NFL Nation reporters break down the biggest surprises across the league from Week 1, from the Texans making another change at quarterback to good performances from some unexpected teams, and more.
The biggest surprise from the Titans Week 1 loss was DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry combining for just 69 rushing yards on 18 carries. Tennessee had a top-5 rushing attack in 2016, but they struggled to establish the run against the Raiders.
We’ve got to get better in the run game and set the tone, Murray said. Just got to get more opportunities.
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The Vikings will go with an offensive line of Nick Easton and Joe Berger at guard, rookie center Pat Elflein and tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers. Reiff, who spent his first five seasons with the Lions, and Remmers, who spent the last three seasons with the Panthers, were free-agent signings as the Vikings looked to shore up what was a porous offensive line in 2016. The Vikings have five new starters up front as 2016 starting guard Alex Boone was among Saturday’s cuts.
Joe Flacco is returning from a back injury (most likely), but Baltimore’s offense has been banged up everywhere throughout the preseason. Cincy is hoping Joe Mixon will provide a spark to its backfield in what sets up as a bit of an ugly defensive game. It’s at home in the early window, which means Andy Dalton can do his best work. His connection to A.J. Green is the difference in a field-goal fest. Bengals win 23-19 and cover the spread.
Minnesota’s limited offense gets a break early to explode on New Orleans’ ever-reeling defense. Sam Bradford will get big plays to both Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielien, buoyed by Adrian Peterson replacement Dalvin Cook running and catching well in his NFL debut. As for Peterson, his revenge plans will be foiled, first by not playing much as Drew Brees needs to go pass-happier again, and then by seeing the Vikings hold on late because of Cook. Vikings win 27-24 but fail to cover the spread.