Week 1 is in the books and we see saw some everything from low scoring games, disappointing performances, and some surprise players to keep an eye on moving forward. I gave you the heads up last week on Kareem Hunt who lit it up for 246 yards of offense with three touchdowns! Let’s Dive In!
#1 Kareem Hunt (RB) Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid always uses his running backs effectively and Kareem Hunt is the whole package. I expect him to continue to find success against Philadelphia at home this week. If Alex Smith is going to continue to play this well in the passing game defenses will have to play him honestly. You don’t think Andy Reid wants to stick it to the team that fired him and hired Chip Kelly do you?!?
#2 Tarik Cohen (RB) Chicago Bears
They don’t call him “The Human Joystick” for nothing. Cohen totaled 113 yards on 13 touches. He made a fast Atlanta defense look silly multiple times and is a burner in the open field. The Bears know they have something special and will look to get him the ball more often. Expect more than 13 touches when they take on Tampa Bay next week.
#3 Zach Ertz (TE) Philadelphia Eagles
8 receptions for 93 yards against the Washington Redskins is a solid day. I know that the Chiefs bottled up Gronkowski well, but Eric Berry is now out for the season. Carson Wentz has a trust for Ertz and that will continue.
#4 Cooper Kupp (WR) Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff has a favorite target and he is in the slot. Sean McVay and Goff know that they have a sure-handed receiver that can create separation quickly and will look to get him the ball more often. 4 receptions, 76 yards, and a touchdown is just a start while they blew out the Colts. A tighter game against Washington next week will force Goff to throw the ball more and create more opportunities for Kupp.
#5 Danny Amendola (WR) New England Patriots
I think we found who will take the place of Julian Edelman as a highly targeted receiver in the New England offense. Amendola has been with the Patriots long enough to build trust with Brady. We will have a high scoring showdown next week when the Patriots play the Saints. If he clears the injury report and is able to play, he should have a solid game while the Saints focus on Cooks & Gronkowski.