Offensive MVP: Andrew Luck (385 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 119.5 QB rating)

Indianapolis’ Defensive MVP: Sio Moore (13 tackles, 1 tackle for loss)

You need to do better next time (Lions): The defense

You need to do better next time (Colts): The defense

New York Giants (1-0): 20     Dallas Cowboys (0-1): 19

New York’s Offensive Grade: B-

New York’s Defensive Grade: C+

Dallas’ Offensive Grade: B-

Dallas’ Defensive Grade: C+

New York’s Offensive MVP: Eli Manning (207 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 110.3 QB rating)

New York’s Defensive MVP: Jason Pierre-Paul (6 tackles, 2 QB hits)

Dallas’ Offensive MVP: Dan Bailey (4 of 4 for 13 points)

Dallas’ Defensive MVP: Brandon Carr (2 tackles, 1 interception)

You need to do better next time (Giants): Odell Beckham Jr. (4 receptions, 73 receiving yards, 8 targets)

You need to do better next time (Cowboys): Dak Prescott (227 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, 69.4 QB rating)

New England Patriots (1-0): 23     Arizona Cardinals (0-1): 21

New England’s Offensive Grade: B-

New England’s Defensive Grade: C+

Arizona’s Offensive Grade: B

Arizona’s Defensive Grade: C

New England’s Offensive MVP: Jimmy Garoppolo (264 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 106.1 QB rating)

New England’s Defensive MVP: Jabaal Sheard (4 tackles, 3 tackles for loss)

Arizona’s Offensive MVP: Larry Fitzgerald (8 receptions, 81 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns)

Arizona’s Defensive MVP: Chandler Jones (5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 QB hits, 1 fumble recovery)

You need to do better next time (Patriots): Martellus Bennett (3 receptions, 14 passing yards)

You need to do better next time (Cardinals): John Brown (1 reception, 8 passing yards)

And that puts a bow on week one of the NFL! We will see you right back here next week for what will hopefully be a Sunday just as exciting as this one was.


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