Football season is finally back in full swing. This past weekend featured the return of the NFL season. Couple that with a full slate of college football matchups, and the table is set for the first great weekend of football since the Super Bowl. If you’ve already checked out the latest highlights, you know this past weekend did not disappoint.
The excitement began on Thursday, with the NFL Regular Season Kickoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the defending Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots. Coming into this season, the defending champs appeared to improve their already loaded roster, and expectations for the team were as high as could be. However, the team struggled on their own field. With star receiver Julian Edelman lost for the season with an ACL tear, Tom Brady seemed almost uncomfortable out on the field. Brady failed to throw for a touchdown the entire game, though we saw him connect on a deep ball with offseason acquisition Brandin Cooks, and hit Danny Amendola with 6 passes on 7 attempts. The Chiefs saw big performances from quarterback Alex Smith, receiver Tyreek Hill, and rookie running back Kareem Hunt. These three helped carry the Chiefs to a 42-27 victory over the Pats.
On Saturday, we got to enjoy a full day of college football matchups. We saw great performances from Heisman hopeful quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Sam Darnold, but none topped that of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. In the best matchup of this young season, Mayfield’s fifth ranked Sooners traveled to Columbus, Ohio to take on the #2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. The Buckeyes were heavily favored in this home game, but would ultimately fail to meet expectations, losing to the Sooners 31-16. Soon after the final whistle, Baker Mayfield made his way towards The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, got an OU flag, and then proceeded to plant it in the middle of the Buckeyes field. Mayfield’s actions were in response to a September 2016 incident when the Buckeyes sang their school song, Carmen Ohio, on the Sooners field following a road win for the Buckeyes.
With Sunday came a whole bunch of great NFL matchups. We saw some big wins from the Ravens, Lions, Jaguars, Raiders, Eagles, and Packers. The day concluded with a disappointing matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. The Cowboys beat up on the Giants 19-3 in Dallas. Giants quarterback Eli Manning seemed lifeless without his superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ sat out the game with an ankle injury, and it proved to be detrimental to the Giants offense, who had just 211 passing yards and no touchdowns on the night. The Giants surely hope to get back their star wideout for next week’s matchup against the Lions.