All the thrills an opening week deserves

Sept. 10, 2018Posted by NawFuL

Week 1 results


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Thursday, September 6, 2018
Atlanta @ Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Atlanta
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Buffalo @ Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore
Pittsburgh @ Cleveland (Tie) Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Cincinnati @ Indianapolis Indianapolis Cincinnati Indianapolis
Tennessee @ Miami Tennessee Tennessee Miami
San Francisco @ Minnesota San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco
Houston @ New England New England New England New England
Tampa Bay @ New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans Tampa Bay
Jacksonville @ N.Y. Giants Jacksonville Jacksonville New York Giants
Kansas City @ L.A. Chargers Kansas City L.A. Chargers L.A. Chargers
Washington @ Arizona Arizona Washington Arizona
Dallas @ Carolina Carolina Carolina Dallas
Seattle @ Denver Seattle Denver Seattle
Chicago @ Green Bay Green Bay Green Bay Chicago
Monday, September 10, 2018
N.Y. Jets @ Detroit Detroit Detroit New York Jets
L.A. Rams @ Oakland L.A. Rams L.A. Rams Oakland
© 2018 Gehlke Bros. Football

A thrilling Sunday night comeback. A rookie quarterback shredding a heavily favored opponent. A lopsided division rivalry that ends in a tie. We had that and so much more in the opening week of regular season action as the Junior Bro successfully embarked on defense of the Surfy Trophy he recaptured last season. Welcome to Gehlke Bros. Football, 2018!

It is always a mystery which teams are going to show up the first week of the season, and which ones are still shaking off their preseason rust. That often leads to a lot of head scratching and some coin flipping as we make our first round of picks. The result was four splits and plenty of food for thought going forward.

Sean did the better guesswork out of the box, taking three of the four games en route to a 2-game lead to start the campaign. It was the Bengals shaking off a slow start to defeat the Colts in Indy, 34-23, in the morning game. The Senior Bro benefited from Kansas City’s 38-28 victory over the Chargers, their ninth in a row in that series, but it was the only lucky break he caught. Sean took the other two afternoon games — a 27-24 comeback by the Broncos over the visiting Seahawks, and a very lopsided 24-6 thrashing of the Cardinals by the Redskins.

It was an exciting start to what promises to be an equally eventful season, with the defending Stupor Bore champion Eagles staving off five final shots at a game-winning touchdown by Matt Ryan and the Falcons in the Thursday night opener. The Browns — owners of last year’s 0-16 record — played the Steelers to a 21-21 tie. It was lightning that delayed the Titans and Dolphins for hours, although they still managed to get the game in, which is far better than when the Miami opener got canceled by a hurricane last season. Aaron Rodgers rallied the Packers from a 20-point deficit during the fourth quarter to defeat the Bears. And it was 21-year-old rookie Jets quarterback Sam Darnold shaking off a pick-six on his very first pass to steamroll the heavily favored Lions, 48-17. Let’s not forget Jon Gruden returning to the sidelines as Raiders head coach in the team’s 33-13 loss to the Rams. Fun times.

It was definitely fun times for the Junior Bro, as he put together a 9-5-1 record to lead the way. Glenn finished the week second at 7-7-1, and Ben wound up 5-9-1 despite being the only one to call the Jets and Tampa Bay victories. We were all in agreement on Baltimore and New England’s wins. No one correctly picked the Minnesota win, or the Pittsburgh/Cleveland tie.