We’re going to be handing out some weekly awards this season and why not call them after the NFL’s biggest cheese, commissioner Roger Goodell?
The ‘Rogers’ will be handed out on a Monday and because of the NFL’s standalone Thursday Night and Monday Night games, we’re not going include those.
Plenty of candidates this week and while Week 1 is full of overreactions, that’s what makes this league so much fun.
Obviously Tom Brady and Dak Prescott would have been in the conversation, but they played on Friday. And don’t worry, they’ll get their chance.
Best Performance (Team)
New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams
New Orleans Saints
The state of Louisiana has been hammered by Hurricane Ida and in fact this game was played in Jacksonville as the cleanup continued in New Orleans. The Saints gave their fans something to smile about with a 38-3 demolition of the Green Bay Packers, dominating on both sides of the ball.
Every single NFL analyst: Packers will beat the Saints
The Saints: pic.twitter.com/VRV46OHXsZ
— Dylan Hebert ⚜️🐯 (@dylanjhebert12) September 12, 2021
Best Performance (Individual)
Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, Jameis Winston, Matthew Stafford
The post-Drew Brees era began with a bang as the much-maligned Winston provide some serious stability and leadership in the rout of the Pack. Winston was 14 of 20 for just 148 yards, but threw an incredible five touchdown passes…and importantly for him, zero interceptions.
JAMEIS WINSTON HAS FIVE TOUCHDOWN PASSES. #Saints
— NFL (@NFL) September 12, 2021
Best Performance In A Losing Role
Baker Mayfield, Mac Jones, Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, Taylor Heinicke
The off-season trade that sent Goff to Detroit and Matt Stafford to the Rams seems to have paid dividends, with both QBs piling up some huge numbers today. Stafford’s Rams won, but Goff went big in today’s 41-33 loss to San Francisco, going 38 of 57 for 338 yards, three touchdowns and one interception as the Lions nearly pulled off the upset.
The Lions were once down 38-10 against the 49ers and came storming back. Jared Goff and Co. were within 8 points with just under a minute left. Niners defense eventually held on for the win.
▫️ 338 yards
▫️ 3 TD
▫️ 92 QB rating pic.twitter.com/sF1oagDbrw
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) September 12, 2021
Surprise Feel-Good Hit
Jalen Hurts, Cincinnati Bengals, Tyrod Taylor, Pittsburgh Steelers, Sam Darnold
Taylor got the troubled Texans off to the perfect start, completing 21 of 33 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions and another 40 yards rushing. The 37-21 win over the Jaguars means the Texans are in first place in the AFC South.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 12, 2021
Box Office Bomb
Atlanta Falcons, Aaron Rodgers, Tennessee Titans, Josh Allen, both New York teams
Oh boy. After all that off-season drama, to come out and lay an egg like this will only add to the dysfunction in Green Bay. Rodgers was 15 of 28 for a paltry 133 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Aaron Rodgers returning to Green Bay just to sabotage their season is a tremendous conspiracy theory that I am willing to spread
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) September 12, 2021