AUGUST, 17, Sporting Alert – Week 1 of the 2015 NFL preseason fixtures are completed and SportingAlert.com contributor takes a quick look at a few things that stood out in various departments.
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The number one draft pick of 2015, Jameis Winston started weakly and looked lackluster for the most part during his NFL debut for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which ended in a 26-16 defeat to the Minnesota Vikings.
The former Heisman Trophy winner opened by running the ball four times on first drive, while deciding against passing during that period.
And when he finally made the decision to throw, it was a dreadful pass that was intercepted by Antone Exum.
Winston, who finished with 9 for 19 for 131 yards, made several wayward passes that were well off his target, while the rookie mishandled a couple of snaps that led to a total of 19 lost yards.
The Buccaneers have high hopes for him to lead the offense this season, so they will be praying that his shaky start was just to get the jitters out.
At the same time, I must say the Vikings, who are 2-0 in preseason, looked good, and this could mark an auspicious start to the season for them.
Terry Bridgewater played like he was already deep in the season, putting on a stellar performance, which was a promising sign for Minnesota in going forward.
He also did this without the help of star running back Adrian Peterson, which makes his performance even more impressive.
Unfortunately, though, the Vikings had a setback, losing right tackle Phil Loadholt, who tore his Achilles in the first quarter on Saturday and looks likely to be out for the season with the injury.
This means that T.J. Clemmings will step into Loadholt’s spot.
Looking At San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers lost, but they also had several projected starters sitting out the first NFL preseason game.
Nevertheless, one would expect the team to get things together as the preseason preparations progressed, as there was nothing promising about the defense and offense.
It’s still early, but San Francisco’s defense looked a little sloppy, adding to that their offense was not much better, as it struggled to move the ball down the field.
The Houston Texans should not have posed much of a problem for the 49ers, but they did, and they won, 23-10, largely because of Ryan Mallet’s performance as second string quarterback.
In Other Area’s Picked Out
The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, but their key players, Carson Palmer, Andre Ellington and Tyrann Matthieu looked good, despite the defeat.
In fact, Ellington and Matthieu were both involved during the early goings of the preseason contest when the Cardinals jumped out to a 10-0 lead.
The Chiefs dominated afterward though to seal the win.
Kansas City, although winning the game 34-19, still has to work on their offense although reserve quarterback Chase Daniel impressed with figures of 17-of-29 for 189 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions in two quarters.
Starting quarterback Alex Smith finished with 6-of-10 for 42 yards and threw an interception.
FULL NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 SCORES, RESULTS
Indianapolis 10, Philadelphia 36
Kansas City 34, Arizona 19
San Francisco 10, Houston 23
Tampa Bay 16, Minnesota 26
Green Bay 22, New England 11
Washington 20, Cleveland 17
Baltimore 30, New Orleans 27
Chicago 27, Miami 10
New York 3, Detroit 23
Dallas 7, San Diego 17
Atlanta 31, Tennessee 24
New York 10, Cincinnati 23
Carolina 25, Buffalo 24
Saint Louis 3, Oakland 18
Pittsburgh 21, Jacksonville 23
Denver 22, Seattle 20